A La Carte (April 11)


It isn&#8217t significantly of a day for Kindle offers, at least as far as I can see. We&#8217ll attempt once again tomorrow. Possibly you can obtain some thing else fascinating at Nitoy Gonzalez&#8217s Freebie Round-Up.

(Yesterday on the weblog: 10 New and Notable Books for April)

It&#8217s Time To Go On the Offensive

There&#8217s lots of great stuff in this short article from Rebecca McLaughlin. &#8220When it comes to providing motives for our faith, we Christians are playing far also defensive a game. We’ve believed that Christianity is declining. It is not. We’ve assumed Christianity can not stand up in the university. It can. Also lots of of us feel Christianity is threatened by diversity. It under no circumstances has been. And also handful of of us feel Christian sexual ethics are sustainable in the contemporary globe. They are. On these and lots of other fronts, we have conceded far much more ground to secularism than it deserves.&#8221

A Manifesto for Christian Girls on Instagram

Abigail Dodds: &#8220Close friends, would you commit to join me in shining the light of Christ on Instagram? I know lots of ladies are currently performing this. Several are intentionally speaking the truth in adore about Christ. But what if we invited much more and much more common, non-renowned Christian ladies to join this mission? What if we strategized and planned, not how to develop our personal platform, but how to make him recognized far and wide and construct up his individuals?&#8221

A Social Media Exodus Is Coming

Also on the topic of social media: &#8220This can not go on indefinitely. Folks are finding fed up. They’re scared of waking up a single morning or finding off a plane and discovering their life has been eviscerated. They’re exhausted by the mental and emotional focus that on the internet minutia demands. They’re annoyed with how the most insignificant trends and conversations have turn into crucial sorters to separate great individuals from negative individuals. Sooner or later all this anxiousness and weariness and aggravation is going to overcome a handful of influential individuals, and the home of cards is going to fold, gradually but certainly.&#8221

The Brand Is Belief

There are a couple of swear words in this examination of a rapid-developing new type of church, but I guess that&#8217s element of the story, not incidental to it. This story is also associated to social media mainly because this is a single of these churches that wouldn&#8217t exist but for Instagram. &#8220An investigation of the Brooklyn branch of a worldwide Pentecostal megachurch, which peddles ultra-conservative values with slick, millennial advertising and marketing.&#8221

It Turns Out that Sexual Liberation Is not All that Liberating

David French: &#8220For generations, important components of our cultural and academic elite have been arguing &#8230 that liberation from religion and liberation from marriage have been prerequisites to accurate human flourishing. If you asked an early era sexual revolutionary for his prediction for a culture with profoundly much less religious practice, much less marriage, and lots of fewer moral restraints on sexual practice, I sincerely doubt that he’d respond that he believed that culture would be much less delighted, with individuals obtaining much less sex.&#8221

Hearing the Story Once again for the Initial Time

&#8220Reading Luke’s gospel in a manner that does not permit it to be overshadowed by its conclusion will grant themes of Christ’s kingdom and its earthly effect far higher prominence. The connection of the coming of the Son of Man with some thing like the sanguinary destruction of the city of Jerusalem could possibly be unsettling for the sensibilities of modern Western readers, however is a quite crucial element of the projected fulfilment of Luke’s kingdom themes.&#8221

“Where Are You From?”

A young lady reflects on obtaining grown up all more than the globe rather than in a single location. &#8220I have adopted a new identity: Citizen of Heaven. As my identity is located in him, and as my eternity will be located there also, I rest in the assurance that I do have a property.&#8221

Flashback: 10 Ugly Numbers Describing Pornography Use

These numbers prove statistically what we currently recognized anecdotally—that pornography is a substantial concern afflicting our society and our church. As Christians we can and have to be ready to assist these who are struggling with it and to assure them that they can be forgiven and freed.


The much more you study Scripture, the much more you basically speak to God rather than feel about worry. —Edward Welch



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