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A La Carte (April 18)


It has been a bit of a slow week for Kindle deals, but there are at least a few to look at today.

Logos users will want to check out this NICOT/NICNT sale. It’s a great series to have!

(Yesterday on the blog: It’s Time To Break Free From the Algorithm-Driven Life)

A French Evangelical’s Thoughts on Notre Dame

I appreciate this French Evangelical’s thoughts on the burning of Notre Dame. “As a French Evangelical Protestant, I hardly attach any spiritual meaning to a cathedral—even my beloved Notre Dame.” Also see:

What Should I Think About During the Lord’s Supper?

Erik Raymond: “I remember as a new Christian looking around during Communion and wondering what everyone was doing. Everyone looked like they were doing something. I didn’t know. Because of this, I’m always happy to answer the question when asked, ‘What should I think about during the Lord’s Supper?’”

450+ Free eBooks at Monergism listed alphabetically by author (sponsored)

Before you purchase more eBooks for your digital library, you may want to first check out who now has published over 450 free eBooks for your Kindle, smart phone or tablet (in multiple formats) There is enough quality biblical literature and theology to last you for man”y years to come. The eBooks are high quality and each has an actively linked table of contents. The collection includes authors such as Louis Berkhof, J. Gresham Machan, B. B. Warfield. Richard Sibbes, Martin Luther, Augustine, John Newton, John Owen, John Calvin, and many more. There is even instructions how to easily upload an eBook to your Kindle.

Religious Fundamentalism and Brain Damage

Words fail at the sheer stupidity of this. Slate reports, “A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex.” Such religious fundamentalism is, “an ideology that emphasizes traditional religious texts and rituals and discourages progressive thinking about religion and social issues.”

Death by PowerPoint

Every technology has benefits and drawbacks–even PowerPoint. Here’s how one PowerPoint slide contributed to the deaths of seven people.

A New Tool for Teaching Textual Criticism

The theological geeks will be pretty excited about this new tool for teaching textual criticism to English speakers.

The Devil Didn’t Think He Won on Good Friday (Sorry, Preachers)

I like this approach from J.A. Medders. “It’s that time of year when you hear preachers say, ‘The Devil thought he won on Friday, but he didn’t know about Sunday!’ It preaches well. But I don’t think it’s true.”

Lies & Sex

“The devil is a liar. Since the beginning, lies have been his stock and trade, his most valuable weapon against God’s children. So effective are his lies that the world and our hearts sing harmony to his melody.” Many of his most compelling lies are about sex.

Flashback: The Best Argument for Using a Printed Bible

So what’s the argument for continuing to use a printed Bible? It allows you to leave behind a tangible link to your faith. When you have run your race and received your reward, your Bible will live on as a testimony to your interests, to your character, and ultimately, to your Christian profession.

Faith is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Christ.

—John Piper

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.