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A La Carte (May 5)


The God of peace be with you today.

This week Westminster Books has a deal on Michael Kruger’s book Surviving Religion 101.

When Adoption Comes Full Circle

Don’t miss this neat account of an adoption come full circle. “She found me a few years back through Facebook, approaching with respect and grace. We reached out tentatively at first, then forged a sisterhood nurtured by a gradual opening of hearts around the shared love of a precious baby, now grown.”

Where is the Love?

I had this exact question a few weeks ago (and answered it the same way). “The answer to Question 4 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism – God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth– But where is the Love? God is Love (1 John 4:8). It is not as if the framers of the Shorter Catechism didn’t know this. So why omit it?”

The Claim about Homosexuality in the Film 1946 Is Irrelevant

“An upcoming documentary film claims the RSV translators of the Bible wrongly inserted the word ‘homosexuals’ in a New Testament passage back in 1946. The film, titled 1946: The Mistranslation that Shifted a Culture, tells the tale of how a 21-year-old seminary student wrote a letter to the translation team to alert them of the alleged error. Although the RSV translators ended up changing the translation in 1971, it was apparently too late. The film claims that subsequent English translations followed the RSV’s lead and wrongly used the word ‘homosexuals,’ which led to decades of mistreatment of the LGBTQ community.”

We Need to Grow Old Together

Stephen McAlpine: “I don’t want to grow old, period. And I know it will be a challenge to grow old together. It’s confronting. But it’s also comforting. Perhaps the intimacy built up over the previous decades is exactly what prepares us for the rather less arousing intimacy of wiping up after someone when they have soiled themselves or of helping them undress in a way that leads to sleep not sex.”

Why the India/Bangladesh Border Was the Most Complex EVER (Video)

It sure was!

The Winsome Christian

“The word ‘winsome’ is not in the Bible. Yet it’s worth pondering this old-fashioned concept as it relates to the witness of the modern-day church. A winsome life is attractive and inviting, exactly the sort of life every Christian should aim to lead.”

Amnesia and Prayer

In this one George Sinclair reflects on answered prayer.

Flashback: 2 Ways To Look at the People in Your Church

There are two ways for you to look at the people in your own local church—you can look at them by where they’ve come from or by where they still need to go. You can choose to focus on all the progress they’ve made, or you can choose to focus on all the progress they still need to make.

Personal sin always results in collateral damage…Personal obedience always results in collateral benefit.

—Jen Wilkin

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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…