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A La Carte (December 30)

2015: A Christian Music Review

Jeremy Howard has a roundup of some of this year’s best Christian music (and the most precise rating system I’ve ever seen). You’ll need to scroll all the way down to see his top-5 picks.

Why Sexual Metaphors of Jesus and His Bride Embarrass Us

John Piper unblushingly answers two questions: (1) How is sex between a husband and wife a practical example of Christ and his church? (2) Why is this truth something many are so uncomfortable with?

5 Things You Can Give to God Every Day

Here’s an article I wrote for The Gospel Coalition.

The Passion Week

The latest Visual Theology poster provides a timeline of the final week of Christ’s life.

A Deeper Devotional Life

This is a great roundup of 12 quality resources that can help spark a deeper devotional life in 2016.

The Fears of Black Fathers for Their Sons

“The death of Tamir affected more than his family, the city of Cleveland, or its police force. His death affected all Americans, especially those of African descent. The decision not to indict deepens the cut and scars the soul of any black person with enough emotional fortitude to reflect on these events and their implications. I am one of those who have chosen to reflect, and I am not alone.” (Also, I appreciated this on The Perfect Victim.)

From Timber To Tide

These artisanal videos are becoming almost cliché (and this one pushes every single button), but I continue to really enjoy them.

This Day in 1944. 71 years ago today, a clerical “error” freed Corrie ten Boom from prison. *

Westminster Daily

Here’s a neat idea: A daily reflection from the Westminster Standards that will take you through the Shorter Catechism, Larger Catechism, and Westminster Confession over the course of the year.

Waves

There is beauty in all of creation. Even in the waves.

Spurgeon

When we deal seriously with our sins, God will deal gently with us.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • 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.