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A La Carte (September 4)


It has been a strong week for Kindle deals, and the tend continues today with another batch of good books.

A Case for Being Honest with Your Elders

Wendy Alsup writes about the important of being honest and vulnerable with your elders. “I snuck into the bright sanctuary of the church and snagged a seat on the back row, taking in the people, the pastor, and the liturgy of the service. I was home for Christmas visiting my parents in South Carolina, knowing that, due to the divorce bearing down on my family, I would be moving there from Seattle for good in a few months. I was going to be landing in South Carolina broken and hurting. Despite the safety net my family provided, I knew I needed a strong church community.”

Moynihan’s Law

Andrew Wilson tells how Moynihan’s Law may apply to Christians. “‘The amount of violations of human rights in a country,’ argued Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, ‘is always an inverse function of the amount of complaints about human rights violations heard from there. The greater the number of complaints being aired, the better protected are human rights in that country.’ In other words: the better things get, the worse they seem.”

A Stranger Helped My Family at Our Darkest Moment

This one isn’t written by a Christian writer, but is a well-told story of how a stranger helped her family.

Metaxas, Profanity, and Dignity

Samuel James writes about a recent situation with Eric Metaxas. “The F-word has made a stunningly quick journey from cultural stigma to cultural mainstay, but that does not change its meaning or the imagery it is intended to conjure up. Until very recently anyone who shouted such a thing at a mixed group would have been publicly shamed at a minimum, and likely physically confronted.”

How Do Potholes Work? (Video)

While it’s probably not the most enthralling subject for a video, if you encounter as many potholes as I do, you may be interested to know where they come from.

Why Was Satan Allowed to Torment Job? (Job 1)

What Bible-reader hasn’t wondered why Satan was allowed to tempt Job?

Thinking Theologically About Racial Tensions (Series)

Kevin DeYoung edited his series on thinking theologically about racial tensions and put it all in a single PDF file. It’s a helpful resource.

Flashback: You Must Put Sin to Death

The world, the flesh, and the devil tell us to pursue our sin, to enjoy our sin, to go deeper and deeper into our sin, to identify ourselves by our sin, to become our sin. God’s Word tells us to identify our sin, to hate our sin, to destroy our sin. And by God’s grace we can do that very thing.

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.

—C.S. Lewis

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.