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A La Carte (November 2)


There are just a few new Kindle deals to take a look at today.

Also, there are a couple of deals from Westminster Books to be aware of. The first is on Christmas titles with the headliner being a new one from Sinclair Ferguson; the second is on a significant theological work that is back in print.

(Yesterday on the blog: Window on the World)

Pastoral Covetousness

Darryl Dash: “Studies suggest that spending goes up with social media consumption. We see how others live, and we expect that we should be able to keep up. I’m guessing that the same applies to pastoring. Every week I see images of full churches and read about how God is moving in churches across the world. I see pictures of baptisms and crowds.”

Cars, Coffee, Theology (Video)

Here’s the first episode in a new series titled “Cars, Coffee, Theology.” “In this episode Tom [Schreiner] and I discuss his first car, his recent revised thoughts on the meaning of 1 Peter 3, and prophecy and tongues from his new book Spiritual Gifts. “

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What a Pro-Life Church Looks Like

“It’s a cheap throwaway line that many pro-life people are pro-life up until the point of childbirth and then anti-life afterwards. Those who are pro-choice – so goes the claim – are more likely to pick up the case for life between birth and death. And then, when old age kicks in, the pro-life crew picks up the baton again. It’s a way of saying that pro-lifers are not that pro-life after all. And it’s not true.”

Canada: Shielded From the Populist Wave No Longer

I enjoyed this look at what may be a rising populism in Canada. “In the aftermath of the 2016 election and the rapid spread of populism around the globe, one country seemed immune: Canada. Justin Trudeau, the charismatic, dashing, and woke prime minister, sees himself as progressive liberalism’s leading light. But Canada is ripe for a populist revolt, and Trudeau may end up being its perfect catalyst.”

Jesus’ Compassion for the Rich and Powerful

Scott Sauls: “Scripture never says that having wealth is wrong, but craving and serving wealth is the problem. It never says that money is a root of all kinds of evils, but that the love of money is the real issue.”

The Great Facebook Video Swindle

There’s a bit of profanity in this article, though I suppose they’d insist it’s righteous anger. It’s important, though, (even if a bit biased) as it explains why and how Facebook convinced individuals and organizations to shift from words to video.

What ‘The New York Times’ Gets Wrong on the ‘Transgender Memo’

Andrew T. Walker is the go-to expert on these things. “Last week, within the span of a few days, The New York Times published two articles (first, second) pushing back against the Trump administration’s plans to roll back an Obama-era policy concerning gender identity. As I’ve written elsewhere, the administration’s impending memo is hardly controversial, despite what activists say.”

Flashback: Children and Sleepovers: What Parents Need to Know

God gives us freedom and wisdom to decide what is best for our families, what is best for our children. It is my hope that these letters help parents make informed, wise decisions.

Not a drop of rain can fall outside the orb of Jesus’ sovereignty.

—D.A. Carson

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