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A La Carte (May 30)

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Unfortunately, it’s a no Kindle deal kind of day today. Let’s try again tomorrow.

(Yesterday on the blog: What Does It Mean To Be A Christian Blogger?)

Can We Live Longer but Stay Younger?

While this article veers into evolutionary silliness at one point, it first has lots of interesting facts and observations about aging. “The senior-housing industry is building inventory meant for seniors, but eighty-seven per cent of retirement-age people want to stay in the same home where they have the three ‘M’s: marriage, mortgage, and memories. The problem is that they can’t. Not when the model is a two-story house with a bedroom and the bathroom upstairs. If we can solve the stairs problem, we won’t need new housing.”

Abortion and Eugenics

Justice Clarence Thomas writes powerfully about the connection between abortion and eugenics. “In the Supreme Court’s May 28 decision in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, the Court denied to review an Indiana law prohibiting abortions on the basis of race, sex, or disability. Justice Clarence Thomas’s concurring opinion, excerpted below, describes the connections between abortion advocacy and eugenics, and the ways in which abortion is a tool of modern-day eugenicists.”

Dandelion Time Lapse (Video)

There’s something poignantly beautiful about this time lapse of a dandelion dying, turning to seed, and blowing away.

Central Carolina Presbytery Study Committee Report on 2018 Revoice Conference

Kevin DeYoung links to a committee report on the 2018 Revoice conference. “As members of the body of Christ we don’t get to choose the controversies of our age. We might prefer to be talking about the Trinity or the two natures of Christ—and we should talk a lot about both doctrines—but the fact is that if we are going to be faithful as pastors, as Christians, and as a denomination we cannot avoid talking about sexuality. Sexual identity is one of the main sources of confusion and contention in our world—a reality that likely will not change in our lifetimes. We must find a way to navigate these issues that is biblically sound, theologically robust, historically informed, linguistically careful, relationally compassionate, and pastorally wise.”

The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans

Anne Kennedy has an insightful article on the theological legacy of Rachel Held Evans. “Increasingly marginalized American mainline denominations embraced a splintered reading of Scripture throughout the last century without making any real mark on evangelicalism. Evans popularized this confused reading, reaching many disenfranchised evangelicals just at the moment when they hungered and thirsted for a more culturally palatable Bible.”

God’s Inner Work

This article shows one Christian enjoying the fingerprints of God in nature.

Immediate Needs Have Priority

What a fascinating look at Kenyan (and/or wider African) views of money. “First come, first served is how financial matters typically work for the majority of Kenyans. In other words, for most Kenyans, money is allocated to the needs that are closest at hand. Out of sight means out of mind. You don’t think much beyond your daily bread. Why would you bother putting money in a bank account?”

Flashback: A Warning To Those Who Work With Words

You work in words, but your spouse does not. So when there are decisions to be made or arguments to be had, say your bit, but then step away and allow him or her to catch up, to form those thoughts, to make that full reply.

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    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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    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…

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

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