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A La Carte (January 9)


Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of books on prayer. Also, The Good Book Company will give you a free copy of Tim Lane’s book Unstuck if you join their mailing list.

(Yesterday on the blog: Have You Read a Book Yet This Year?)

Is Francis Chan Right about the Lord’s Supper?

Francis Chan recently made some not-so-helpful comments about the Lord’s Supper. Wyatt Graham provides some kind interaction. (See also Nick Batzig’s Communing with Christ in the Supper.)

A Strange Split in the UMC

Carl Trueman comments on the strangeness of the split in the UMC.

This Isn’t Your Parents’ Katy Keene…or Archie Andrews

A new generations of comics introduces a new generation of characters that are consistent with the spirit of the age. Yet it’s also worth remembering that many of these characters weren’t so nice even many years ago. “Katy Keene is being spun off of Riverdale, which re-imagined Archie and his gang as murderous, drug-running occultists. In what wasn’t even the show’s weirdest twist, they put Archie Andrews in a sexual relationship with his teacher Miss Grundy. While details about the new Katy Keene show are still scarce, from the trailer we do know one of her roommates will be a gay broadway dancer who, because he isn’t tough enough for the male roles, auditions for a female role.”

The Mysterious Life and Death of Rasputin (Video)

I suppose we will never quite figure out the strange and evil person who was Rasputin.

What Is Preaching (And Who Does It)?

I think the greatest value in this article from Kevin DeYoung lies in its definition and application.

The 2010s Were Supposed to Bring the ebook Revolution. It Never Quite Came.

There are various reasons that ebooks didn’t advance much through the 2010s, but a lot of it came down to legal issues.

Impeachment, Karl Barth, and Christianity Today

I found J.V. Fesko’s article on impeachment, Karl Barth, and Christianity Today quite fascinating. “My concern is to challenge us all to be consistent in our assessment of public figures, not address the merits or demerits of the case for impeachment. In other words, my concern cuts across the pro- anti-Trump divide and instead engages underlying theological issues that arise in Mr. Galli’s article.”

Flashback: Big Sins Little Sins

What’s the sin that better showcases the depravity of the human heart? Is it the visible one that can be defeated in weeks or months, or is it the internal one that lingers for a lifetime?

The life of a Christian is always costly—for those who are actually following Christ.

—David Platt

  • 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…

  • Tell Me

    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.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…