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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

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…