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A La Carte (February 2)


May the Lord bless you and keep you today.

Logos users will want to look at the free and nearly-free books of the month. Also, this month Logos is featuring deals on resource by Eerdmans which includes the amazing NICOT/NICNT and Pillar commentary series.

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a long list of deals from Eerdmans.

The Case for Rearranging the Old Testament Books

It’s interesting to consider that, while the books of the Bible are inerrant, their ordering is not. “The ordering of the books in our English Bible is standard, if not universal―seemingly set in stone, even. But that order actually embodies a break with the wisdom and practice that came before. For many years, the Old Testament was read in a different order.”

Ways to Disagree Without Tearing Each Other Down

Barbara Harper says “I’m no expert, but after 47 or so years of being a Christian and reading God’s word, 40+ years of marriage, and more than that of living and interacting with people, I’ve learned a few things that I’d like to pass along.” A few things, that is, about disagreeing with others without tearing them down.

Is There Such a Thing as Bad Missions?

One of the implicit assumptions that seems to be prevalent in our time is that there is no such thing as “Bad Missions”. As long as the intentions of the missionary are pure and the goal of the church sending them out is Biblical, then there are no grounds to question what is done overseas. But how do pastors evaluate what is good missions, especially when it comes to long-term, church-planting missions? (Sponsored Link)

Jordan Peterson, Kanye West and the homeless man across the street

“Why do we want famous people to be saved?” Jordan Standridge considers the question in light of Jordan Peterson and Kanye West.

Purity: How Artificial Intelligence Impacts Radical Amputation

This is an interesting look at the ways AI (and, more generally, modern technology) impacts the kind of radical amputation Jesus calls for as we battle against sin.

This Is Sacred Space. Please Turn Off Your Phones.

Also on the subject of technology, Trevin Wax calls for Christians to turn off their phones in church (and not just to prevent them from annoying us all with their ringtones).

What Happens When a Believer Dies?

Randy Alcorn considers what happens in the moment a Christian dies.

Flashback: How Much Entertainment Is Too Much?

While we may take a rest from work, we must never take a rest from holiness. What we watch or read or play must further our walk, not hinder it.

I would rather play with the forked lightning, or take in my hands living wires with their fiery current, than speak a reckless word against any servant of Christ.

—A. B. Simpson

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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