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A La Carte (December 3)


Today’s Kindle deals include some excellent books. Be sure to check the deals from the past couple of days as well. We’re spoiled!

Remember that Westminster Books currently has all their ESV Bibles at 50% off.

(Yesterday on the blog: Would You Consider Supporting Me As a Patron?) – The link to do so was initially AWOL yesterday, so for those wondering about that, it has returned.

John MacArthur and Ben Shapiro

Pastor John MacArthur joined Ben Shapiro to discuss “the intersection of the Bible and politics, the proper role of government, and the similarities and differences between Judaism and Christianity.” And, of course, MacArthur got to the gospel again and again.

Are You Attracted to Your Wife or Objectifying Her?

There are some good and helpful distinctions here about being attracted to your wife (or husband) without objectifying her (or him).

When Should You Not Take Communion?

This is good. “Contrary to some assumptions, the Lord’s Table is not for everyone. It is a blessed sacrament, like baptism, given to the church as a sign of God’s faithfulness to His promises and an assurance in the heart of the one to whom the promises are given. With this in mind, we should understand that there are at least two groups of people who should be discouraged from partaking at the Lord’s Table, namely, the unconverted and the unrepentant.”

Ring of Roman Governor Who Crucified Jesus Found Near Bethlehem

“The name of the man who ordered Jesus crucified and ran his trial, the ancient infamous Roman governor of Jerusalem, Pontius Pilate, has been deciphered on a bronze ring found in excavations at the site of Herodion near the West Bank’s Bethlehem, some 50 years ago.” It’s fun when stuff like this turns up.

The Truth About Vinyl – Vinyl vs. Digital (Video)

Here’s why vinyl isn’t actually any better than digital, despite the insistence of the purists.

She is My Mamá – Pope Francis and Mary

Leonardo De Chirico, an Italian expert on Catholicism, has a great review of a book that explores Pope Francis’s Marian spirituality. “From childood to adulthood, from Argentina to the Vatican, from piety to theology, in his daily spiritual practices and devotions, Marianism is perhaps the most significant factor shaping the Pope’s life.”

Chinese Scientist Claims First Gene-Edited Babies

Joe Carter has one of his FAQs about the Chinese scientist who claims to have been involved in creating the world’s first gene-edited babies.

Flashback: No, I Won’t Pray For You

“I am going to pray for you once, but I will not pray for you every day. I will not pray for you for six months.” I explained that I have my own church to care for, and that I need to pray for those people.

We don’t just need a perspective or a strategy. We need a Savior, right here, right now.

—David Powlison

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.