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Weekend A La Carte (December 29)


Today’s Kindle deals include a small collection of classics that are worthy of your attention.

Recently on Twitter I’ve been asking for suggestions of more blogs and bloggers I should read and have been specifying various countries or continents. So if you know of Christian bloggers (who are writing in English) I ought to read in Latin America, Africa, India, or the Philippines (or pretty much anywhere else that isn’t Canada, the US, or the UK) feel free to let me know one way or another.

Blasphemy Trials

You thought blasphemy trials were a vestige of the past? That’s not true at all. “We are all going to commit blasphemy. The big question that faces us today is, is there forgiveness for the blasphemy you commit? The powers of this world demands your blood for your blasphemy. Blasphemy against the God of the Bible demands blood as well. However…”

Giving Up Our Rights

This is such a key to Christian living. “Consider the formula: Giving up rights = Gospel advancement. Rights are those preferences and freedoms we enjoy as Christians related to what we eat, drink, and enjoy and even some things that we are owed or deserve.”

The Book of Hebrews

Michael Kruger is leading a long study of Hebrews. Though he leads the study for women, it’s perfectly useful for men as well. That study has a nice new homepage where you can get the notes, watch the videos, and so on.

Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2018

Christianity Today rounds them up. “Each year, on an almost daily basis, archaeological discoveries help us better understand the Bible and affirm its details about people, events, and culture. Below are the top excavation findings reported in 2018 which have increased our knowledge of the biblical world and the early history of Christianity.”

2019 Reading Challenge for Kids and Teens

If you’re interested in a reading challenge for kids or teens, here’s one from Redeemed Reader. (For adults, I’ve got the 2019 Christian Reading Challenge.)

5 BIG Surprises in The Letters to Timothy and Titus

Here are some interesting reflections from Robert Yarbrough who wrote a commentary on the Letters to Timothy and Titus.

Why Modern Christians Should Obey the 10 Commandments

Kevin DeYoung tells why today’s Christians still need to obey the 10 Commandments.

Flashback: Strength = Good, Weakness = Bad

Jesus was weak. Paul rejoiced in his own weakness. And yet we are still afraid and ashamed to be weak. We would rather feign strength than admit weakness.

A gracious soul may look through the darkest cloud and see God smiling on him.

—Thomas Brooks

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    This giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Attention all Bible scholars, believers in the power of faith, and lovers of the Word! Learn about God’s divine mercy and compassion with our exclusive Bible Study Giveaway. Win the ultimate bible study library including Overflowing Mercies by author and Bible teacher Craig Allen Cooper. This giveaway also…

  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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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…