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A La Carte (November 26)

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Today’s Kindle deals include quite a long list of interesting books.

The final pre-Black Friday deal from Logos is 25% off Logos 8 Gold.

(Yesterday on the blog: 4 Common Critics and Constructive Ways to Respond to Them)

Core Convictions about Prayer

Here are a few core convictions about prayer. “To experience God in our midst we must be people of prayer. To be people of prayer we need to know what prayer is. From the example of David in Psalm 109, we can see that prayer is the total offering of oneself to God for everything that is needed. Because of this people of prayer affirm several core convictions.”

Five Key Questions to Ask of Your Church Polity

Stephen Kneale suggests five questions to ask of your church polity.

Charting How the Time Parents Spend with Kids Changes as They Grow Up

“There is a saying about kids passed down from one generation of parents to another: ‘When they are little, your arms hurt. When they are older, your heart hurts.’ This is not just folk wisdom: According to data tracking how parents spend time with children at different ages, it checks out statistically.”

The Beauty of Nostalgia

Jared Wilson writes about the beauty and power of nostalgia: “We cannot stay there. Anyone stuck in a nostalgic space is stuck in unreality. And the truth is, much of our nostalgic dreaming is fantasizing about a fantasy, not anything actually experienced. There is a kind of nostalgia that is actually harmful.”

You’re Not One of those Evangelicals Are You?

“I’d just settled into the plane for the five hour flight back home across this great brown land called Australia, and I was tired. The Friday night flight from Sydney to Perth is invariably late taking off (a thunderstorm this time? Nice move, didn’t see that one!), and inevitably jam-packed with sweaty businessmen and over-perfumed ladies playing Tetris with their hand luggage in the overheads.”

How to Pray for the Global Church

Here’s a solid and not-gimmicky article about how to pray for the global church.

What Does the Bible Say about Divorce and Remarriage? (Video)

Tom Schreiner answers in this episode of Honest Answers from Southern Seminary. (For a lengthier treatment, see Andy Naselli’s article on the topic.)

Flashback: Purchasing Joy

When I’m bored or feeling down, I can find myself thumbing through the Best Buy catalog, just browsing, hoping to notice something that will make all the difference. It’s joy I want, and I somehow think I can buy it.

God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.

—Elisabeth Elliot

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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