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Weekend A La Carte (June 3)

There is lots to choose from in today’s Kindle deals include. It has been a great week for them!

Reformed Theology Gone Sour

Ray Ortlund: “The problem is not Reformed theology per se. Inherent within that theology is a humbling and melting and softening and beautifying power. But Reformed theology is also intellectually satisfying, even captivating.”

I Got Pregnant and My Christian School Humiliated Me

Here’s a cautionary tale of how Christian institutions can handle situations poorly.

The Twitter Hive Mind Is Not Funny

I’d tend to agree with this article on the short-lived covfefe phenomenon: “Whatever was funny about the word was beaten out of it within minutes on Twitter, due to the internet’s desperate urge to continue virally flogging Trump. I wonder if the collective IQ and/or sanity of social media users drops each time a hive-mind like this generates?”

The Beauty of Jupiter (Video)

Just like the description says.

Be Wary of the Term “Transgender”

“Political correctness demands that no stigma be attached to conflicts over gender identity. Where gender dysphoria was once considered an ailment associated with Gender Identity Disorder—a pathology—activists have politicized medicine to make what was once a pathology into an identity, a worldview, and a political virtue. So the label “transgender” not only denotes the positive affirmation of a mental illness, it communicates a metaphysical fiction seeking acceptance and adoption throughout all channels of the culture.”

Division Begins With the Departure from the Truth

Yes, division begins with departure. And, as is so often the case, the innocent party is often portrayed as guilty.

The Digital Sermon

Nick Batzig tells pastors to stop fretting about inadvertently mimicking another preacher and to take advantage of the wealth of sermons available online.

Flashback: Desecration and Titillation

When you look at pornography you are watching the violation of what God considers more valuable than anything else he has created.

When you look at pornography you are watching the violation of what God considers more valuable than anything else he has created. It is a violation of all that person is, for sex is not only skin-deep but soul-deep.

How To Teach Your Kids About Sex

My thanks goes to FamilyLife for sponsoring the blog this week. As I say just about every week, sponsors play a key role in allowing the blog to continue, so I’m grateful to each and every one.

If any man should ask me what is the first, second, and third part of being a Christian, I must answer, “Action!”

—Thomas Brooks

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    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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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    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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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • 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…

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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.