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Weekend A La Carte (February 1)


Today’s Kindle deals include all kinds of good books, highlighted by Kelly Needham’s new book Friendish. Also be sure to consider The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson. There is also a whole collection of general market monthly deals you may want to browse through.

Yesterday on the blog I reviewed and recommended Mercy for Today by Jonathan Parnell (my review).

What Is Common Grace (and Why Should We Care?)

“It’s been my observation over the past few years that believers are not well acquainted with this area of theology. This lack of familiarity is unfortunate because the doctrine of common grace can offer significant insight into our Christian experience, if rightly understood and applied. I see at least three reasons why Christians should become conversant with the doctrine of common grace (what we could also call God’s common goodness). Here are three reasons to become well-acquainted with the doctrine of common grace.”

The Punishing Signal (Video)

You’ll especially enjoy this if you’ve ever been to India.

Finding Life in a Life Sentence

Here’s an interesting one from WORLD. “Serial killer David Berkowitz tries to finish well in a circumstance that drives many to despair.”

Sign Stealing Scandal

This person did some amazing, perhaps even obsessive, work on solving the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.

How Far Am I Willing to Go to Not Stumble a Believer? (Video)

I’m not quite sure that the title exactly captures what Conrad Mbewe teaches here, but it’s close, at least.

Half of US Churches Now Enlist Armed Security

What a strange and unexpected reality, that half of the churches in America now have armed security to protect their worshippers.

Is Secondhand Screen Time the New Secondhand Smoking?

Hmm. “The Environmental Protection Agency first warned of secondhand smoke in 1991, some 30 years after scientists determined that smoking cigarettes causes cancer. Today, a growing body of research points toward a new indirect health hazard. Just as frequently being around other people while they smoke can cause cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other ailments, what I call ‘secondhand screen time’ could be endangering children.”

Flashback: How Much Entertainment Is Too Much?

Our purpose in life is not entertainment. God’s mandate to Adam called for dominion not distraction. Jesus’s commission to his followers called for full-out commitment. We were made to work, not play.

There is a great irony that in a culture which increasingly encourages everyone to be true to themselves, people are going to ever greater lengths to alter reality online.

—Matt Fuller

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