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A La Carte (December 10)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some devotionals from Crossway. (While it’s not a Christian book, Bill Bryson’s The Body is on sale today; I found it a fascinating read, though you need to be willing to see design where he sees evolution.)

(Yesterday on the blog: My Top 10 Books of 2020)

Leah

I think you’ll enjoy reading this sweet article about a woman named Leah. “Leah died at home one year ago this week on the Lord’s Day. She stepped into glory as the rest of the saints at 2RP in Indianapolis were stepping into the church building. She struggled with chronic illness, so we knew her days on earth were coming to an end. Her death was not a surprise, but her life was a delightful surprise.”

Economics for Church Leaders: Understanding ‘The Economy’

Joe Carter has put together a really helpful article on understanding what is meant by “the economy.”

An Empty Chair at Christmas

“I’m sure you have tried to lift it, and maybe you feel like this time of year is another opportunity to hopelessly carry the burden. The heaviness of death that Christmas has the tendency to bring is the reason Jesus came.”

Died: Walter Hooper, Who Gave His Life to C.S. Lewis’s Legacy

CT has quite a lengthy obituary for Walter Hooper, the man who committed his life to helping us encounter the writings of C.S. Lewis.

Finding New Life in Your Anxiety

If you’ve heard of Paul Miller’s “J-Curve” but haven’t figured out the concept, you may find this article illuminating. “It’s life-changing if you understand and then apply what he’s saying (which is really what the Apostle Paul is saying, which is really what Jesus is saying). As I read, I’ve been reminded of how anxiety, which I’ve long dealt with, can actually be a path to finding new life. Here, my aim is to explain how and offer an example.”

Stop Saying “Toxic”

I’d tend to agree that “toxic” is generally an imprecise and unhelpful word (even if an increasingly popular one).

Themelios 45.3

If you’re looking for some theological reading, you may be interested in the latest issue of Themelios which is available for download or online reading.

Flashback: The Dark Side of Christian Celebrity

We read the rumors, we spread the rumors, we stand back and watch them fall. The effort we once put into raising them, we now put into destroying them.

None of us gets our dream in the way that we dreamt it, because none of us is writing our own story. God, in his love, writes a better story than we could ever write for ourselves.

—Paul David Tripp

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