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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

  • 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.