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A La Carte (January 9)

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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

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

  • that First Sports Bet

    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.