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A La Carte (October 4)

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It is, once again, a pretty good day for Kindle deals. We’ve been off to a strong start in October!

(Yesterday on the blog: Francis Chan’s Letters to the Church)

Twenty-Five Years Later

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview with Al Mohler in which he reflects on twenty-five years of leading the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Night Missionaries Smuggled One Million Bibles into China

Here’s a fun one from Mental Floss. “All the subterfuge hinted at a drug transaction. While it was true the group was dealing with contraband, it wasn’t of the narcotic variety. Each of the boxes contained 90 Bibles, written in Chinese characters, which were notoriously difficult to come by under the country’s Communist rule. A group of foreign missionaries had spent millions of dollars and risked their lives smuggling the Bibles into China.”

Stop Living In The Moment

“We used to speak of the Tyranny of the Urgent. It is time for us now to also address the Tyranny of the Moment. Although backing this up statistically would be hard, my instinct is that there has never been a group of people so slavishly beholden to the moment, to the right now, as we are.”

Stories of God’s Grace: Meet Dennis (Video)

You will enjoy meeting Dennis. “The Lord is at work redeeming and sanctifying a people for Himself. We are grateful for the opportunity to share this story of God’s grace with you. Meet Dennis.”

What Does it Mean That “God is the Head of Christ”?

Denny Burk takes a careful look at what it means that “God is the head of Christ.”

Raised by YouTube

Here’s an interesting one on future (and present, even) of children’s programming. “With all its decades of episodes, well-known characters, and worldwide brand recognition, Sesame Street has more than 5 billion views on YouTube. That’s impressive, but ChuChu has more than 19 billion. Sesame Street’s main feed has 4 million subscribers; the original ChuChu TV channel has 19 million—placing it among the top 25 most watched YouTube channels in the world.”

Keeping Technology in Its Proper Place

This is a really helpful with Andy Crouch. He focuses on issues like this: “How can families keep the ever-expanding arm of technology from encroaching upon healthy family life”?

Flashback: Hand in Hand, Heart Linked to Heart

But, at last, they came to a place on the road where two ways met; and here, amidst the terrors of a storm such as they had never before encountered, they parted company—the one being caught up to the invisible glory—the other, battered and bruised by the awful tempest, henceforth toiling along the road—alone.

Shall an agony of bloody sweat be recompensed by heavy eyelids and yawning mouths?

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • 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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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • 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 (June 18)

    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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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.