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A La Carte (October 30)


Happy birthday to my sweet Abby who turns 18 today! Unfortunately (for me) she’s 500 miles south of here at Boyce College. Still, her brother and friends are taking good care of her, I’m sure. And I’ll see her when term ends in just two weeks!

As usual, there are some Kindle deals to look at.

What You Need to Know about the Devil’s Tricks

He doesn’t fight fair! “The reality of life for Christians is that we have an enemy. From the beginning of human history, the Devil has been looking for ways to manipulate, tempt, hurt, and ultimately destroy God’s people. One of his oldest tricks is persecution.”

Three Practical Ways to Battle Depression

This article is not meant to deal with depression in a thorough way but rather to offer three very practical ways to battle it. And I think these practical ways are also very wise ways.

Reformation Week $5 Friday

Today, Ligonier Ministries is celebrating Reformation Week with a special $5 Friday. More than 100 books, DVDs, digital downloads, and more are available for $5 each. Don’t miss this opportunity to save on trusted resources while supplies last. (Sponsored Link)

Reformation Day

Tomorrow is Reformation Day, so here are a few relevant links:

On Autumn, Anxiety, and the World

This is a faith-filled reflection on autumn, anxiety, and the world. “I know the world feels like it’s in upheaval right now. I know, in both private and public ways, how we all feel sideways, waiting for the waves to set us back upright again. I feel this as I walk toward the house, whispering to myself as the day begins.”

Loving Difficult Neighbors Isn’t Optional

“Much like family, we don’t choose our neighbors. Depending on the situation, this can be delightful or dreadful.” Most of us can think of times it’s been both, I think.

Taking on the Revolutionary Program of Ibram X. Kendi

Denny Burk offers some thoughts on Ibram X Kendi’s mega-selling book How To Be an Anti-Racist.

Flashback: 7 Marks of a Deeply Deadly Sin

While every sin places you under the wrath of God, and while any sin is sufficient to create an eternal chasm between God and man, not every sin is identical.

Believe that God is strong enough to save your children, no matter how you fail.

—Elyse Fitzpatrick

  • Why Do I Feel Such Profound Loneliness?

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and is written by Steve DeWitt. The story of human loneliness has its roots in the character of God and God’s purpose in creating us.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created…

  • Stop Swiping Start Serving

    Stop Swiping, Start Serving

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not

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    A La Carte (May 20)

    A La Carte: What media got wrong about supposed Christian self-immolation / We are walking on holy ground / “His Glory and My Good” / How pop Nietzscheanism masquerades as Christianity / Why a full calendar doesn’t necessarily produce mature church members / Thinking biblically about social justice / John Piper Kindle deals / and…

  • One Measure of Greatness

    One Measure of Greatness

    While all of us ought to see evidence of marked growth in our knowledge of God, our relationship with him, and our obedience to him, none of us ever evolves beyond our need for the ordinary means of grace. We never “level up” to such a degree that we gain access to some hidden extraordinary…

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 18)

    A La Carte: What it takes to survive ministry / The power of prayer / The dog’s game / Why do Christians do bad things? / Does it matter whether seminary education is in-person or online? / Greet one another with a … what? / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Reflective)

    This week the giveaway is sponsored by  Zondervan Reflective. When writers write, they are getting in touch with the image of God in them. This is true in some way of all artistry, but writers especially create worlds, characters, histories, and transformation–all ex nihilo (“out of nothing”). In The Storied Life, veteran author Jared C. Wilson…