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A La Carte (November 11)

Today’s Kindle deals include three solid titles: The Mystery of the Holy Spirit by R.C. Sproul, Standing Strong by John MacArthur, and Seeing Christ in All of Scripture by the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary.

Christian Audio is having a big sale with lots of books marked down to $4.99. Some of them are brand new titles, too. (Suggestions: Why the Reformation Still Matters, 8 Women of Faith, Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel, either of the 9Marks books.)

Logos users, you’ve got just a day left to grab the 95-volume Reformation Day bundle. You might also be interested in this Zondervan Theological Studies collection.

If a Vote Is a Sin

Carl Trueman makes an important point: “if you are a pastor who thinks an evangelical who voted for Trump has hindered people from believing the gospel, promoted hate or racism or whatever, then you think that person has sinned.” And that requires you to act in certain ways.

What Is Praying in the Spirit?

Stuart Olyott: “God expects every Christian on earth to pray in this way. Do I? Do you? Do we see evidence of this sort of prayer in our church prayer meetings?”

Start. Use. Do.

Some problems are so big they seem insurmountable. Here’s some very level-headed counsel for those times: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Here James Faris applies it to racial reconciliation.

Forget Nostalgia!

Adam Parker goes back to an old source of wisdom to ask this: Are things really so much worse today?

Yes, He Thought Trump Would Win

Here’s an interview with that guy you’ve heard of who has successfully predicted the winner of the popular vote in the last 8 elections (and who predicted a Trump victory). He says, “the thing I like most about being right is that it puts some pressure on conventional punditry, which I think is really a pernicious influence on our nation.”

Should We Obey Old Testament Law?

You know the answer, I think. But you’ll probably enjoy John Piper’s brief explanation. You can read it or listen to it.

This Day in 1793. 223 years ago today Englishman William Carey arrived in Calcutta, India and began his missionary career. *

Colorizing an Old Historical Photograph

This is really neat. Marina Amaral colorized an old faculty photo from Westminster Theological Seminary. You will recognize many of the men in the photo.

The Psychology Behind the World’s Most Recognizable Sounds

I really enjoyed this video which shows two sonic branding experts explaining the thinking behind some of the world’s most recognizable sounds.

Flashback: Seems So Long Ago, Nancy

Leonard Cohen died yesterday (as WORLD reports). He was best known for his song “Hallelujah,” but I’ve always known him for a song he wrote about my aunt. Here’s the story.

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Sometimes we need to stop praying for opportunities to evangelize, but for boldness to use the opportunities God is giving.

—Dhati Lewis

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