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Weekend A La Carte (August 20)

Sometimes there is almost an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the articles that different Christian writers share through their blogs. Today is one of those days. I trust you’ll enjoy some of the ones I’ve linked to below.

Before you do, please consider pre-ordering Seasons of Sorrow and attending the launch event.

Today’s Kindle deals include some newer and older books.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Concise Guide to the Greatest Letter Ever Written)

Is History History? Identity Politics and Teleologies of the Present

Michael Haykin recommended this article and I’m glad he did. “This trend toward presentism is not confined to historians of the recent past; the entire discipline is lurching in this direction, including a shrinking minority working in premodern fields. If we don’t read the past through the prism of contemporary social justice issues—race, gender, sexuality, nationalism, capitalism—are we doing history that matters?”

Other Billy Graham ‘Rules’? The Modesto Proposal

Speaking of history, I’m thankful David Mathis wrote about this little bit of history. “Ever heard of Elmer Gantry? If not — or if the name only vaguely rings a bell — then you might, like many today, lack an important bit of context for understanding the origins of the so-called ‘Billy Graham Rule.’”

“I Am Unable to Attend”

And sticking with the historical theme, Kim Riddelbarger shares Charles Hodge’s response to an invitation from Pope Pius IX to attend the First Vatican Council.

Christian Employees: They Either Love Jesus Or They’re Obsessed with Sex. Right?

Moving to the present day, Stephen McAlpine says “here’s what really ticks off Christians seeking to live faithful lives in workplaces that are aggressively pushing the Sexular Age onto their employees.”

You’ve Never Heard This (Spiritually) Before

“I’ve seen it happen many times. A new believer is sharing their testimony and when speaking of a moment of breakthrough gospel understanding, they say things like, ‘I had never heard that before.’ ‘That was the first time I heard the gospel.’ ‘No one had previously explained Jesus to me in that way.’ Meanwhile, their longtime believing friend is sitting nearby, with an incredulous look on their face or perhaps a perplexed smile, knowing that that moment was definitely not the first time they had had the gospel presented to them clearly.”

How do I grow in my trust in God when I am struggling to trust Him? (Video)

Sinclair Ferguson offers a helpful answer to those who may question why they are struggling to trust the Lord.

Flashback: 10 Common but Illegitimate Reasons to Divorce

…many people—even Christians—offer reasons to divorce that are not sanctioned by God. Jim Newheiser helpfully outlines a number of these in his book Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers. Here are 10 common but illegitimate reasons to divorce.

Endurance in suffering doesn’t grab our attention, but it is a response so important that it will have value that lasts beyond death.

—Ed Welch

  • When Goodbye Is Forever

    When Goodbye Is Forever

    I didn’t know that I would be saying goodbye to my son for the last time. How could I have known? He was only 20 years old, still in the prime of life, still living in as safe a spot as any. There was no reason to assume, no reason to be concerned, no reason…

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    A La Carte: He knows the mysteries of the womb / Render unto Caesar challenges us all / You can’t reclaim the culture by having more kids / A gospel worthy of risk / God’s ordinary faithfulness / Bible animal trivia / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 13)

    A La Carte: A match (un)made in heaven / She will be saved through childbearing / Is Satan bound or is he the ruler of this world? / Why pastors should get a family wage / Christians are not ready for the age of ‘adult AI’ / and more.

  • Afraid of the Teenage Years

    Who’s Afraid of the Teenage Years?

    Many people cautioned me about the teenage years. Many people warned that the joys of parenting little ones would eventually give way to the grind of parenting bigger ones. They told me horror stories based on their own experiences, then assured me that I should prepare myself for all kinds of difficulties and all kinds…

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    A La Carte (February 12)

    A La Carte: Find and protect the time you need to read / What to do when you long for encouragement / Living and dying in the hope of heaven / Graphic preaching / Should Christians pray the vengeance Psalms? / Kindle deals / and more.