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A La Carte (October 3)

Today’s Kindle deals include a collection of book by Elyse Fitzpatrick (Found in Him, Give Them Grace, Counsel from the Cross, and Because He Loves Me), the “Little Black Book” series from Matthias Media, and a selection of other titles.

In case you didn’t check in over the weekend, this month’s free book from Logos is Craig Keener’s New Covenant Commentary on Romans. You can get another commentary (Fee on Revelation) for $1.99.

Free from Christian Audio this month is The Poverty of Nations by Wayne Grudem & Barry Asmus. Several other Grudem titles are discounted to $4.98.

Gospel-Driven Humility

What does humility look like? Maybe something like this little anecdote. “Spiritual pride is a destructive force within the church. This force is most devastating when it finds it’s way into the heart and actions of the spiritual leaders in a church.”

Is Politeness Killing Your Prayer Life?

This is probably true: “Christians in North America are generally polite pray-ers. We tend to pray correct, respectful words that we think God wants to hear. But let’s be honest, many of our prayers are tentative, repetitive, and somewhat boring.”

The Instagram Bible

Jen Wilkin: “Beware the Instagram Bible, my daughters – those filtered frames festooned with feathered verses, adorned in all manner of loops and tails, bedecked with blossoms, saturated with sunsets, culled and curated just for you.”

Remembering the Reformation Less Like Luther, More Like Calvin

Derek Rishmawy picks up on some of Carl Trueman’s recent comments on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

You Shall Not Belittle

How many of us, asked to explain the purpose of the sixth commandment (“you shall not murder”), would begin by saying, “I am not to belittle my neighbour”?

This Day in 1531. 485 years ago today Zwingli and Luther parted ways at Marburg. Zwingli offered his hand, but Luther rejected it. The two agreed on every issue except the theology of the Lord’s supper. *

An Ancient Toilet

An ancient toilet has turned out to be an interesting discovery…

Forgiven

Ten years ago Terri Roberts’ son shot and killed Amish schoolgirls. This story tells of how she has been befriended by the Amish community.

Flashback: Flawed Heroes and Virtuous Villains

It would be a lot easier if there were only good guys and bad guys, the fully orthodox and the outright heretic, with no overlap, no shades of gray, nothing in between.

I’m so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?

—Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…