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A La Carte (10/4)

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72 Hour Sale – Westminster Books is having a great 72 hour sale (though I believe 24 of those hours have already elapsed). Quite a few new and notable books are deeply discounted. I recommend Sexual Sanity for Men, Delighting in the Trinity, and The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert.

W.E.B. DuBois Would Not Vote – Thabiti goes to history to find a lesson for the forthcoming election. “For DuBois, democracy must entail genuine choice and the proper exercise of voting rights requires actual alternatives. The ‘lesser of two evils’ was not for him the modus operandi but a terrible exception. He would view the now commonplace strategy of voting for the ‘lesser evil’ as a terrible indictment against the entire system.”

Leadership Lessons from R.A. Dickey – Here are some leadership lessons from the amazing story of R.A. Dickey, who came from nowhere to become a dominant major league pitcher. (Every baseball fan should consider reading his memoir)

No Country for Old Lyrics – Boundless pulls an important lesson from a classic rock song: sometimes songs just don’t mean anything at all.

A Christian Who Won’t Label Sexuality – I’m fascinating by the continuing discussion of human sexuality and identity that we’re seeing in the church today. I appreciate much of Mark Meynell’s contribution in The Guardian.

God’s Image at the Kitchen Table – This is a helpful little reflection on one of life’s little moments. “Math homework. I hate math homework. Sitting at the kitchen table with the books out, pencils sharpened, and calculator close to hand, I just know that it’s going to be another hair-pulling, teeth-clenching, chair-squirming experience. And that’s only if things go well.”

Kindness makes a person attractive. If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.

—Alexander MacLaren

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

  • A La Carte Friday 2

    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.