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A La Carte (12/17)

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I’ve got nothing to say today, so we’ll just get straight to those links…

$5 Friday – Ligonier is having their weekly $5 Friday event today, and R.C. Sproul’s commentary on John is one of the items that you can buy, today only, for just $5.

The Christmas Tree Industry – Just in case you’ve ever wondered what the industry is all about.

Put the Seat Down – Over at Discerning Reader, Mark Tubbs offers a recommendation for a good book: “Almost everything you wish you had known about serving your wife as a biblical man before you got married, in less than 125 pages.”

Facebook Photos – A couple of days ago Steve Cornell offered up social media suggestions for pastors. Today he follows up with an interesting post dealing with Facebook photos.

Rallying to restore God – It was interesting to see Nancy Pearcey’s name appear in the Economist as “America’s pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual.”

Bob Feller – I enjoyed reading this article on the life of baseball great Bob Feller.

2010 in Photos – Boston.com wraps up their look at 2010 through photos.

People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.

—D.A. Carson

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…