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A La Carte (May 8)

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I am taking a week’s vacation with my family, so you will find only A La Carte updates at the blog this week. Original content articles will resume again next week.

Westminster Books has deals on a good number of new and noteworthy books released this spring.

Today’s Kindle deals include a nice selection from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: Deeper Than Our Deepest Need)

Admitting Your Views Have Changed Is Better Than Pretending Everyone Else Is Crazy

Yes, indeed! “Here’s something I see a lot of right now. A person with a history of certain public opinions will slowly begin voicing opinions that, while not explicitly contradicting their old views, are clearly in tension with them. These new opinions are evident to most observers, many of whom wonder when and where this person changed. But instead of offering insight into how their views have shifted, this person will insist that nearly everyone around them has changed in some way.”

The true significance of King Charles’ Coronation

Murray Campbell explains (some of) the true significance of King Charles’ coronation.

If God is Good, Why Do So Many Bad Things Happen?

Jim Elliff considers a question that is nearly as old as time itself.

Do You Hate Coldness?

“Sometimes someone says something to you at just the right moment, that serves as a crucial course correction in your life. I can remember one of those moments about seven years ago during a conversation with one of my pastors.”

How to Read Wisdom Literature

This article has several good pointers about properly reading the Bible’s wisdom literature.

The Fire Had No Power Over Their Bodies

Doug Eaton: “‘The fire had not any power over the bodies of those men’ (Daniel 3:27). These are the words spoken of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego while in the fiery furnace. It is a common truth; fire has power over bodies when the two come into contact, but not so in this case. The fire could not even singe their hair or burn their clothes. Unlike when you spend time near a campfire, they did not even have the smell of smoke on them. This event teaches us many things, but here are four encouragements to keep in mind.”

Flashback: One Woman in the Right Mightier than Four Hundred Men in the Wrong

There are many characters in the Bible who display extraordinary character in extraordinary circumstances. Among them is Abigail, whose story is told in 1 Samuel 25. I love this telling of the story from the mouth of the nineteenth century preacher De Witt Talmage.

As some of the best berries grow on the sharpest thorns, so some of the sweetest consolations of the Gospel grow on the most stinging affliction.

—De Witt Talmage

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