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A La Carte (November 19)


I know there are some who plan to live-stream Nick’s funeral service on Saturday. For that reason I have created a page that can be bookmarked; a link to the video will be added on Saturday morning. The service will begin at approximately 10 AM EST.

Also, many have asked if there is a way to honor Nick’s memory. We would ask you to consider the Nick Challies Memorial Scholarship through which we hope to see men trained to carry out the work that was so near and dear to Nick—local church ministry.

There is once again an impressive list of Kindle deals to work through.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self)

But When Will I Be a Man, Sir?

There are some interesting cross-cultural observations on manhood in this article. “We are all so prone to confuse our principles with our own cultural expressions. Being a man in America means I don’t hold another man’s hand, whereas I might be expected to in Melanesia or Central Asia. Manliness is often communicated in the West as a rough, unkempt sort of look, whereas Central Asian manly men are into immaculate grooming, poetry, flowers, and drinking tea from small dainty glass cups. Be careful if you laugh though, they all know how to jerry-rig the electricity as well as shoot an AK-47. Yes, while also wearing skinny jeans.”

A Story About A Call To Missions

I love hearing about how different people experience the call to missions.

Henry ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia and the Birth of Christian Missions in the Hawaiian Islands

“Henry ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia lived only 26 years and is seldom known outside of Hawaii. And yet, many believe that his love for the gospel changed the course of his islands forever.” What a fascinating story…

Our Weeping Saviour

What a blessing it is to have a Saviour who has wept.

How Do I “Count It All Joy” ?

“Joy does not arise naturally from us as we suffer the effects of the fall of this life. Why would James exhort the readers of his epistle to ‘count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds’ (James 1:2)? His words seem to be jarring initially, especially at the beginning of a letter to exiles who have been dispersed from their homes…”

The Last Children of Down Syndrome

It is nothing less than a tragedy that Down Syndrome is being eradicated, and that’s because eradicating the condition is actually eradicating the people. This is a tragic longform article from The Atlantic. “Down syndrome is frequently called the ‘canary in the coal mine’ for selective reproduction. It was one of the first genetic conditions to be routinely screened for in utero, and it remains the most morally troubling because it is among the least severe. It is very much compatible with life—even a long, happy life.”

Flashback: Give Me a Man with an Open Bible!

It’s far better to hear a sermon on marriage by an unmarried man with an open Bible than an experienced husband who brings nothing more than his own wisdom.

Everywhere there’s a believer on this earth, there should be a taste of the victory that Christ will bring when he comes to reign on earth.

—Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.