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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?

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

—Michael Horton

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…