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A La Carte (December 6)


Today’s Kindle deals include a few good options, including All That Is in God, which has been generating quite a lot of buzz lately.

Be sure to check in with Westminster Books for a great sale on a wide variety of books and with Logos for their 12 Days of Logos sale.

On Being a Lifelong Learner

“The wisest man who ever lived–our Lord Jesus excepted–gave the following wisdom principle: ‘Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going’ (Eccl. 9:11). If we would be wise, we would acknowledge how little wisdom we actually possess and we would commit ourselves to becoming lifelong learners.”

St. Francis Xavier’s Forearm Set for Cross-Country Tour

Any time you’re tempted to believe that Catholicism is just like Protestantism, just remember things like this: The right forearm of the Saint Francis Xavier, who died in 1552, will soon tour Canada so it can be venerated. (I saw this relic during my trip to Rome.)

How to Translate Metaphors Literally (Video)

Bill Mounce’s videos continue to challenge and fascinate me. “The final proof that translating ‘literally’ is a myth can be seen in dealing with metaphors and idioms. Ultimately, all legitimate translations are meaning-based.”

Thou Shalt Not Create Little “Christian” Narcissists

“People can have a self-focused view of their Christian life. Disciples of Christ also engage with people who love Christ and people who hate Christ. To major only in the killing of besetting sins is to miss out on other areas of sanctification that are important to our Lord. If we’re not careful, we can preach a version of Christianity that teaches students that their relationship with Christ is all about them. To be sure, our hands are to be cut off and our eyes gouged out, but there is also a world to be reached and a church to be strengthened.”

Themelios 42.3

The Gospel Coalition just released the December 2017 issue of Themelios, which has 161 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews. It is yours down download for free or to read online.

India’s Geography Problem (Video)

This video explains why India has a geography problem.

Learning to Follow Wherever God Leads

“We would all choose a path of comfort and prosperity because our hearts are rebellious and our vision short-term.” Of course we would. We need to elevate our gaze to have confidence God has better plans for us.

Flashback: Learning To Trust the Instruments

Rather than trusting in the “instruments” given to us in the Word of God, we too often trust in our instincts and our internal guidance. Rather than relying on what is given to guide us and what is far more trustworthy, we rely on things that are always changing, always imperfect.

There are sins of intellect quite as surely as there are sins of ignorance.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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