A La Carte (December 13)

Kindle owners may want to check out today’s small (and yesterday’s big) list of Kindle deals.

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(Yesterday on the blog: A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness)

Shame Storm

Here’s a good and important article on public shaming. “No one has yet figured out what rules should govern the new frontiers of public shaming that the Internet has opened. New rules are obviously required. Shame is now both global and permanent, to a degree ­unprecedented in human history. No more moving to the next town to escape your bad name. However far you go and however long you wait, your disgrace is only ever a Google search away. Getting a humiliating story into the papers used to require convincing an editor to run it, which meant passing their standards of newsworthiness and corroborating evidence. Those gatekeepers are now gone.”

Report Discloses History of Slavery and Racism at Southern Seminary 

SBTS has just released a long report on its history of slavery and racism. “Southern Seminary faces its own reckoning in the form of a major report produced by a team of its own faculty. The report released this morning recounts the history of slavery and racism at Southern Seminary — from the school’s slave-holding founders in the 19th century to its segregation-defending faculty in the early decades of the 20th century. The report, commissioned by President R. Albert Mohler Jr., represents a year of research conducted by a committee of six current and former Southern Seminary faculty members. Mohler said this comes late in the school’s history, but it represents what he called an institution-wide “honest lament” for the sins of its forebears.”

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

There are lots of stunning photos to marvel at in the National Geographic photo contest.

Hundreds Accuse Independent Baptist Pastors of Abuse

Terrible news: “Hundreds of women and men have accused leaders of independent fundamental Baptist churches of sexual misconduct in a major investigative report published last weekend by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.”

The Beginnings of Ligonier: R.C. Sproul through the Years (Video)

“In 1971, R.C. Sproul founded Ligonier Ministries. Watch this brief clip of R.C. describing the early days of what was then called the Ligonier Valley Study Center and the growth that resulted in our relocating to Orlando, Florida.”

God Woke Me Up

I enjoyed this reflection. “Sometimes we don’t feel like reading the Bible. But we have to. Our feelings here show our real need. And when we do, God shows us who he is and how he loves us. Praise God for how he wakes us up over and over again to see his glory in the Word.”

A Neglected Minority of a Different Kind

“Apart from ADA compliance, some churches do very little, if anything, to show the familial love of Christ to disabled members who long to be a vital part of their local church. It’s a failure of leadership, but one that can be corrected by seeing the whole body as essential to a God-honoring, Christ-exalting, gospel-saturated church.” Is your church welcoming to people who are disabled and to their families?

Flashback: When God Goes Big And I Go Small

When God goes big, my first tendency is to go small. When God speaks universally, my first thought is to look for exceptions, for the nuances that allow me to wiggle out from under his commands.

The aim is never to become a master of the Word, but to be mastered by it. —D.A. Carson