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A La Carte (September 17)


There is a pretty good list of Kindle deals to look at today.

I have returned from my week-long trip to India. I was there primarily to visit sites related to my EPIC project, but I also had the opportunity to speak at a conference for pastors and to spend many, many hours getting to know Indian brothers and sisters from all across the nation. I enjoyed the trip, but am glad to be home!

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped: Frequently Asked Questions)

Why Are so Many Teenage Girls Appearing in Gender Clinics?

This is quite an interesting article in the modern phenomenon of transgenderism and how it is spreading among teenage girls.

Our Dangerous Diet of Clips, Tweets, Memes, and Headlines

“There is a place for skimming and for a shallow understanding; we don’t all need to know the ins and outs of jam-making, cricket, or dolphin echo-location. But if a topic matters – if it is something we are going to share with others, debate, and hold strong opinions about – then as servants of the Truth, we need to dig deeper and truly understand. That’s what we need to do to properly reflect and represent the God of Truth (John 14:6).”

An Interview with the Author of the Definitive Treatment on Christian Universalism

I really enjoyed this article with an author who has written the definitive treatment of Christian universalism.

No, I Don’t Do Morning Devotionals — So Quit Asking

“Can we learn from each other? Of course. Can we inspire each other to better habits? Most definitely. But I can’t judge your relationship with Him based upon my own patterns. The Bible gives us a lot of freedom to be ourselves.”

The Catholic Church Is Breaking Apart. Here’s Why

Here’s a very interesting take on the current issues within the Roman Catholic Church, why it matters, and what may happen next.

Planned. Purchased. Preserved. How God Saves and Keeps a Sinner

“The moment we lose sight of the work of the Trinity in our salvation, we are drifting away from the whole Bible’s witness to the glory of our salvation.”

Discontent: Comparing What Is to What Could Have Been

“In the modern West, our baseline expectation for what life should be is set higher than at any other time or place. But this new expectation has come with a high cost we may not notice as clearly as we should.”

Flashback: The Wise God and the Suffering Christian

Why do Christians suffer? Why aren’t Christians relieved from trouble, from pain, from suffering? If God is powerful and wise, why doesn’t he direct his power and wisdom toward more comfortable lives for the ones he loves and redeems?

It was God’s Word that made us; is it any wonder that His Word should sustain us?

—C.H. Spurgeon

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