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A La Carte (April 24)


Today’s Kindle deals include some pretty good deals on books newer and older—from the Puritans to today. (Also, you can get a free copy of Jared Wilson’s Gospel Wakefulness if you visit Crossway’s site.)

Westminster Books has deals on Sinclair Ferguson’s excellent book The Whole Christ (and the DVD series and other associated material).

(Yesterday on the blog: The Next Frontier in Pornography)

Toronto Van Attack

Please pray for the city of Toronto after a horrific attack yesterday in which a driver purposefully ran down pedestrians, killing 10 and injuring 15 more. “Any fanciful notion that we are far away from the dogs of war unleashed, from the seething corners of the world where hatred fulminates, buffered from European capitals, from American metropolises where mayhem has been inflicted down through these recent years — that comforting thought died on Monday.”

10 Things You Should Know about J.I. Packer

I thoroughly enjoyed this roundup of 10 things you ought to know about J.I. Packer. “J.I. Packer’s early experience is a riveting testimony to the truth of Romans 8:28. Whereas some at the time of his accident at the age of seven may have thought that there was no possible ‘purpose’ in his having been chased from a playground by a schoolyard bully into the path of an inattentive bread truck driver, I beg to differ. And I think Packer would too.”

Bleep! Why Christians Shouldn’t Cuss

Strangely, explaining why Christians shouldn’t cuss always arouses all kinds of controversy (and, ironically, all kinds of cussing).

Why You Can’t Divide by 0 (Video)

TedEd explains why you cannot divide a number by 0.

Was Gnosticism Tolerant and Inclusive? Debunking Some Myths about “Alternative” Christianities

Michael Kruger challenges some common myths about ancient Gnosticism. “In sum, popular perceptions about Gnosticism are just that, popular perceptions. And thus they do not necessarily have a basis in history. As we have seen here, the real Gnosticism was very different. And it reminds us that perhaps Gnosticism failed not because it was politically oppressed by those crafty orthodox folks, but because it simply proved to be less attractive to those in the earliest centuries who were seeking to follow Christ.”

This Is the Most Important Number in Business

It’s hard to disagree. The most important number in business right now is the number of Amazon Prime subscribers.

Every Good Work

WORLD magazine explains how heroic airline pilots and ordinary Chick-fil-A employees illustrate the glory of jobs well done. “That’s the heart of good work: Make a good product or deliver a good service for the good of other people. That can be true whether you’re flying a plane or making a sandwich for a hungry customer. Men and women made in the image of their Creator are hard-wired for productivity.”

70 People Reveal How to Tell If Someone Is From Their Countrr (Video)

This is fun.

Flashback: Stuff Christians Say

“Stuff Christians Say” got me thinking about not only the little words we use, but the big ones, the theological descriptors.

The God whose roar can shatter the heavens, comes down to whisper comfort to His people. He is strong enough to save and close enough to care.


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    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.