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A La Carte (October 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include an eclectic collection of interesting titles.

Westminster Books has some good deals this week as well.

At Least as Dangerous as Porn

“Not to diminish the dangers of sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:9–11), but have you ever noticed that the New Testament issues more dire warnings against the spiritual dangers of material prosperity than sexual immorality? Jesus didn’t say it’s harder for a sexually immoral person to get into heaven than a camel to squeeze through a needle’s eye. He said it about rich people. And most people who read this live in one of the richest nations in the history of the world.”

Who Should Teach Your Kids—Harvey or Hildebrand?

As the Harvey Weinstein scandal rumbles on, it is clear that no amount of money donated to liberal causes will purchase him a ‘get out of jail free’ card. Even in an amoral age such as ours, sexual assault can prove an unforgivable sin.”

American Daily Routine

Here is an interesting visualization of the average person’s daily routine.

Worship Already in Progress

“We’ve arrived on the scene and we’re fashionably late. In fact, when our church family gathers to worship on Sunday mornings in Kansas City, my brothers and sisters on the East Coast are already singing. What’s more, the entire eastern hemisphere is already into their Sunday evening and some are even easing their way into the wee morning hours of a Monday.”

Keeping Kids Safe From Sexual Predators

I know you don’t want to read this, but you probably should.

Does the Fertility Clinic Illustration Disprove the Value of Human Embryos?

You may have heard someone use the fertility clinic illustration to disprove the value of human embryos. Here is a good response.

Your Church Can Be a Gospel Culture

Ray Ortlund: “Here are four categories of speech that church leaders should keep in mind at all times…”

Flashback: Why You May Be Tempted To Neglect Your Church

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” This passage warns us not to neglect local church fellowship and participation, and also hints at the reasons we may do so.

Pride doesn’t listen. It knows.

—Kevin Vanhoozer

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