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A La Carte (December 14)


The Logos deals continue through their 12 Days of Logos. Recently they’ve added my top recommendations for OT commentaries, a number of complete commentary sets (NICOT, Welwyn, etc), and the complete NSBT set. You can’t go wrong with any of those!

There aren’t a lot of Kindle deals today. However, you will find Tim Keller’s book on Christmas there, along with his daily devotional on the psalms—perhaps an option for the new year.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Practical, Business-like Prayer)

Will a Rare “Christmas Star” Appear in the Sky This December?

You’ve probably heard something about a “Christmas Star” coming our way in December. Here’s AiG on what to look for, and when.

Beware Those Hasty & Severe in Judgment

I have noticed this pattern so often. “An interesting pattern continues to emerge in ministry. Professing Christians who seem strangely quick and severe in pronouncing judgment on others are often themselves living in hidden sin. It has happened enough now for it to function as a kind of warning sign for me – or at least a reason to lean in and seek to understand what might be going on beneath the surface.”

A Race Car Crash—and the Science That Saved Its Driver

“Last Sunday’s mayhem started, as mayhem often does, with just the slightest nudge. Formula One cars leapt off the starting line of the Bahrain International Circuit, clustered together to gain early position in the cramped, frenzied, critical opening lap, swerving a sharp right around the first turn like a herd of hungry predators chasing panicked prey.” It led to a terrible crash. This article explores the science behind the driver’s incredible escape.

Watts and Wesley: A Tale of Two Hymn Writers and the Christmas Carols that Remain with Us

These two men served the church so well. “Watts and Wesley keenly understood that the average Christian believes the theology they sing. By the time he died, Wesley had produced 6,000 to 9,000 sacred hymns and songs—a staggering achievement. Watts himself penned around 750, a feat overshadowed only by Wesley’s seemingly superhuman effort.”

The Book of Revelation Comes with an Answer Key

This is key to understanding Revelation.

From The Heart Of Spurgeon

This will be quite a challenge, and it’s one you’re free to join! “From 1 January 2021, a few intrepid friends will set out to read one of Spurgeon’s sermons each day, beginning with the first volume of NPSP, and continuing on. The first target is to complete the six NPSP volumes, after which we may plough on through MTP.”

Explainer: What Is Parler, And Why Does It Matter?

You’ve likely heard of the social media platform Parler. This article explains what it is and tells about its strengths and weaknesses.

Flashback: Jesus Isn’t Threatened by Your Christmas Gifts

We don’t threaten the wonder of the incarnation when we give nice gifts to the ones we love and when we look forward to receiving them.

Carnality…will corrupt morals, weaken personal relationships, produce doubt about God and His Word, destroy prayer life, and provide fertile ground for heresy.

—John MacArthur

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