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Weekend A La Carte (June 30)


There are some pretty good Kindle deals to explore today on books new and old.

(Yesterday on the blog: Tips for Reading and Writing)

William Cowper

“There’s something about Cowper’s sensitive spirit and his familiarity with suffering that led him to create beautiful hymns and poems, hymns that reflect the mercy and faithfulness of what we might just call the ‘Godness of God’ and hymns that reflect our human frailty.” He was a genius.

Who Will Lead the Global Church in 2118?

“The heart language of those who lead the global church in 2118 will almost certainly not be English.” The church is changing (again).

How to Survive When Money Is Worthless

Here’s an interesting little glimpse inside Venezuela as its economy collapses.

Faith, Fertility, and the Fate of American Religion

This does, indeed, have massive implications. “The United States just passed a critical statistical landmark, one that I think – I fear – has immense implications for the nation’s religious life. If I am right, and we are dealing with early days, we might seriously be looking at the opening stages of a large scale process of secularization. After being reported and speculated about for decades, that secularization might finally be happening.”

There Is No Christian Argument Against Overturning Roe v Wade

“The frustration is understandable, but the logic is not. Evangelicals don’t have to set aside their convictions about race, immigrants, women, or the Religious Right in order to perceive a moral mandate when it comes to abortion. There is no Christian case against overturning Roe. None.”

2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Take a look at these stunning photos from around the world.

When Helping Hurts

“The book, released nine years ago by Covenant College community development professors Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett, has become the go-to resource for evangelicals thinking about short-term missions trips and economic development for the poor.”

Flashback: You Don’t Really Know Who Your Friends Are Until…

Jesus is unchanged and unchanging. He will not bow to the changing culture, he will not cede to the rising tide. Jesus will only ever be who he is and who he has always been. And each of us has a choice to make.

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Ethics

This week the blog was sponsored by Crossway. This post is correlated with the release of Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning—a new book by best-selling author Wayne Grudem about what the whole Bible says about practical life as a Christian in our ethically complex world. Sponsors play a key role in keeping this site running, so I’m thankful for each and every one of them.

The Scriptures have the authority to inform our experiences. Our experiences do not have the authority to inform the Scriptures.

—Garrett Kell

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • 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 (February 23)

    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.

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    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 (February 21)

    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.