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A La Carte

December 12, 2011

There are a lot of notable Kindle deals you’ll want to make a note of. Randy Alcorn’s Money, Possessions and Eternity is free. It’s a book well worth reading. My own Sexual Detox is still at $0.99. Also from Cruciform you can get all of the following for $2.99: Awaiting a Savior by Aaron Armstrong, Grieving, Hope and Solace by Albert Martin, Smooth Stones by Joe Coffey, But God… by Casey Lute, The Organized Heart by Staci Eastin, and Intentional Parenting by Tad Thompson. From Shepherd Press at $1.79 you can get Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Instructing a Child’s Heart, and Don’t Make Me Count to Three. Finally, you can get Piper’s Brothers We Are Not Professionals for $1.99.

Writing a Good Sympathy Card - Here’s one to bookmark for when you need it: “Since my mother’s death, two years ago this past Saturday, I have radically altered the way I write in sympathy cards. I now know more fully the pain that death brings into our lives and, having received so many impacting words of comfort from others, am convinced I will never write in a card the same way I did before.”

The Ardent Sparrow - My friend Becky has opened her jewelry store (by popular demand!) and is offering some great Christmas gift ideas. Guys, be sure to check out the ring of the month or studs of the month clubs. There are several gifts there that don’t require shipping, which means you’re guaranteed to have them by Christmas.

Heaven & Hell - Greg Koukl discusses those who claim to have visited heaven or hell. I appreciate how he goes right to the issue of authority (and does so tactfully).

NYC Churches - “ ‘Don’t Leave Our Church Homeless’ read the signs distributed during Thursday’s press conference outside New York City Hall. More than 60 churches in New York meet in public schools for their Sunday services. When the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their appeal this week, the churches learned they will need to find a new location before February 12.”

Monergism Books - Monergism Books has a couple of good deals for you. 50 of you can get the audiobook of The Prince’s Poison Cup for free. Well, 49 now. You might also like to browse through their items that are between 50 and 59 percent off and see what bargains are there.

God, in mercy, will never allow children of his to be comfortable in sin. —Will Metzger

December 10, 2011

Digital Childhood - Dr. Mohler writes about the rise of the digital childhood. “The easiest way to infuriate the young is to lean into nostalgia. Nevertheless, it’s hard not to be nostalgic for a childhood in which the basic equipment for elementary school was pretty much limited to notebooks, pencils, and an occasional ruler. Those days are long gone.”

Top 10 Photos of 2011 - Here is a roundup of the 10 best photographs of 2011 according to National Geographic’s editors.

Top 10 Books of 2011 - And from the New York Times, here are the top 10 books of the year. As usual, I haven’t read any of them. I do think, though, that I’ll check out The Boy in the Moon as it sounds really interesting.

The King’s English - Now you can travel through the Bible, phrase by phrase, with this daily devotional from the King’s English—a blog I’ve enjoyed reading through 2011.

Just Friends? - This is a really interesting video where a guy asks a bunch of people whether it’s possible for men and women to be just friends.

Finding Oregon - Another amazing timelapse video.

We must wrestle earnestly in prayer, like men contending with a deadly enemy for life. —J.C. Ryle

December 09, 2011

O Night Divine - You may enjoy reading the backstory to the world’s worst rendition of “O Holy Night.” You may also enjoy listening to it. Or not.

Better Christmas Music - For some better Christmas music, you may want to keep an eye on Nate Fancher’s site as he is going to be releasing some free Christmas songs over the next few days.

A Complementarian Junia - Denny Burk looks at Scot McKnight’s little book Junia Is Not Alone, a defense of egalitarianism.

An Interview - Women Alive recently interviewed me about living in a high-tech world. If you’re interested, that interview has now been posted online (in written format).

Quiet Time in a Mother’s Life - This is a helpful article from The Briefing. “There are two things you can be sure of with motherhood (or life, really). The first is that God won’t change. The second is that everything else will. Just when you think you’ve found the one, true solution – the cure for sleepless nights, or disorganization, or prayerlessness – circumstances shift sideways.”

The People Who Hate Tebow - Columnist Chuck Klosterman has written a really interesting article trying to figure out Tim Tebow. I agree with Denny Burk who writes, “I don’t think that Tebow’s defiance of the odds in football games is what’s the most remarkable thing about him. What’s remarkable is that he behaves like a regenerate person in the midst of a professional culture that revels in debauchery. Having said that, it is wrong to interpret Tebow’s victories on the field as the reward for his behavior. That could all change at any moment.”

The sinner, apart from grace, is unable to be willing and unwilling to be able. —W.E. Best

December 08, 2011

Because this was a late addition to yesterday’s A La Carte, I wanted to mention it again. Shepherd Press has several of their books on sale in Kindle format; they are just $1.79 each. Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Instructing a Child’s Heart, Don’t Make Me Count to Three have all been marked down for a limited time. I think we’ll see some other deals from Shepherd Press in the near future, so stay tuned.

While on the subject of Amazon, they’ve got a lot of their Melissa & Doug products marked down by 50% today only. In a day when most toys are pretty much built to last a week, their toys are the happy exception; my girls have always loved them.

Debates - Though I haven’t been able to listen to them yet, I’ve heard that these debates are interesting. In the first Edgar Andrews debates atheist Robert Stovold on the question ‘What created the universe?’ while in the second he tangles with Lewis Wolpert, Emeritus Professor of Biology at University College London and Vice President of the British Humanist Association.

