This was one of those rare weeks when I collected more good material for A La Carte than I could use in just six days. For that reason, I put together a special “Sunday edition.” Enjoy!
“Words are extremely powerful. They can build up, and they can destroy. And we who claim to be Christians must be exceedingly careful how we use those words. Especially when we believe that we are defending the truths of Scripture, we must be careful not to disobey Scripture.” So please use your words carefully!
This is the longest and most interesting article I’ve ever read on so short and seemingly unremarkable a word. “‘The’. It’s omnipresent; we can’t imagine English without it. But it’s not much to look at. It isn’t descriptive, evocative or inspiring. Technically, it’s meaningless. And yet this bland and innocuous-seeming word could be one of the most potent in the English language.”
Jared Wilson writes about that oft-misunderstood verse. “The fact that submission has become something of a dirty word in relation to our modern sensibilities has much to do with Western culture’s increasingly post-postmodern rejection of authority. Anxiety about authority and submission has even crept into the church.”
If you’ve read much about the Second World War, you’ve probably heard the legend of Simo Häyhä of Finland. This article tells his story during (and after) the war.
This video offers some good questions. It also shows why the terms we use are so important.
Here’s an interesting little app that shows how some fireflies synchronize themselves. “Like Christmas lights gently floating in midair, fireflies always add a little bit of magic to the forests they live in. But some firefly species add even more magic. In Southeast Asia, if you go out to the riverbank deep in the night, you’ll be treated to this stunning lightshow…”
“The image of God appeared for a second time, born not of a woman, as it would be from then on, but from the mind of the Maker. From Adam’s rib, her flesh was formed, and with his breath, God inflated her lungs. She was a new creation, like the one from which she came yet altogether different. She was bone of Adam’s bones, flesh of his flesh. Called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
That’s it for today! Check back again tomorrow for more A La Carte…