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A La Carte (December 18)

This is the rare day when I was not able to track down any interesting Kindle deals. There have been lots of good ones over the past days, though, so if you haven’t seen them, check the A La Carte archives. And now, some links:

A Date Night Fool’s Gold

J.A. Medders has a helpful follow-up to my recent article called You Don’t Need a Date Night. He says, “If you stack up all of the time you spend as a married couple, date nights are a puny fraction of time in your married life. The piled up moments during the week can be just as, if not more, thrilling and fortifying than a faux candlelight dinner and overpriced cheese board.”

Christ-Centered Silence for the Noisy Advent Season

“We all have extra events in December. Whether for work, school, church, or the community, seasonal social opportunities keep us occupied. We assume everyone is ‘crazy busy.’ It’s a noisy season, one of music and cheer. To enjoy the season to its fullest, then, one of the most significant disciplines we can practice both individually and corporately is ‘Christ-centered silence.’”

Did Jesus Even Exist?

Michael Kruger responds to the most recent attack on the historicity of Jesus. “The reason most Christmas articles simply want to rewrite the story of Jesus is because virtually all scholars agree–liberal and conservative alike–that there is little reason to doubt his existence.”

7 Ways to Become a Better Sermon Listener

Almost all of us need help here, don’t we?

This Day in 1953. 62 years ago today, Ed Welch was born. Happy Birthday, Ed!

Shepherd the Flock of God That Is Among You

I very much appreciate what Darryl communicates here.

Does Your Church Need to Die?

Ray Ortlund levels the challenge: “If you are not satisfied that your church is living proof of the risen Lord, here’s a crazy thought. Maybe your church needs to die, in order to live. And I don’t mean change the style of music. I mean something deeper.”

Ad Blockers Will Force Reforms in Online Marketing

This is a good article on the prevalence of ad blockers and the problems that cause people to use them.


God eternal became a child so that through his life, death and resurrection, we would become the children of God.

—Paul Tripp

I’ve got 20 codes for a free download of the audiobook of Do More Better. Click here and use coupon code CHALLIES. If it works, you’re in the first 20. If not, sorry!

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    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.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.