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A La Carte (January 8)


Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty eclectic collection of works.

(On Saturday I attempted to provide a link to An EPIC Evening in Belfast but gave the wrong link. So here it is again. If you’re in or near Belfast, consider checking it out!)

When Spurgeon was Invited to Preach at Barnum & Bailey Circus

“On one occasion P.T. Barnum, head of the great Barnum & Bailey Circus, invited Charles Spurgeon to speak in the large tent at his traveling circus. Spurgeon’s preaching would often draw crowds exceeding 10,000 people and Barnum saw great opportunity to increase his show attendance if Spurgeon would join him.” If you know anything about Spurgeon, you probably know how that worked out.

Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings.

This, in the New York Times, is an interesting take on the current #MeToo trend from a self-professed feminist.

Arcade Scam Science (Video)

Mark Rober built a machine to win an arcade game every time. In doing so, he showed that the machines cheat.

The Top Ten Most Important Ancient Documents Lost to History

“From Rome’s holiest texts to a Chinese manuscript that wouldn’t have fit inside a shipping container, here’s (a) top ten list of the most important ancient documents that no longer exist.”

How to Discourage Your Minister in the New Year

Paul Levy writes, “I recently had someone come to see me who was struggling in their church. In all honesty it would have been hard to be more depressed by what they had to say. I had very little sympathy with their complaints and told them if they wanted affirmation I was the wrong man to whom they should come. However, on account of their coming to me, I want to give you 6 ways to discourage your minister in the New Year.”

Learning to Say Hello Again

“In his superb biography of Francis Schaeffer, An Authentic Life, Colin Duriez tells us that Schaeffer was known for his kindness. In Escape from Reason, Schaeffer recounts meeting a young man who attended one of his lectures. He lovingly describes him as having a ‘good-looking, sensitive face, long curly hair, sandals on his feet and … wearing blue jeans.’ Schaeffer greeted him the next day, provoking this response: ‘Sir, that was a beautiful greeting. Why do you greet me like that?’ The great evangelist and apologist replied, ‘Because I know who you are—I know that you are made in the image of God.’ He goes on: ‘We then had a tremendous conversation.’”

How Podcasting Hurts Preaching

“Up until what seems like just yesterday, Christians had to show up in church to hear the sermon on Sunday morning. It happened in real time, once a week. If you missed it, you might get the highlights from someone else, but if not, you had to wait until next time. Part of the motivation to get out the door each Sunday was getting to participate in a completely unrepeatable moment in time. This is why churches need to rethink the recent trend in making sermons available online.”

Flashback: Head Knowledge = Good. Heart Knowledge = Good.

Head knowledge is good; heart knowledge is good. More head knowledge is better than less head knowledge and more heart knowledge is better than less heart knowledge. Head knowledge is good because heart knowledge is impossible without it.

You say you don’t want to be a Sunday Christian. Well, if you are not a Sunday Christian, you won’t be a Monday Christian either.

—Michael Horton

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