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A La Carte (September 10)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some titles that I don’t think I’ve ever seen on sale before (like Remember Death).

(Yesterday on the blog: What’s the Point? (Alternative Ways to Frame Your Sermon))

The First Sexual Revolution: The Triumph of Christian Morality in the Roman Empire

Kevin DeYoung reviews a book about how Christianity changed sexual morality across the Roman Empire. It’s an interesting and important review, not just because it helps set biblical context, but also because it shows that we aren’t the only generation that’s had to face fearsome, harmful sexual mores.

‘Grand Bahama is Dead’: A Firsthand Look at Dorian’s Destruction

Here’s a blunt, descriptive, firsthand look at the utter devastation on Grand Bahama.

Words

This is a great little article on words and the Word.

How Conductors Lead Musicians (Video)

I don’t listen to a lot of the kind of music that necessitates a conductor, but I still enjoyed this look at what conductors are doing up there.

Praying Beyond the Prayer Card

Abigail Murrish: “I’m realizing more and more that my telos informs my prayers for my daughter. My prayers also reveal the telos. And so often that telos is the same as the culture around me—I want safety and comfort, academic and professional success, a respected reputation in my community, and financial security. The only difference is that Christianity is merely the mechanism I use to meet it. As I look at my prayers, I’m challenged to go to scripture and let it reshape my vision of ‘the good life,’ and then let that new vision reshape my prayers.”

Why Phones that Secretly Listen to Us Are a Myth

I wouldn’t say that this article offers conclusive proof that our phones are not eavesdropping on us, but I’d say it does a pretty good job of addressing what is probably an urban legend.

What Do My Best Days Cost?

“Think of what Jesus left behind when he came to us. All the joys of heaven, in the presence of the Father, make even the best days on earth seem like a wasteland. He gave it up to spend thirty years experiencing all the agony of humanity. Jesus, for whom the entire creation was made, emptied himself to become our servant.”

Flashback: Six Reasons Why Adultery Is Very Serious

Adultery is a serious matter. At least, it is a serious matter in the mind and heart of the God who created sex and marriage and who put wise boundaries on them both. But why?

So the end of the matter is this: Live for God. Obey the Scriptures. Think of others before yourself. Be holy. Love Jesus. And as you do these things, do whatever else you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, and you’ll be walking in the will of God.

—Kevin DeYoung

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    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…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • 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…