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A La Carte (December 13)

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Good morning, my friends. Grace and peace to you today.

In case you missed it, there was a very good list of Kindle deals on Saturday.

I just wanted to offer the reminder that my latest book, Knowing and Enjoying God, is available and perhaps a reasonable gift or devotional option.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Tail End of our Tale)

12 Observations on Spiritual Authority

Samuel James makes some interesting observations about spiritual authority here.

Deconstructing Deconstructionism

“Conversations about deconstruction seem to be ubiquitous. Legion are the number of articles, social media links, sermon series, and videos dedicated to critiquing existing theological traditions, parachurch platforms, or public religious figures. While those engaging in this phenomenon have done so from several vantage points, two common approaches are taken by those leaving churches that teach historic Christian doctrine and ethics. Simply put, those approaches are exaggeration and ambiguity.”

An Open Letter to Listeners of “The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill”

I expect some will vociferously disagree with this article, but we’re rarely harmed by a thoughtful challenge, are we? “Mark Driscoll, based upon the charges brought against him from Mars Hill leaders and members, was unfit to be a pastor, but, if you didn’t attend Mars Hill, is that any of your business? What is your role (if any) in this painful experience?”

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‘Tis the Season for Topigetical Sermons

“The Christmas season is upon us, which gives us Reformed Christians another reason to fight. Huzzah! Or less cynically, it’s time for the annual intramural debates which have other Christians scratching their heads about all the fuss” I suppose the more Reformed you are, the more this may make sense to you.

Advent & Christmas Videos for 2021

Here’s a roundup of some advent and Christian videos you may enjoy and may wish to share.

Conservatives in both Parliament and the Senate allow Canada’s conversion therapy ban to pass with zero opposition

This one is largely for the Canadians who are trying to better understand what happened with Bill C-4 (and how all the parties let us down so badly). “It came as a nasty and heartbreaking shock when on the afternoon of December 1, the Conservative Party presented a motion to fast-track Bill C-4, skipping the entire deliberative process entirely to send the bill directly to the Senate. The motion passed with unanimous consent — not a single MP stood up to say ‘nay.’”

Come Let Us Adore Him (Video)

This is a neat little video from the John 10:10 Project.

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.

As soon as a penitent appears in the doorway of God’s throne-room, the golden sceptre of His royal forgiveness is stretched out for him to touch.

—F.B. Meyer

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