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A La Carte (December 18)

This is the rare day when I was not able to track down any interesting Kindle deals. There have been lots of good ones over the past days, though, so if you haven’t seen them, check the A La Carte archives. And now, some links:

A Date Night Fool’s Gold

J.A. Medders has a helpful follow-up to my recent article called You Don’t Need a Date Night. He says, “If you stack up all of the time you spend as a married couple, date nights are a puny fraction of time in your married life. The piled up moments during the week can be just as, if not more, thrilling and fortifying than a faux candlelight dinner and overpriced cheese board.”

Christ-Centered Silence for the Noisy Advent Season

“We all have extra events in December. Whether for work, school, church, or the community, seasonal social opportunities keep us occupied. We assume everyone is ‘crazy busy.’ It’s a noisy season, one of music and cheer. To enjoy the season to its fullest, then, one of the most significant disciplines we can practice both individually and corporately is ‘Christ-centered silence.’”

Did Jesus Even Exist?

Michael Kruger responds to the most recent attack on the historicity of Jesus. “The reason most Christmas articles simply want to rewrite the story of Jesus is because virtually all scholars agree–liberal and conservative alike–that there is little reason to doubt his existence.”

7 Ways to Become a Better Sermon Listener

Almost all of us need help here, don’t we?

This Day in 1953. 62 years ago today, Ed Welch was born. Happy Birthday, Ed!

Shepherd the Flock of God That Is Among You

I very much appreciate what Darryl communicates here.

Does Your Church Need to Die?

Ray Ortlund levels the challenge: “If you are not satisfied that your church is living proof of the risen Lord, here’s a crazy thought. Maybe your church needs to die, in order to live. And I don’t mean change the style of music. I mean something deeper.”

Ad Blockers Will Force Reforms in Online Marketing

This is a good article on the prevalence of ad blockers and the problems that cause people to use them.

Tripp

God eternal became a child so that through his life, death and resurrection, we would become the children of God.

—Paul Tripp

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