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A La Carte (March 3)

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It’s nice to see Crossway getting back into Kindle deals with a couple of books today. (Also on Amazon, photographers, gamers and others may want to take advantage of a one-day sale on storage solutions like SD cards, etc.)

Logos users will likely want to grab the free resource of the month. After all, it’s free! The monthly sale is also worth browsing through.

(Yesterday on the blog: From Tabernacle to Stormtrooper Dance)

Do We Really Believe in Demons?

Trevin Wax challenges Reformed Christians with whether or not we really believe in the existence and activity of demons. “When we think of Jesus as presented in the Gospels, we see His earthly ministry in terms of his role as a teacher, as a healer, as a miracle-worker. But what about Jesus the Exorcist? You can’t read any of the Gospels without running again and again into Jesus’ confrontations with evil spirits. Yet we rarely think of Jesus as an exorcist. It’s as if we’ve screened out these harrowing encounters from the image we have of our Messiah.”

It Pays To Hold Your Nerve in the Transgender Debate

Indeed, it does, because at some point there is going to be a massive correction in the way society thinks about transgenderism. “Now that it is showing signs of swaying back, I wonder if those in the church who have championed the transgender movement, no questions asked, will swing back with the culture. Probably, because that’s all they know what to do. They certainly won’t lead the culture out of it, because they’re neither brave nor noble enough to do so.”

Is the Old Testament Applicable to the Christian Life? (Video)

Dr. Mark Futato answers the question in this episode of #WednesdayWisdom from RTS.

Good Mythical Morning: Not Christian Programming

Jeremy Howard has a long and informative look at Rhett & Link and their explanation of why they’ve revoked the Christian faith.

What to Do If You Think You Have COVID-19

PSA: Here’s what to do if you think you’ve got COVID-19. And, as usual, what not to do is also important. “Especially if you think you have a contagious and serious disease, don’t just walk into an ER or urgent care if you have other options. This is a rule not just for coronavirus, but also for measles and other diseases that could be serious.” (Perhaps also read Protection from a Pandemic by WORLD and/or Should I Worry about the Coronavirus? by Todd Wagner.)

The Need for Nuance in Preaching

I appreciate and affirm the thrust of this article. “Yes, some of our work is to proclaim with clarity and conviction the essential truths of God’s word. We must not mute or soften the bugle call. Truths, especially in the realm of central doctrines and our response to Christ’s saving work, need to be sounded crystal clear. And our congregations need to see and hear them sounded with clarity. But there are other times where it is not a sledgehammer, but a scalpel which is needed.”

Which Comes First: Repentance or Faith?

Sinclair Ferguson takes on a common but tricky question.

Flashback: The Beauty of a Gentle Heart

If there is any quality that is conspicuous by its absence today, perhaps it is gentleness. Though this is a precious and beautiful trait, it is sadly rare.

Genuine virtue is produced by the Holy Spirit, not dredged up from within.

—Harold Senkbeil

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