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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.


  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • 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…