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Weekend A La Carte (March 17)

Weekend A La Carte

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of newer books and a couple of older ones.

The Logos deals keep piling up! You can get some great deals on commentaries…

(Yesterday on the blog: Why Some People Aren’t Christians)

When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home

They are taking over America!

Gray Hair Belongs on the Front Lines

David Gundersen writes, “I don’t know all the details of these other situations. But I want you to know something about our situation: That’s not how I view you. Not at all. I don’t view you all as a bunch of senior citizens in the caboose of our church, hanging onto the e-brake with all your might. You’re not a wall, or a speed bump, or a backseat driver.” Does your church value the older saints among you?

Andrew Peterson – Is He Worthy? (Video)

Be sure to check out the video for Andrew Peterson’s new song “Is He Worthy?” (See also Andrew Peterson’s New Song for the People). Also, is the Max Hsu who was involved with this video the one from the old Christian band Church of Rhythm (and Superchick)?

What is the Most Recent Manuscript Count for the New Testament?

Sean McDowell: “With the initial release of Evidence that Demands a Verdict in 1972, my father helped popularize the ‘bibliographic test’ for the reliability of the New Testament. Essentially, the bibliographic test examines the textual transmission by which a document reaches us.” He updates some of that crucial data.

Rob Bell, Fundamentalist

Owen Strachan takes a look at the new Rob Bell documentary The Heretic.

Why are There no Chairs inside the Tabernacle?

“The Bible indicates that, for the priests serving in the tabernacle, there was no sitting on the job either. Consider the furnishings in the tabernacle. There was an altar, a large basin for washing, curtains, a table, an ark, and a lamp stand. Interestingly, there is no chair in the tabernacle.” Why not?

The Subtle Nudges That Could Unhook Us From Our Phones

You’ve decided to reclaim your morning commute by spending it on something substantive. No more bottomless Instagram feeds and auto-playing YouTube videos for you! So out the door you stride with that week’s New Yorker wedged beneath your arm, a new episode of Flash Forward playing in your ear, or the latest Jesmyn Ward novel cued up on your Kindle app. So far so substantive. But it doesn’t last. You’ve nearly reached the bus stop when the assault on your attention begins with a notification about… notifications.”

Announcing the Open Book Podcast: Season One Featuring R.C. Sproul

“Open Book is a new weekly podcast about the power of books and the people they’ve shaped. In season one, host Stephen Nichols shares never-before-heard moments with R.C. Sproul in his home library.” Sounds like it’s worth subscribing to.

Flashback: What Is The Measure of a Great Book?

The more I read, the harder I can find it to answer this question: What is a good book? What are the marks of an especially good book?

He suffered as God because only God had the power to save; He suffered as Man because only man owed the debt.

—Michael Horton

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

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    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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    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…