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Weekend A La Carte (June 1)

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My gratitude goes to Redeemer University for sponsoring the blog this week to let you know about a program that equips students to manage kingdom causes with sound business principles. Sponsors help keep this site going and I’m grateful for every one.

There are a few new Kindle deals today. I’ll collect the new batch of monthly deals over the weekend and have it ready to go on Monday.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books for May 2024)

The Desegregation of Dallas Theological Seminary

This is quite an interesting look back at the desegregation of Dallas Theological Seminary. It’s amazing to think how recently this happened but a joy to know that it eventually did happen.

12 Things That Happened on the Cross

There is much that happened theologically on the cross or because of the cross. This article explains 12 different things that were accomplished there.

How Can I Be a Christian in My Workplace?

Alex Chediak: “Only Christ can give us the significance that many seek from their work. But is this how we should think of our jobs, as meaningless? Or might the Scriptures give us a richer, more optimistic view of the activities whereby we spend half of our waking lives? What does it mean to work as a Christian?”

Between Faith and Doubt: Five Questions for Our Skepticism

The editors at Desiring God begin this article in this way: “Randy Newman, our longtime friend, wrote this article just weeks ago to be published May 30 at Desiring God. Last week Randy died unexpectedly of heart complications. We publish this article with the blessing of his wife and family, and in gratitude to God for Randy’s faithful ministry and contagious joy in Jesus.”

The Sanction of Sin

“Does a wolf in sheep’s clothing know what he’s doing? Of course. That’s what makes it so terrifying when you catch the glint of teeth inside the fleecy face. He came to eat sheep. But he knows if he comes leaping and snarling, his targets will scatter. He has to look nonthreatening. He has to look like one of them. He has to earn their trust. That’s sin.”

“Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste”: AI, Statism, and the Threats to Free Speech

While I think we are all apprehensive about the precipitous rise of AI, John Avery explains how governments are using the “crisis” to curtail free speech. These are concerning matters!

Flashback: On Caring for the Property of Others

We may easily spot such inconsistencies in the lives and vocations of others, but it can be difficult to spot them in our own. Sin, after all, is deceptive.

Do not have your concert first, and tune your instruments afterward. Begin the day with God.

—Hudson Taylor

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 1)

    A La Carte: The desegregation of Dallas Theological Seminary / 12 things that happened on the cross / How can I be a Christian in my workplace? / Five questions for our skepticism / The sanction of sin / Never let a crisis go to waste: AI, statism, and the threats to free speech /…

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Redeemer University)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Redeemer University. Get $250 off your first course when you enroll in the online Not-For-Profit Management certificate with Redeemer University! Fill out this form to get updates and to be eligible for this special offer via Do you work for a church, school, food bank, women’s shelter, mission, ministry…

  • New and Notable Books

    New and Notable Christian Books for May 2024

    While the month of May has already almost fully waned, it has proved to be a good month for Christian book releases. I sorted through the stacks that landed on my desk and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you a sense of…

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    A La Carte (May 31)

    A La Carte: How the legal system enabled—and will curtail—the transgender movement / We are all late bloomers / God’s glorious plan to use us all / Be quick to listen, slow to “therapy speak” / The reconsecration of man / Ask Pastor John / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 30)

    A La Carte: Seeking wisdom without training wheels / Zealous polemicists / The actual divisive ones / What is Christian Nationalism? / Are the stories of Jesus borrowed from pagan myths? / As for those rich in books in the present age / and more.

  • Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Over the past few years, there has been a lot of attention given to the ways that pastors may abuse their parishioners. Such attention is appropriate and every pastor ought to prayerfully guard himself against such abusive behaviors. Every church leadership structure ought to build rigorous systems of accountability and follow biblical guidelines in the…