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A La Carte (December 31)

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There are some odds and ends to be had in today’s Kindle deals.

You’ll find lots of good stuff on sale at Logos as they close out the year.

(Yesterday on the blog: Why I Believe in African Christian University)

Obviously you’ve heard about Mark Galli’s Christianity Today editorial in which he said that Christians should support President Trump’s removal from office. CT’s president subsequently responded and defended the editorial. You may be interested in reading Robert P. George’s explanation of why Evangelicals and Catholics continue to support voting for the President and/or Wayne Grudem’s response to Galli. Whatever else 2020 holds, I expect it will hold a lot of this kind of back-and-forth.

Five Ways to Jump Start Your Devotions

Alasdair Groves offers some suggestions on jump starting your devotions as you begin a new year.

Is Your New Year’s Resolution Biblical?

And speaking of a new year, here are some things to consider as you possibly consider making a resolution or two.

The Reason Carry-on Luggage Became Such a Hassle

If you’re flying over the holiday, you’ll probably experience the rush to get stuff into the overhead compartments. Here’s why this is happening and why it’s unlikely to change any time soon.

China Sentences Wang Yi, Christian Pastor, to 9 Years in Prison

The New York Times carries the sad news: “The founder of one of China’s largest unregistered churches was given a lengthy sentence for what the government called subversion of state power.”

Church Conflict 101

Ray Ortlund: “I have heard it said by a Christian leader, ‘In every conflict there is always wrong on both sides.’ Really? In every conflict? Always wrong on both sides? That sounds plausible in this world of universal sin. But it is wrong – and dangerously so.”

On Choosing a Christian College

Denny Burk has been doing some writing about the dangers of enrolling young people in “Christian” colleges that are theologically liberal. He explains his concerns in this blog article. I agree with his concerns which is exactly I’m so pleased that my son (and soon my daughter) are enrolled in Boyce College (and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary).

Flashback: The Best Way to Begin a New Year

There is no better way to begin a new year than with the knowledge of your freedom and the desire to live for the glory of the one who has extended such grace. Christian, you are free and clear.

Knowledge may make thee a scholar, but not a saint; orthodox, but not gracious.

—William Gurnall

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    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

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