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Weekend A La Carte (November 9)

Today’s Kindle deals include a handful of classics.

Not surprisingly, Westminster Books is featuring deals on Christmas-related books (both for personal reading and for giving away to others).

(Yesterday on the blog: The Creaking on the Stairs)

3 Ways to Stay Christian During Election Season

It’s not difficult to foresee that the next year in America has the potential to be extremely polarizing. Jared Wilson: “Barring an abstention from or ambivalence about politics altogether, how can we avoid getting caught up in the fray? How can Christians participate in our electoral privileges, and even discuss and debate relevant issues, without compromising our witness? Here are three ways I’d suggest we can wisely engage in the upcoming election cycle without losing perspective on what matters more than who wins or loses.”

Visualize the Entire World’s Wealth

This infographic shows the different levels of average wealth per adult around the world.

New and Old Garments

“There are parts of the Bible I’ve read so many times that I’m prone to mistake familiarity with them for understanding of them. But once in a while, when I set my familiarity aside, I can actually take a look at what’s actually there.” Speaking personally, this is a part of the Bible I have to look up every single time I read it as I invariably forget the point Jesus is making in it.

A New Calling

WORLD profiles Dr. Anthony Levatino who, from 1977 to 1985, “performed nearly 1,200 first- and second-trimester abortions as a routine part of his residency and later obstetrics and gynecology practice at Albany Medical Center in New York.” But then a tragedy forever changed his life and convictions.

Professional vs Beginner Opera Singer (Video)

This is sheer silliness, but incredibly entertaining.

Good Firefighters Don’t Rush

Being good friends with a paramedic, I’ve observed the same is true of them. “You think you want a rushed firefighter, he said. But only rookie firefighters do that. The experienced firefighters know that hurry puts lives at risk. Hurry gets in the way of saving lives. A frantic firefighter is not a good firefighter.”

Your Unfulfilled Desires are a Treasury, Not a Tragedy

This is comforting. “Whether it pertains to romance and sexuality, career, sickness and disease, parenting, or ministry, many assume that to live with unmet expectations is an insufferable misery that must be resolved as quickly as possible. However, the Bible offers a different perspective. It reveals that while we are fixated on what we don’t have, God’s focus is on what we are becoming for the sake of His purpose.”

Flashback: Joyfully Lifting Malformed Hands in Worship

Please pray that our little son will someday joyfully lift his hands, formed and malformed, in heartfelt worship to the King who in love and mysterious providence saw fit to have him walk this path—even when he can’t know exactly why it had to be so.

Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.

—George Whitefield

  • Tell Me

    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.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • 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