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A La Carte (October 12)


The Lord be with you and bless you today.

If you’re into Kindle deals, there are a few from yesterday and today.

Yesterday’s link to Samuel James’ review of When Narcissism Comes to Church was broken. I apologize for that! You can find it here.

The Silent Sin That Kills Christian Love

Here’s Trevin Wax on a too-common sin. “Perhaps the test of faithfulness in a day of moral degradation will be our love for people across chasms of difference. Faithfulness isn’t in showy displays that we hate all the right people. Faithfulness isn’t in adopting a contemptuous posture toward the current president or the former one. The way of the cross rejects the path of sneers and jeers, whether in the form of elite condescension or populist passion.”

A Call For Trailblazers

This missionary has “a call for trailblazers. A few are called to this hard and wonderful work. A great many will be called to the crucial work of sending and supporting them. May God show us which one he is calling each one of us to.”

How Can We Trust the Bible When It Contains Inconsistencies?

One thing I appreciate about Christians and “inconsistencies” in the Bible is that we don’t run from them, but rather seek to understand them. “I am finding inconsistencies in the Gospels that really bother me. But if it contains contradictory accounts, how can we trust what the Bible says?”

Shades of Grace

“Roman Catholic, Cheap Grace, and Reformed Christian sit in a small country pub, discussing justification. To the surprise of each, ‘It is of grace’ they assert, one by one.” This article does a good job of showing the distinctions between three different understandings of God’s saving grace.

May the Lord Make Me Truly Thankful

Darryl Dash: “One of my goals as I get older is to become more thankful, more aware of God’s grace in all that he’s given me to enjoy. As far as I can see, the only alternative is to become more entitled, and that’s not an option I want to explore.”

Who Says Who We Are—Man or Maker?

“There are a lot of questions we humans have about ourselves. How are we made to function? How should we build relationships like friendships and marriages? Should there be any boundaries for sexual activity? What’s the best way to resolve conflict? There’s an endless—and important—list of questions.”

Flashback: Susie

This telling of Susie’s life is long overdue. It is well-researched, well-written, and well worth the read. It has deservedly become the definitive account of an important life.

…humility is not the antonym of strength. On the contrary, those who tremble at God’s word are those most likely to stand against human opposition.

—Gavin Ortlund

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    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

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