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A La Carte (December 27)

‘Tis the season to discuss Bible-reading plans for the year to come. Justin Taylor offers a long list of options; Ligonier does as well and includes downloadable guides; Peter Krol has some suggestions as well as a list of benefits.

CROSS - The CROSS conference kicks off this afternoon (schedule); you can watch it all via live-streaming.

Someone For Some People - Check out this little bit of verse taken from the book From Heaven He Came and Sought Her. (Note: Rebecca formatted it as verse.)

This Video Will Hurt - This video takes a fascinating look at the nocebo effect which illustrates both the power and the weakness of our minds.

Fourteen Generations - Have you ever wondered why the genealogy of Matthew 1 contains 3 groupings of 14 generations? Mitchell Chase takes a look and offers an explanation.

Clearing Things Up - Todd Pruitt offers a helpful clarification regarding the Duck Dynasty/Phil Robertson debacle. He suggests that much of the discussion has blurred the distinction between two categories.

The People Who Challenged My Atheism - Here’s an interesting article from The Guardian: The people who challenged my atheism most were drug addicts and prostitutes. I’ve been reminded that life is not as rational as Richard Dawkins sees it. Perhaps atheism is an intellectual luxury for the wealthy…”

Restoration as Gospel Priority - Ray Ortlund looks to 2 Corinthians and shows that for Paul  “aim for restoration was ideal as an all-encompassing intention.  For any gospel-defined church, then or now, restoration is an obvious priority.”