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Weekend A La Carte (August 10)

You will find a few Kindle deals to look through today.

(Yesterday on the blog: 10 New and Notable Books for August)

The Church of Chicken

I thoroughly enjoyed this long article on Chick-fil-A. It tells “the inside story of how Chick-fil-A used Christian values and a ‘clone army’ to build a booming business that’s defying the retail apocalypse and taking over America.”

What Does ‘Born of Water and the Spirit’ Mean in John 3:5?

Is there anyone you’d rather have answer this than D.A. Carson?

The Search for Relevance Makes Allegorists of Us All

Here’s a solid article from Iain Duguid on how people on every side of the debate on the nature of Song of Solomon can get it so wrong.

Make Sunday Mornings Uncomfortable

This is so simple but so important. “We may never know what difference a small act of welcome made. But sometimes God lets us see how he has weaved our little acts into his much greater plan.”

Independent Booksellers and the Future of Western Thought

I share these concerns and have others I may write about in the near future. “Away from such frippery, other issues have been working themselves out in my mind, a growing concern about what we might forfeit in sidestepping hard copy, and sidelining independent booksellers. I genuinely believe that there are some huge philosophical and political issues at stake if our culture migrates from the shelf to the cloud, the text to the eBook, and it is these that I want to think out loud about in this post.”

When Free Speech Clashes With Trans Power

“Libraries exist for use by the community, having long since gone beyond books and becoming collective spaces for all people. That includes people who don’t toe a progressive political ideology. In being banned from Pride, the Library’s right to provide access to their public space came into conflict with their desire to express inclusion. Apparently, according to Pride, the only way to be inclusive is to exclude people Pride doesn’t agree with.”

Why Everybody Is Suddenly Allergic to Everything

I wonder if it’s really just this simple. “The evidence so far seems to indicate that grandpa was right — a little dirt is good for you. Eat dirt off the floor, let the dog give you kisses and let your baby inhale some dust. We might be too clean for our own good.”

Flashback: The New/Old Way Our Culture Pressures Us To Conform

Through the cross Jesus Christ took our guilt to give us innocence, he bore our shame to give us honor, he overcame Satan to take away our fear and give us power. The gospel transcends every culture and, in that way, has a powerful message for all of humanity.

Peace of conscience is nothing but the echo of pardoning mercy.

—William Gurnall

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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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.