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A La Carte (May 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include some solid books that are worth checking out.

Westminster Books has some great deals on some amazing books published by IVP.

I will be in Edinburgh on July 17 and would love to meet you for an evening event at Faith Mission Bookshop. You can get details at the link.

(Yesterday on the blog: How R.C. Sproul Blessed the Church by Preaching the Curse)

Jordan Peterson Plays in the Left’s Cultural Sandbox

Here’s a great evaluation of the Jordan Peterson phenomenon. “Have we really reached the point where the basic argument that men and women are different, or that free men and women will often make different choices in large part because they are different, or that religion and ancient traditions can inform and guide our lives today, are now so toxic that their advocates must and should face a relentless campaign to drive them from the public square?”

What Does It Mean to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit?

“Despite the good intentions that exist in many churches, there’s a lot of confusion about what the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is and why it is significant for the church today.” Indeed. Here’s some clarity.

Death Valley 8K (Video)

“In the remote far reaches of the Mojave Desert lies the largest national park in the continental United States. Hidden here in the hottest place on earth is another world full of diverse life and colorful landscapes.” This is a stunner.

Graduate, Make Plans For Your Soul

“So senior, you’ve made it. The last paper is handed in and you’ve picked up your gown and cap. You’re celebrating senior week, taking care of relatives who’ve come into town for graduation. Maybe you’ve still got a few weeks to go, but you see the light at the end of the undergraduate tunnel. Whether you’ve already victory danced in the hall after your last final or you’re counting down the days until then, you’ve probably fielded the following question for a semester or so: What are your plans for after graduation? … Graduating senior, have you prepared yourself to join a local church?”

Finding Contentment in Motherhood

“The enemy of our souls wants to lure us into the comparison trap where being a mom isn’t ‘enough.’ We begin to question our decisions when we see other women choosing different paths: Look at all those talented women attaining goals and recognition! Will I ever have what it takes to be like them? Do I have what it takes to even be a great mom?

How the C-Section Went From Last Resort to Overused

“The history of the surgery is rife with horror, but today, 1 in 3 American babies are delivered via the procedure, twice what the World Health Organization recommends.” I found this quite an interesting look at a procedure we take almost for granted today.

Prospering on the Plains

“Emotion is one of our culture’s favorite currencies. Emotion sells cars and churches, lawn care and luxury vacations. Marketers and ministers use it like salt in every sentence, seasoning the most mundane of things with emotionally-supercharged jargon.” Ain’t that the truth!

Flashback: A 93-Million-Mile Love

As whole congregations love other whole congregations, we will be proving that the love within our churches is too strong to contain, too intense to remain within its four walls. We will, like the church of Thessalonica, be proving that we “have been taught by God to love one another…” and our challenge will be “to do this more and more.”

He may be angry at our rebellion, but he is never angry at our return.

—Bryan Chapell

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…