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Thanksgiving: A Lifestyle, Not A Holiday

R.C. Sproul, Jr:

If it is true that all men exist, were made to glorify God, our gratitude failure is not simply a failure of manners, akin to forgetting to write a thank-you card for a gift. Instead it is like adultery, like murder, like cosmic rebellion. How so? Well, a failure to be grateful is grounded in the conviction that we are due better than what we have been given. We are all born with an expectation of a certain level of comfort, a certain level of fulfillment, a certain level of pleasure. When these exceed our expectations we believe all is right with the world. We have received our due. When they fall below our expectations, however, we grumble, we complain, we howl. We scratch our heads thinking something is wrong with the universe.

Cruciform Press Christmas print book sale starts today

Just in time for Christmas, Cruciform Press has put 11 books on sale for $4.99 each:

  1. Licensed to Kill: A Field Manual for Mortifying Sin, by Brian G. Hedges
  2. Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriagee, by Joel R. Beeke
  3. Education or Imitation? Bible Interpretation for Dummies Like You and Me, by Curtis Allen
  4. Innocent Blood: Challenging the Powers of Death with the Gospel of Life, by John Ensor
  5. Getting Back in the Race: The Cure for Backsliding, by Joel R. Beeke
  6. The Organized Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Conquering Chaos, by Staci Eastin
  7. “But God…” The Two Words at the Heart of the Gospel, by Casey Lute
  8. Smooth Stones: Bringing Down the Giant Questions of Apologetics, by Joe Coffey
  9. Cruciform: Living the Cross-Shaped Life, by Jimmy Davis
  10. Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father, by Dan Cruver, John Piper, Scotty Smith, Richard D. Phillips, and Jason Kovacs
  11. Intentional Parenting: Family Discipleship by Design, by Tad Thompson

The sale ends December 1, so act now!

The Hell-Raiser

Tim Challies:

The current issue of The New Yorker has a long and unsettling feature on Rob Bell (that, unfortunately, I cannot link to as it is available to subscribers only). Written by Kelefa Sanneh and titled “The Hell-Raiser,” the article portrays Bell as a Christian leader who found himself searching for a “more forgiving faith.” Russell Moore has aptly summarized the article and some of the more salient observations of its author, including this one: “Throughout American history, the most successful church movements have not been the ones that kept up with contemporary culture, but the ones that were confident enough to tug hard against it.”

What happens when we read the Bible?

Ray Ortlund:

“Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 31:20

There are three ways a biblical promise like this — there are so many — can land on us.