A La Carte (September 24)

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a lot of interesting books. There is a selection from Crossway, a couple by John MacArthur, and even more besides.

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(Yesterday on the blog: Thank God for the IMB)

I Hate That There Has To Be Adoption

“As an adoptive mom who is walking alongside kids who grieve what they have lost, I grieve over the flippancy that my culture treats biology and its bonds. In an age of Tinder and no-fault divorce, more and more kids aren’t being raised by biological parents. Yes, God can redeem any situation, but let’s not pretend the brokenness isn’t there.”

How Suffering Reveals Your True Self

Isn’t this the truth: “Suffering draws out the true thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, and desires of your heart.”

5 Reasons to Avoid “Risk-Free” Tithing

“The act of presenting a church refund policy on tithes has been both lauded for its ingenuity and criticized as gimmicky. While the practice likely leads to more funds being given to the kingdom of God and encourages some believers to take their first steps in giving, it also runs the risk of doing harm to the proclamation of the gospel.” Please don’t do this!

Who Should Study the Bible’s Original Languages? (Video)

Here is one theologian’s take on how anyone can benefit from even a little knowledge of the Bible’s original languages.

The Unlikely Endurance of Christian Rock

Just like the title says, this New Yorker article is about the endurance of Christian rock music.

Let’s Bring Back the Sabbath as a Radical Act Against the Always-On Economy

This isn’t written for a Christian audience but still has some interesting observations about the benefit of sabbath. “The fourth commandment presents a god who, rather than demanding ever more work, insists on rest. The weekly Sabbath placed a hard limit on how much work could be done and suggested that this was perfectly all right; enough work was done on the other six days.”

Flashback: The End of the World As We Know It: An Infographic

Of all the many requests we’ve had for infographics, none has been as consistent as the request for a visual presentation of the different views of the end times. And for good reason–it is a complicated and much-debated subject. Eager to please, we got to work on a graphic we’ve called “The End of the World As We Know It.”

To know you are a beloved child of God protects you from thinking of prayer as a ladder to God or an exercise by which you work your way into his favour. —Michael Reeves