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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

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.