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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

  • 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

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.