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A La Carte (May 29)

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Good morning. May the Lord be with you and bless you today.

At Westminster Books this week you can get a discount on the Dream Keeper Saga by Kathryn Butler. You can also get up to 68% off some of their summer reading picks.

Today’s Kindle deals include Jonty Allcock’s Impossible Commands.

A Coward’s Guide to Evangelism

Most of us can be cowardly when it comes to evangelism. Mack Stiles has a good word for us.

The Great Dechurching Will Hurt Poor People

“Churchgoing is good for the poor and vulnerable in a variety of ways: it gives people moral guidance on how to live their lives. It gives them opportunities to directly serve others as a community. It results in tithes that are then spent on a wide variety of charitable works. These things are not salvation, and it is certainly possible for someone to be warming a pew for 50 years without a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. But any person is far more likely to find Jesus while nodding off in a pew than watching Netflix in bed.”

The Universal Experiences of Preachers

Reuben Bredenhof writes about some of those experiences that will be near-universal to preachers.

The Conquest of Canaan: Genocide or Just? (Video)

This video from Gavin Ortlund is a long one but has some fascinating (and at times heartbreaking) things to say about the Israelite’s conquest of Canaan.

Save the World, Have a Baby

Anne Kennedy: “My question is, when will the rulers of the world finally be anxious enough about the collapse of their own societies to be curious enough about discovering for themselves what would make women want to have children? I feel like it’s not that complicated. But apparently, it is absolutely beyond the reach of modern societies.”

Three Words for Christian Parents

Rebekah Matt has three words for Christian parents. “The Bible has some other things to say about raising children, but in general, the overall message is to pass down your faith. As the years fly by and your children get older, your influence over them shrinks dramatically (this is by God’s design—it’s nothing personal), but laying the foundation of faith in Christ remains your primary purpose.”

Flashback: It’s Submission, Not Subjection

Subjection describes actions taken by the one with authority where submission describes actions taken by the one under authority. When it comes to marriage, church, and our shared life with other believers, we are instructed to submit, not to subject.

How useless worrying is! It removes no trouble, lightens no burden, and softens no hardness in one’s lot. On the other hand, it only makes the trial greater and the heart in its feverishness, less strong for endurance.

—J.R. Miller

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    A La Carte (May 29)

    A La Carte: A coward’s guide to evangelism / The great dechurching will hurt poor people / The unique experiences of pastors / Three words for Christian parents / Save the world, have a baby / The conquest of Canaan / Kindle and book deals.

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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.