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Sunday A La Carte (January 26)

It was such a good week for interesting articles and videos that I collected more than I could fit into this week’s A La Carte columns. For that reason I’m adding an additional A La Carte today. Enjoy!

You’ll find some general market Kindle deals as part of a one-day sale.

Why We Shouldn’t Ditch the Traditional Sermon Just Yet

I quite agree that we shouldn’t even seriously consider ditching the traditional sermon!

A Lesson (or Two) in Death

Eleazar Maduka shares an important lesson or two about death. “To the average churchgoer in many Christian circles in Nigeria, untimely death occurs when a person dies before their God-appointed time. It’s when the plan of the devil (or a person’s enemies) prevails over God’s plan. When a person dies young. Or dies just before a major breakthrough. Or immediately after a major breakthrough. Anything short of a ripe, old age is untimely and isn’t God’s plan. It’s a work of Satan.”

America’s Favorite Poison

It has been a long time since I’ve read any serious engagement with the possible drawbacks of alcohol, especially from a non-religious source. Yet here’s just such an article from The Atlantic. “Regardless of how much Americans love to drink, the country could be safer and healthier if we treated booze more like we treat cigarettes. The lack of serious discussion about raising alcohol prices or limiting its sale speaks to all the ground Americans have ceded to the ‘good guys’ who have fun. And judging by the health statistics, we’re amusing ourselves to death.”

The Eternally Wounded Christ

Here’s some theology worth pondering. “Jesus, under the figure of the slain lamb is the centerpiece of heaven. There is, in these words, a clear depiction of the ongoing visible reminder of the sufferings of Christ for the redemption of His people. There are several reasons why Jesus bears the wounds of His sufferings for all eternity. Consider the following…”

Bart Ehrman Has a Change of Heart

Bart Ehrman has always been a fascinating and frustrating character. Lately he seems to have had a change of heart about the non-existence of God.

Reading Challenge Spreadsheet

If you are participating in this year’s Christian Reading Challenge, you may want to grab a copy of this spreadsheet. (Click on File, then Make a Copy, and it will add it to your Google Drive.)

Scientists Finally Pin Down Why Stress Turns Our Hair Gray

It’s always funny to me how many very “normal” occurrences (like hair turning gray) have remained a mystery to scientists. But maybe this one has now been solved. “According to a study published today in Nature, there is in fact a direct link between stress and graying. Over the past two decades, researchers have found preliminary evidence that stress plays at least a small role in initiating the graying process. But our understanding of how that works has been murky — until now.”

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of