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Weekend A La Carte (October 27)

Today’s Kindle deals include a handful of titles both newer and older.

(Yesterday on the blog: Kevin DeYoung’s Ten Commandments)

4 Ways to Engage My Spiritual Insecurity

Fascinating and helpful: “The African and Christian worldview stand in stark contrast to one another. Conversion often requires a painful wrenching from the African worldview, upbringing and experiences, which can result in spiritual insecurity for the new convert. Here are four Biblical pillars that every African Christian can use to help them stand firm against spiritual fear and doubt…”

Living When You Know You Will Die

“Even though I drove past death every day of my life growing up, it wasn’t the kind of death I had to think about. The people and the names didn’t touch me. Now, walking through this cemetery as a forty-one-year-old man, the death that surrounded me was personal. It had touched me, my family, and my neighbors.”

Why the NSA Called Me After Midnight

This is a good recounting of an interesting little story. “Please listen carefully and don’t hang up. Those were the first words this unknown male caller said to me when my brother handed me the phone…” (Note: He uses “hell” flippantly a couple of times in the story.)

Apollo 11’s Journey to the Moon

This video is very well done. It provides an annotated look at Apollo 11’s journey to the moon and back.

5 Differences Between Law and Gospel

Don’t confuse the two! “There is a difference that makes all the difference in Christianity. It’s a difference that takes the pressure off so there’s no Christianity left to do—everything has already been done. All because of that difference, now you are—for the first time—freed to do.”

From the Mundane to Martyrdom

“In March of 2004, Karen Watson and three other humanitarian aid workers were killed after their vehicle was ambushed. They were in Mosul, Iraq working on a water-purification project. Through this work, opportunities to declare the gospel were surely going to present themselves. On that mundane sort of missionary day – a day where Karen was simply doing what she was called to do – gunmen fired assault weapons on the civilian vehicle.”

To Post or Not To Post

As I’ve read my usual blogs, I’ve noticed more and more Christians grappling with what’s worth sharing with the world and what’s not. It’s a good and necessary conversation. “Recently I’ve been posting less and less, and that’s because I’ve been asking myself a different question before clicking ‘post’. I’ve been asking, ‘What good might this do, and what harm might it do?’”

Flashback: Keep On Learning To Dance

If you are married, you need to learn the dance, the rhythms, patterns, habits, and actions that promote the deepest intimacy, the healthiest sexuality.

Is this the Best Book Ever?

This week the blog is sponsored by Reformation Heritage Books and this post is written by Joel R. Beeke. I continue to be thankful for each blog sponsor.

Both church and world seem to have traded away the notion of leadership for celebrity.

—John MacArthur

  • 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.