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A La Carte (December 8)

Are Evangelicals Addicted to Pseudo-Events and Media Outrage?

Joe Carter asks (and answers) the question. “As Christians, we’re expected to take an eternal perspective, viewing events not just in their historical context but also in their eschatological context. But we can’t do that while focusing on the pseudo-events and social media outrages of the last 24 hours.”

Four Productivity Lies

Desiring God ran an article I prepared. “As Christians, we can think about productivity in the best and highest terms. We can be motivated to live for the good of others and the glory of God, and structure our lives to do this.” Also, thanks to David Murray for “Do Less Better,” his encouraging review of Do More Better.

Bible-Reading Booklets for Kids

David Murray has (finally!) begun selling his little Bible-reading booklets for children. “Each book has about 100 days of Bible reading, each day has a brief question, and each week has an area for prayer points.” My kids have used the older print-it-yourself version for a long time and have done well with them.

Daily Bread

I’m looking forward to the rest of this little series from Mellisa Kruger. She’ll be writing about the value of reading God’s Word every day.

Relativity, Moral Relativism, and the Modern Age

Al Mohler: “Moral relativism and the rejection of absolute truth now shape the modern post-Christian mind. Indeed, relativism is virtually taken for granted, at least as an excuse for overthrowing theistic truth claims and any restrictive morality.”

This Day in 1691 and 1934. Today marks the deaths of both Puritan Richard Baxter and missionaries John and Betsy Stam (324 years ago and 81 years ago respectively). *

The Cure for College Student Narcissism

Alex Chediak suggests a simple solution to the problem of student narcissism.

When God was Silent

Just because God was silent for the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments doesn’t mean he wasn’t at work. Diane explains.

Themelios

For those interested, a new issue of Themelios has been released with 193 pages of editorials, articles, and book reviews.

Winslow

David’s pen never wrote more sweetly than when dipped in the ink of affliction.

—Octavius Winslow

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