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Weekend A La Carte (June 29)

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My gratitude to Burke Care for sponsoring the blog this week. Burke Care provides biblically-informed, care-centric, and kingdom-accessible discipleship care, equipping, and resourcing. They offer counseling and other forms of care via their secure online platform.

Westminster Books is offering a deal this weekend on a book that “should find its home in the hands of every man called to lead God’s church.” Remember that their Summer A La Carte sale is still valid as well.

And yes, the Kindle deals continue today. Among them are Amy Gannett’s Fix Your Eyes.

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

How to Hate the Vulnerable

I don’t like to focus much on politics, especially for a nation that is not my own. But I wanted to highlight a strong article from Samuel James. “The debate was a cruel spectacle, subjecting an elderly human being to a theater of humiliation against which he could do almost nothing. It was a shameful two hours that summarized one of American society’s worst sins: The contempt we heap upon the very young—especially unborn—and the very old.”

Rise My Soul, the Lord Is Risen (Video)

You will want to give this new song a listen. It was written by Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and Keith & Kristyn Getty.

What Does the Bible Mean by “The Heart”?

What does the Bible mean when it speaks of “the heart?” A lot, as this article explains. “We call those white flakes that appear in the winter snow. Whether the texture is flaky or crusted, thin or deep, fine or wet, soft or heavy, it’s simply ‘snow.’ But the tribal Yup’ik people in northern Alaska and Canada employ many words to describe these different kinds of snow. Snow is one simple thing in English, and yet snow has different qualities (no matter what language you speak). The same is true of the word heart in Scripture.”

Made to Rest

Karen highlights just how crucial it is that we rest, not just physically but also spiritually.

Why Can’t an Unbeliever’s Good Works Please God?

Have you ever wondered why an unbeliever’s good works do not please God? This article explains and offers a helpful illustration.

Busy Unlike Jesus

“We fail to remember the walking that Christ and the apostles did. In our frenzied lives, failing to remember that these men walked every place they went may fix in us a very wrong view of Christian ministry, Jesus and his followers had time to process, to meditate, to ponder with brothers, to detoxify after encounters with lies and demons and countering authorities.”

Flashback: Don’t Cheat Yourself Out of Good Tools

Don’t be afraid or ashamed to get the tools you need to do your best possible work. If you’re going to scrimp and save, well and good, but this is not the place to do it.

If your god never disagrees with you, you might just be worshipping an idealized version of yourself.

—Tim Keller

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 29)

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    This Free Stuff Fridays post is sponsored by the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA), whose mission is to glorify God through the publication and distribution of Reformed literature. They are giving away 10 copies of Journey Through the Psalms: A Thirty-Day Devotional for ages 9-13. Sign up with your email below for a chance to win a free…

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    New and Notable Christian Books for June 2024

    Another month has come and gone. For readers, that means that publishers have released another batch of books. I am in the happy position of receiving most of them, so sorted through the various stacks to arrive at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve included the editorial description so you can…

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    A La Carte (June 28)

    A La Carte: On words and images / Debunking the 1946 myth / The discipleship crisis / Biblically honoring your parents / 39 pieces of writing advice / Where to turn when patriotism seems to be dying / Kindle deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 27)

    A La Carte: Definitions and signs of spiritual abuse / How should Christians resolve conflicts in the church? / The principle of capacity / No problem too small for prayer / All of it, all at once / On blogging and Substacks / and more.

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    What We Cannot Escape

    We all long for lives that are easy. We pray for roads that are smooth, seas that are calm, flights that are untroubled by turbulence. Yet our experience of life is so very different. The road is often narrow and winding, the seas often stormy, the skies often bumpy. And we wonder why—why doesn’t God…