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A La Carte (December 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few titles that may be of interest to some. No Tears in Heaven by Charles Spurgeon tops the list.

Free from Logos this month is How to Read Proverbs by Tremper Longman. You can add How to Read the Psalms for $1.99.

Free from Christian Audio this month is You and Me Forever by Francis Chan. Also check out the great deals in the twice-yearly sale.

Frontline Missions is selling their excellent Dispatches from the Front DVDs at a great price if you purchase the whole set (something I’m sure you won’t regret).

Cultural Heretics

You may have heard that Buzzfeed and Cosmopolitan “outed” Chip and Joanna Gaines for going to a church where the pastor believes homosexuality is sinful. Trevin Wax asks if they have become cultural heretics. Meanwhile, Samuel James has 10 Questions for Buzzfeed, beginning with this: “How many evangelical Christians do you personally know? How many evangelical Christians are employed by your company? If the answer to either of these questions is ‘None,’ why do you believe that is?” Finally, this one from Ricochet is very good.

Yes, Go to Church on Christmas

“The questions have begun. How are we going to fulfill our family Christmas traditions if we have to be at church for Sunday School? How early do we need to get up to make sure the kids have time to open and enjoy their presents before church? Can we just skip this Sunday?” (Also this Plea to Pastors from Kevin DeYoung.)

Parenting: A Group Affair

This is disheartening and probably a sign of things to come across the western world: Here in Ontario “Under the All Families are Equal Act, same-sex couples or a group of up to four adults who agree to have a child, whether through a surrogate mother or artificial insemination, will be legally viewed as parents without any adoption process. They simply must sign a contract to co-parent before the child is conceived.”

Advertising Your Christmas Events on Facebook

This is a helpful short guide to using Facebook to promote Christmas events. Facebook advertising can be very, very effective.

Which Old-Testament Promises Apply to Me?

John Piper takes on a complicated question. You can read his answer or listen to it.

This Day in 1857. 159 years ago today John Paton was licensed to preach the gospel. He would go door to door distributing tracts in Glasgow and would eventually become a missionary to the New Hebrides islands. *

Answering Jacobs’ Questions On False Teaching and Teachers

There has been some discussion on various blogs about whether we should consider people false teachers who have differing views on sexual ethics. Derek Rishmawy provides some good thoughts here. This is an issue Evangelicals will have to consider deeply in the years to come.

Growing Up in a Porn-Saturated World

Paul Wilkinson lists “22 Ways Your Kids’ World is Much Different Than Yours.” Parents ought to read and consider this one.

Flashback: 5 Ugly Qualities of the Anti-Elder

The Apostle Paul offers 5 anti-qualifications, 5 things an elder must not be. He may not display all of these traits, but he will display at least some of them.

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If corporate worship is characterized more by band performance than congregational participation, it isn’t corporate worship.

—Steve Timmis

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