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A La Carte (May 31)

Today’s A La Carte comes to you from Lusaka, Zambia where I spent yesterday at African Christian University. (You can keep an eye on my Instagram if you’d like to see what I’m up to.) Unfortunately I wasn’t able to track down any new Kindle deals and will hope for better things tomorrow.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Warning TO Those Who Work with Words)

A World War 2 Mystery Is Solved

“Heaven Can Wait is one of 30 U.S. aircraft retrieved by Project Recover, a six-year-old nonprofit that collaborates with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, the arm of the Pentagon tasked with finding and returning fallen military personnel.”

Christian Calling and Mixed Metaphors

“Is this all Christians are here on earth? Are we fighting sin, making disciples and, otherwise, marking time until Christ returns? Thinking of ourselves as merely pilgrims or exiles almost inevitably leads to such a narrow view of Christian life.”

God Doesn’t Need Talented People

I’m thankful he doesn’t! “The apostle Paul, being quite familiar with the church’s craving for powerful personalities, often spoke differently. He liked to turn our natural expectations upside down by introducing terms like weakness, suffering, and grace into our vocabularies.”

The False Gospel of Expressive Individualism

There’s a newish gospel in town. Or at least some make it out to be. Have you heard of it? It’s called expressive individualism.” Hint: It’s (also) not the true gospel.

God’s Grace for Foster Parents

“Fostering is hard. A child comes into our home, alters the norm of our everyday lives for a number of weeks or months, and then by government order leaves as quickly as he or she came. Many find it difficult that we regularly let children we’ve grown attached to go back home, usually never to see them again.”

Why Are Self-Driving Cars Taking So Long? (Video)

It seems we are a long ways away from fully autonomous vehicles…

Essential Latin for Reformed Christians

I am enjoying this series on key Latin phrases for Reformed Christians.

Flashback: The King Is Within Earshot

If you would simply consider how much God loves that other person, you would never speak ill of him. If you would consider the work God has accomplished for that person and in that person, you would only ever speak words that esteem him. You would guard every word, you would commend every grace.

To honestly proclaim the greatness of Christ requires honestly confessing the bankruptcy of our own souls.

—Jared Wilson

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