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Weekend A La Carte (March 12)

Hillsong Church: Do Not Colonize San Francisco

Hillsong announced a new church plant in San Francisco and this blogger takes on the arrogant tone of their announcement. “I’m tired of pastors coming to San Francisco, posting pictures of bridges and crooked streets and declaring how much they love this city without actually understanding any of it, without being hurt by it, without any scars to show or dirt on their shoes or callouses on their hands.”

Friday Quiz: The letter G

Here’s another fun little Bible quiz from The Good Book Company.

Too Sexy for This Selfie

“For ‘digital natives’—people who’ve never known a world without the Internet—social media has become the place where relationships are formed, proven, and tested. It also represents an aspirational pathway to fame and fortune, with figures like the Kardashians as sexy, selfie-taking role models.”

These Are The Long-Term Effects Of Multitasking

Essentially and not surprisingly, multitasking is not good for you in any way. We all know this, but just keep doing it!

Evangelists Adapt to a New Era

Here’s the New York Times profiling Tim Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Tomorrow in 1804. 212 years ago tomorrow, American Presbyterian clergyman and hymn writer James Alexander was born. In 1830, Alexander rendered the English text of Paul Gerhardt’s German hymn, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded.” *

11 Mind-bending Christian Book Covers You Can’t Unsee

The title of this article is way over the top but, to be fair, so too are the book covers.

Is Our Media Consumption Hindering Our Pursuit of Holiness?

This is well worth considering. “It is interesting—no, disheartening—to hear that many believers’ answers are often not very different than the average non-Christian’s. It matters little whether it’s a similarity of content or sheer approach (e.g., bingeing). When it comes to consumption of media, both quality and quantity of intake matter immensely.”

What It Looks Like to Live Inside God’s Grace

Thanks to NavPress for sponsoring the blog this week with their article.

Carson

Some Christians want enough of Christ to be identified with him but not enough to be seriously inconvenienced.

—D.A. Carson

  • 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.