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A La Carte (December 21)

Today’s Kindle deals include The Apostle by John Pollock as well as books by James White, Tremper Longman, Tim Lane, and others. There are some great titles there.

Westminster Books has rolled out some more of their weekly deals, including Aimee Byrd’s new title No Little Women.

When Was Jesus Born?

Sam Storms provides a solid answer. He points out that the question of when he was born is far less important than the fact that he was born.

The Most Encouraging Thing My Dad Ever Said to Me

With a headline like that you just need to read it, don’t you?

And He Leads His Children On

My article today is about showing honor to parents. The last article and this one both accomplish that. This one also includes a nice rendition of a Christmas classic. (Click here if his link doesn’t work.)

New Heresies Are Rarely New (Video)

In a short video, Timothy Paul Jones shows how new heresies are rarely new.

Stung by a Bullet Ant (Video)

For months now I’ve watched this loony go around the world getting stung by insects. Finally he has graduated to the bullet ant, the worst sting of any insect. Better him than me! (I’m pretty sure that, remarkably, there’s no swearing or bad language.)

This Day in 1807. 209 years ago today John Newton, Anglican clergyman, hymn writer and author of the famed ‘Amazing Grace,’ died. *

Judge Rules Dogs Should Not Be Treated Like Kids

It’s a strange and interesting case that came before the courts in Canada. “In a ruling that references butter knives, euthanasia and cats named Slimey and Oinky, a Saskatoon judge made an impassioned defence of the notion that, when it comes to the law, dogs should not be treated as though they were children.”

Free Pastor Andrew

Christianity Today reports on efforts to free Andrew Brunson, an American pastor with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church jailed on erroneous allegations amid a crackdown on evangelicals in Turkey.

Would You Want to Come Home to You?

Melissa asks a good question: Would you want to come home to you at the end of a long day?

Flashback: One Big Tip to Make Your Resolutions Stick

Through success and failure I have learned a bit about New Year’s resolutions and want to share a tip—a two-part tip. It’s a simple but important one that is the key to successful resolutions.

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If there were 1,000 ways to God, we would want 1,001.

—David Platt

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    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: 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.

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    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…