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A La Carte (May 31)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a lot of books that will be worth a quick peek.

How the Self-Esteem Craze Took Over America

Here’s a fascinating longform article about the self-esteem nonsense that took over America in the 80s and 90s. “If you grew up, or raised a child, during the 1980s or 1990s, you almost certainly remember this sort of material, as well as goofy classroom exercises focusing on how special each individual child was. A certain ethos took hold during this time: It was the job of schools to educate, yes, but also to instill in children a sense of their own specialness and potential.” Turns out it was mostly nonsense.

What We Need Most

Kevin DeYoung: “The biggest need in your life, and in mine, is to see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. I’m convinced that more evangelism, more prayer, more fruitfulness, more holiness will flow from the fountain of our lives only when we start drinking more deeply of Christ.”

4 Practical Threats to the Church Today

There’s a lot we could say about threats to the church today, but I think Jared has aptly identified four common ones here.

Ladybug Wings (Video)

This little video shows the amazingly intricate process through which ladybugs deploy their wings and fold them up again.

Time for a Populist Bioethics Commission

Wesley J. Smith outlines some of the current concerns in bioethics and suggestions a possible way forward. “The discussions, such as they are, remain contained within the rarified atmosphere of scientific symposia, where they are conducted by the very people intent on pursuing these technologies.”

Who Was Joan of Arc? (Video)

“According to a recent survey, one out of every eight Americans thought that Joan of Arc was the wife of Noah! But the truth about Joan is a little more complex, a lot more interesting, and many years after Noah’s spouse. Here’s a quick video that explains more about her…”

Obsessed with Calories

Where did our calorie obsession come from? And is it really as important as we make it out to be?

Tiger Woods and the Danger of Building a Brand

There are lots of ways to apply this to the Christian world. “Perhaps the deepest lessons of the Woods story are the dangers when the gap between public image and private reality becomes too wide. We all wish to be liked and respected. Yet when image and truth become decoupled, when you participate in the sordid while colluding in the pretence that you are purer than the driven snow, the edifice is always likely to come crashing down.”

Flashback: Well-Planned, Hard, Sweat-Inducing Prayer and Work

Prayer and work belong together. They are like two oars that, when used together, keep a rowboat moving forward. If you use only one oar—praying without working or working without praying—you will row in circles.

Take care of your life and God will take care of your death.

—George Whitefield

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…