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A La Carte (November 30)


Today’s Kindle deals include some books and some Bibles. Stay tuned tomorrow when there should be some deals to start the new month.

(Yesterday on the blog: Becoming Better Readers)

The 50% Lie

“You’ve heard it repeatedly on radio, podcasts, and TV. You’ve read it in various books and articles. You’ve even heard it in your pastor’s sermon. The problem: it’s a lie. ‘50% of all marriages end in divorce.’” We need to stop quoting this statistic. Why? “The 50% lie has done more damage than we might suspect, but it can only be remedied with the truth.”

Why J. I. Packer Reads Mystery Novels (Or, In Defense of Light Reading)

I enjoyed this: “A well-read public figure was recently asked about what modern fiction he reads, and he replied that he only makes time for older fiction in his life right now—books that have stood the test of time. Not surprisingly, his preference was criticized. One person even claimed that this choice was a failure of neighbor love.”

Camp Fire Map

This interactive map shows the utter devastation of California’s Camp Fire through drone images, 360 images, and photographs of individual structures.

Did Old Testament Believers Possess the Holy Spirit the Same Way as the New Testament Believers?

Did Old Testament believers possess the Holy Spirit in the same way as New Testament believers? In this video from Ligonier a panel of trusted theologians answers a common question.

Living on Mission Means Living on Purpose

Erik Raymond: “It doesn’t just happen; nobody falls into evangelistic faithfulness. Living on mission means living on purpose. It looks like an embracing of a biblical identity and responding with biblical urgency.”

Pastors: Preach, Don’t Rant

Yes, this one is important. “Pastors are called to preach sermons, not deliver rants. Too often God’s people are subjected to the latter, but it is the former they truly need. This distinction struck me several years ago while co-preaching a conference with several other pastors.”

The First Noel

Southern Seminary has been releasing some videos of Christmas music performed by their bands. Also check out “Angels We Have Heard On High” by the Boyce College Vocal Band. It’s an excellent performance.

Flashback: 5 Ugly Qualities of the Anti-Elder

There are millions of men who are great teachers and great leaders and great C.E.O.’s, but still completely unsuited to leadership in the church.

If there be anything I know, anything that I am quite assured of beyond all question, it is that praying breath is never spent in vain.

—Charles Spurgeon

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

  • A La Carte Friday 2

    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

  • A La Carte Thursday 1

    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.