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Weekend A La Carte (January 2)

Logos users will want to be sure to take a look at this month’s free and heavily-discounted books. The freebie this month is a new, theologically-sound commentary on Galatians.

Today’s Kindle deals include mostly classics.

Marriage: The Beginning of a Revolution

I enjoyed reading this account of a surprisingly significant wedding. “Yesterday was packed with joy from the first rooster crow until people fell into their beds exhausted from all the yipping, cheering, and dancing they did in celebration of something that the Lord holds dear: marriage.”

How Do I Become Passionate About Bible Reading?

John Piper provides some counsel on becoming passionate about reading the Bible. “Let me start this way: John Piper does not read through the Bible every year because there is a biblical law requiring me to do it; rather, because there’s something like — I don’t know what to call it — a natural or spiritual law in my soul that sets off alarm bells if I don’t.”

Proactive and Reactive Bible Intake

Speaking of which, I found it helpful to consider the distinction between proactive and reactive Bible intake.

A Parable from the Dead

There is much that can and should be said about the allegations again Ravi Zacharias (that have now been proven true). To that end, Kyle Borg offers some helpful reflections: “Maybe it’s easy for the living to point the finger at the dead. But let’s not make it too easy. Sadly, every situation and circumstance like this is, I believe, a parable for the church. Heinous as this revelation is it’s a tired and worn truth.”

Happy New Year. Don’t Be an Esau.

“Happy New Year! What a year we just had, and I’m sure 2021 will be full of even more surprises. As you consider what the Lord would have in store for you this year, let me propose one thing: Don’t be an Esau. That is to say: Don’t trade your birthright for a bowl of soup.”

Social Media’s Expert Culture

“Social media (and internet culture more widely) has brought about substantive change in our lives, for good and ill. We can now purchase things with a couple taps, access vast amounts of research and information instantly, and connect with family and friends even while socially distancing, all from the comfort of our favorite chair in the living room. But on the flipside of these advances and innovations, our struggles and desires often play out not just for our family and friends to see but also for the wider world with the simple click of the button to post our bold assertions in order to present ourselves to others in a certain light.”

Flashback: The 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America

Newsmax recently released their picks for the 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America…It’s quite a list and has generated no small amount of response. I spent some time pondering it over the holidays and thought I’d share a few thoughts on it.

Gospel-centered parenting means: How am I going to live in front of my child like I have put all of my hope in the gospel?

—Nancy Guthrie

  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.