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A La Carte (June 8)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few noteworthy book, including a favorite adaptation of The Pilgrim’s Progress and a book by James Montgomery Boice.

Westminster Books has their deals for the week and they include David Murray’s new book on burnout as well as Richard Phillips’ excellent book for men.

Reprobation: Does God Elect People to Hell?

This is quite a question, isn’t it? “You would say ‘President Trump was elected to office,’ but you wouldn’t say ‘Secretary Clinton was elected to defeat.’ That’s not what the word means. Thus it is not appropriate to say ‘God elects people to hell.’”

Worth all the Crumbs

A busy mom reflects on her devotional life.

Anti-Christian Religious Test for Government Officials

It was very interesting to see this exchange. Joe Carter summarizes it this way: “In a confirmation hearing of an executive branch nominee, two U.S. senators imply that those who believe Jesus is the only way to salvation are ‘Islamophobic’ and not fit for public office.” He provides an explanation of what happened and why it matters.

A Brief Quiz-tory of Sunday

Here’s a quick quiz on the Christian history of Sunday. It’s based on this new book.

Peer Review and Whiny Pastors

Jared Olivetti endorses preaching workshops in general and Charles Simeon Trust in particular. I’ve only ever heard good things about Simeon Trust which I’ve heard people refer to as “Spring Training for pastors.”

Mary Slessor’s Providential Preparation for Missionary Service

“Mary’s girlhood and early adult years were filled with both extreme difficulties and encouraging spiritual influences. Both the negative and positive facts of her girlhood were used of God to forge within her the selfless, indomitable spirit that would be needed to fulfill the career of daunting, heroic service He had for her.”

Amazon Notebook

Kindle users will want to familiarize themselves with this new location for their notes and highlights.

Translating Every Word

Once again, Bill Mounce points out the difficulties of accurate Bible translation.

Flashback: Imagine If EBooks Came First

Imagine if Gutenberg had not created the printing press but the Kindle. Though on one level this little scenario is absurd, it can also be an interesting thought experiment.

Compassion means entering the suffering of another in order to lead the way out.

—Rosaria Butterfield

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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.

  • 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…

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    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of