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A La Carte (September 27)


Today’s Kindle deals include just one single, solitary book.

Of greater interest may be Ligonier’s $5 Friday sale where you’ll find lots of good discounts.

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Joel Belz: “How can it be that something most of us once thought of as permanent (’till death do us part’) has become so fragile? Why have our expectations been so radically lowered that we’re scared, when we meet someone we haven’t seen for 10 years, to ask how the family is doing?”

Trans: The Sexual Revolution Turns Totalitarian

Rod Dreher offers some interesting comments on the totalitarian nature of the sexual revolution. “You can hardly escape this stuff. Even in Latin tutorials, they’re advocating for the Sexual Revolution. One aspect of totalitarianism is that it insists that everything that exists must be politicized.”

My friends at Compass Classroom started a monthly digital membership that includes all their high-quality video resources developed from a Christian worldview. I’ve known them since they first produced Modern Parables over a decade ago, and watched as they created new video curriculum for homeschoolers including Latin, Economics, History, Biology, and much more. Most recently, they produced the Is Genesis History? documentary and related materials that includes over 100 videos. You can get access to everything they’ve ever produced for one month free.

And God Saw That It Was Good But I Was Too Busy To Pay Attention

“So, in my middle age, I don’t know how to rest. The lights never have to be turned off. The water flows over my kitchen sink and into the basement because, though I put in the stopper, my handheld device distracts me and I wander away. I am obsessed with articles like this one, which I read two hours ago when I got up early, before dawn, because I could, because the light switch is right there. I read them and think, oh yes! Moar Productivity! This Will Be Great.”

Laziness Is Profoundly Unchristian

David Mathis explains why laziness is profoundly unchristian. “Work ethic is, in fact, profoundly spiritual. And the Scriptures do have a great deal to teach us about work ethic — not just in the hands-on sayings of Proverbs, but especially in the life and theologically refined ministry of the apostle Paul.”

How Do I Balance Life and Ministry? (Video)

Kevin DeYoung offers some tips on balancing life and ministry.

Kidnapper Ants Steal Other Ants’ Babies – And Brainwash Them (Video)

Sometimes nature is kind of nuts.

Dort at 400

There’s a new issue of Credo magazine available to read online.

Flashback: The Joys and Challenges of the Church in India

While I was in India, I had the privilege of sitting down with a dear friend who pastors a key local church in northern India. I got to ask him questions about some of the joys and some of the challenges of ministry in that great land. Here is our brief discussion.

If contentment is learned by resting in what we cannot see, discontentment results from seeking rest in physical things.

—Erik Raymond

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