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A La Carte (April 27)

Today’s Kindle deals include three books. The highlight is Ed Shaw’s excellent work on same-sex attraction.

Logos users, don’t forget that I’ve worked with Logos to put together a curated list of excellent NT commentaries.

11 Reasons for a Weekly Service Review

Jeff Lacine lists “11 reasons why you should consider starting a weekly service review at your church, and four cautions to keep in mind if you do.”

FlightLapse (Video)

I suppose I’d prefer the pilot to focus on flying rather than shooting video. But still, this is a neat video of a pilot’s view of the Milky Way.

The Movie Date That Solidified J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hatred of Walt Disney

Wouldn’t it have been fun to be a fly on the while as Tolkien and Lewis watched that movie together?

Praying Over the Music

Megan Hill writes about distraction in our worship services. “If we always exercise with a playlist and await our restaurant meal with a video, we naturally expect sensory accompaniments to follow us to worship. And when it comes to the singular, quiet, unspectacular, and seemingly-sedentary activity of corporate prayer, we may reflexively seek something else to augment our experience.”

Keep Looking (Video)

You may enjoy John Piper’s take on Louis Agassiz and his fish.

Sister, You Can Do Hard Things

Amy Gannett has one for women: “I’m not saying that Bible study is easy. I’m not saying that it doesn’t require a learning curve or a good amount of time and effort. I don’t believe that it comes easily to most, and my personal experience says that it takes a lot of persistence and practice. Studying the Bible is not necessarily and easy task, but, sister, you can do hard things.”

Is Jesus’ Submission to the Father Eternal? (Video)

Professor Blair Smith of Reformed Theological Seminary answers this question.

53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

These people “mentioned in the Bible have been identified in the archaeological record. Their names appear in inscriptions written during the period described by the Bible and in most instances during or quite close to the lifetime of the person identified.”

Flashback: The Man on the Moon

I recently found myself thinking, “I wish I could be involved in something that significant.” And then I thought of one of the great and enduring privileges that is mine as a Christian.

So many are looking for special revelation from God while it sits on their shelves gathering dust.

—Burk Parsons

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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…

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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…