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A La Carte (December 12)


Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of good titles by John Piper as well as some other good picks.

Logos users will want to check out the 12 Days of Logos sale that begins today.

The Christmas Present in Lot’s Cave

“The cave seemed like the perfect hiding place but soon it became the setting for one of the most heinous scenes in all of the Bible. But even here amid the darkness of depravity God was laying the tracks for an especially shocking revelation on Christmas morning.”

A Survivor of the Killing Fields

WORLD tells “How a Cambodian Christian overcame tragedy and horror thanks to the love, faith, and courage God gave him.”

Big Bother Is Watching

If you’re a Slack user, you may be interested in this look at the highs, lows, and future of Slack.

The Christmas Miracle of the Incarnate, Omnipresent Word

This is important: “In the end, the Incarnation is not for analysis but for worship.”

This Day in 1808. 198 years ago today the Bible Society of Philadelphia was organized, the first of its kind in America. Its purpose was to promote and distribute the Scriptures. *

Live, for the Moment

I found this an interesting (and concerning) article: “The pressure is on for extreme athletes to be constantly producing content, and it’s getting some of them killed.”

When God Changes Your Plans

You may enjoy this: “When Herod published his genealogy, it was missing anyone who was at all shady — and you know a guy like that had to have some crooked relatives that he took after.” That’s very different from Jesus’ genealogy!

The Story Behind “Silent Night”

Here’s the story behind a Christmas favorite.

Flashback: It Changed My Life!

I am convinced that I have been shaped more by one thousand regular sermons than by any one spectacular conference message; I have been shaped by five hundred very ordinary Lord’s Suppers more than any one powerful moment of worship.


Alas if our children lose the crown of life, it will be small consolation that they have won laurels of literature or art.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.