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Weekend A La Carte (January 28)

Today’s Kindle deals include several solid picks. You’ll want to give them a look, I think.

On Board with Waterboarding?

Richard Phillips: “Most alarming to me has been the support of waterboarding and other forms of torture among evangelical Christians. To my surprise and indignation, instead of applying the obvious implications of the Sixth Commandment, Christian leaders have lined up in support of waterboarding.”

Caught in a Dragnet

Mandy Belz reports on the precarious situation for Christians in Turkey.

The Gimli Glider

I’ve always loved the story of the Gimli Glider (though I’m glad I wasn’t aboard). Note that there’s one swear word worked into the story.

Justification by Attendance

This is bang-on: “As kids, I bet most of us reading this post probably hated math—all the subtracting, borrowing, and dividing. These are all words that make pastors nervous. No wonder teachers called them ‘problems.’ But as we aged and began ministry, something miraculous happened and we suddenly fell in love with numbers.”

Churches on Super Bowl Sunday

A surprising number of churches are going to modify their day somehow to adjust for Super Bowl Sunday.

This Day in 1499. 518 years ago today Katherine von Bora, a German nun who married Martin Luther, was born. She was 26 and Luther 41 the day they were married. *

Marital Love Must Be Superlative

Here is wisdom on marriage from the Puritans.

Can Loved Ones in Heaven Look Down on Me?

John Piper answers this one.

Flashback: How To Offend a Room Full of Calvinists

It’s not actually all that hard…

Study the Gospels with Eyes on the Gospel

I’m grateful to The Gospel Project for sponsoring the blog this week.

I grant you that true repentance is never too late, but I warn you at the same time, late repentance is seldom true.

—J.C. Ryle

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • 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…

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    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.