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A La Carte (February 19)

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Last week’s article on blogging resulted in a flood of people sending their blog to me. There were so many that I couldn’t reply to each of you personally, but do know that I’m grateful. I added each to my RSS reader and look forward to tracking with them all.

Today’s Kindle deals include a few solid choices like Christopher Yuan’s Holy Sexuality and the Gospel and Daniel Strange’s Plugged In.

Westminster Books has a deal on a brand new book that comes highly recommended by a lot of noteworthy theologians.

God’s Extraordinary Work in the Ordinary Family

Nick Batzig tells about the extraordinary work God carries out through ordinary families like yours and mine. “Fraught with all of the frustrations and hardships of life, God calls us to be faithful to Him, to one another, to our everyday work, and to instructing our children in the truths of the Christian faith.”

A Definitive Guide to Reclining Your Seat on an Airplane

A viral video has got people talking about the etiquette of reclining airplane seats. My view is that while it’s your right to recline your seat, it’s often kind to keep your seat upright as much as possible—or at least until everyone leans back to sleep.

3 Ways Grace Teaches Holiness

How does grace instruct us, and what does it teach? Grace not only disciplines us for holiness’ sake; it also trains us to renounce sin, and it prompts us to await eagerly the return of Christ. (Sponsored Link)

What Should Christians Think About the Bride Price?

There are many Christians around the world who have to grapple with issues related to bride prices. Here, from Cameroon, Dave Hare writes about some of those issues. “When you go into missions you are taught to chant the mantra: ‘It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just different.’ In missions we often encounter practices the rub us the wrong way and the first reaction is to reject what we don’t like. However, the reality is that many of these practices aren’t bad, even though they feel that way.”

The Endless, Self-Sustaining Sign-Stealing Scandal

As we baseball fans begin to get prepared for a new season, it looks like the sign-stealing scandal isn’t going away anytime soon. Just wait until the players involved in it start getting beaned by an abnormal number of off-target fastballs!

Perfectionism Is the Killer

Of course we want to pursue excellence in our churches, but we also need to be realistic about limitations. “The problem is that perfectionism mistakes something being as good as it can objectively be with how good it could possibly be under the circumstances in the real world.”

Does ‘Willful Sinning’ Threaten My Salvation? (Video)

Bruce Ware talks about willful sinning and whether that represents a threat to salvation.

A Huge Airbnb Scam that’s Taking Over London

I guess it’s no great surprise that the success of Airbnb has led to a great number of scams. Here’s one to look out for (in London and beyond).

Flashback: One Great Question to Ask a Friend

Why don’t you consider asking the question next time you’re with a friend. If you were the devil, where would you attack yourself? The answer will show you exactly where you can help, strengthen, and pray for your friend.

No one in the kingdom of God is too weak to experience God’s power, but many are too confident in their own strength.

—John MacArthur

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