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A La Carte (August 11)

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I am trying out a slightly revised format for A La Carte. If you receive this via RSS or email, the formatting ought to improve over the next few days, so bear with me.

An Abortion Testimony: It Matters to This One

This powerful and moving account was written by Latayne Scott, author of The Mormon Mirage.

How America’s Lost Colony Vanished

Artifacts suggest that some members of the ill-fated English settlement on Roanoke Island survived and assimilated with Native Americans.


Here’s a fascinating visualization of nuclear detonations from 1945 to present.

This day in 1778: Pastor and hymnwriter Augustus Toplady died from tuberculosis. The day he died he was crying out “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly!” His best-known hymn remains a favorite today: “Rock of Ages.” (read more)

9Marks Mailbag

The 9Marks mailbag is always worth reading. This time around Jonathan Leeman comments on: Why “Disowning” Family Members Isn’t an Option; Term Limits for Elders; Expedited Church Discipline; and Can I Leave My Family’s Church?

Missing the Target

“Over the weekend, Target became the next corporate power, after Amazon, to rid themselves of all gender designations and labels for children’s toys and bedding.” Grant Castleberry comments for CBMW.

Hope for the Unhappily Single

“There is a new and widespread epidemic in our nation and even in our churches. It’s called the not-yet-married life.”


It is better to preach five words of God’s Word than five million words of man’s wisdom.

— C.H. Spurgeon

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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: 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.

  • 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.