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A La Carte (December 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good selection, including some (actually good) books on health–rather a good theme to consider heading into a new year. Crossway will give you a free copy of Justified by Faith Alone by R.C. Sproul.

Spurgeon’s 15 Tips for a Deep and Effective Prayer Life

Here are 15 tips from Charles Spurgeon for a deep and effective prayer life. And who doesn’t want that?

Should Christians be Free to Obey Our Conscience?

“If you are a Christian and you advocate that the State is justified in making Christians participate, in any way, in a gay marriage, I believe you’ve ripped the rug from under yourself – if it is fine for the State to violate other Christians’ consciences this time, what’s to prevent them from violating yours next?”

12 Days of Logos

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A Bizarre 1980s Consumerist Frenzy Over a Dimpled Doll (Video)

Do you remember the fuss over the world’s ugliest doll? “Why did this doll go so big? Was it the marketing campaign, which made the doll seem real since you ‘adopted’ them? Was it the ‘designer’ aspect, complete with signature on the doll’s tush? The Cabbage Patch Kid was the viral sensation of 1980s childhood, and no one should be more embarrassed than the parents in this footage, squawking and fighting in desperation to grab one from the shelf. “

A Note of Thanks for R.C. Sproul

Joni Eareckson Tada writes this beautiful note about Dr. Sproul.

Listen Up! Songs from the Parables of Jesus

Here is a new children’s album by Sovereign Grace Music that you and your family may enjoy. Based on a couple of listens, I think it may be among their best.

£70,000 Patek Philippe vs £4,000 Omega (Video)

I couldn’t endorse paying this much for a watch, but I sure can enjoy the incredible precision and craftsmanship that goes into it.

A Great Sexual Reckoning

Mindy Belz writing for WORLD magazine: “A flood of harassment cases reminds us that sex is sacred and transgression is costly. Yet even in a fallen world, faithful men and women can treat one another with honor”

Flashback: The Gossip Rag of the Reformed World

The Bible offers strict warnings against meddling and gossiping. It warns against sticking our noses into issues that do not concern us. But at the same time it assigns to each of us the responsibility to guard others, to warn them about those who might harm them or lead them astray.

We can no more assist the Holy Spirit in the quickening of our souls to spiritual life than Lazarus could help Jesus raise him from the dead.

—R.C. Sproul

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of