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A La Carte (November 30)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good selection from John Piper, Heath Lambert, William Wilberforce, and even John Maxwell. There are also a few commentaries in the mix. Also, add a free Piper book to your library by answering a couple of questions from Crossway.

Was Jesus Married to Mary Magdalene?

Michael Kruger compares this urban legend to whack-a-mole. Then he whacks it down yet again.

The Travails of Lieutenant Marty

Carl Trueman: “Transgenderism is not about who uses which loo. That question is the trivial point of a very long and sharp spear, useful for belittling the concerns of those who believe that there is a profound connection between biology and gender. Transgenderism is set to change everything—our understanding of sex, of identity, of relationships, of the significance of the body.”

A Congregant’s Guide to Preaching

This is a good one from Kyle Borg: “As a pastor I don’t simply want my congregation to hear preaching, I want them to know something of what preaching is. I want them to listen but I want them to listen in an informed way.”

Hooray for the New Individualism

This is a clever article on what sounds like a ridiculous new trend. “Man, I really have to start getting out less. Otherwise I’m going to run into hordes of people ‘prejuvenating.’ At least, that’s what it said on a piece of newspaper I was using to start a fire.”

Abortion Rate at All-Time Low

WORLD reports: “The number of women and girls seeking abortions in the United States dropped by one-fifth between 2004 and 2013, a new report shows. The abortion rate is the lowest it’s been since 1969 when the government started tracking the procedure.”

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This Day in 1846. 170 years ago today Canadian missionary John Geddie set sail for the New Hebrides. The new converts of Aneiteum became so zealous for Christ that they sent their own missionaries to other islands. *

Has God Called You to Vocational Christian Ministry?

Andy Naselli rounds up some different ways to answer the question.

All About Fahrenheit

This short video explains where it came from and why it mkes little sense.

Pastors, Don’t Neglect Yourselves

Erik Raymond calls upon pastors to be sure they are not neglecting themselves as they care for others.

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Money can be an expression of love but never a substitute for love.

—John MacArthur

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