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A La Carte (December 19)

Today’s Kindle deals include a tremendous list from Crossway (including titles by John Piper, Bruce Ware, and others) as well as a good selection from other publishers.

5 Reasons To Read The Bible When You Feel Absolutely Nothing

We’ve all had experiences like this, right? “Did anything really ‘happen’ during my reading? Did the Bible make any difference? Why should I even continue when it just feels like I’m going through the motions?”

Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Concussions (Video)?

They bash their heads against trees at high speeds all day long. Yet they don’t get concussions. How’s that possible?

A Day in God’s House in the 1850s

Here’s a fascinating first-person account of a typical Lord’s Day in the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bloomington, Indiana in the 1850s.

3 Reminders for Christian Dating

Here are 3 simple reminders about dating well.

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel

This is a tediously accurate but amazing scale model of the solar system.

This Day in 1950. 66 years ago today Southern Baptist missionary Bill Wallace was taken from his home in China and imprisoned on phony charges. He spent his final days witnessing to anyone who passed his cell before being murdered by guards. *

Putting Christmas Back in Christ

This is a good one: “Christmas wasn’t mandated by God; it’s a relic of our culture. To whatever extent it can be helpful to us in our walk with Christ without dominating us, let’s embrace it.”

The American Leader in the Islamic State

Up for a longform read? Here’s a sad, strange one about an American leader within the Islamic State. “John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the never-before-reported story of his long and troubling journey.”

Is It Sinful to Be Pregnant Before Marriage?

John Piper answers this one.

Flashback: The Gossip Rag of the Reformed World

What if I rebrand this site Reformed People and make it the gossip rag, the tabloid, of the Reformed world? This much is true: I would never run out of people to discuss and evaluate.

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Sinners are at war with God, and, worse, God is at war with sinners. But He offers term of peace in the blood of the cross.

—Steve Lawson

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.