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A La Carte (November 27)


The list of Kindle deals today is not huge, but it features some really good books.

(Yesterday on the blog: I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye)

You Are Blessed to be a Blessing

“We are so prone to think of our Christian walk in individualistic ways, aren’t we? We do our devotions, we go to church, we spend time with family, we interact with other Christians, and we work our jobs. No doubt, these are all blessings from God that should be enjoyed. There is a beauty in the ordinary. We shouldn’t expect every day to be a radical day. But because you have been blessed by Christ, the way you interact act with the ordinary and all other areas of your life should be distinctly marked by a desire to bless others.”

I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye

Here’s a review of I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye that is nicely balanced in identifying IKDG’s strengths and weaknesses.

Look Up, Child

And in this article on I Survived, Samuel James picks up on something I wrote and takes it a few notches further. “Where is the broader discussion about why a 23 year old would even have the opportunity to create such a formative moment for so many evangelicals?”

Reading the Bible for the Ten Thousandth Time

“By instinct we know that first-time readers of the Bible need guidance. But long-time readers need help too. In this article we’ll explore some of the ways to combat boredom and lethargy for experienced Bible readers.” That sounds like a good thing to read as we approach the start of a new year.

We See You (Video)

“I usually write about my autistic son Jack, but this one is for his brothers and sisters. Special needs siblings often get overlooked, but today, I want us all to sit up and take notice of their effort, their sacrifice, and their compassion.”

Sleep with Your Boots On

Jared Wilson: “Do you know that the devil is fully aware of your weaknesses? He knows your particular blind spots, your vulnerabilities. He knows which sins you struggle with the most. He knows what things irritate you, frustrate you, and distract you. He knows exactly what desire or longing is specific to your personality and wiring. And he is every day working the angles to exploit them and bring you down. Satan has a file on you, and he is working it every minute of every day to make sure you fall.”

It’s Not Our Job to “Finish” the Missionary Task

These are some good thoughts about our task as Christians. “The Great Commission tells us that the irreducible task of missions is making disciple-making disciples who are baptized into church-planting churches who go throughout the whole world teaching obedience to all that Jesus commanded. This may not make for a quippy motto, but we shouldn’t be alarmed that our role in God’s purposes can’t fit in a tweet or on a bumper sticker.”

Flashback: The Makings of a Miserable Millennial

If the millennial generation has experienced such ease and privilege, why are so many adrift and purposeless? In this video I ponder the making of a miserable millennial.

Real spiritual growth is always growth downward, so to speak, into profounder humility, which in healthy souls will become more and more apparent as they age.

—J.I. Packer

  • 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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  • 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: 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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