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A La Carte (November 9)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few good options, three of them excellent choices by John Stott.

Halladay Was Everybody’s Hero

Here is one for the baseball fans. Roy Halladay was one of my all-time favorite players (and my son’s) and it was truly sad to hear of his death. (This is also a great tribute.)

How Do I Love God More Than My Entertainment?

Here is an Ask Pastor John with John Piper that deals with the subject of entertainment.

Watch a Jacobean Painting Emerge From 200 Years of Grime (Video)

There are spiritual analogies to be found here! “Two hundred years ago an aspiring art conservator, perhaps—took a brush and coated a 1618 oil painting of a lady in red with a thick coat of ostensibly protective varnish. Over the decades, the varnish naturally discolored, turning first yellow and then brown, until the whole painting appeared covered in grime. Now—in a flourish—those two centuries of discoloration are gone. “

The World’s Tiniest Wonders

A photomicrograph, which is any image taken through a microscope, reveals in incredible detail the wonder of God’s creation.

Inspiring Transgender Testimony (Video)

This is an interview with Laura Perry. Laura was born a woman but lived as a transgender male for ten years before God brought her to himself. (Also perhaps read this account of a teen who first transitioned and then returned.)

Why Shouldn’t We Trust the Non-Canonical Gospels Attributed to Matthias?

J. Warner Wallace has been taking a careful look at many of the non-canonical gospels. It’s a solid series!

Deranged, Depraved, or Dejected?

“In the wake of yet another tragic mass shooting, this time affecting another church, we’re called to reflect again about how to process these events. Many writers have discussed how to grieve, heal, and avoid living in fear following heartbreaking tragedies. Today I want to advocate for a marginalized group often indirectly hurt by the public response to these events: those who struggle with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, and other emotional difficulties.”

Flashback: God’s Not Really That Holy, I’m Not Really That Bad

How do you know that you really get the gospel, that you really understand and believe it? Or perhaps better said, how do you know that the gospel has really gotten you, that it has taken hold of you and begun to permanently transform you?

Is there any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?

—C.S. Lewis

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    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…

  • Tell Me

    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.