A La Carte (July 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a good list! I had some extra time this morning so looked far and wide.

Become a Patron

Be sure to check out Westminster Books’ deal on a new book from Ed Welch (as well as some other resources for helping others).

(Yesterday on the blog: For the Pastor Knee-Deep in Immorality)

The Partiality That Gets a Pass

“It doesn’t take too much observation of our current landscape to know we are impressed with the celebrity. We fill the sanctuary when that big name preacher is invited to speak. We line up at conferences to get that signature on the latest book. We populate our social media feed with pics that show we are in the presence of the well known preacher. We sit at their feet, so to speak and soak up every word. We rave about the fact that we saw them. But how are we treating the little guy?”

“Trusting in the sovereign goodness of God helps us know how to respond to all the joys and trials of life.  Whether we are having a good day or a bad day, there is always a way for us to glorify God. So the Preacher says: ‘In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him’ (Eccles. 7:14). ”

R.C. Sproul through the Years: The Holiness of God

I love this! Here’s R.C. preaching one message through many years.

Give Your Children All of Your Attention. Some of the Time

Even if you don’t read the article, ponder (and obey!) the title. “There’s a battle raging in my mind this week. It’s school vacation, and my three kids are home and constantly seeking my attention. I keep telling myself, Put down your phone! Stop getting distracted! But when I do, my other chores and responsibilities seem to call out just as loudly as my kids.”

Parents, Sports, & Sunday

“I write as a pastor, as a parent who enrolled sons in minor hockey and as a hockey fan who is constantly evaluating whether my love for all things hockey and sports is crossing the line into idolatry. The issue of sports and Christianity has many different angles. But let’s think specifically about how parenting and sports intersect and perhaps conflict with church involvement, particularly on the Lord’s Day.” Yes, let’s do that!

From the Ears to the Brain to the Heart

“What is the right way to listen to a sermon? With a soul that is prepared, a mind that is alert, a Bible that is open, a heart that is receptive, and a life that is ready to spring into action.” There’s lots of wisdom here.

Only for a Time

“It is unfair and uncharitable for someone to insist that brothers and sisters in Christ have adopted a cessationist understanding of the extraordinary gifts of the Spirit simply because they have not experienced them in their lives. In fact, all the cessationist I personally know are convinced by the teaching of Scripture that tongues, prophecy and mediated extraordinary healings have ceased.”

Before The Internet, What People Asked New York Public Library’s Librarians?

This is rather interesting. “A few years ago, the staff at the New York Public Library discovered a box of cards containing questions posed to the librarian by members of the public. These question were asked either in person or received via telephone. The telephone ‘ask a librarian’ service was set up in 1967 and operates to this day. And surprisingly, despite people having information on their finger tips these days, the New York Public Library receives roughly 30,000 calls per year.”

Flashback: Guard Your Health

There is an inseparable unity between body, mind, and soul. When you neglect your body, you will often find your soul heavy and your mind dark. But when you care for it, you tend to find your soul cheerful and your mind enlightened.

Our technological utopias idolize perfection, whereas Christians await the coming of a God with scars. —James K.A. Smith