Skip to content ↓

Weekend A La Carte (April 20)

A La Carte Collection cover image

My thanks goes to ChurchSocial for sponsoring the blog this week. Church Social gives congregations a safe place to communicate, share information, and manage membership online.

There are a few new Kindle deals to close out the week. There’s also a short list of interesting general market deals that are one-day-only.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Great Rewiring of Childhood)

Rome Is Not Our Home: Live Counterculturally During Election Season

This article offers some helpful perspectives on living as Christians during politically-charged times.

Borrowing a Death

“When was the last time you were at a funeral when someone didn’t take the opportunity to talk about their own life when eulogizing the person who has died? We all do it. It’s nearly impossible not to.” In this sense, Glenna says, it’s often wise to “borrow” a death.

The Many Ministries of Godly Women

Keri Folmar describes and celebrates the many ministries of godly women.

When We Lose Loved Ones and Have Regrets

Nick Batzig says “We don’t have to be weighed down with perpetual regrets for not having loved believers as we ought to have loved them here and now.” This is a very freeing thought.

Should Ethnicity and Race Never Cross Our Minds When We Meet Another Believer?

Randy Alcorn asks and answers the “color blindness” question.

The Case for Children’s Worship Services

You don’t have to agree with everything an article says to benefit from it. And that was the case for me with this one (though I am generally in favor of offering some programming for at least the youngest children during services).

Flashback: Simon, Would You Still Have Passed That Way?

“I would still have passed that way even if I had known I would be mistreated, for by sharing his burden I became the first to share in his sufferings.”

There are two little rules which, if we would observe them, would work a marvelous change in most of our lives. One is, “Never be discouraged.” The other is, “Never be a discourager.”

—J.R. Miller

  • Stop Swiping Start Serving

    Stop Swiping, Start Serving

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that in the past few weeks, you have probably not gotten rip-roaring drunk nor participated in a debauched drinking party. You have probably not given yourself over to rampant sexual immorality or a life obsessed with sensuality. At least, I hope not

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    A La Carte (May 20)

    A La Carte: What media got wrong about supposed Christian self-immolation / We are walking on holy ground / “His Glory and My Good” / How pop Nietzscheanism masquerades as Christianity / Why a full calendar doesn’t necessarily produce mature church members / Thinking biblically about social justice / John Piper Kindle deals / and…

  • One Measure of Greatness

    One Measure of Greatness

    While all of us ought to see evidence of marked growth in our knowledge of God, our relationship with him, and our obedience to him, none of us ever evolves beyond our need for the ordinary means of grace. We never “level up” to such a degree that we gain access to some hidden extraordinary…

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    Weekend A La Carte (May 18)

    A La Carte: What it takes to survive ministry / The power of prayer / The dog’s game / Why do Christians do bad things? / Does it matter whether seminary education is in-person or online? / Greet one another with a … what? / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Reflective)

    This week the giveaway is sponsored by  Zondervan Reflective. When writers write, they are getting in touch with the image of God in them. This is true in some way of all artistry, but writers especially create worlds, characters, histories, and transformation–all ex nihilo (“out of nothing”). In The Storied Life, veteran author Jared C. Wilson…

  • A La Carte Collection cover image

    A La Carte (May 17)

    A La Carte: Deep mercy for our dark insanity / The Rock / God will give us more than we can handle / When cynicism sets in / The judgment of getting exactly what we want / The life of Paul Kasonga / and more.