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A La Carte (May 31)


Today is your final chance to grab this month’s free and nearly-free books from Logos. The options aren’t tremendously exciting, but they are still worth a look. You may also want to look at their Memorial Day sale and May deals which also wrap up today.

Over at Westminster Books you’ll find a great new edition of Christianity & Liberalism on sale.

There are some good Kindle deals available today as well.

Is Being Salt And Light Really Worth It?

Unati Manyela: “When I was young, missionaries came to my hometown in Willowvale (KuGatyane) in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and built a school, planted a church and spent years evangelizing our hearts with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They did that in a very practical way, teaching and practising the gospel of love, charity and by modelling true works of grace and compassion. They were young themselves, worked so hard, sacrificed a lot and often had little fruit to show for it.”

Known But to God

“The changing of the guard wouldn’t begin for another fifteen minutes. While waiting, I found myself arrested by a mixture of overwhelming grief and pride for the dignity bestowed in this place. I stared at the large rectangular memorial in front of me and pored over the words etched into its face: ‘Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.’” Brianna reflects on the idea of being “known but to God.”

Let’s Pray Real Quick

It’s okay to pray real quick at times, but Andrea reminds us that it shouldn’t be our default posture.

The Bible and Wallpaper

One of the struggles we can encounter in our times of devotion is the familiarity of it all. Jacob offers some tips on preventing a casual relationship with the Bible.

Treading The Path Toward Death

Chris considers that in all of life we are treading the path toward death.


Rebecca VanDoodewaard writes for those who have been uprooted. “If you, like so many around this world, have been uprooted from your home and community, you may be facing temptations to discouragement, self-pity, or frustration as you are forced to let go of the known and put out roots into the unknown. Here are some biblical truths that can help homesick hearts.”

Flashback: Whatever Is False, Whatever Is Immoral, Whatever Is Prejudiced…

If divine peace flows toward those who discipline their minds to fixate on all that is lovely and pleasing to God, divine peace flows away from those who allow their minds to fixate on all that is unlovely and on all that is displeasing to God.

A prayer breathed from a sincere heart, it is heaven’s delight.

—William Gurnall

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.