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A La Carte (September 9)

I wasn’t able to pull up any significant Kindle deals today, so we’ll hope for better things tomorrow. There are definitely some good ones coming next week. In the meantime, enjoy these articles:

Teaching as Joyful Rebellion

Carl Trueman: “For me, this kind of teaching is an act of rebellion in this present age—an attempt in some small way to convey the idea that the world is given, not constructed, and that meaning is to be found, not created. A good teacher must always be driven by conviction—that the world is and that it has meaning, and that it is so much bigger than any one person can ever apprehend.”

Why Apple Killed The Headphone Jack

It’s no small thing to kill off the headphone jack on the new iPhone. Here is Apple’s defense of an unpopular but widely expected decision.

4 Practical Guidelines for Reading Old Testament Stories

George Guthrie: “The Old Testament narrative material is great literature, and the people, events, power struggles, personal crises, and hope we find in these stories often are as relevant as this morning’s news. Thus, the Old Testament stories, read in the right way, form an indispensable resource for Christian living.” He offers some tips on reading those stories the right way.

Survivor’s Guide

Marvin Olasky has a survivor’s guide for higher education. “How, then, should Christian students prepare to be active but not belligerent in class discussions? (And, let’s be frank: Students who want to glorify God still do not want to be academic-suicide bombers stuck with scarlet F’s on their transcripts.) Here are seven pieces of advice…”

This Day in 1912. 104 years ago today young millionaire William Whiting offered himself to China Inland Mission. After touring the world at 16, Whiting woke to the desperate need of bringing the gospel to Chinese Muslims. *

ESV Permanent Text Edition (2016)

Looks like the ESV has reached its final edition with 52 last word changes. “All future Crossway editions of the ESV, therefore, will contain the Permanent Text of the ESV Bible—unchanged throughout the life of the copyright, in perpetuity.”

Falling Man

Here’s the story behind one of the most well-known photos of 9/11.

The NT Scholar From Down Under

Thomas Schreiner provides a brief biography (based on a longer biography) of a man many of us have encountered through his commentaries: Leon Morris.

Inner Revolution Podcast

I was recently a guest on the Inner Revolution podcast. You can listen in if you’re interested.

Flashback: On Nude Celebrities, Virtual Voyeurs, and Willing Victims

As Christians, we ought to have the highest compassion for people who are victims of sin.

Surprisingly, the key to a good marriage is not to pursue a good marriage, but to pursue the honor of God.

—Christopher Ash

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.