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A La Carte (December 19)


I’m running a little late today and haven’t yet had time to dig for Kindle deals. I’ll do that now and see if I can find anything interesting.

Logos users: My recommended NT commentary bundle is 50% off right now—a great deal! That will get you some rock-solid commentaries to begin or extend any collection.

(Yesterday on the blog: Dad Died with Dirt on His Hands)

My Son Did Not Live One Day More or Less Than God Planned

It is good to read of such confidence even in the midst of such sorrow. “My son did not live one more day than God planned; and he did not live one day less either. This truth is one I keep returning to each day as my family and I grieve the death of my son, Kaleb. He was 15 years old. Trials and afflictions marked his life.”

The Logistics of the US Election (Video)

This video explains some of the logistics behind the US election.

A Weary Mom Rejoices

“What are young girls supposed to think when their stores are selling underwear with twenty dollar bills printed across the crotch? How should we, as Christian parents, combat this pornified culture where girls are constantly being sent the message that all that matters is who wants their bodies?” A weary mom answers.

The Day The Phone Rang Out

It’s a simple anecdote that makes an important point.

Remember Your Chains

Denny Burk: “We often don’t think about shame as having a positive role in our lives. In fact, we are often told that feelings of shame undermine emotional health and well-being. And yet here we have the Lord saying that after these sinners have been forgiven, they must remember their former sins and be ashamed of them.”

What is Biblical Theology?

If you’ve only ever heard the term but haven’t ever defined it, here’s your opportunity to learn a little about biblical theology.

The Mythology of the Populist Left (and Perhaps Also the Church)

This is good stuff. “A social researcher and former Labour employee has recently described the three myths of the populist Left. Chris Clarke’s Warring Fictions: Left Populism and its Defining Myths is summarised by David Aaronovitch in today’s Times, and it makes for fascinating reading—not just because it explains the recent landslide, but because the three myths are prevalent in other contexts as well, including the church.”

Flashback: A Church with Great Music

I am convinced that the best measure of a church’s music is not what takes place on the stage, but what takes place in the pews. It is not so much the sounds and sights of a band leading, but the sounds and sights of a congregation worshipping.

Grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight in God without obscuring the glory of God.

—John Piper

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