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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

  • 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.