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A La Carte (April 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include a massive sale on excellent commentary sets as well as a few solid books.

Amazon has a large selection of board games on sale today.

Why I Don’t Sit With My Husband at Church

This is a rather thought-provoking article. “For my husband and me, offering hospitality has meant breaking down a common church practice: sitting together as a family. Here are five reasons why we often separate on Sunday mornings…”

A Special Commemorative Issue for R.C. Sproul

There is a special commemorative issue of Tabletalk for R.C. Sproul that’s available for free download.

Pastors & Churches: Don’t Celebrate Brokenness

“Have you noticed the latest buzz word tossed around Christian circles? Brokenness. Listen, and you will hear it. Songs in worship gatherings and on Christian radio contain it. Churches use it on their websites to describe their culture to potential visitors. Pastors and leaders stand on stage and explain how broken they are and how their church is a place for broken people. Congregants use the word to describe themselves. Brokenness has never been so popular.”

The Ugly Coded Critique of Chick-Fil-A’s Christianity

Here’s an interesting take on the critiques of Chick-Fil-A. “The fast-food chain’s ‘infiltration’ of New York City ignores the truth about religion in America. It also reveals an ugly narrow-mindedness.”

What’s the Hardest Place to Break Into in the World? (Video)

Not that I’d recommend breaking into this place or any other place, but it’s still fun to think about: What’s the most secure place in the world?

9 Things You Should Know About the Creation of Modern Israel

“On Wednesday and Thursday, the modern state of Israeli celebrated the 70th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. Here are nine things you should know about the creation of the modern Israeli state.”

You Never Outgrow the Gospel

I enjoyed this brief video in which Jerry Bridges tells why you never outgrow the gospel.

Flashback: Don’t Tweet That Sermon!

While people sit and listen to the speaker, they grab ahold of memorable phrases, type them down, and send them out to the world via social media. Is it a good idea to tweet during a sermon?

You’ve been saved from the worst thing that could ever happen to you, and for the best thing that could ever happen to you!

—Blake Boylston

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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.

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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.

  • 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.