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A La Carte (September 7)

Today’s Kindle deals include a selection of books highlighted by the Holman Old Testament and Holman New Testament Commentary series. There is also quite a good selection of other books. You can find it all here.

Westminster Books is offering a great deal on David Powlison’s new book Good & Angry (which I’ll be reviewing very soon).

10 Spurgeon Quotes for Wounded Christians

Charles Spurgeon had a massive ministry that reached millions. “But Spurgeon himself was very much mortal. The preacher was anything but bulletproof. In fact, for most of his life Spurgeon nursed deep wounds and struggled to cope with a myriad of emotional and physical maladies.”

My One Suit and One Gospel

Erik Raymond: “I have one suit. And I’ve worn it for every event that required a suit over the last ten years. The other day as I was preparing for a wedding and picking out a shirt and tie, I began recounting some memories in the suit. There have been so many weddings with their tears of joy. And there have been funerals with their tears of grief.”

Old Donkeys Needed!

I appreciate this plea from a church planter who is pleading with older Christians to get involved in work like theirs. “How will a bunch of young couples from middle-class backgrounds engage elderly people from a scheme who have no church background? We’re going to struggle. How do you display a gospel that breaks down the dividing barriers of age, class, or race, when your group has no diversity in age, class, or race? We’re going to struggle.”

Treat Yourself to the Voice of God

This is so true: “One of the biggest scams Satan has running is the lie that reading the Bible is a chore.”

One of the Most Difficult Words to Translate

You might be surprised to learn one of the most difficult words to translate across different langauges.

This Day in 1949. 67 years ago today Ray Ortlund was born. Happy birthday, Ray!

Everything You Need To Know About Digital Photography

Aileen and I have actually been considering this course for the past few days. “If you’ve been itching to learn photography but aren’t sure where to start, former Stanford professor and Google teacher Marc Levoy has released his entire course, which includes video lectures, slides, and more online for free.”

The Whole Sentence Matters

Kim Shay discusses one of those verses we like to memorize on its own. Yet the verse has an important, overlooked context that really matters.

More Protein Than You Need

I’ve recently noticed that food packaging is now boasting about the amount of protein that food contains. Turns out you don’t actually need all that much protein and it’s mostly just savvy marketing.

Flashback: Teach Me How to Pray

I wrote this a number of years ago, shortly after I was ordained. I appealed to some older, wiser pastors to teach me to pray. Here is one wise response.

It is a reading age, a preaching age, a working age, but it is not a praying age.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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