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A La Carte (April 13)


There is a good-sized list of Kindle deals to look through today. And with that out of the way, we will get right on to the links…

The Art of Remembering How Good You Really Have It

“In these days, I miss the sense of security I had when I stopped and chatted with friends. I miss the freedom to go places and do things, to see the inside of stores and restaurants, to watch my kids play sports and perform dance recitals. I miss my church. I miss the rhythm of a school and work week. The things that I used to complain about—the busy schedule, the nonstop carpooling, the demands of a busy and boisterous church life—are all things that I now look back on sentimentally.”

Answering Questions about Apple and Google’s Contact-Tracing Project

You’ve no doubt heard by now that Apple and Google are teaming up on a project that will allow contact tracing. The Verge explains it and answers some common questions. Most notable: Is this just a surveillance system in disguise?

The Things We Are Learning

Matthew Hosier: “Three weeks in (I think it’s 3 weeks but am losing track of the days): how are you doing with lockdown? There are things we’re learning through this. Here are some of mine.”

Walmart CEO Says We’re in the ‘Hair Color’ Phase of Panic Buying

“After stocking up on food and consumable products, shoppers turned to puzzles, games and other timeless forms of entertainment as well as education, he said. Now, sales are showing that — without the ability to venture to a hair salon — folks are getting shaggy.” We are, indeed!

Denominations in the American Religious Experience

Robert Godfrey provides a brief account of denominations in the American religious experience.

10 Concise Pieces of Evidence for the Resurrection

George Sinclair rounds them up.

How to Stack Playing Cards (Video)

If you’re looking at something to occupy the time…

Flashback: What Haunts Me About the Humboldt Bus Disaster

As I have reflected on the disaster, there is a thought that continues to haunt me. It’s the thought of young people who have heard the gospel, but haven’t yet decided what to do about it.

We are adopted into God’s family through the resurrection of Christ from the dead in which he paid all our obligations to sin, the law, and the devil, in whose family we once lived. Our old status lies in his tomb. A new status is ours through his resurrection.

—Sinclair Ferguson

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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.

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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)

    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.