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A La Carte (January 31)

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Today’s Kindle deals offer a few interesting books, including a relatively new one from John MacArthur.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books for January 2020)

What Does Paul Mean When He Says, “Act Like Men”?

I had been meaning to figure this out and write this article, so am glad Wyatt got to it.

That Famous Cello Prelude, Deconstructed (Video)

You may not recognize Bach’s G major prelude just by naming it, but you’ve definitely heard it many, many times.

Sing! The Scriptures | Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 | Nashville

I will be speaking at the Getty Music Worship Conference: Sing! The Scriptures alongside Joni Tada, John MacArthur, David Platt, Trip Lee, Bob Kauflin, and many others! Hurry – Early Bird registration ends soon. It will be three days of deep theology, timeless artistry and rich congregational worship! Join us for an in-depth look at the songs of scripture from Genesis to Revelation and Martin Luther’s emphasis on speaking, singing, preaching, praying and living out the Word. It also includes special concerts at the Grand Ole Opry & Bridgestone Arena! (Sponsored Link)

What We Can Learn from the #MeToo Moments in Genesis

Here’s a fascinating one from Kevin DeYoung. “The first book of the Bible is a picture of sin run amuck. Of course, we also find in Genesis a display of God’s creative power, his plan of redemption, and his sovereign mercy in blessing his undeserving people. But even amidst this wonderful good news, we see plenty of examples of the corrupting effects of sin from Genesis 3 through the end of the book.”

Virginia and the Lie at the Heart of the Pro-Choice Movement

Jesse Johnson: “Virginia’s senate narrowly repealed laws regulating abortion in the state. While only affecting Virginia, their action has nation-wide implications because it exposes the lie at the heart of the pro-choice movement—namely that being pro-choice is about being pro-woman.”

The Extraordinary WW2 Sketchbook of Victor Lundy

What a neat story and what tremendously evocative sketches.

5 Questions Your Listeners Will Have When They Hear You Preach

While it’s obviously most important that a pastor focuses on what he intends to say, it’s also important that he find ways to address the questions his listeners will have toward him.

A Tsetse Fly Births One Enormous Milk-Fed Baby (Video)

Nature is often equally fascinating and horrifying.

Flashback: When Freedom Is Captivity

What looks like captivity is freedom, and what looks like freedom is captivity. We are terrible assessors of what brings the truest joy. It is a daily battle to take God at his word.

It is as great an offence to make a new, as to deny the true God.

—John King

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.