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A La Carte (December 3)

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I’ve probably already mentioned this, but if not, you can get 50%-70% off ESVs at Westminster Books. That’s quite a deal!

Today’s Kindle deals include quite a number of top-quality Christmas-themed books.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Beauty of Banff)

Ellen Turns A New Page

Stephen McAlpine writes about a recent news story. “Elliot Page has presented to the world, and Ellen Page is no more. And history must reflect this new reality. In the same way that statues to the past – a brutal past – were torn down this year, ready for history to be rewritten, the likes of Wikipedia were pronto onto the news.”

Here’s How That Annoying Fly Dodges Your Swatter (Video)

What remarkable creatures. (Just ignore that bit about how they evolved…)

Is It Wise to Sing Christmas Carols in Church This Year?

I know a lot of people in a lot of countries are hearing a lot of different things about the dangers (or non-dangers) of singing during COVID, and thus considering singing as either going against recommendations or as an act of civil disobedience. I appreciated when the government of Ontario said, forthrightly, that the data is “incomplete and contradictory.” Either way, this article attempts to dig through the data and come to some conclusions.

Were Early Christian Scribes Untrained Amateurs?

“In the ongoing debates about the reliability of early Christian manuscripts, and whether they have been transmitted with fidelity, it is often claimed that early Christian scribes were amateurs, unprofessional, and some probably couldn’t even read.” Michael Kruger takes issue with that.

What Explains the Left’s Hostility to Religious Liberty? It’s All About the Sexual Revolution

Al Mohler: “Why is the Left so hostile to religious liberty? One event or decision can reveal much about our cultural moment—like a flashpoint, occurrences cast a bright light on what was previously unseen.”

The Scar

Heidi Tai: “For the longest time, I assumed that the mysterious mark on my mother’s arm was merely a birthmark—a boring story. I had no idea it was sketched from life-saving courage. I learned of the car crash as a young teenager and found it hard to believe. I knew that my mother was beautiful, but I never considered her to be brave.”

The Anchor of the Unchangeable

“Though the winds of change blow around us, and though our affections for Christ ebb and flow, we find a resting place to which we return in the truth that Jesus is ‘the same yesterday, today, and forever’ (Heb. 13:8). The same Jesus who calmed the winds and the waves with a word is the same Jesus who today can calm our troubled hearts with a word (Luke 8:24).”

Flashback: Mind Your Christmas Imperatives

…the sure path to ruining Christmas is to make it an obligatory holiday or a mark of Christian maturity. Celebrating it because we believe we must or because we believe it merits some kind of favor with God is to replace gospel with law and freedom with captivity.

The tears of Christ are the pity of God. The gentleness of Jesus is the long-suffering of God. The tenderness of Jesus is the love of God.

—Alexander Maclaren

  • Free Stuff Fridays (TMAI)

    This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). They are giving away the 42-volume Essential MacArthur Library set. The Master’s Academy International (TMAI) is a worldwide network of pastoral training centers that equip indigenous church leaders to preach the word and shepherd their people. They have 19 Training Centers around…

  • The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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    A La Carte (July 12)

    A La Carte: John Piper on repetitive worship songs / Jen Wilkin says not to fear the marks in Revelation / Carl Trueman’s hope beyond politics in Europe / Bruce Ware on angels and free will / Samuel Davies’ tragic children / Book deals / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 11)

    A La Carte: The Disney princess whose heart isn’t worth following / Words of mercy and grace when we disagree / Ten reasons why the Bible is the greatest of great books / Why balance is bad for pastors / The earliest record of Jesus’s childhood / and more.

  • Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    Cognitive Decline and Common Faults

    When visiting a far-off church, I met a man who, with sadness, told me about his father’s final sermon. A lifelong pastor and preacher, his father had withdrawn from full-time ministry several years prior, but still preached from time to time. On this Sunday he took to the pulpit, read his text, and gave his…

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    A La Carte: How the GOP became pro-choice / Forgive, and be forgiven / 10 non-cringy faith-based movies / The practice of arranged marriages / Do I share the gospel now? / How to show Mormon missionaries that the Bible contradicts their gospel / and more.