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Weekend A La Carte (December 24)

I’ll keep looking for Kindle deals, but haven’t found anything yet.

If you’re looking for a movie to enjoy with the family tonight, Amazon has $0.99 movie rentals at the moment (about 50,000 to choose from). Browse the list here and use coupon code MOVIE99. It can be used just once per account.

Amazing Animals 2016

Here are some amazing animal photos from 2016. On a downright hilarious note, try this video called Planet Earth II: Screams.

Pastor, Am I a Christian?

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has a fascinating written Q&A with Tim Keller.

An Odd Sort of Mercy

“Evangelical Christians have fallen too much into the habit of believing God exists to affirm our deepest desires, whether material or sexual. We have forgotten that sometimes God, for reasons of His own, calls us to nail our desires to that ugly, painful, bitter cross.”

Actresses, Amphetamines, and Old Hollywood’s Exploitation Scheme

It seems that Hollywood has always been a dark place. This article shows just how dark and brutal it was for actresses in the early days. “With strict contracts, morality clauses, and minimal child labor laws, studio bosses were able to push child stars at breakneck pace.” And they did.

The Deep Sea

A Russian fisherman has been sharing photos of creatures his nets have hauled up from the bottom of the ocean. You’ll think twice next time you dip your foot in an ocean.

Snakes in the Bed

And speaking of terrifying animals, here’s a missionary encounter with a snake. In a bed. I presume every missionary knows it will come to this sooner or later.

This Day in 1818. 198 years ago today Austrian church organist Franz Gruber composed a melody for the poem ‘Silent Night’ written earlier by pastor Joseph Mohr. *

Why Do Airlines Oversell Tickets?

In all my traveling, I’ve only missed out on a seat once due to overselling. But it sure is annoying when it happens. This video explains why airlines oversell seats and how they try to get the formula just right.

The Fullness of God Dwelled in a Womb

Jared Wilson: “Omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, utter eternalness and holiness dwelled in a tiny person. This makes Santa coming down a chimney seem a logistical cakewalk.”

Flashback: Why We Know So Little About Jesus’ Birth

When it comes to Jesus’ birth, God does not give us all the details we want, but he always gives us the details we need.

5 Surprising Advantages to Online Seminary Education

My gratitude goes to MBTS for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors keep the blog going!

Christians believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. Materialists believe in the virgin birth of the cosmos. Choose your miracle.

—Glen Scrivener

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • 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…