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A La Carte (August 14)

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We’re All Sadists Now

Carl Trueman: “DeSade’s ideal world is that to which we appear to be heading. Like him, we deny any intrinsic moral significance to sexual activity whatsoever and thus see it as something which is of no more ethical importance than buying a cup of coffee or eating a sandwich.”

The Story

You will enjoy this video which tells how it all began and how it will never end.

Exposing the Hate

“Abortion, racism, violence, moral apathy, and political posturing. This is the suffocating and nauseating smog that dominates American News. It makes Christian’s pray, ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Lord.”

This Day in 1822: James Strong was born. The great labor of Strong’s life would be Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. The concordance, which would take him thirty-five years to complete, is still widely used today. *

What To Do After You Preach

Dave Harvey has some wise counsel for preachers. “The conclusion of a sermon is a dangerous moment for the preacher.”

The Coddling of the American Mind

There are lots of interesting takeaways from this article about trigger warnings and the coddling of the American mind. “In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.”

What It’s Like When You Publish a Book

Nick’s experience of publishing his first book sounds an awful lot like mine.

Chapman

There are many who preach Christ, but not so many who live Christ. My great aim will be to live Christ.

—Robert Chapman

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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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    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: 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.