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A La Carte (September 4)


I was not able to track down much by way of Kindle deals today, but if you missed them over the long weekend, be sure to check in as there are lots to be had.

(Yesterday on the blog: Have We Finally Hit Peak Attractional?)

From a Moral-Historical Perspective, This Crisis is Worse Than You Realize

Here’s another perspective on what’s unfolding within the Roman Catholic Church. “That’s a rather horrible irony, isn’t it? The very men most authoritatively charged with the evangelization of all the nations are full-steam ahead bringing about the devangelization of the nations. In doing so, these priests, bishops, and cardinals at the very heart of the Catholic Church are acting as willing agents of repaganization, undoing 2,000 years of Church History.”

India’s Ingenious Approach to Life

There are few countries more fascinating than India. “Travel through rural India and jugaad is everywhere. It’s the rickety truck powering an entire village’s electricity, or the makeshift TV aerials fashioned from coat hangers. It’s seen in the country’s garishly painted trikes, also called ‘jugaads’, that sometimes carry 20 people despite often being powered by a noisy water-pump motor and patched together from spare parts like old motorbike pieces and wooden planks.”

The Reward of Careful Walking

“Doubtful things we need not wonder about; they are wrong for us. Tempting things we must not play with, but run from them speedily. Better to be sneered at as a Puritan than to be despised as a hypocrite. Careful walking may involve much self-denial, but it has pleasures of its own that are more than a sufficient reward.”

3 Barriers Keeping the Disabled from Church

Are these barriers keeping disabled people from your church? “While there are the obvious barriers to accessibility like building structure and communication, there are three barriers we often overlook when considering the accessibility of our churches.”

9 Things You Should Know About the STD Crisis

“Sexually transmitted diseases have hit crisis levels and are on the rise in America, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data show that total chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases hit an all-time high in 2017 with nearly 2.3 million cases reported to CDC, surpassing the total reported to CDC for 2016 by more than 200,000 cases. Here are nine things you should know about the current STD crisis in America.”

Covenant Vows

“The vows we make in front of God and family in our white dresses and tuxes, with filtered spring sunlight illuminating our pictures, aren’t for these days. The sweet days of filtered sunlight and happy smiles don’t require binding agreements to keep folks together. No one has to twist your arm to love your spouse, care for your child, or persevere with your church on such beautiful days glowing with the warmth of new hope and promise for the future. No, covenants aren’t for those days at all.”

Why You Should Go to Church Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

This is a great extended quote from Justin Taylor’s blog! “Friends, do you realize how vital it is to gather here together on the Lord’s Day, Sunday after Sunday? Satan loves to isolate us. This is a killer! Don’t neglect to gather together with God’s people in worship! You’re here today—but your presence here today is not just for today. It’s for five years from now. Twenty years from now.”

Flashback: What Do You Do With the Will of God?

As Christians, we desire God’s will, we seek God’s will, we approve of it, we delight in it, and we do it.

We have to determine our theology from the Word of God, not from what we feel.

—R.C. Sproul

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