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Weekend A La Carte (May 13)

I want to express my gratitude to Burke Care for sponsoring the blog this week. Burke Care is a great option if you’re considering counseling via the internet.

Today’s Kindle deals include a little selection of books.

As a Christian, I Went Down the AI Rabbit Hole. Here Are 12 Things I Discovered

If you read anything at all about AI, this would be a very good candidate. “Over the last few weeks, I’ve taken a deep dive down the AI rabbit hole, listening to podcasts, reading books, taking courses, and testing it myself. And let me say, it’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions, from dread at how this AI might eventually take our jobs and possibly even our freedom, to optimism about what AI could do for us.”

Different Uses for Different Questions

“When we observe a text, we collect all the raw materials for interpretation. And that which drives interpretation forward is the asking of questions. To interpret well, we must be intensely curious and investigate our observations as fully as possible. But the asking of questions ought not be a complete free-for-all. Different kinds of questions have different uses. Let’s take advantage of those differences.”

To the Mom Who Feels Invisible, There is a God Who Sees

Cara Ray speaks to moms and says, “When you feel invisible and alone, be encouraged that not one detail of your life, or one molecule in the universe, goes unnoticed by the God who sees.”

The Funny Thing about Hope

This is a sweet reminder of the power and beauty of hope.

“He Knows All about It”: C. S. Lewis and Psalm 103

This article reminds us that temptation is a form of suffering we must all endure.

How do you get your people to serve evangelistically?

“I am sometimes asked how our little church manages to do as much as it does. Speaking honestly, I do think we punch well above our weight in the evangelistic output stakes. But the question usually concerns how such a little church can manage to do (what is perceived to be) quite so much? Here are some things that we do – that might well be replicable – that may help you as you seek to encourage your church into service.”

Flashback: The Path to Glory

The road is narrow and perilous, often rough underfoot and steeply inclined. But if we are in Christ, we have the assurance that none of the struggles along the way are meaningless, that none of the trials are wasted and none of them unseen by God.

We want Christ’s power to be made perfect through us weak moms. So we will boast all the more gladly of our weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon us.

—Gloria Furman

  • 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.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.