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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

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • 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…

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    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.