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Weekend A La Carte (7/20)

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Christians In a Surveillance State – I appreciate this article from Ed Stetzer as he discusses Christian responsibility in what has become a surveillance state. “For Christians, this is an important conversation because it involves biblical issues such as the dignity of all persons, a healthy view of human depravity, and our belief in Christian ethics.”

God Wants You to Bother Him – It’s amazing to think about, isn’t it? God wants you to bother him!

Interview With a Real Life Rock Star – Stephen Altrogge shared an interesting interview: “Ronnie Martin is/was a real life Christian rock star. He had/has (I’m not aware of the current status of these things) a label, a band, and music videos. He had all those things you thought you were going to have when you bought that guitar in high school. Now Ronnie is a worship leader/church planter/book author as well as a Christian artist.”

Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart – Jon Bloom: “Over the years, as I’ve prayed for my own heart, I’ve accumulated seven “D’s” that I have found helpful. Maybe you’ll find them helpful as well.”

Twitter Plenary Indulgences – Technology changes, but poor theology doesn’t. “Following Pope Francis’s Twitter feed may be good for your soul — both in this life and the next. The spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church plans to grant plenary indulgences by Twitter during the World Youth Day 2013 event, which will be held July 23-28 in Brazil.”

Is Scripture Enough? – The newest edition of the 9Marks Journal looks at a very important issue: the sufficiency of Scripture.

Jordan and Jessica’s Story – Here’s a sweet story from the Reformed African American Network. Two Christians who were both widowed in their twenties, one a church planter in New York, find new love in one another.

The grand paradox or supreme irony of the Christian faith is that we are saved both by God and from God.

—R.C. Sproul

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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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…