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Weekend A La Carte (December 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good collection from a few different authors.

The Christmas Miracle of the Incarnation of the Omnipresent Word

“Every year at this time as we celebrate the birth of baby Jesus to the virgin Mary, I don’t suppose it occurs to too many merrymakers that what they’re really celebrating is the incarnation. All of the other miracles are in service of that central miracle: God became man. And in becoming, through spiritual conception, the man Jesus of Nazareth, the Word of God did not cease to be God. Baby Jesus, from the moment of conception to the straw habitation of the manger, was fully God and fully man. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Eligibility and the Canada Summer Jobs Program

“Who is thinking about summer when we haven’t even celebrated Christmas? The Federal Government is, and as a Christian you should be too. Why? Because next summer many Christian churches, charities and para-church organizations will be unable to hire summer students. This is because of government changes to eligibility for the Canada Summer Jobs program.”

How To Betray Your Wife, Destroy Her Self-Worth, And Implode Your Marriage In One Easy Step

You wouldn’t want to, of course, but so many husbands do.

What’s the Deal With Airline Food?

I spend a lot of time on planes, so enjoyed this article. “Airline food: butt of jokes, favorite subject of ’90s stand-up comedy routines, butt of jokes about ’90s stand-up comedy routines. It’s also the passion of Nikos Loukas, the primary voice behind the 4-year-old website and its associated Instagram account, a hypnotic scroll of seat-back trays and tiny wine bottles that counts more than 12,000 followers.”

9 Things You Should Know About Christmas Traditions

Joe Carter shares 9 things you should know about various Christmas traditions.

My Philosophy of Preaching the Word in Corporate Worship

Geoffrey R. Kirkland talks about the four features that drives his philosophy of preaching.

Mary, Did You Know? What the Catholic Church Believes About the Mother of Jesus

Tom Schreiner helps us understand the Catholic view of Mary in opposition to the Protestant view.

Flashback: Why We Know So Little About Jesus’ Birth

When it comes to the birth of Jesus, we get all the details we need to understand one thing with the utmost clarity: Jesus comes as the least.

Matthew’s genealogy includes the outcast, scandalous, and foreigner. The family Jesus comes from anticipates the family he has come for.

—Sam Allberry

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • 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…