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Weekend A La Carte (December 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good list to kick off a new month—even Hannah Anderson’s brand new one on discernment.

This month’s free book from Christian Audio is Augustine’s Confessions. You’ll find several others by or about him heavily discounted. Also, they are having their twice-yearly sale where almost all downloads are just $7.49.

This month’s freebie from Logos is one you’ll definitely want to add to your library. It certainly won’t hurt your library to add the additional two titles that are $2.99 and $4.99.

(Yesterday on the blog: On the Death of John Allen Chau)

The Curious Case of the Growth Conference

This is a cheeky article that makes a good point. “I went to a conference recently that left a rather curious taste in the mouth. If you’ve been around the church for a while, especially in a leadership capacity, you may even have been to it yourself. It was called the Growth conference, and it was all about how people can get bigger. The speakers were all large people, especially the Americans. The audience, if conversations in the coffee queue were anything to go by, were all there because they wanted to be large themselves. It was fascinating.”

Christianity Must Be Strange

Wyatt Graham: “Christianity is delightfully weird. And we really cannot make sense of life without this weirdness. A simple question illustrates why: Why is there something and not nothing? Because God created it. God is Spirit. And he and angelic beings maintain the world. Everything somehow has its origin in a spiritual being.”

Kids Are So Addicted to Fortnite They’re Being Sent to Gamer Rehab

You sure hear a lot about Fortnite these days. “More than 200 million people have registered to play Fortnite, which has become a billion-dollar business for its creator, Epic Games Inc. Some desperate parents have sent their kids to rehab. ‘This game is like heroin,’ said Lorrine Marer, a British behavioral specialist who works with kids battling game addiction. ‘Once you are hooked, it’s hard to get unhooked.’”

Screen Accountability Coming Soon

Here’s some really good news from Covenant Eyes as they update their software to keep up with the times. It’s ambitious but will be amazing if they can deliver!

On Earth As In Heaven (Video)

“Christmas, 1968 and we first saw ‘earthrise’. But our mission to the heavens was a reflection of the first Christmas — God’s mission to earth.”

The Great Exchanges of Romans

Sinclair Ferguson discusses the “great exchanges” of Romans. He says, “The gospel of Romans can be summarized in one word: exchange.”

5 Reasons to Hit Pause on Video Venue Preaching

“While many churches use video venue to great effect, I have not seen as many people thinking through its implications. In this article, I want to raise five questions that churches should wrestle with before using video preaching.” Please think these things through!

Flashback: The Counter-Cultural Vocation of Homemaking

My wife chose a rare and counter-cultural vocation. She chose a vocation that was once very respected but is now viewed with some shame.

Christ’s Call to Reform the Church

This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers who are promoting John MacArthur’s book Christ’s Call to Reform the Church: Timeless Demands from The Lord to His People. I continue to be thankful for each and every blog sponsor.

God’s desire for your family is to be a Trinity-displaying, God-glorifying, disciple-making unit.

—Chap Bettis

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