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A La Carte (2/12)

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You have undoubtedly heard of the pope’s decision to resign, effective February 28. This legal-humor blog asks, Can the pope legally resign? Russell Moore suggests two of the pope’s legacies that we ought to honor and conserve. Carlton Wynne says that at a time of papal succession, “we would do well to remember the futility of all competing alternatives to the supreme and sufficient priesthood of Christ.”

I Will Not Let You Go – “I got into a fistfight last week. Well, I suppose you could call it a fistfight. I got hit about 10-12 times without landing a single punch myself. It’s been a while since I have been in a fight. As a police officer, I probably get into more fights than the average middle-aged man. But at 46, my reflexes are not what they used to be—so I got a little beat up.”

Putting Your Spouse First – “One of the greatest takeaways from my parents’ lifelong romance was to set priorities in the proper order: God first, then spouse, after the spouse the kids, and then everything else. No doubt they had a unique perspective, having been in love with each other since Dad was five and Mom was three.”

How Jesus Rescues Any of Us – Skip Ryan was pastor of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, until he resigned, having confessed an addiction to painkillers. This video shares his testimony to God’s grace in his life.

Beauty Is For Everyone – This post is from a couple of weeks ago, but I only saw it yesterday. I love the big point of it: Beauty is an artist’s gift to everyone else.

End Times Infographic – The end times was infographic I was never brave enough to take on. Josh Byers did quite a good job of it here.

A Religious Group Loses Funding – This very well may be a sign of things to come: a religious organization in Canada was receiving government funds “to help dig wells, build latrines and promote hygiene awareness in Uganda through 2014.” But because of their religious convictions, they have now lost that funding.

Train up a child in the way he should go – but be sure you go that way yourself.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    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.

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

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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.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

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