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Weekend A La Carte (July 31)

May you know the Lord’s richest blessings as you serve and worship him this weekend.

Today’s Kindle deals include a list of relatively new books and a list of classics.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books for July 2021)

Fighting Fear and Anxiety

Keith Mathison: “The world is fearful and anxious, but it is fearful and anxious about the wrong things.”

Second-Hand Reality Check

A house fire (at a neighbor’s) has Jamie Charles thinking about earthly possessions.

A New Perspective on Friendship

“My tears flowed as I shared my deep sense of loneliness and isolation in this season of life. As I dug deep, I discovered that it wasn’t actually my life circumstances or my job choice that was causing this desire for change, but that I was longing for friendship. It also wasn’t the first time I had said these things. I knew loneliness would come with many of these changes—there are whole books written about loneliness in motherhood!—but it felt like I had done all that I could.”

More Than Seven Sons

Dan Crabtree provides “application from the book of Ruth that has been precious to me in recent days. Ruth teaches us that godly, loyal love will compel us to care for our in-laws, or more broadly for our families.”

For the Sunset of Summer—A Summer Reading List for 2021

Al Mohler (somewhat belatedly) shares his summer reading list for 2021.

Cul-de-sacs or Conduits?

“Am I a cul-de-sac? Do I receive the blessings of God for my own benefit without passing them on? Do I hoard them for myself alone? Or am I a conduit of God’s blessing and love, spreading his blessing to others?”

Flashback: What Is the Bible, Anyway?

The Bible guides us to its purpose and power through the many metaphors it uses to describe itself. Here is a pretty good collection of them.

I would rather have a little faith in the right object than have any amount of faith in the wrong object.

—F.B. Meyer

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.