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A La Carte (October 11)


This week Westminster Books has a deal on a new book titled You Are Still a Mother that will be of comfort to many, I’m sure. They have a number of related titles on sale, including my own Seasons of Sorrow.

There are a few good Kindle deals today as well.

Psalms for Men Who Are Struggling

“The Psalms made no sense to me when I was in college because they sounded so bleak. Here were these compositions that were supposed to be so worshipful, but the Psalmists just spent too much time complaining about how hard life was. Now that I’m in my 40s, the Psalms resonate with me because in my frustration with the difficulties of life, I’ve said many of the things they say.”

Today’s Defining Question: What Is a Human?

Trevin Wax says, perhaps rightly, that the great theological battle of our day will be over anthropology. “What does it mean to be embodied? What do our bodies signify? What does our design say about our identity and purpose?”

Structured Song: a qualified appreciation of church hymnals

Andrew provides a qualified appreciation of church hymnals. “Much has been gained through the use of this new technology, but in this article I want to offer some appreciation for what hymnals brought and bring to the church, and how we could harness some of their benefits without necessarily sacrificing the help that technology has been to us in this area.”

Top Tips for Parents

There are some tips here that parents may find useful as they raise their children in a world like this.

On the Waves

I enjoyed this new poem “On the Waves” by Esther.

You Should Try Writing the Conclusion of Your Sermon First

I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who finds it beneficial to write the end of a sermon before the beginning. It doesn’t always work out, but often it does…

Flashback: Longing for What’s Second Best

While we can and should pray for those things we long for, we should always pray that what we long for would be according to God’s will.

I’m convinced that there is nothing that can happen to me in this life that is not precisely designed by a sovereign Lord to give me the opportunity to learn to know Him.

—Elisabeth Elliot

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    The Most Dangerous Thing a Christian Can Do

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    A La Carte (June 24)

    A La Carte: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and God’s beautiful providence / The Psalms’ quiet case for musical diversity / How to criticize your pastor / A new day / Take every thought captive / Sitting on suitcases / Kindle deals / and more.

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    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

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    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…