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A La Carte (December 13)

Today’s Kindle deals include picks by D.A. Carson, C.S. Lewis, and several others. There are some good choices there.

I’ve often mentioned the Circle device for protecting your family online (my review). They’ve just updated the app with some excellent features that extend the functionality. Here are details on version 1.4.

Why My First Church Hire Was A Woman, And Yours Should Be Too

After visiting Niddrie Community Church and 20schemes in Edinburgh, I asked Mez McConnell to write this article and tell why he believes a church should (often) hire a woman as its first hire after the lead pastor.

Five Myths About the Ancient Heresy of Gnosticism

Gnosticism is the heresy that never dies. Michael Kruger address 5 common myths about it.

The Too Visible Church

Now here’s an interesting question: Can the visible church sometimes be too visible?

The Neuroscience of Imagination (Video)

“Imagine, for a second, a duck teaching a French class. A ping-pong match in orbit around a black hole. A dolphin balancing a pineapple. You probably haven’t actually seen any of these things. But you could imagine them instantly. How does your brain produce an image of something you’ve never seen? Andrey Vyshedskiy details the neuroscience of imagination.”

Healthy Churches Around the World

9Marks just released an entire series of articles talking about the state of the church in countries around the world. Use these articles to inform your prayers!

10 Things You should Know about God’s Omnipresence

Sam Storms continues his excellent “10 Things” series. There is probably lots you don’t know about God’s omnipresence!

This Day in 1823. 193 years ago today Anglican clergyman William W. How was born. How was known for his work among the poor in East London. He also wrote 50 hymns, including “For All the Saints” one of my absolute favorite hymns (especially this Indelible Grace version). *

Why Didn’t God Send Jesus Right After Adam and Eve Sinned?

Randy Alcorn takes a shot at answering a tricky question.

How Far Away Can You Get From Everybody Else? (Video)

Here’s the kind of question introverts ask.

Wondering if You’re the Next Pastor to Fall

Dave Harvey: “The plunge of any pastor represents the potential for every pastor. As we open the letter to read the news, we must accept the invitation to look at ourselves (1 Cor. 10 12). We must answer the offer to think. And if you’re a lead pastor, you must think hard, as if the future of your family and your church depends upon the outcome. After all, it might.”

Flashback: Evernote Owns Me

Evernote owns me. Evernote knows things about me that I myself have long since forgotten. Evernote is my external brain, my electronic memory. It is one of the best parts of living in a digital age and has quickly become one of my most indispensable electronic tools.


Hospitals discharge many cases as incurable. But there are no incurable cases under the gospel.

—J.C. Ryle

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Help The Persecuted)

    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 (March 1)

    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.

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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 (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.