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The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler’s book The Explicit Gospel is free this month at ChristianAudio.

Bart Ehrman Is At It Again – “Someone turned my attention to an article in the Huffington Post by Bart Ehrman called ‘Who Wrote the Bible and Why it Matters.’ The essence of the article is an argument that the Bible contains lies. Most specifically, these lies surround the authorship of individual books of the Bible which claim to be written by one person and, in fact, are not.”

Judge Not – What did Jesus mean when he said “Judge Not?” Sam Storms answers.

Persecution Update – Frontline Ministries has a persecution update from Afghanistan. This jumped out at me: “There are 48,000 mosques in the country–but not a single church building.”

A Break Through the Clouds – Here’s a great article for a pastor to read on a Monday. Pastor Tim Bridges reflects on a month’s vacation and what it taught him about the ministry. Also for the pastor, St. Helen’s Bishopgate has posted their most recent Preaching Matters interview.

Top Ten Newly Discovered SpeciesNational Geographic has information about ten new species of plants and animals discovered in 2012.

The Gospel in Our Jerusalem – Matt Chandler: “Why do we struggle so much with heralding the gospel in Jerusalem? Why are we comfortable with hopping on a plane and sharing the good news to a people we’ve never met yet uncomfortable with sharing the good news to our neighbors and co-workers, those we know and see every day?”

There is little virtue in the beauty which calls attention to itself; modest beauty is the last to extol its own charms.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • 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.

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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.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…