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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 Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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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.

  • Like an iPhone

    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.