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A La Carte (November 16)


By way of update, we have now passed the halfway point of our quarantine and on Friday will have served out our 14 days. For those asking, my son’s funeral will be held on Saturday morning. Details are forthcoming.

There’s a nice little list of Kindle deals to browse through today.

Conflict Grabs Attention, But We Need To Bring Grace Instead

“If we’re not careful, social media can turn our natural desire for attention and approval into an environment where we seek those by being controversial, making extreme statements, stirring up anger, or the ‘playing to our base’ at an individual level.” Ain’t that the truth…

How Were People Saved In The Old Testament? (Video)

To ask the question is really to ask, “are there two gospels, or just one?” Steve Lawson explains here.

False Gospel: “Cut Off Toxic People”

It can sound like wisdom to cut out the toxic people in your life. “Cut-Off-Toxic-People begins with the belief that society has created some people toxic, and others pure. It is embraced by those who believe themselves to be among the pure. According to this false gospel, the Fall happens when the pure allow toxic individuals to negatively influence them. It happens as you’re surrounded by poisonous people. Redemption is found in cutting off toxic people. Ultimate restoration is living a peaceful life.”

The Incoming

Seth Godin reflects on all the “incoming” stuff in our lives.

Why You Need a Heavenly Perspective

It is good to be reminded of the importance of a heavenly perspective. “Hardship in this world should produce a deep longing for Heaven. An inheritance reserved for all those who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. A place where ‘there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain’ (Rev 21:4).”

8 Ways We Can Pursue Peace

I’m never sure how effective these “X ways” articles really are, but if you’d like to learn about better pursuing peace, this may be helpful.

Giving Is the Greatest Wealth

“The kind of wealth God’s economy produces and the kind of wealth the world’s economies produce are very different. The former makes us ‘enriched in every way to be generous in every way’ (2 Corinthians 9:11), while the latter threatens to pierce us with ‘many pangs’ (1 Timothy 6:10) and even to steal our soul (Matthew 16:26).”

Flashback: A Sober Warning from the Earliest Christians

Where tolerance once called for respect despite disagreement, today it calls for far more. We are considered tolerant only when we advocate and celebrate new understandings of marriage, sexuality, and gender.

The debt of children to a true Christian home, is one that never can be overpaid, or even fully discharged.

—J.R. Miller

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    The Least of My Children’s Accomplishments

    I know what it is to be a father and to take pride in the achievements of my children. I had not been a father for long when I learned that the least of my children’s accomplishments by far outshines the greatest of my own. Their smallest victory generates more delight than my largest and…

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    A La Carte (June 5)

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    A La Carte (June 4)

    A La Carte: The blame game / Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be / A kind invitation and lifelong friendship / Steered into error by those closest to you / Satan as “prince of the air” / Under the eaves / General market books / and more.

  • Bring Your Skills to the Missions World

    This week the blog is sponsored by TWR, also known as Trans World Radio, and is called to reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced. Pete and Debbie Lee were living the American dream. The parents of two children, the Lees lived in Greensboro, North Carolina, and were…

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    How Can You Mumble?

    Some of my most meaningful moments of public worship have been in settings where I did not speak the language. I have stood with a congregation in rural Zambia as they’ve clapped and moved and praised the Lord in Bemba, a language that is utterly unknown to me. I’ve sat with a congregation in the…

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    A La Carte (June 3)

    A La Carte: Life doesn’t always turn out like we thought it would / Hope for fallen Christians / AI as theological babel fish / Teenagers and parental hypocrisy / Is there a preferred Bible translation Christians should use? / Logos and Kindle deals / and more.