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A La Carte (December 22)

Every day I comb through long lists of Kindle books to try to find a few that are discounted (and high quality and not rank heresy). Today I came up empty! Here’s hoping for better things tomorrow. Here’s the list updated through yesterday.

5 Inputs To Grow, Grow, Grow

“Even once we establish our need for the Bible, a practical question arises: How do we best feed upon God’s Word? What is our strategy, our dietary plan?” Colin Adams borrows from Rico Tice to answer the questions.

#AskRC Live Twitter Event

A couple of days ago Ligonier Ministries hosted an #AskRC event on Twitter. You can read the questions and Sproul’s answers at the link. A favorite: “Given arguments against Christmas from the reformers, should protestants celebrate Christmas?” Sproul’s Answer: “I think the Grinch who stole Christmas was an evangelical.” And this one: “Was Jesus killed or did he release his self to death.” The answer: “Yes.”

When in Babylon…

Adam Parker laments the Christian context in which a church can shut down for Christmas morning and think it’s better this way. He responds to the outraged feedback from a Babylon Bee article.

2016: A Christian Music Review

Jeremy Howard has put together a long recap of 2016’s best Christian music. (He put in so much effort I’m willing to forgive him for overlooking both Switchfoot and Needtobreathe.)

Is the European Union a Country (Video)?

You may enjoy this video which asks and answers whether the European Union is a country. Along the way it defines what constitutes a country in the first place.

This Day in 1899. 117 years ago today evangelist and spokesman for the revivalist wing of American evangelicalism, Dwight L. Moody, died. *

The Cosmic Importance of Children’s Sunday School

Russell Moore: “A friend of mine, an amazingly effective Bible teacher, once told me that he was turned down by his church to teach children’s Sunday school. The reason, he said, wasn’t that the church didn’t think he was gifted to teach but that he was too gifted.” I recently watched a gift guy teach Sunday school and was amazed at the skill he displayed!

The History of Christmas Presents (Video)

Ryan Reeves gives the history of Christmas presents and, along the way, the transition from Christmas as a community event to family holiday. (See also Thomas Kidd’s Christmas in 1776.)

Why in the World Did I Leave America?

A missionary returns to America and grapples with why she ever left in the first place. “Why in the world have I given all this up? Why not live in a place where my kids could have friends that grow up in Christian homes? Why not go to a great church and grow in my knowledge of the Word of God? Why not avoid the malaria, bugs, and intense suffering that is often at our doorstep?”

Flashback: No Low Too Low

There are many things that God meant to teach us through the life of Jesus, and one of them is that exaltation comes through humiliation. The way to be great in God’s eyes is to be nothing in the eyes of others.

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The preacher who measures himself by his looking glass may please a few silly girls, but neither God nor man will long put up with him.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • The Means and the End

    The Means and the End

    There is a crucial distinction between means and ends. Ends are the goals we have set our hearts on, while means represent the habits or disciplines through which we can realistically hope to attain those goals.

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 22)

    A La Carte: Motherhood / An open letter to dads about gentle parenting / How do I navigate a painful breakup? / More wonderful than being beautiful / Three reasons to show up to the prayer meeting / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.