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A La Carte (December 5)


There is a good and diverse collection of Kindle deals to look over today.

Westminster Books has all Crossway Bibles heavily discounted this month.

(Yesterday on the blog: The 2020 Christian Reading Challenge)

The Self-Help Movement That Is Upending American Christianity

This longform article, which is not written from a Christian perspective, does a good job of showing why the Enneagram should be so concerning to believers. “Though derived from an ancient wisdom tradition, and not explicitly Christian, the Enneagram has recently found a passionate following in the Evangelical world, drawing young believers culturally steeped as much in the self-centric spiritual practices of the secular world — astrology, self-care, the wellness industry — as they are in biblical teachings.”

In the Moment

Be sure to read this meditation by Andrée Seu Peterson.

Husband and Wife Die a Day Apart After Being Married 68 Years

Not to romanticize death, but doesn’t this sound pretty much like the way we’d all like our lives and marriages to end? “After being married for 68 years, Minnesota sweethearts died a day apart — a testament, their kids say, to their independence and devotion to each other.”

But That’s Just Your Interpretation!

D.A. Carson takes on timely issues of how we interpret the Bible. “How can I know with certainty what the Bible is saying? How can I be certain what books really belong in the Bible? How can I be sure that my interpretation of any text is correct, and, still more, what its proper application is when I draw lines from texts that are two or three thousand years old and written in another language and in another culture, to our life in the early 21st century?”

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Stephen Nichols reflects on the real meaning of Christmas.

Continue Using Apostrophes Correctly, We Beg of You

Though I regret there is a bad word in it, I otherwise fully endorse the point of this article: Please continue to use apostrophes correctly.

Protestant Relics and the Graves of Whitefield and Edwards

Thomas Kidd writes about Protestant relics and the complicated relationship Evangelicals have had with dead heroes.

Flashback: Should We Make a Priority of Diversity in Church Leadership?

I’ve seen discussions about whether churches should make diversity in their pastoral leadership a matter of priority or even consideration. Not surprisingly, many of these discussions have not gone very well.

As long as the eyes of our faith are fixed upon our troubles we will not find joy. Until our minds consciously move the Lord from our peripheral vision into the narrow corridor of our focus, joy will elude us.

—Paul Tautges

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.