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A La Carte (November 28)

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family! You go ahead and enjoy the day and in the meantime I’ll be putting together a long list of Black Friday deals. Check in tomorrow to see what I dig up!

Today’s Kindle deals include a long selection of books, many of them by John MacArthur for whatever reason.

(Yesterday on the blog: A Visual Theology Advent Reading Calendar For Your Family)

Thanksgiving Quantified

Here are many quantified reasons you ought to give thanks today.

Christ, Our Thanks-Giver

And here is one more that seems especially appropriate for Americans as they dedicate a day to gratitude.

What is a Reformed Deist? (Video)

Ligon Duncan describes a so-called Reformed Deist. While no one would claim to be such a thing, quite a lot of people fit the description.

Fragments of Otherwise Unknown Gospels

This is really interesting: “Here are translations of four fragmentary texts which are not unorthodox (at least as far as one can tell from the surviving text) and which might even represent accounts that can be traced to genuine incidents in the life of Jesus…”

Wayne Grudem Changes Mind About Divorce in Cases of Abuse

It is interesting to see Wayne Grudem changing his position on divorce. “Wayne Grudem, a leading Calvinist theologian and prominent complementarian, has changed his position to affirm a scriptural basis for divorce in cases of abuse and shared his new stance at a major gathering of evangelical scholars last week.”

Pray for Christians in These Five Countries Where the Persecution Is Extreme

Here are ways to pray specifically and appropriately for people in five countries where persecution against Christians is extreme.

Remembering Larry Hurtado

Christianity Today has an article remembering Larry Hurtado, the Christian scholar who recently died. See also Michael Kruger.

Flashback: When the Mission Field Comes To You

Revelation describes a great multitude from every nation, but today it just as easily describes “a great multitude in every nation.” What used to be a call to global missions is, in today’s new world, equally a call to local evangelism.

We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.

—C.S. Lewis

  • 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…

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

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