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A La Carte (February 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include titles by John MacArthur, Jerry Bridges, Paul Miller, and others.

Westminster Books has a couple of deals worth checking out: They’ve got P&R’s Basics of the Faith booklets deeply discounted and they’ve done the same with Crossway’s Good News tracts. Time to stock up!

Free from Logos this month is a commentary by John Stott and another for just $1.99. You can’t beat that value!

(Yesterday on the blog: Missionary to the Cannibals of the South Seas)

My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But There’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness.

This is a hard-hitting interview with Rachael Denhollander. “The gospel of Jesus Christ does not need your protection. It defies the gospel of Christ when we do not call out abuse and enable abuse in our own church. Jesus Christ does not need your protection; he needs your obedience. Obedience means that you pursue justice and you stand up for the oppressed and you stand up for the victimized, and you tell the truth about the evil of sexual assault and the evil of covering it up.”

Parents: Do These Blinders Prevent You From Protecting Your Child?

Please read this: “This avalanche season of abuse allegations and confirmations is a good time for us parents to revisit how we’re doing in terms of keeping our kids safe. I know this topic can be tiresome, but here are three areas where I think we parents are prone to putting our kids at risk unintentionally. In other words, I think we can accidentally wear blinders, which put our children in harm’s way. “

Cultural Indicators: The Fertility Rate

Joe Carter provides a helpful overview of how fertility rates are measured and how they matter.

5 Great Things That Happen When Leaders Get Out of Their Offices

“It takes a love for the people and the work, coupled with a discipline to throw oneself into the work, for leaders to leave their offices. The pull to stay in your office can be strong. There are plenty of emails and plenty of meetings to keep leaders stuck in their offices. But wise leaders get out of their offices; here are five great things that happen when they do:”

The Question that Reveals the Heart of the Culture Wars

“As we ponder our enduring culture wars and the growing cultural and religious gap between Left and Right, we’re all understanding that our American divide increasingly isn’t over mere public-policy issues, it’s over the deepest and most profound questions in life. To take one example, thought leaders on the cultural left and cultural right now can’t even agree on the answer to one, simple question.”

Polluting the Prophetic Word

Tom Nettles reveals that he is writing a book in response to Sam Storms’ Practicing the Power (which is about integrating charismatic practices into Reformed churches). Here’s the condensed version: “Storms argues for a fallible New Testament prophecy, distinct from Old Testament prophecy. This proposed version of New Testament prophecy regrettably compromises the truthfulness, authority, and sufficiency of Scripture. Nettles shows that Storms’s claim for a fallible New Testament prophecy is without biblical warrant and irreconcilable with the nature and purpose of prophecy, when it is biblically defined.”

Tabletalk February 2018

You’re likely to find some good reading in this new issue of Tabletalk magazine.

Flashback: Run! Run Away!

For your soul to survive and thrive in this world, you need to learn to flee.

It is impossible to pray for someone without loving him, and impossible to go on praying for him without discovering that our love for him grows and matures.

—John Stott

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