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Weekend A La Carte (August 22)

Yesterday was a happy day as we got the news from Louisville that my son asked his girl to marry him, and she said yes. What joy!

Today’s Kindle deals include the usual Saturday classics plus a few newer works (e.g. two of the volumes of the NSBT).

(Yesterday on the blog: The Place To Begin When Learning About Social Justice)

Inerrancy and Evangelicals: The Challenge for a New Generation

I really enjoyed this long look at the history and future of the doctrine of inerrancy.

The Image of God and the Wonder of Language

I love language and languages. “Human language is a stunning mystery. There are over 6,000 surviving languages in the world. Yet not one of these natural languages emerged through a process of careful planning and human creation. They simply emerged in an act of collective unconscious (re)creation, complete with complex rules of grammar and diverse and nuanced vocabulary. How in the world did that happen without any planning?”

A Reprobate Mind (Video)

What does it mean in Romans 1 that God gave people up to a reprobate mind? Derek Thomas answers.

Photoreal Roman Emperor Project

Having read a fair bit about Rome and its rulers, I rather enjoyed this project which tries to put photorealistic faces on the different Emperors.

Five Ways God’s Anger is Not Like Ours

Colin Smith lays out some ways that God’s anger is not like our anger. “The words ‘anger’ and ‘wrath’ make us think about our own experience of these things. You may have suffered because of someone who is habitually angry. Human anger can often be unpredictable, petty, and disproportionate. These things are not true of the anger of God. God’s wrath is the just and measured response of His holiness towards evil.”

Anti-racist Arguments Are Tearing People Apart

You might have seen that viral video from a meeting of NYC Community Education Council for Manhattan District 2. Though it sounds extremely mundane, it actually served as a fascinating picture of how anti-racist arguments can serve to tear people apart. The Atlantic has a report on it (if you’ve got one of your free articles left; if not, try a different browser.)

The Answer to Loneliness?

“Loneliness is a serious and growing problem. The stats are pretty heartbreaking. One study found that 9 million people in the UK are always or often lonely—that’s just slightly more than the population of London or the entire population of Austria. We often think of loneliness as a problem primarily affecting older people, but research published this year suggests that younger men in individualistic societies are the most likely to be lonely.”

Flashback: When It’s Time To Remember All the Stupid Things You’ve Said

When you hear how others have spoken idly of you, don’t over-react. A moment’s reflection will remind you that you’ve done the very same thing a million times over.

If we take our stand upon the revelation of God, no revolution—not even a revolution in sex and gender—can confuse us. If we take our stand in any other authority, every revolution will engulf us.

—Albert Mohler

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.