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A La Carte (April 7)


We have had an amazing run with Kindle deals lately, but it came to a screeching halt today. We will try again soon. In the meantime, for the committed readers, check out today’s New and Notable Books.

(Yesterday on the blog: Has There Ever Been a Better Time To Start a Blog?)

When Can We Lift the Coronavirus Pandemic Restrictions? Not Before Taking These Steps

Now that we’ve all been in lockdown (or something close to it) for a few weeks, we’re starting to wonder: How do we get back out of it? This article explains at least one route. I expect it’s going to be a long time before life returns to any semblance of normal. (See also Google Searches Can Help Us Find Emerging Covid-19 Outbreaks and Strict Lockdowns and Rapid Tests: How Poorer Countries Are Bracing for Coronavirus.)

COVID-19 and the Church’s Religious Liberty

I appreciate this plea from Andrew T. Walker. “Here’s my plea to pastors from someone who has dedicated much of their career to fighting for religious liberty: COVID-19 isn’t the occasion to have a fight over religious liberty. This isn’t a targeted assault on the church. It’s not a conspiracy to jail pastors. If bad laws result, let’s fight them. But if we believe Romans 13 is inspired (and indeed, we ought), now is a time to trust the vividness of its intent for our society. Government is here to serve us by protecting us.”

Gentleness Amid the Germs

“I’m not sure what your home has been looking like these last few weeks, but ours is starting to get a bit restless. Not restless to necessarily ‘do more’ but restless in the sense of being more easily annoyed and more easily frustrated. Buttons are pushed a little bit quicker, comments come out a little bit harsher and irritation seems to creep up a little bit faster than it did a couple of weeks ago. Our ‘flesh’ is hanging out a bit more, so to speak…and the tone is one we are having to fight against. MY tone is one I am having to fight against.”

Does God Do Miracles Today? (Video)

Tom Schreiner answers succinctly.

Something Like…

I found this one interesting. “While much has changed in my particular life due to COVID-19, much has also stayed the same. I’m thankful for both, actually. I feel like I am having a more full human experience by having to accept what I cannot change right now. I’m also finding some enjoyment in trying to find a mental construct in my brain in which to place this experience, ‘a peg to hang it on,’ so to speak…”

I’ll Have Claytons, Thanks

Tony Payne has some good things to say in this article, though I’m not sure I agree with the second half as much as the first. But I really appreciate his point that we need to embrace the reality that what we’re doing online is not church.

The Caprivi Strip

A little while ago I noticed the Caprivi Strip on a map and had to figure it out. This article explains.

Flashback: The Best Tool for the Job

A stingy investment in tools earns a stingy return, and a substantial investment in tools earns a substantial return.

The demands of following Christ will cost you everything. But you gain far more than you give up. You give up dirt for diamonds.

—Steve Lawson

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • 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.…