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A La Carte (May 29)


There are a few fairly minor Kindle deals to look at today.

Westminster books has a couple of noteworthy deals: Together Through the Storms, a book about marriage; and a new series of booklets for students.

Defeating Despair

Tim Pasma writes about the creeping sense of despair so many are experiencing. “You feel a sense of hopelessness overtaking you and, like a tire with a slow leak, you get a little lower every day. Whatever you might call it, you sense that you’re losing hope; the world is grey, you have a hard time enjoying life, you just can’t seem to get motivated. What can you do when you start despairing, when hope seems so elusive?”

The International Date Line, Explained (Video)

This is an extremely helpful explanation of the international date line and why it zigzags all over the Pacific.

Sometimes People Just Don’t Believe

Jared Wilson writes about the most recent deconversion. “We assign logical explanations to these otherwise inexplicable outcomes because we are pragmatists at heart. We like to think that if you just push the right spiritual buttons, you will get a good spiritual result.”

Recovering Tolerance as a Christian Virtue

As Christians we like to scold unbelievers for their misunderstandings about the true nature of tolerance, but perhaps we need the reminder as well. “The result of this disfigurement of meaning is that a lot of Christians today are wary of any talk of tolerance. This is unfortunate because the older meaning of the word is something much needed at a juncture in time when secular and religious politics threatens to tear apart the seams of brotherly love.”

The Grieving Pastor and the Future Church

“After the service, we came home, both feeling subdued. The service was wonderful, and Chad had felt freedom when he preached. The music was good. People were there. But something about the whole thing made us both sad. Some sort of grief had settled upon us. Chad likened it to the old men in Ezra who cried when they laid the foundation for the new temple. The older men had seen the glories of the temple constructed by Solomon, and they wept because they knew what they had lost.”

Report of the Ad Interim Committee on Human Sexuality

“The Ad Interim Committee Report on Human Sexuality that has been prepared for the 48th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (originally scheduled for June 2020) is now available.” That may sound a little dry, but it’s a very important report. (For some highlights and interpretation, see Denny Burk’s PCA Report Names Sin While Not Being Named by It.)

Ravi Zacharias (1946–2020) (Video)

This is a wonderful little video tribute to Ravi Zacharias.

Flashback: What Does It Mean To Be A Christian Blogger?

What are some of the drawbacks that come from using blogs and other social media, and how can we use these relatively new platforms to the glory of God?

To a graceless neck the yoke of Christ is intolerable, but to the saved sinner it is easy and light. We may judge ourselves by this, do we love that yoke, or do we wish to cast it from us?

—Charles Spurgeon

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