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Weekend A La Carte (January 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics and not some-yet-classics. And don’t forget about the great commentary sale from yesterday!

(Yesterday on the blog: I Still Do)

Some Men Just Like the Fight

Jared Wilson: “Fighting is sometimes necessary. Liking to fight is not. In fact, it is forbidden. Consider whether you are in fact with every caustic tweet chipping away at your qualification for ministry. It is not manly to get up every morning thinking of the brethren as your enemies, not even the ones you disagree with on important matters.”

The Medications that Change Who We Are

This probably shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. “We’re all familiar with the mind-bending properties of psychedelic drugs – but it turns out ordinary medications can be just as potent. From paracetamol (known as acetaminophen in the US) to antihistamines, statins, asthma medications and antidepressants, there’s emerging evidence that they can make us impulsive, angry, or restless, diminish our empathy for strangers, and even manipulate fundamental aspects of our personalities, such as how neurotic we are.”

Can We Trust the ‘Colonialist Bible’?

This article was written in the context of South Africa, but resonates beyond. “This sentiment is popular in South Africa, which of course gained independence significantly later than most other African countries. On the university campus where I serve with The Bible Talks we regularly meet skeptics who ask, either in their hearts or aloud, ‘Why should I trust a colonialist Bible?’”

Why Poland’s Geography is the Worst (video)

There are few nations who are in a worse geographic location than Poland.

John Walton reimagines Adam and Eve

John Walton has become a prominent Old Testament scholar and in his newest book he continues to undermine the creation account. CMI has a helpful review.

The Last Days of Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu

Here’s a little bit of history that tells how the awful reign of Romania’s Nicolae Ceausescu came to a sudden, bloody end.

Why Procrastination Is about Managing Emotions, not Time

This is an interesting way to think about procrastination, and I’ll be interested to see how it develops in the future. Essentially, it posits that we procrastinate less because we fail to manage our time and more because we fail to manage our emotions.

Flashback: Do Children Have a Financial Obligation Toward Their Parents?

There are financial obligations that extend from parents to children and, later, from children to parents. And, like all obligations, this one is made joyful, not burdensome, by the gospel.

The truth is that fear cannot coexist peacefully alongside faith, hope or love. There is a constant battle between them until one or other takes control.

—Jonathan Stephen

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    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.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.