A La Carte (January 3) – Tim Challies

There are, as standard, just a few Kindle offers available at this time.

The primary sale of the yr from Westminster Books is on their top-selling books of final yr.

(Yesterday on the weblog: Searching for One thing to Learn? (Temporary Ebook Opinions))

Studying to Say “Amen”

This was an excellent problem to me, as I discover there are fairly just a few issues in life now to which I’m not too desperate to say “amen.”

2020 & Your Political Cage Match

The Kingdom of Man will get rowdy this yr. Passionate political fodder is not going to run briefly provide. Controversy is in excessive demand. There might be alternative so that you can voice your opinions about this stuff. Simple alternatives. Juicy alternatives. Proverbial political gradual pitches will come our means over house plate to belt into the grand stands. Many events will come up to leap into political cage matches and take some opportunistic swings at opponents. The battles are irresistible at occasions as of late. It’s really easy to get indignant. And generally, so enjoyable. God has a phrase for us in all this…”

The Story of Ralstonism, One in all Historical past’s Extra Weird Well being Actions

Our era is hardly the primary that appears to get so simply drawn in by weird well being fads.

True Pals Confront Sin

They do, certainly. And true buddies reply with gratitude when they’re confronted!

The Phrase of the Yr

Writing at TGC Canada, Steve Lambert covers Dictionary.com’s phrase of the yr. “On the finish of yearly, dictionary web sites select a phrase that they really feel greatest represents the yr that’s ending. They then title that phrase the phrase of the yr. For 2019, dictionary.com selected the phrase ‘existential’. You in all probability don’t use this phrase rather a lot in on a regular basis dialog (until you want utilizing large phrases), however understanding it’ll assist us perceive a bit extra about how our world thinks and it’ll helps us perceive how we should always assume as Christians.”

Not Magic, However Not Nothing

A brand new yr is just not magic, however it’s additionally not nothing. “The delicate critic seems to be at Western individuals, developing with their New Years resolutions and commitments and ‘recent begins,’ and decries it as arbitrary. ‘There may be nothing a few calendar that makes private change extra doubtless or extra fascinating,’ he may say. The fetishizing of New Years, he observes, merely fills gyms within the winter and empties them in Could. Real private transformation doesn’t look ahead to a date. It comes out of a deeper want or realization and is authentically now, awake to the realities of the second, not tethered to imprecise concepts of yearly progress. To which I might say: Sure, but additionally no.”

Abominable Enterprise

“In C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Daybreak Treader, younger King Caspian visits an island underneath his rule and discovers the territory embroiled within the slave commerce. The Narnian king calls for the lazy governor clarify why the islanders have resorted to this ‘abominable and unnatural site visitors in slaves.’ The governor’s reply? ‘Essential, unavoidable. … An important a part of the financial growth of the islands, I guarantee you.’” He may as nicely have been discussing America’s pro-abortion legal guidelines.

Flashback: If I’m Forgiven, Why Can’t I Maintain Sinning?

“If forgiveness is guaranteed and there is no longer any condemnation for me, why not sin?” This was my reply within the context of the sermon I had simply preached.

God not solely blots our sins from His document, He additionally remembers them no extra. This expression means He not holds them towards us. The blotting out of our transgressions is a authorized act. The remembering them no extra is a relational act. —Jerry Bridges

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