What I’ve Learned from Cancer - This needs to come with a language warning. It’s a pensive and sad and still-rebellious article from Christopher Hitchens as he battles cancer.

Pearl Harbour - These are some moving photos from the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbour.

Defusing an Argument - Paul Tautges shares “some transition sentences that may help you when you’re attempting to resolve conflicts with your wife. The list may be personalized according to the need of the moment (Eph 4:29).” They should print these on a wallet-sized card!

A Tale of Two Grandfathers - I admit to bias, but I really enjoyed this article about 2 of my great grandfathers and the differences between them (not to mention the ultimate spiritual impact on my own life).

Adoption gives us the privilege of sons, regeneration the nature of sons. —Stephen Charnock

December 07, 2011

Shepherd Press eBooks - Shepherd Press has many of their books on sale in Kindle format; they are just $1.79 each. Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Instructing a Child’s Heart, Don’t Make Me Count to Three have all been marked down for a limited time.

The Size of the Universe - WIRED takes a shot at helping us picture the size of the observable universe. Turns out it’s really, really big. “To try imagining how big, place a penny down in front of you. If our sun were the size of that penny, the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, would be 350 miles away. Depending on where you live, that’s very likely in the next state (or possibly country) over.”

Does Tech Feed Self-Centered Control? - One of the true joys of writing a book is seeing how other people interact with it and improve upon it. Paul Tautges has been doing just that. He looks at a particular bit of the book and says, “Let’s counsel ourselves by asking 8 idol-shattering questions about the love of control…”

Google: Behind the Numbers - Infographic du jour. Turns out that Google is big, too (but not quite as big as the universe).

Darwinism and the Next Generation - I enjoyed this article from Sean McDowell. I don’t advocate Intelligent Design, but what he says about Darwinism and materialism is really good.

Malcolm Gladwell: Collected - How did I not know about this set of books? Gladwell is an amazing author and these books are beautifully designed and illustrated.

Don’t Strive to Be Great - This is some great advice for preachers: don’t strive to be great. “What I am arguing against is the actual attempt to develop into a preacher with a reputation for being so unusually wonderful that people flock to you. There is a fine line here, to be sure: typically, gifted men attract larger audiences. Nothing wrong with that per se.”

Faithfulness is our business; fruitfulness is an issue that we must be content to leave with God. —J.I. Packer

December 06, 2011

Why We Need Jesus - Michael Horton has an article in the December issue of Christianity Today. He says that reason and morality cannot show us a good and gracious God. For that, we need the Incarnation.

Lovers on the Edges of the Twilight - My friend Michael Krahn has just released a great little EP titled Lovers on the Edges of the Twilight. It’s nothing to do with the Twilight books, in case you’re concerned. It really reminds me of the music of Jim Cuddy (you may need to be Canadian to know who that is).

Xmas - Every year I link to this article to encourage everyone to just calm down about xmas.

Stop Submitting to Men - Russell Moore: “Those of us who hold to so-called “traditional gender roles” are often assumed to believe that women should submit to men. This isn’t true. Indeed, a primary problem in our culture and in our churches isn’t that women aren’t submissive enough to men, but instead that they are far too submissive.”

Does Antiporn = Anti-sex? - Does antiporn = anti-sex? That’s the question asked by this article at the Covenant Eyes blog. 

Shopping Prank - I bet this video makes you LOL.

Heaven will not fully be heaven to Christ till he has his redeemed with himself. —A.W. Pink

December 05, 2011

The Holiness of God - R.C. Sproul’s The Holiness of God is free on Kindle for a limited time. This is yet another reason to buy a Kindle. And really, with the Kindle entry point down to $79, you will more than pay for it with the money you’ll save on books like this one.

Branch Out! - Aaron Armstrong gives you 3 good reasons to vary your reading diet in 2012.

Historical Inaccuracies - This article points out “5 Inaccurate ‘Historical’ Stories That Ended Up In History Books.”

Francis Schaeffer and Gospel-Centered - Trevin Wax has done a good job here of suggesting what Francis Schaeffer might say to the gospel-centered movement within today’s church.

Loving the 1% - Here is an interesting perspective on the “1%.” Despite a massive missionary movement that has penetrated every nation on earth, the upper class remains enormously unreached, even in countries that now boast large evangelical populations.

Free eBooks - Monergism has a list of 32 free ebooks. They are there for the taking. Be sure to right-click on them and save them to your computer (don’t use the left-click).

Finishing Well - This is love. (HT)

I preach as though Christ was crucified yesterday, rose from the dead today and was coming back tomorrow. —Martin Luther

December 02, 2011

How to Shrink Your Church - Some good thoughts on church from the Huffington Post, of all places. “Pastors and churches spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year attending conferences, buying books, hiring consultants, advertisers and marketers, all to try and accomplish one thing: to increase attendance — to be a bigger church. I’m absolutely convinced this is the wrong tack.”

What Did You Expect? - Paul Tripp’s excellent book What Did You Expect? is on sale (Kindle version) for just $2.99.

Free Audio - ChristianAudio has 2 books available for free this month: From Pearl Harbor to Calvary and A Christmas Carol

What Tebow Can’t Do - An enjoyable article on the Tebow phenomenon.

Hallelujah Chorus Trainwrecks - Truly horrifying Messiah moments.

Stupid and Graceless - “Bob Costas carves the selfish idiots who make a spectacle of themselves after they do something good on the football field.”

Old age is a blessed time. It gives us leisure to put off our earthly garments one by one and dress ourselves for heaven. —Ray Palmer