Weekend A La Carte (November 27)

May you know and experience the Lord’s blessings this weekend. (Yesterday on the blog: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 Deal for Christians) Today’s Kindle deals include some classics for now and perhaps some others in the morning. What Keeps Couples Apart? Stephen Witmer: “Despite the beauty and blessedness of true intimacy, I’ve encountered numerous obstacles to it — both in my own marriage, and in years of counseling married couples. One of the most common is busyness.” The fundamental …

Free Stuff Fridays (Truth78)

This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Truth78, who also sponsored the blog this week. They are giving away three sets of the Old Testament and New Testament volumes of More Than a Story. Here is more about the book set: More Than a Story takes children on a chronological journey through the Bible with a God-centered, gospel-focused, discipleship-oriented, theologically grounded perspective. Though the Bible is full of stories, it is MORE THAN A STORY. It is the authoritative …

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 Deals for Christians

While there are many places you can go today to find deals on electronics and other big-ticket items, I like to provide a place for Christian retailers to make their deals known to Christians who are trying to kick-start their Christmas shopping (or to just buy great resources at significant discounts). I will update this list regularly throughout the weekend, so you may want to return to a few times. Be sure to check back on Monday for Cyber Monday …

A La Carte (November 26)

Today I have published a list of Black Friday deals that may be of interest to Christian folk. I will be updating it a number of times over the course of the day, then again on Cyber Monday. So if that’s of any interest, do check in now and again. There are a few Kindle deals to be had this morning. Connecting the Dots I appreciate this reflection on Reformed theology and how it connects the dots. “When you start …

A La Carte (November 25)

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family. You enjoy your holiday and we’ll take care of the internet today. Today’s Kindle deals include a nice little selection of titles. (Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books fo November 2021) Thanksgiving, Gratitude, and Leanness of Soul “When we forget God and ingratitude sets in, we have grown spiritually sick. At that point, it does not matter how much we have; it will never satisfy us, and the …

New and Notable Christian Books for November 2021

The final months of the year are typically not the best time for new book releases. However, this year we are seeing some special releases that are well worth investigating—including books by prominent theologians like Thomas Schreiner and Douglas Moo. With that in mind, here is my list of new and notable Christian books for November 2021. In each case I’ve included the editorial description. The Joy of Hearing: A Theology of the Book of Revelation by Thomas Schreiner. “Join …

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A La Carte (November 24)

May the Lord bless and keep you today. On sale at Westminster Books this week is a new volumes of systematic theology by Douglas Kelly. There are a couple of Kindle deals so far, with perhaps a few more to come in the morning. What happened at the ETS? I appreciated Denny Burk’s roundup of some of what transpired at the recent ETS meetings. The Danger of Nostalgia “What’s your favorite family memory? What is your favorite memory of church? Your favorite holiday …

A La Carte (November 23)

May the God of love and peace be with you today. (Yesterday on the blog: Helpful Things You Can Say to Grieving Parents) Do We Really Want Everything That Technology Can Give Us? Gene Veith asks, “Do we want technology that overrides our agency as human beings? That babysits us? That keeps us in line? My sense is that we want technology that extends what we can do. Not technology that imposes itself upon us, or that creates conditions that we have …

Exploring the Breadth and Depth of Scripture with Your Children

This week, the blog is sponsored by Truth78 and was written by Jill Nelson. Now more than ever, our children need to know, understand, and embrace the stunning grandeur and absolute truth of Scripture. The answer to every pressing question, every longing of the heart, every struggle of the will, and every hope of all-satisfying joy is found in God’s Word. Therefore, parents (and every believer): It is our sacred responsibility and privilege to fully acquaint our children with the …

Helpful Things You Can Say to Grieving Parents

It can be awkward to reach out to those who are deep in grief. It can be hard to know what to say and easy to believe that our words are more likely to offend than comfort, to make a situation worse rather than better. We sense that our words ought to be few, but also that the worst thing to say is nothing at all. I recently consulted with a few other parents who have experienced the loss of …

A La Carte (November 22)

Good morning, my friends. Grace and peace to you today. There have been a lot of really good Kindle deals recently. (Yesterday on the blog: The Last (Melodramatic) Hymn) Into the Metaverse Samuel James: “Facebook recently announced it is changing its name to Meta—short for ‘metaverse.’ As it rebrands, it continues its movement toward posthuman ambition that has been evident for many years. For nearly a decade, Facebook has been shifting the company away from an ethos of connecting real …

The Last (Melodramatic) Hymn

In her time, Marianne Farningham, who was actually named Mary Ann Hearn, was well-known for her devotional poetry, as well as some of her hymns, (though I am not aware of any of those that have really stood the test of time). While most of her poems were topical, some of them were narrative in style, including “The Last Hymn.” Though I admit this one perhaps tips into a bit of Victorian melodrama, I still quite enjoy it. Read—preferably aloud—and hear …

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Weekend A La Carte (November 20)

Good morning! May you taste and see that the Lord is good this weekend. Westminster Books has a good deal on the excellent Two Ways To Live. Today’s Kindle deals include quite a number of academic books and classics. (Yesterday on the blog: Set Loose in a Mud Pit) While Waiting for Flight 6072 Andrée Seu Peterson writes about redeeming the time spent waiting for a flight. Refreshed In Chains “The Bible is far from barren prose on ancient parchment. …

Free Stuff Fridays (Missional Wear)

This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Missional Wear who also sponsored the blog this week. Missional Wear has got your back this Christmas with amazing and unique gifts that you can’t find anywhere else! It’s important to do your online shopping early because of anticipated shipping delays that are expected to be even more challenging than last year. Because of this they have released their Black Friday doorbuster deals earlier than ever. Now is the time to get …

Set Loose in a Mud Pit

It would be a strange thing for a mother to set her daughter loose in a mud pit, but warn her that she must not let her clothes get dirty. It would be a strange thing for a father to instruct his son to ford a river, but warn him that he must not let his feet get wet. Yet when we come to God in repentance and faith, when we joyfully surrender our lives to him, he gives us …

A La Carte (November 19)

The Lord be with you and the Lord bless you today. I wanted to remind you of my site SquareQuotes where you can freely download hundreds of the quote graphics I share every day. Borrowing from the KJV Bank and Trust This is a good article from a new site titled Text & Canon (which is associated with Phoenix Seminary). “The KJV translators were not KJV-Only. It is actually those who wish to see the venerable King James revised who …

A La Carte (November 18)

Good morning. Grace and peace to you. We are seeing some Kindle deals related to ETS. They are worth checking out and include the excellent books The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self and Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth. (Yesterday on the blog: The Beauty of an Heirloom Bible) Assurance of Things Hoped For: Christians Will Meet Again in Heaven You know what I love about blogs? That people write content as good and encouraging as this, and then joyfully give …

The Beauty of an Heirloom Bible

I once sat at George Müller’s desk and read James 1:27 from his Bible. I once visited a library that contained artifacts from William Carey’s life and leafed through a Bible that he had owned and studied. I have pondered the color-coded notes in Amy Carmichael’s Bible and have paged through a first-edition King James. Closer to home, my father’s Bible was placed at the front and center of the church during his funeral and I had a special wooden …

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