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A La Carte (May 4)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of titles, but perhaps one will grab your attention. Also, the Counterpoint series of “multiple views” books is on sale.

Westminster Books has a deal on books related to productivity. If you buy Matt Perman’s new one, they’ll include a copy of the Student Edition of my book Do More Better.

(Yesterday on the blog: My New Book: Devoted)

A Response to Andy Stanley on “Theological Correctness”

“Andy Stanley just made waves. At the recent Orange Conference, Stanley spoke on John 17 and said that oneness in the faith is ‘more important than being theologically correct.’ The broader context of his remarks was the need for church unity.” This article is a response to that statement, but it comes down to the common error of thinking unity comes apart from theology, not through it.

I Don’t Deserve This

“It’s not hard to see the difficult parts of pastoral ministry. Expectations are high. The weight of pastoring is heavy. Discouragement is a constant temptation. People can and will hurt us. It’s right to be honest about these. Paul was. He frequently wrote about the challenges he faced as an apostle (2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 11:16-29). He was honest when people let him down (2 Timothy 1:15, 4:16). Paul was honest, but he didn’t throw a pity party. Despite his difficulties, Paul understood the incredible privilege of ministry.”

What’s the Difference Between Hibernation and Sleep? (Video)

“The Arctic Ground Squirrel hibernates by burrowing under the permafrost and slipping into a state of suspended animation. The female black bear can give birth while she hibernates. The fat-tailed dwarf lemur prepares to hibernate by storing its fat reserves in its tail – doubling its body weight. Why do these animals go to such extremes?” This short video explains.

Violence Against Women Begins in the Womb

This is an important one from Christianity Today.

Be The Change You Want To See On The Internet

Jasmine Holmes talks about some changes she would like to see in the way people engage with each other online. “Sometimes, I feel like the entire purpose of social media is to join the right clique and then spend the rest of forever measuring applicants to the clique and puffing ourselves up when we find them wanting.”

Why We Sent Our Children to Local State Schools

I always appreciate reading different perspectives on schooling. This article outlines some of the benefits to public schooling.

Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, May 2018

Here are some of the columns from this month’s issue of Tabletalk Magazine. Many of them are freely available online.

Flashback: 6 Very Good Reasons To Consider Your Short Little Life

Here are some blessings that will be yours when you pause to consider your short little life.

This is the heart of prayer—not getting things from God, but getting God.

—David Mathis

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    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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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    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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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    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…