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A La Carte (December 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of new titles. It seems that publishers are easing up on deals in the lead-up to Christmas.

O Disrupted Night

George Guthrie shows that while we may have cozy feelings about the Christmas story, “to ‘get’ what is going on as the gospels tell about the birth of Jesus, we need to read more carefully, folding a deeper hearing of the story into our experiences of Christmas.” This is an excellent article!

Incarnation Through Middle-Eastern Eyes

“Our perspectives of Christmas are hugely shaped by cultural assumptions. For those of us in the West, our traditions are largely a very recent creation, only a century or so old.” This article looks at Jesus’s incarnation through a different lens.

The Christmas Music Chord (Video)

This little video shows how a certain chord is used in popular Christmas songs. It’s what makes Christmas songs Christmassy.

Drop Everything and Read

I like Darryl’s advice. While it’s targeted first at pastors, it’s applicable to everyone. Make time to read!

The Next Big Platform

Some people believe that within a couple of years 30% of our interactions with computers will be by voice—a massive change. Amazon’s “Alexa-enabled Echo is a true unicorn, one of those rare products that arrives every few years and fundamentally changes the way we live. In 2017, we will start to see that change.”

This Day in 1531. 485 years ago today Heinrich Bullinger accepted the pulpit of Zurich, emptied by the death of Zwingli in battle. *

Supporters Rally to Russell Moore

I’ve been waiting for someone to summarize this issue. WORLD came through. “On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported on a possible backlash against Moore for his steadfast and public opposition to Trump on moral grounds. Some critics want to withhold funds from the ERLC over claims Moore denigrated Trump supporters, not just the candidate. Some questioned how effective Moore would be in the Trump era.”

The Baby in the Plastic Bag

This is a (very) longform article, but an exceptionally interesting one. It all begins with finding a baby in a plastic bag.

A Brief Economic History of Time

Here’s an excellent article on the history of time. “Capitalism changed how humans perceive the passage of hours, days, and weeks. This made people more productive, but did it make them any happier?”

Do You Need to Repent of Book Hoarding?

Jim Elliff draws an application from a well-known passage of the Bible: “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance of books does his life consist of his library.”

Flashback: Looking for a Few FAT Men

The pastor is to select some—and only some—of the men in his care to receive special attention and training because these are the men to whom he will entrust the gospel and the future of the Christian faith. But how will a pastor know what kind of man to choose?

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Satan does not care how spiritual your intentions are or how holy your resolutions, if only they are determined to be done tomorrow.

—J.C. Ryle

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.