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O Night Divine – You may enjoy reading the backstory to the world’s worst rendition of “O Holy Night.” You may also enjoy listening to it. Or not.

Better Christmas Music – For some better Christmas music, you may want to keep an eye on Nate Fancher’s site as he is going to be releasing some free Christmas songs over the next few days.

A Complementarian Junia – Denny Burk looks at Scot McKnight’s little book Junia Is Not Alone, a defense of egalitarianism.

An InterviewWomen Alive recently interviewed me about living in a high-tech world. If you’re interested, that interview has now been posted online (in written format).

Quiet Time in a Mother’s Life – This is a helpful article from The Briefing. “There are two things you can be sure of with motherhood (or life, really). The first is that God won’t change. The second is that everything else will. Just when you think you’ve found the one, true solution – the cure for sleepless nights, or disorganization, or prayerlessness – circumstances shift sideways.”

The People Who Hate Tebow – Columnist Chuck Klosterman has written a really interesting article trying to figure out Tim Tebow. I agree with Denny Burk who writes, “I don’t think that Tebow’s defiance of the odds in football games is what’s the most remarkable thing about him. What’s remarkable is that he behaves like a regenerate person in the midst of a professional culture that revels in debauchery. Having said that, it is wrong to interpret Tebow’s victories on the field as the reward for his behavior. That could all change at any moment.”

The sinner, apart from grace, is unable to be willing and unwilling to be able.

—W.E. Best

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    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. Help The Persecuted rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of persecuted believers in the Islamic World through spiritual support and tangible help. Every week, they send out an email with specific, real-time prayer requests of persecuted believers to their global Prayer Network. You can join the…

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    A La Carte (March 1)

    A La Carte: Rumblings of revival among Gen Z / Addition by subtraction / Seeing red / Burying the talents of the Great Rewarder / Inviting evaluation of your preaching / Book and Kindle deals / and more.

  • New and Notable Books

    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

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    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.