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A La Carte (December 17)

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After a short pause yesterday, there are lots of rock-solid Kindle deals to browse through today.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Consensus Best Books of 2020)

Trees: God’s Creative Power On Display

“To most people, trees are the very essence of ‘naturalness’, which basically implies absence of artificial human input. In recent decades, secular literature has shown a noticeable shift towards interpreting naturalness as absence of divine input—as merely the product of chance, by evolution. Nothing could be further from the truth; a tree is not a product of chance, but of divine design.”

Reading the Bible Requires Rules We Already Know

This is such an important thing to note—that the rules we use to interpret the Bible are the same rules we use to interpret most other forms of communication. Sometimes we make things more complicated than they ought to be…

Snapchats, Stories, Fleets, and Glories

Seth Lewis considers a feature of social media that has become crucial to many users. “In a way, these new features reflect something true. Like social media imitates social reality (and distorts it in the process), temporary stories also imitate temporary reality. Real life really is more like a series of stories than a scrollable timeline, isn’t it?”

Reviving the Lost Art of Letter Writing

If the social media “story” features are modern and fleeting, then old-fashioned letter writing is the very opposite. It’s an art worth recovering, I think.

My Top 10 Theology Stories of 2020

Every year Collin Hansen assembles a list of his top 10 theology stories of the year. Here are his picks for 2020.

On Being a Berean With Ourselves

We know the importance of acting like those noble Bereans. But perhaps we forget that we need to begin with ourselves!

Annual Reading Challenge for Kids and Teens

Last week I released the 2020 Christian reading challenge. Redeemed Reader always puts together their own reading challenge for kids and teens. Perhaps it’s of interest to your family…

Flashback: George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, You, and Me

At some point you may well be faced with the opportunity to go rooting through another person’s emails after they have been hacked and made public. So let me ask: Will you read those emails?

…be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.

—George Müller

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