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A La Carte (February 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include several books by John MacArthur, including a couple that made a huge impact on my life.

Logos users will want to take advantage of a $25 credit for any purchase. It’s yours for the taking to help celebrate Faithlife’s 25th anniversary.

Jesus is Coming! Quick, Look Busy.

I think Stephen is on to something here. “The busy habit at church is hard to break. It’s almost as if the wide empty space of not being too busy is a threat. We’re addicted to it, or fear that its absence will be filled with ‘something bad’.”

The Faith of George Washington

“No historical subject is more debated today than the role of faith in the American founding.” Indeed. Thomas Kidd writes about the perplexing faith of the first president.

Creation Debate (Video)

A couple of weeks ago Albert Mohler and Jack Collins debated this subject: Does Scripture Speak Definitively to the Age of the Universe. Here’s the video.

Why Monogamy? A Response to Polyamory

“From the outset, polyamory is a lie. Any love that refuses sexual exclusivity is no love at all. Rather, it is the rebranding of lust. It is the desire for both Eden and forbidden fruit.”

Stop Calling Everything a Bible Study

I’m with Jen Wilkin on this one. “As we have expanded our use of the term, we have decreased the number of actual Bible studies we offer. Churches have gradually shifted away from offering basic Bible study in favor of studies that are topical or devotional, adopting formats that more closely resemble a book club discussion than a class that teaches Scripture.”

Octopus vs Crab (Video)

One wins, one loses. But not the way you’d think.

‘The Jesus Storybook Bible’ Turns 10

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra tells the story behind the much-loved Jesus Storybook Bible.

Church of England Takes a Step Toward Gay Marriage

This is important news from England: “Church of England clergy have appeared to signal support for gay marriage after they rejected a bishops’ report which said that only a man and woman could marry in church.”

Flashback: For You It’s Sin, for Me It’s Service

I’m no complainer! It’s just that I am especially gifted at seeing the facts, putting the pieces together, and charting a forward course. It’s a gift. When you do it you’re sinning, we all know that. But when I do it, I’m expressing love. It’s a spiritual gift in action.

As soon as we think God owes us mercy, we’re not thinking about mercy anymore.

—R.C. Sproul

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