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A La Carte (November 8)

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

There are a few good Kindle deals including the excellent book Wired for Intimacy.

(Yesterday on the blog: Saved By the Quivering Of an Eye-Lid)

We Can’t Talk About Purity Culture without Talking About the 1990s

I really enjoy Samuel James’s reflections, whether on the past or the contemporary world. This new one is about purity culture.

Every Day I Climb The Mountain

“What if this momentary affliction that I experience every year is actually- in my weakness- giving God the opportunity to prepare me for something better? Maybe the darkness I face, part of the turmoil of this world, is the very thing that pushes me to seek God’s light and strength in ways that I otherwise wouldn’t have bothered.”

Resurrection Somehow

You will appreciate this reflection on the resurrection. “Not once in all his writings does he vacillate on the certainty of resurrection – in the experience of our Lord and, therefore, in that of his people. The principle is as firmly-tied to the person and work of the Saviour as it is possible to be, but the process, the actualising of resurrection for the believer, remains shrouded in a mystery that Paul is content to live with.”

What Does the Bible Say about Marriage?

Christoper Ash has a quick rundown on what the Bible says about marriage.

Continuance in Ministry

“I had a mentor who once told me, ‘It’s easy to start something in ministry, but it is very difficult to follow it through to the end.’ This is so very true.” Isn’t it, though?

Science Can’t Answer Transgenderism’s Deepest Questions

“Scientific studies can offer answers on outcomes and physiology. But they cannot tell us what it means to be male, female, or even human.” This article shows how science cannot answer the deepest (and, really, most important) questions about transgenderism.

Flashback: Taking Up a Collection in a Cashless World

…how do our churches make giving to the Lord an act of worship when, rather than being done corporately and manually, it is done electronically and automatically?

We have only to leave off watching and praying, and a noxious crop of unbelief will soon spring up.

—J.C. Ryle

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