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A La Carte (September 28)

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Today is an amazing day for Kindle book collectors as there’s a large collection of excellent resources on theology and Christian living. You can find them on the Kindle deals page.

Logos users will want to check out this long list of commentaries on sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Side Of Perfect Beauty in Every Providence)

The Blessing of (Good) Authority

Jonathan Leeman makes an insightful points here: “Really, people don’t hate authority, because we all love the freedom to decide things and to create. We just don’t like other people’s authority because we like deciding and creating things for ourselves.”

If You Don’t Evangelize at Home, You Won’t Overseas?

“In this post I hope to offer a qualification to a good general principle. I have often heard it said that if you don’t share the gospel in your home culture, you won’t share it in a foreign culture either. There is no sanctification by aviation, it is said. I largely agree with this sentiment. Whether you live on mission at home is a very good indication of whether you will live on mission overseas or not.” But maybe it’s not quite so simple…

Do Smartphones Make Us Dumber?

Would any of us be that surprised if they do?

7 Questions about Conversion

Here’s a handy Q&A about conversion.

Three Theses About Cuties

Without commending every part of this article, I do think you’ll find it interesting in a number of ways, and especially with the framing of its three theses. It leads to this provocative (but demonstrably true) conclusion. “Cuties caused an uproar because post-60s liberalism lacks the resources to justify a taboo against pedophilia—and deep down, everyone knows it.”

Amy Coney Barrett Could Reshape The Supreme Court

WORLD magazine has an article about Amy Coney Barrett. “U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom President Donald Trump announced Saturday as his pick to replace Ginsburg, may well become a cultural inspiration for religious conservatives.” (Also, Joe Carter says 9 things about her while Al Mohler covers her nomination on The Briefing.)

Premature Beauty

“I did some research and found out that a common reason that trees change color before they should is because they are in distress. The beauty of the tree was brought about by its own personal distress, and God used our personal distress and pain to display His amazing grace and the beautiful colors of His glory.”

Flashback: How an Affair Really Begins

That decision to neglect the pursuit of your wife, that surrendering of marital intimacy, these were only the first small, sinful steps to the destruction of your marriage.

Our children should grow up with the voices of their fathers pleading for their souls in prayer ringing in their ears, leading to their salvation, or else haunting them for the rest of their lives.

—Megan Hill

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.