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A La Carte (April 26)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a few good books, including two that my girls used for devotions when young.

Westminster Books has a deal on an excellent place to begin in your studies of church history.

An Important but Neglected Tool for Clear Thinking

Justin Taylor shares an important but neglected tool for clear thinking. And while he is more concerned with the tool than the example processed through it, I think it’s useful in both ways.

The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang

Atlas Obscura digs into history a little. “It may be difficult to imagine from the perspective of the 21st century, but the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang once had at its center a community of Americans—Christian missionaries who lived there from 1895 to 1942.”

The Lord Is Never Late

Jared Wilson: “In my pained estimation in those dark days, the Lord was moving much too slowly, but I knew in that moment that he is not slow in keeping his promises (2 Pet. 3:9). He was holding me all along, and his reviving word came right on time. I pray I will remember this in dark days to come.”

Here I Raise My Ebenezer

I enjoyed Rachael Starke’s tale of God’s kind providence to her (though I won’t go so far as to call it a miracle!).

Ask Anything Live (Video)

Here’s another episode of Al Mohler’s “Ask Anything Live” on YouTube. Here are a few of the questions he takes on: What are some necessary steps that a student can take as they prepare for seminary? Are Eastern Orthodox Christians truly Christians? Studies have shown the consumption of pornography is widespread, even within the church. How should pastors and churches fight this epidemic?

What Church History Teaches About Wolves

Kevin DeYoung shows that church history displays some surprising truths about wolves within the church.

Bill Nye Saves the World Netflix Series Review

AiG reviews Bill Nye’s new Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World. “Despite being aimed at adults, many episodes contain segments that come across as rather childish with cheesy (and often inappropriate) songs, skits, and demonstrations performed by various special guests including athletes, comedians, actors, and others. The show contains a good deal of crude humor and various vulgarities, including taking God’s name in vain. This is certainly not a children’s show, nor is it intended to be (Netflix rated the show TV-14).”

Flashback: What Diversity Matters?

While the word diversity tends to draw our minds immediately to racial diversity, the Bible points to a wider kind of diversity.

There is no plateau in the Christian life. We are either growing closer to Christ’s likeness or we are falling away.

—Sam Allberry

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    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.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.