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A La Carte (January 6)
January 06, 2016
There isn’t much to report by way of Kindle deals today, so we will just move on to some recommended reading. Here are some links you may find interesting:
John Piper lists them. I especially appreciate his first point: Playing the lottery is spiritually suicidal.
Jeff Purswell rounds up some of last year’s especially notable books for pastors.
Destinationism is the American myth: “God has a wonderful plan for your earthly life – He has a purpose for you. He has a destination for your life here and now, and when you reach it, all will be well.”
Kevin DeYoung asks how America can bridge the deep race divide. “The short answer is: I don’t know. The slightly longer answer is that we can start by trying to understand what things look like from both sides. And by ‘sides’ in this case, I mean the law enforcement community and the African American community.”
Here you go: It’s what the universe looks like from above, or below, or something. Whatever it is, it’s phenomenal. (Click here for a much bigger version of the graphic.)
This Day in 1850. 166 years ago today, preacher Charles Spurgeon became a Christian at the age of 16. *
“CCEF Now 2016 features articles from four of our faculty members and an interview with one of our contract counselors—David Powlison, Ed Welch, Winston Smith, Alasdair Groves, and Melissa Clemens.” It’s free for the taking.
This one is very interesting to watch: “Life in Western Mongolia is an adventure. Training eagles to hunt, herding yaks, and racing camels are just a few of the daily activities of the nomadic Kazakh people. I spent a few weeks living with them and experiencing one of the most unique cultures in the world. Saddle up and enjoy the ride.”
The opposite of joy is not sadness. It’s hopelessness. —Tim Keller