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A La Carte (December 2)

Today’s Kindle deals include nothing new, unfortunately. However, they did update their monthly deals page which includes lots of titles spanning all genres.

Westminster Books has every Crossway ESV 50% off. Ligonier Ministries has the Reformation Study Bible at 50% off in both ESV and NKJV. It’s a good time to buy a Bible!

Logos has announced their Christmas Sale and deals. It includes a discount on MacArthur’s commentaries which are among my favorites. Click and scroll down…

Wildlife Photos of the Year

There are some stunning photos on display here.

Christian Women Don’t Always Submit

This one actually isn’t another article on leadership and submission. Rather, “The biggest problem with women and submission is too much of it in the wrong places. We willingly submit to the world’s rules.”

BuzzFeed Wants To Destroy Chip And Joanna Gaines

I linked to some articles on this story yesterday, but thought this one was good as well. “‘Christians might believe what Christians have always believed about homosexuality’ is not the most intriguing headline.” (Also, this excellent one from David French.)

Ingratitude, Ethics, and Porn?

Gratitude is more important than we think and ingratitude is more serious than we think. “The contrast Paul draws between the one who offers thanksgiving and one who worships idols is striking. A failure to be thankful is one of the distinguishing marks of unbelief.”

RefNet

Get a fresh playlist of trusted teaching every day with RefNet’s 24-hour Christian Internet radio. Download the free app or listen online to hear the teaching of Alistair Begg, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, and many others. You’ll also hear Bible readings, new briefs, audio books, music, and more. (Ligonier Ministries is this week’s site sponsor.)

This Day in 1882. 134 years ago today early missionary to Hawaii, Titus Coan, died. He resolved to meet each of the 16,000 people on Hilo island and saw many of them turn to Jesus. *

5 Christian Clichés That Need to Die

Yes, please!

You Can’t See This

You might enjoy this little video that discusses and displays certain optical illusions.

You Need to Explain What You Do on Sunday Mornings

“In our worship program (bulletin, Order of Service, Missional Framework for Gospel Centered Communal Experience… or whatever you like to call it) we not only include the complete liturgy, but also a section titled, ‘Why Do We Do That?’ This is a couple paragraphs explaining a different aspect of our worship each week. With people coming from different Christian traditions, or no Christian background at all, we believe it’s important to explain why we do what we do on the Lord’s Day.”

Flashback: The Counter-Cultural Vocation of Homemaking

I honor and respect my wife for the career choice she has made.

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It is folly to cry out of the badness of the times when there is so much more reason to complain of the badness of our hearts.

—Charles Bridges

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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.

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    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.

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    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.