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Weekend A La Carte (July 9)

Weekend A La Carte

Like so many others, I have been deeply troubled and moved by the recent tragedies in America. Here are a few articles I’ve found especially helpful in understanding and processing it: What’s Going On? by Tony Carter; Weep, Love, and Pray by David Murray; The Recent Shootings and What to Say This Sunday by Brian Davis. Also, WORLD writes about just one of the officers who was slain.

Passion for God’s Word Changes the World

What a sweet story. May it stir up our passion for the Word!

Bill Nye Visits Ark Encounter

I enjoyed reading about Bill Nye’s visit to the new Ark Encounter.

What Was Behind Mary Todd Lincoln’s Bizarre Behavior?

Has science given context to Mary Todd Lincoln’s bizarre behavior as she grew older? Perhaps so.

The Frustration of Slowing Down

It is difficult but so important to slow down.

Why No Aquarium Has a Great White Shark

Have you ever wondered why no aquarium has what would probably be its number one attraction? This video explains.

July 10, 1509. 507 years ago tomorrow, French Protestant reformer John Calvin was born in Nyon, France. *

The Origin of Calvinism

Fittingly, since tomorrow is John Calvin’s birthday, John Piper writes about the origin of Calvinism.

Flashback: Envy Always Wins

“I am a competitive person and I believe it is this competitive streak that allows envy to make its presence felt in my life. Envy is a sin that makes me feel resentment or anger or sadness because another person has something or another person is something that I want for myself.”

Know your Story, Embrace your Journey

My thanks goes to Christian History Institute for sponsoring the blog this week with “Know your Story, Embrace your Journey.”

Guinness

Followers of Jesus who count the cost and are willing to take up their crosses after him must have broad shoulders.

—Os Guinness

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    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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    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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  • 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…