A La Carte (December 13)

It seems to be a bit of a slow day for Kindle deals with only a couple added. I’ll continue to look and see what else I can find.

Become a Patron

I know many friends of my family read this blog and are wondering about funeral arrangements for my father. The service will be held on Wednesday morning at Grace Presbyterian Church in Dalton, GA. If you need more information, feel free to get in touch with any of us.

(Anti)Virtue-Signaling

There’s lots to think about here for both pastors and writers. “When it comes to ethics, it is virtually impossible to commend something without sounding like you’re complementing yourself for your commendation.  For example, to praise a speech you’ve just heard as brilliant is to quietly proclaim your own smarts for so quickly recognizing its quality. We can even sound self-congratulatory in our condemnations.  In fact, it’s especially when we’re decrying something dishonorable that we sound like we’re ‘virtue-signaling.'”

How Are Men and Women Different?

Kevin DeYoung list five ways men and women are different according to God’s good design. It sounds so simple, yet this is an age of real confusion.

Chicken Sandwich Charity

“The Chick-fil-A Foundation’s announcement of its shift in giving priorities ruffled many feathers in the evangelical world, but a review of tax documents suggests the chicken restaurant still gives the vast majority of its charitable dollars to Christian ministries. ”

Jesus, Strong and Kind (Video)

I really like this new song from CityAlight. It’s suitable for both kids and adults.

Are We Meant to Enjoy Our Work?

Jim Hamilton: “The good life, then, entails hard work done to provide for others, dependents, whose growth and fruitfulness are evidence of God’s favor and blessing. Prosperity here includes godliness, responsibility, stewardship, and awareness of God, prompting fear and obedience and virtue.”

Do You Need Friends?

This is a good one. “At least make five close friends in your life. Right now you are in your 20s and 30s, but make at least five friends in ministry whom, 30 years from now, you can meet and say dispensing formalities, ‘Yo, how you doing?’, or whom you can shamelessly and honestly speak about ministry issues, or whom you can call for help in cases of emergency. If you do, you can live a life in ministry without loneliness.”

What Caused This Great Warship to Sink?

“The story of the Vasa’s quick sinking has gone down as one of the most colossal failures and greatest mysteries in naval architectural history. After a strong gust of wind, the ship leaned to the side and began to take on water through open cannon ports. It sank in full view of a crowd gathered to celebrate the ship’s first voyage, publicly cementing the Vasa as a national catastrophe. After the abrupt sinking, an inquest determined that the ship was unstable; the reasons behind the instability, though, are still being debated today. Some historians believe that the ship was designed incorrectly; others reason that the weight of the ship’s extensive firepower was improperly distributed.”

Flashback: When God Goes Big And I Go Small

God gives us his commands but also gives us wisdom to apply them in all the intricacies of life—especially life in a messy, sin-stained world.

Aimless, unproductive Christians contradict the creative, purposeful, powerful, merciful God we love. —John Piper