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A La Carte (November 1)


I’m still in Unalaska, Alaska where the weather refuses to be anything but foggy—so foggy that planes can’t fly. Since there is literally no other way back to the mainland, I will need to wait it out. Thankfully I am well looked after and very grateful for Christian hospitality.

Westminster Books has a deal on a new book that means to help you better understand Reformed theology. You’ll also find good deals on the huge new Dictionary of the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, devotions based on the Shorter Catechism, and more.

I updated the list of deals currently on offer at

Also, don’t forget about my upcoming webinar, Getting the Most Out of Logos.

When Catholicity Leads to Compromise

Jonathan Worsley commends catholicity yet warns that “an over-realized catholicity is potentially poisonous. I caution us all to beware of the following three catholicity-based compromises…”

Dare to Be a Daniel

“Maybe you’ve been exposed to the kind of teaching from the Old Testament that uses its stories to highlight moral examples. Is that kind of teaching bad? Should we do such a thing? Should it be avoided for the sake of christological interpretation?”

Prone to Dechurch, Lord I Feel It

Trevin Wax: “Dechurching doesn’t just happen to us, as if we have no moral agency. Thinking you can pursue the Christian life on your own, apart from a local body of believers, isn’t only wrongheaded; it’s wrong. It’s disobedience to King Jesus. By removing the moral frame of dechurching, we do a disservice to believers who need to be called back into community.”

What Should We Make of the Hypothetical “Q” Source?

Michael Kruger explains and offers his take on the hypothetical “Q” source for the synoptic gospels. “Students of the Gospels will know that there has been a long-standing discussion among scholars about the relationship between the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). These three Gospels are so similar at so many points (often word for word), that it raises a number of intriguing questions. Did they know each other? Did they use each other?”

Symptoms of A Prayerless Life

Chopo Mwanza lays out some of the common symptoms of a prayerless life.

Preacher, Reformer, & Politian: The Complex Life of Zwingli

Peter Witkowski shares a brief biography of “the passionate, gifted, and yet flawed father of the Swiss reformation.”

Flashback: We Are All Cultists On the Inside

We may pay lip service to diversity, but when it comes down to it we find that our natural instinct is toward uniformity—a uniformity to our own emphases, our own convictions, our own preferences.

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million of enemies. Yet the distance makes no difference; He is praying for me.

—Robert Murray McCheyne

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