A La Carte (May 25)

It has been a good few days for Christian writing and I’m glad to share a roundup of some of the articles I’ve discovered in my online wanderings.

Become a Patron

Over at Westminster Books you’ll find a discount on Kevin DeYoung’s new book.

There is a number of Kindle deals to glance at today.

The Tearing Apart of Convictional Civility

“Something has changed in the air of evangelicalism in recent years. Once-aspirational words like ‘winsome’ and ‘thoughtful’ or descriptors like ‘nuanced’ and ‘kind’ now trigger an attitude of dismissiveness and sneering from many on the right.” Trevin Wax shares some really good thoughts here.

Preaching Is Culturally Determined

Eddie reminds us that the style of our preaching is culturally determined. I love this: “it is one of the anomalies of systematic expository preaching that preachers will take one of Jesus’ wonderful self-explanatory parables and turn them into three tightly argued (alliterative) points.”

By Faith Abel

“Why did God approve of Abel’s offering, but not Cain’s? It’s not a simple question to answer, especially if you limit yourself to the facts of the story as told in Genesis.” Rebecca offers a compelling take on the matter.

The FAQs: Report Reveals Sexual Abuse Cover-Up by Southern Baptist Entity

Joe Carter has one of his FAQs to provide a framework for understanding the report about abuse in the SBC. “On Sunday, a 288-page report commissioned by the Southern Baptist Convention was released that finds allegations of sexual abuse were ignored or covered up for nearly 20 years by senior members of the denomination’s Executive Committee.”

Not Enough Wisdom

I enjoyed this article about a father and his daughter.

Help! I’m Addicted to Pornography

“Friends, porn is crushing us. Sexualization is everywhere. Rather than exalting sex, our culture is reducing sex by reducing everything to sex. Since God created the human body for sex, it is easy for us to succumb to this pull to sexualize everything. And when sex becomes ultimate, it means that sexual acts must be constant if we’re going to enjoy this life. Outside of sex with another person, that leaves us with the convenient habit of pornography.”

Flashback: 5 Warnings to Those Who Merely Pretend To Be Godly

There is in each of us a dangerous temptation toward hypocrisy, to be one thing but to pretend to be another.

If there is anything in the world that will make a man bestial in his habits it is the idea that he was descended from the beast. —De Witt Talmage