A La Carte (October 10)

It’s not a bad day for Kindle deals, and you’ll find a few that are worth a peek.

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Parents of little ones may want to look at this new series for children that’s on sale at Westminster Books.

(Yesterday on the blog: Tips for Reading Better & The Future of Books)

Don’t Sing Noisy Songs

In this case, noisy isn’t the same as loud. “It’s scary how easily a noisy song can lead our hearts to believe everything is ok just because we feel worshipful. It’s the song you’ve sang since you were 5 or it has the beautiful melody or the bridge almost always causes a tear to form in your eye. But if we are singing these songs with a heart that loves sin, God doesn’t want to hear them.”

When You Sense That “Nudge”

I appreciated this reflection on “the nudge.” “The key is not to think of our extra-biblical thoughts (those thoughts not specifically addressed by the Bible) as God speaking directly to us, but to capture those thoughts and subject them to the lordship of Jesus Christ by evaluating those ideas according to what has been perfectly and sufficiently revealed.”

3 Reasons Charismatics Are Wrong about New Testament Prophecy

Justin Taylor drills down into key differences between cessationists and continuationists. “The New Testament does not explicitly teach that the miraculous sign-gifts cease; rather, it is an inference made by cessationists. Likewise, the New Testament does not explicitly teach that the nature of prophecy changes from one testament to another; again, it is an inference made by continuationists.”

Inside Hurricane Maria in 360° (Video) 

“Two days before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the NASA-Japan Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite captured a 3-D view of the storm. At the time Maria was a Category 1 hurricane. The 3-D view reveals the processes inside the hurricane that would fuel the storm’s intensification to a category 5 within 24 hours.”

What Is the Mark of the Beast?

Tom Schreiner takes on the tough task of identifying the mark of the beast of Revelation 13.

How the Eschatological Views of Columbus Changed the World

This is a fascinating article. “Every October people across the U.S. and Latin America set aside time for an annual observance—the debate about Columbus Day. Since the observance first began to be celebrated in the nineteenth century it has been opposed by a diverse rage of groups, from the Ku Klux Klan to the American Indian Movement to the National Council of Churches. In recent decades, though, the Italian navigator has sparked strong reactions throughout the Western Hemisphere, ushering in a new tradition in which we argue about whether he was a bold and brave explorer or a cruel and genocidal colonist (or, as in my view, a mix of both).”

China Is Building A “Social Credit” System. So Is The United States.

I don’t agree with everything in this article, but the big point is hard to deny. “China’s draconian censorship efforts appear a world apart from the freedom of speech protections tenuously preserved in American society. But as the two world powers evolve the similarities are becoming just as striking as the differences. While their social designs diverge, their intended results do not: both seek to shrink the Overton Window in favor of what the governing class considers a healthier, more orderly, more moral discourse.”

Flashback: 10 Reasons I’m Thankful To Be a Dad

There are so many things for which I owe gratitude to God, but near the top of the list, and on my mind today, is my children.

I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am. —John Newton