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A La Carte (December 16)

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Logos users, remember to check out the 12 Days of Logos. The deals include a bunch of my recommendations for OT commentaries, a number of complete commentary sets (NICOT, Welwyn, etc), and the complete NSBT set. There are some really good deals to be had.

Think You Know the Christmas Story? Here are Five Common Misconceptions

Michael Kruger, a New Testament scholar, addresses five common misconceptions about Christmas.

Is Christmas a Pagan Rip-off?

Meanwhile, Kevin DeYoung answers this question: Is Christmas a pagan rip-off?

Give the Gift of AGTV

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Vaccines and the Christian Worldview

Al Mohler has written a long article about the COVID-19 vaccine and its implications for Christians. “What should Christians think about vaccines and their use? What ethical and theological questions arise? Do the COVID-19 vaccines bring unique moral questions? What does the Christian worldview have to say about the entire set of questions? Let me offer seven points for consideration.”

Thoughts on My Anxiety

Todd Pruitt: “I have assembled a few thoughts on anxiety which I hope will at least help sufferers make sense of what they are experiencing. I also hope that those who do not struggle with anxiety chronically will gain a little insight into the lives of those who do.”

Shepherds Abiding in Their Field, Keeping Watch

“Picture a couple of shepherds. They’re just watching the sheep under the stars, like they have for years, maybe decades. And two of the guys, buddies, lean against a boulder, watching the flock. Two months earlier they were leaning against that same rock, like they had so many times before, and one shepherd — let’s call him Sal — says to the other, ‘Hey, Ernie.’ (Let’s pretend the other guy’s name is Ernie.) And Ernie says, ‘Yeah?’ ‘Do you ever sit and think to yourself,’ Sal says, ‘if any of that Messiah stuff is true?’” Jared Wilson imagines it…

Lessons for the Hospital

Kathryn Butler: “Whatever the circumstances, illness can stir up fears we never knew we harbored. Although medication can dull our pain, and therapies can slow cancer in its march, no pat answers can sponge away such fears. The wounds course too deep, and the nightmares linger too long after we’ve awoken from anesthesia.”

Flashback: The Visionary Worrywart

Where a visionary has an optimistic view of the future based on his ability to see current patterns and predict a better alternative, a worrier sees the future in great detail, but always in gory detail.

Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church, consecrated to Christ, and wholly influenced and governed by his rules.

—Jonathan Edwards

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

  • A La Carte Friday 2

    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

  • A La Carte Thursday 1

    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.