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A La Carte (May 21)


Today’s Kindle deals include Mary Mohler’s Growing in Gratitude.

Westminster Books is offering deals on some new, noteworthy, and coming soon titles. They’ve got Amazon beat on most of them.

(Yesterday on the blog: Ask Me Anything (Logos, Posting Pictures of Children, Lord’s Supper, Submitting to Government))

Theological Primer: The Ascension

Kevin DeYoung has a short primer on Christ’s ascension. “Having triumphed over death and the devil in his resurrection, Christ ascended into heaven locally, visibly, and bodily—locally in that he spatially left earth below for heaven above, visibly in that the disciples saw with their own eyes (as a public event) that he departed from them, and bodily in that the physical flesh of the Son of God is no longer with us on earth.” (See also Randy Alcorn’s Why Don’t We Often Focus on the Importance of Christ’s Ascension?)

How Social Media Worsens the Theological Divide

This is extremely important. “Never in the history of the church have our theological disputes been so public. The Reformation may have put the Bible in the hands of every individual, but the digital age has given everyone with internet access and an opinion an open platform to dispute doctrine. In a track parallel to what we see happening in partisan politics on the internet, we have seen the emergence of a new, combative subculture in theological Twitter and Facebook. Most people in our pews live their lives unaware of this subculture, but for many who are in it, it is a high stakes game of eternal consequence.”

Antidepressants or Tolkien

If the last article was extremely important, this one is extremely unimportant, but also pretty funny. It simply presents a bunch of names and asks you to decide whether they are names of antidepressants or Tolkien characters. You’ll be surprised how difficult it is!

Does God Miss Our Worship?

This is an interesting and unexpected answer from Robert Godfrey. “Many Christians have expressed disappointment and frustration in the last few weeks about not being able to gather for worship because of the COVID-19 crisis. I am one of them. I very much miss the preaching, the singing, the prayers, and the fellowship. I, too, wonder when we will be able to return to worship. But last Sunday, a new question came into my mind: Does God miss our worship?”

The Coronavirus Data Debate

WORLD has some reporting on the coronavirus data debate.

Why I Stopped Playing Video Games

This is not an article trying to convince you to stop playing video games. Rather, it’s an article explaining why one person decided to stop playing them. “Video games were a significant part of my young adult life. But several years ago I made a conscious decision to swear them off completely. In this article, I explain exactly why I don’t play video games anymore.”

Don’t Forget Them!

“Different regions are heading toward some level of re-opening and we will soon have some semblance of the way life used to be. And we might think life will return to a level of normalcy for these kinds of people too. But not so fast! Given the fact that medical authorities believe people in that age bracket are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, and given the spotlight on those who run retirement communities and nursing homes, it is more likely that many if not most of the restrictions will stay in place for several months.”

Flashback: How To Tell if it’s a Prosperity Gospel Church

The prosperity gospel is a diverse, popular, and worldwide movement that understands faith to be the instrument through which Christians can attain physical health, material riches, and divine favor…So how can we know if a church is part of this movement?

The test of a person’s Christianity is what happens in the storm, when the house is battered in the winds of affliction.

—John Murray

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