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Weekend A La Carte (May 4)

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I’m thankful to Zondervan Reflective for sponsoring the blog this week to make sure you know about Jared Wilson’s book The Storied Life: Christian Writing as Art and Worship. I plan to read it myself!

Westminster Books is offering a pre-launch discount on a new book by Courtney Doctor. You’ll also find discounts on two new books by Vern Poythress.

There are a few new Kindle deals this morning.

(Yesterday on the blog: Choose Better)

What Happens When You Stop Getting Bored?

Somewhere along the line, we determined that bored is bad. But maybe it’s time to start recovering boredom.

Brian Cox Is Angry at the Bible

“Brian Cox is a brilliant actor, but I suspect he needs some direction when it comes to understanding the Bible. He is angry at the Bible. Cox is raging against the Bible.” Murray Campbell explains why Cox is so far off-base.

There’s Really No Good Reason to Use TikTok

I tend to agree with Samuel here, that there’s really no good reason to use TikTok. And yes, he deals with the argument that Christians ought to be present on every app in order to spread the gospel.

Whatever Comes, Get Wisdom: AI, the Future, and Our Chief End

This is a helpful reflection on AI—the technology that seems poised to enter our lives whether we want it to or not. “Students use AI to answer the questions and cheat in their assignments. Ironically, that means instructors are using AI to make the tests, and students are using AI to take the tests. As a result, the use of AI frees up time from teaching and studying to do other things. But what are those things?”

Graduation: The Right Time for Ambivalence

“I remember the first time I felt the terrible grief in my chest. I was sitting on the black couch in my living room where I always sit, reading an email about move-in dates for fall 2023 at Western Kentucky University. My husband and I discussed possible dates while my oldest, still just 17, waited for the verdict. A minute later, the date had been chosen. I entered ‘Elliot Move in’ to Tuesday, August 15 at 1:40 on our shared family Google calendar. Then I started to sob.”

What About Abortion in the Case of Rape?

This is a question that gets asked so often and that must be answered with compassion. Yet, as Jonathan explains here, it is far from a slam-dunk case for abortion.

Flashback: The Toxic War on Masculinity

If there is any word used to describe masculinity in our day, any adjective commonly used to modify it, it is almost invariably “toxic.” We hear almost nothing of positive masculinity or healthy masculinity. But we hear endlessly of its toxicity. 

Where information has increased, wisdom has decreased.

—Kevin DeYoung

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    Weekend A La Carte (May 4)

    Weekend A La Carte: What happens when you stop getting bored? / Brian Cox is angry at the Bible / There’s really no good reason to use TikTok / AI, the future, and our chief end / Graduation is the right time for ambivalence / What about abortion in the case of rape? / and…

  • Choose Better

    Choose Better

    Over the course of a lifetime, not to mention over the course of any given month or week, we have to make many decisions. Some of them are consequential and some insignificant, some change the course of our lives and some barely even register. Yet as Christians we know we are responsible before God to…

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    A La Carte (May 3)

    A La Carte: Carl Trueman on what the pro-Palestinian protests are really about / There’s a religious earthquake coming / Kevin DeYoung on how to make better, more careful, more persuasive arguments / Make the internet modest again / The good in regret / Liturgy and ecclesiastical triage / Kindle and Logos deals / and…

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    A La Carte (May 2)

    A La Carte: The path away from pornography / Grieving the erasing of friendship / Which preacher influences you the most? / How much power does Satan have? / How to resist content anxiety / Book and Kindle deals / and more.

  • Fight a Dragon

    Climb a Mountain, Swim a Sea, Fight a Dragon

    It fascinates me how the most beautiful thing can also be the most offensive thing. The world knows nothing more beautiful than grace, than favor that is undeserved, unmerited, and freely granted. Yet so often the world responds to grace with spite and anger, with revulsion and unbelief.

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    A La Carte (May 1)

    A La Carte: On church shopping and hopping / Alistair Begg on managing time / Three key questions to ask your Mormon friends / Remember the 4 “alls” of the Great Commission / Responding to CT’s cover story / Gospel audacity / Many Kindle deals / and more.