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A La Carte (May 7)

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The God of love and peace be with you, my friends.

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books you will want to consider.

(Yesterday on the blog: Do You Practice?)

How to Love Every Version of Your Wife

Here’s a word for husbands. “To truly love all the versions of your wife, you have to develop endless amounts of grace. Grace is what she needs. It’s what will ease her out of her darker times, what will reassure her when she is afraid, lonely, or lacking in confidence. Grace is what will keep her from withdrawing or collapsing or deciding that you aren’t capable of leading her spiritually.”

A Christian’s Perspective on Artificial Intelligence

“The age of artificial intelligence has dawned upon humanity.” Dustin Ryan gives the lay of the lands and discusses both the potential upsides and downsides of the technology. “This essay will help Christians understand this new technology: its benefits, its risks, and then some guiding principles to consider. In the end, I will argue that AI is a tool that has real dangers—but also very real possibilities for aiding with the Great Commission.”

If God Is Sovereign, Why Pray?

This is a solid answer to a common question. Essentially, we pray to God because he is sovereign, not despite his sovereignty.

The Beauty of Intergenerational Friendship

Kim Barnes describes the beauty and the benefit of intergenerational friendships.

Summer Break and the Challenge of Home

Students who are heading home for the summer will benefit from this article. “When I was a college student, I had a weird relationship with the concept of ‘home.’ As I approached the end of a semester, I longed to go back home to my parents’ house for break. I looked forward to the familiarity, the family, and the rest. After some time at my parents’ house, though, that longing for home would return.”

Assessing the Arguments for and Against Physician-Assisted Suicide

Wayne Grudem assesses the arguments for and against physician-assisted suicide.

Flashback: Is Your Church Christian or Christianish?

There is nothing better for your spiritual wellbeing than to be in a Christian church. There is nothing worse for your spiritual wellbeing than to be in a Christianish church. Here are a few marks of each.

To be always mindful of the Word of the Lord is to be always mindful of the Lord himself.

—James Hamilton

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    A La Carte (May 7)

    A La Carte: How to love every version of your wife / A Christian’s perspective on AI / If God is sovereign, why pray? / Summer break and the challenge of home / Assessing the arguments for and against physician-assisted suicide / and more.

  • Do You Practice

    Do You Practice?

    There is little we are called to in life that is purely intuitive. There is little that truly matters to our lives, yet comes to us innately. To the contrary, almost everything that is important and almost everything that matters requires practice. What matters most in life is love. We are called to love the…

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    A La Carte (May 6)

    A La Carte: A response to John MacArthur’s statement on mental health / How much should churches pay their pastors? / Love is no longer my god / The fatally friendless father / Fear of missing out / Keeping watch / Kindle deals / and more.

  • As He Reaches Toward Us

    As He Reaches Toward Us, We Reach Toward Him

    When it comes to our growth as Christians, there are two related truths we need to understand and keep constantly in mind: Advance in the Christian life, which is to say advance in our relationship with God and advance in being like God, comes by a combination of God’s work and our work.

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 4)

    Weekend A La Carte: What happens when you stop getting bored? / Brian Cox is angry at the Bible / There’s really no good reason to use TikTok / AI, the future, and our chief end / Graduation is the right time for ambivalence / What about abortion in the case of rape? / and…

  • Choose Better

    Choose Better

    Over the course of a lifetime, not to mention over the course of any given month or week, we have to make many decisions. Some of them are consequential and some insignificant, some change the course of our lives and some barely even register. Yet as Christians we know we are responsible before God to…