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12 Things – Mark Altrogge challenges us with twelve things to do when we’re criticized. “We will all be criticized at one time or another. Sometimes justly, sometimes unjustly. Sometimes others’ criticism of us is harsh and undeserved. Sometimes we may need it. How do we respond to criticism?”

10 Questions – Trevin Wax says this: “Debate moderators and reporters love to ask pro-life candidates hard questions about abortion. Curiously, they don’t do the same for pro-choice candidates. Here are 10 questions you never hear a pro-choice candidate asked by the media…” They’re great questions.

1 Apology – Here is the apology that Lance Armstrong will never give. I share this because it displays just how deep-rooted our sin and deception go. Once we begin, it’s hard to stop. Most people think Armstrong just doped, but look how much more he did in order to maintain the illusion that he was clean.

He Leaned on God – Here’s the story of Josh Willingham, a professional athlete who has learned to depend upon the Lord.

The Casual Vacancy – I’ve seen J.K. Rowlings book out and about, but haven’t read any reviews from a Christian perspective until now. Jim Hamilton says, “This is a book that does what Hamlet told the players they should do: hold the mirror up to nature. And nature isn’t pretty.”

Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • How can you mumble

    How Can You Mumble?

    Some of my most meaningful moments of public worship have been in settings where I did not speak the language. I have stood with a congregation in rural Zambia as they’ve clapped and moved and praised the Lord in Bemba, a language that is utterly unknown to me. I’ve sat with a congregation in the…

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    A La Carte (June 3)

    A La Carte: Life doesn’t always turn out like we thought it would / Hope for fallen Christians / AI as theological babel fish / Teenagers and parental hypocrisy / Is there a preferred Bible translation Christians should use? / Logos and Kindle deals / and more.

  • A Celebration of Friendship

    A Celebration of Friendship

    I may not be going too far out on a limb when I suggest that you have probably not heard the name Anna Laetitia Barbauld. For various reasons she has been largely forgotten by history, and this despite achieving a significant level of fame in the eighteenth century. Though at one time she was a…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 1)

    A La Carte: The desegregation of Dallas Theological Seminary / 12 things that happened on the cross / How can I be a Christian in my workplace? / Five questions for our skepticism / The sanction of sin / Never let a crisis go to waste: AI, statism, and the threats to free speech /…

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Redeemer University)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Redeemer University. Get $250 off your first course when you enroll in the online Not-For-Profit Management certificate with Redeemer University! Fill out this form to get updates and to be eligible for this special offer via Challies.com Do you work for a church, school, food bank, women’s shelter, mission, ministry…

  • New and Notable Books

    New and Notable Christian Books for May 2024

    While the month of May has already almost fully waned, it has proved to be a good month for Christian book releases. I sorted through the stacks that landed on my desk and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you a sense of…