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A La Carte (December 15)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a few minor deals. However, Amazon also has a good selection of their most-gifted books up to 85% off in Kindle format. Finally, Crossway will send you a free Kindle copy of Joe Thorn’s Experiencing the Trinity if you fill out a brief survey.

Why Are Jesus’ Genealogies in Matthew and Luke Different?

Two gospels, two genealogies. Why the difference? Dr. Mark Strauss offers up three possible reasons.

No Gullible Bumpkins Here

And speaking of Jesus, Mike McKinley discusses his virgin birth. “Mary and Zechariah and Elizabeth were not gullible bumpkins who didn’t know how babies were made and believed fantastical stories (nor, for that matter, were Luke and his original readers). They found the whole idea just as unlikely as you and I might, but that’s exactly the point!”

The Most Common Baby Names (Video)

Here’s a neat interactive map that shows the most popular baby names in each state from 1910-2015. It’s fascinating to see names come and go. (Don’t miss the toggle switch to display boys or girls names.) Check out Jennifer in the late 70s!

Is the Sin of Gluttony Really that Serious?

Traditionally, the sin of gluttony was considering one of the most serious. It also had a much wider definition than we might think.

How to Help Your Children Become Better Sermon Listeners

Here’s some practical advice on helping your children get more out of the sermon.

This Day in 1418. 598 years ago today Englishman John Oldcastle was burned alive for his efforts to preserve and promote the cause of the Lollards (John Wycliffe supporters). *

The Greatest Need in Special Needs

This is a challenging article on special needs. “The danger for us is that we presume too much about disability. We may start to think that because someone can’t respond to us or fully articulate faith, that the gospel isn’t sinking in, when it may very well be! We may begin to believe they have no sin nature and don’t need the gospel. We may think that folks with cognitive disabilities and delays in our church are mainly there as some sort of object lesson to enable our spiritual growth, forgetting that God wants spiritual growth for all of us.”

How Cars Went from Boxy to Curvy (Video)

In the 80s cars were boxy and in the 90s they were curvy. Here’s how and why it happened.

The Ultimate Peace Child

Vance Christie recounts the amazing story of the peace child as originally told by Don Richardson.

A New Poverty

Yeah, yeah, I know—yet another review of Hillbilly Elegy. But it includes some very interesting insights about the book and wider culture.

Flashback: One In a Sea of Faces

Reflecting on the powerful mercy of God.


The best thing you can do for a child’s soul is to become actively involved in a gospel-preaching, gospel-living church community.

—Chap Bettis

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