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Sunday A La Carte

Most weeks I publish A La Carte articles from Monday to Saturday. But some weeks I find so much good material that I create an extra edition, and that’s exactly the case today. So here is one of those rare Sunday editions of A La Carte. I hope you enjoy it!

Andrew Peterson’s On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is on sale today for Kindle.

When Amazon Erased My Book

You may have heard that Ryan T. Anderson’s book on transgenderism mysteriously disappeared from Amazon. He explains the situation in this article. (For what it’s worth, I predicted this would happen a couple of years ago. See The Power Over Christian Publishing We’ve Given To Amazon where I said “It seems clear to me we’ve put ourselves in a perilous position at the very point where we most need the Bible-based guidance of good books. At exactly the point the culture is on the attack, is the very place we’ve possibly weakened our ability to understand and respond.”)

Why Are Young Adults Increasingly Identifying as Bisexual?

Joe Carter looks at the results of a new study that is at once alarming and unsurprising. The key finding is that “one in six adults between the ages of 18 and 23 now identify as LGBTQ.”

No Forgiveness

Though it is terrible to contemplate a world without forgiveness, perhaps it’s worthwhile nonetheless.

Behind the Price Tag of the Most Expensive Watches in the World

Why do some products cost so much more than they could ever possibly be worth? This video explains how it’s a combination of expensive materials, delicate craftsmanship, and an economic principle that turns the usual equation of supply and demand on its head.

A Call for Gracious Calvinists

It often seems like the people who most need to read articles like this are the least likely to actually do so. Still, we can hope. “For some reason, Calvinists are always on the prowl. They are incessantly angry about something. Of course, not all Calvinists are like this, but many of them are. They are not characterized by their ability to give others the benefit of the doubt but instead by their ability to point out the worst in others. And I say this as one who affirms the acrostic TULIP.”

How Do I Know I Am Truly A Christian When I Constantly Struggle With Sin? (Video)

“As we struggle daily with sin, our assurance of salvation can waver, and we might even question if we truly belong to the Lord. From an online youth conference hosted by Reformation Bible College, Stephen Nichols reminds us where to find true assurance in the fight for faith.”

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • 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…