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A La Carte (November 22)

Today’s Kindle deals include books by John MacArthur and John Piper as well as quite a few others. You may also want to browse the large selection of general market books in the Black Friday sale.

Kindle devices are significantly discounted this week as part of Amazon’s Black Friday sale.

Checking the Fact Checkers

You might be interested in reading or listening to this piece from Dr. Mohler who talks about fake news and the destabilization of the media.

The Word of the Year

This year’s Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 is one we have begun to hear a lot: post-truth. You can read about it and the other finalists at Oxford’s site.

Glennon Doyle Melton’s Gospel of Self-Fulfillment

“From the public announcements both of her divorce and her new dating relationship, she wants us to understand this: The greatest gift any of us gives to the world is our true self. Let’s not look to anyone else for permission or feel any obligation for explanation. Humans flourish as they obey their desires.”

Pastors, Keep Your Door Open

This is absolutely true: “When we outsource our women’s events to national conferences or local gatherings led by piped in speakers, we should not be surprised when women find their gurus among internet sensations and New York Times bestsellers, or, consequently, when they find their theology informed more by those leaders than they find it in one sermon once a week—especially if they’re a young mom who ends up missing most of the sermon because of young children.”

People with Down Syndrome Answer Uncomfortable Questions

People have lots of questions about Down Syndrome, so The Canadian Down Syndrome Society searched the most asked questions online and launched a new campaign to answer them. They simply asked people with Down Syndrome to provide answers. Brilliant!

Calvinism Is Not Hyper-Calvinism

Josh helpfully lays out the difference between two very different things.

This Day in 1963. 53 years ago today British scholar and famed author of ‘Mere Christianity,’ C.S. Lewis, died. His death was overshadowed by the assassination of John F. Kennedy which took place on the same day.

Our Political Divisions Provide an Opportunity for the Church

“Since its founding, the church has brought together people from various backgrounds and political persuasions, including Simon the zealot and Matthew the tax collector—two of Jesus’ disciples.”

167 Theremin Nesting Dolls

One reason I love to read Atlas Obscura is because of the bizarre things they dig up. Like this touring ensemble from Japan that plays the theremin, but first puts it inside a Russian nesting doll. You just have to see/hear it.

A Case for Christian Magnanimity

Yes, please. We could use some of this. What is magnanimity? Merriam-Webster defines it as “loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity.”

Flashback: 700 Billion Minutes

This article goes back a few years, but the point still stands: What are we doing in all that time we give to Facebook?


The only thing that the church can provide to the world that is truly unique is the gospel.

—Michael Horton

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.