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Weekend A La Carte (April 10)

Good morning! Grace and peace to you as you serve the Lord this weekend.

I’m grateful to Medi-Share for sponsoring the blog this week.

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics along with some contemporary works.

(Yesterday on the blog: Men and Women in the Church)

The Most Valuable Resource in the World Today

Chris Martin: “One of the most dire consequences of our parasitic relationship with the social internet, in my view, is our willingness to freely give up treasure troves of data about ourselves. Just in the last week or so, it was revealed that 533 million Facebook users had personal data leak from the website. The data included phone numbers and email addresses. It ranks in the top five internet data leaks in history.”

Loyalty Matters: The Misunderstood Virtue

This is an interesting look at the virtue of loyalty. “As a leader, I don’t expect that everyone who works for me will agree with every decision I make. But I do expect that a rightly ordered loyalty means they will truthfully tell me when they disagree in an appropriate way.”

Whose Commandments Are These? The Ten Words and the New Covenant

Thomas Schreiner has written a helpful one on the ten commandments. “If most Christians were asked if they should keep the Ten Commandments, they would answer, ‘Of course!’ Fundamentally, that answer is correct and reflects the wisdom of the ages, the wisdom that has been passed on from the early church to our own day. And yet the question is more complex than it appears at first glance.”

Does God Love The Wicked The Same Way He Loves The Elect? (Video)

I tell you—no one answered this kind of question better than R.C. Sproul.

Social Commentary Blows Away with the Wind

I quite agree with this article from Doug Eaton. “I am growing more convicted that much of what Christian writers, myself included, spend time writing about will not stand the test of time.”

Keira Bell: My Story

I hate to think how often Keira Bell’s tragic story will be told a few years from now. “After a series of superficial conversations with social workers, I was put on puberty blockers at age 16. A year later, I was receiving testosterone shots. When 20, I had a double mastectomy. By then, I appeared to have a more masculine build, as well as a man’s voice, a man’s beard, and a man’s name: Quincy, after Quincy Jones.” While it’s not written from a Christian perspective, it aptly communicates the tragedy of what’s happening today to a growing number of boys and girls.

Here’s a Different Take on Identity Politics and Patriotism (Video)

Different, indeed.

Flashback: I Wish I Was Rich

Generosity isn’t about how much you have, but what you do with the bit you do have. It isn’t about what you would do with more, but what you actually do with what you’ve got.

It is hypocritical to pray for victory over our sins yet be careless in our intake of the Word of God.

—Jerry Bridges

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