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Weekend A La Carte (June 9)

Today’s Kindle deals include lists of both Christian books and books related to history.

Here’s a reminder that my blog is now available in Spanish (articles, some videos, plus the daily quote graphics). Pass the word!

(Yesterday on the blog: Friends to Christ, Strangers To His Church)

Salvation Bracelets in Africa? No, Thanks.

Cultures, and the differences between them, fascinate me. “In order to share the gospel effectively, we must be willing to let go of our assumptions and to sensitively ask lots of questions in order to examine the culture deeply. We have to forget what feels comfortable and natural in our own culture and embrace what works in the culture we’re serving in.”

On Professors and the Cult of Personality

Carl Trueman has an interesting article at Ref21 about some of the temptations specific to professors. “The offer I received was far more dangerous than anything such groups might have made to me. The request was simple: would I be willing to meet with a particular group of students every two weeks in a local bar or restaurant to talk theology? My answer was straightforward and immediate: no.”

06-06-18 Laramie, WY – Tornado (Video)

This is some incredible footage of a massive tornado outside Laramie, Wyoming.

Ten Things You Should Know about Religion in Canada

“Canadians seem to lack the statistical studies that our neighbours to the South have. And this means we find it harder to understand our nation’s religious mood and sensibilities. Yet the Angus Reid Institute, Statistics Canada, and a recent study of churches in Southern Ontario provide fascinating insights into our nation’s religious sensibility.”

I Am Afraid of Death

Courtney Reissig: “The zeal of my twenties over dying seemed utterly naïve for a thirty-four-year-old pregnant mother on the verge of losing her son and leaving her older children motherless. Death felt like complete loss, not gain. Death felt like the worst thing that could happen to a person, not the best. Death, when it was crouching at my own door, didn’t seem as appealing as it did when I was strong, healthy, and young.”

The Story of the Indestructable Nazi Death Castles (Video)

I’ve been to Germany a few times, but never came across any of these “death castles.”

Parenting and the Cultural Pressure to Conform

Albert Mohler speaks to parents at this time: “The very fact we believe we are bound by Scripture is increasingly going to be a public scandal. This is the thing: Unless our children develop a love for the Word of God, and unless the Word of God gets into their hearts and penetrates them, then they’re going to see the Word of God as the problem. They’re going to see us as the problem for, in their view, basing prejudicial, hateful, exclusionary beliefs upon an inscripturated claim to revelation.”

Flashback: A Call for Plodding Bloggers

My message for my fellow bloggers is this: Plod on! Be content to be a plodding blogger and trust that God is glorifying himself and blessing his people through your faithfulness.

The Best Audio Bible

I’m grateful to christianaudio.com for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors play a key role in keeping this site running, so I’m thankful for each and every one of them.

Like wayward sheep we’re prone to wander off and get lost. But it’s the loving mercy of Jesus that brings us back into the fold.

—Alistair Begg

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.