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A La Carte (May 28)

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I had a wonderful time meeting many believers in Albania over the weekend (and meeting some in Croatia and Montenegro immediately prior to that). What a thrill to see and hear what the Lord is up to all around the world.

Today’s Kindle deals include one that looks at Corey Ten Boom’s “silent years.”

(Yesterday on the blog: Comparative Suffering)

What To Do With the Nice Things People Say

Faith Chang: “Because just as we have blindspots that keep us from recognizing our weaknesses, some of us have trouble seeing the good God has entrusted to us and the good he is doing in us. Thus, humility here might look less like deflecting encouragement and more like saying, ‘Perhaps what I am seeing when I look at myself is not the most accurate picture.’ Growth then might begin with learning to believe trustworthy people when they tell us things about ourselves that we wish were true, but we’re not sure are.”

Old Age Syndromes to Avoid

Barbara lists some old age syndromes you will want to avoid.

The amazing navigation skills of the dung beetle

How could you resist clicking when there’s a title like that? This article from celebrates the humble (and remarkable) dung beetle.

Needed: 30,000 Books for Groundbreaking African Theological Library

This is a great project that will benefit a great ministry—one I have visited several times and hope to return to this summer.

7 Kinds of Sacrifices

T.M. Suffield: “Getting your head around the sacrificial system in the Old Testament can be difficult. Here’s my attempt to briefly summarise the various sacrifices.”

‘I Will Not Forget You’: Hope in the Grief of Dementia

Kathryn Butler offers hope even in the grief of dementia.

Flashback: The Tone Deaf Singer

You can be utterly tone deaf and sing beautiful music in the ear of God when the gospel is dwelling richly within and when you are singing to exult in the Savior.

What will it profit a man if he silences his adversary and loses that humble spirit in which the Lord delights?

—John Newton

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    A La Carte (May 28)

    A La Carte: What to do with the nice things people say / Old age syndromes to avoid / The amazing navigation skills of the dung beetle / 7 kinds of sacrifices / Hope in the grief of dementia / and more.

  • Managing Kingdom Causes with Sound Business Principles 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Redeemer University. The word “management” conjures up images of executives leading large corporations with the goal of generating wealth for shareholders. Think of “sustainability” and the lens widens to benefiting other stakeholders like customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. Now, broaden your view even wider. Pan out–way out!…

  • Comparative Suffering

    Comparative Suffering

    It is something you tend to hear a lot when you have endured a time of significant sorrow or suffering: “I know it’s nothing compared to yours, but…” We have a natural tendency to compare—to compare our experiences to another person’s and to rank or rate them accordingly. The person who has suffered the loss…

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    A La Carte (May 27)

    A La Carte: Critical dynamics of criticism / Behind Jordan Peterson’s teaching is his own humanistic agenda / The Christian’s keystone habit / Getting out of the burnout pit / Is salvation by faith unfair to those who never hear of him? / That portrait of King Charles / Kindle deals / and more.

  • A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    A Deadly Foe of Spiritual Growth

    As we live out the Christian life and cooperate with the Holy Spirit through the precious means of grace, we face a number of foes, a number of enemies that mean to derail us from our pursuit of God. Of all those enemies, none may be more prevalent and none more deadly than complacency.

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 25)

    A La Carte: Don’t regret your past—redeem it / Parents, are you raising angry partisans? / You’re gonna lose everything / My husband and I keep fighting over the same thing / What are the “all things” I can do in Christ? / How are we handling generational differences? / Kindle deals / and more.