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A La Carte (December 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include a couple of solid study Bibles, one of my top books of the year, and a few other interesting selections. Also, Kindle devices are on sale.

Last week I shared The Collected Best Christian Books of 2016. Yesterday I updated it with 3 new lists in case you’re still looking for something to read.

Why Do Missionaries Take Such Embarrassing Photos?

I’m glad to see Conrad Mbewe back to blogging after a long hiatus! Here he’s asking why missionaries (or Christian visitors) always want to take photos of the worst features of the place they are visiting. And he doesn’t exclude himself.

Inside the Booming Business of Adults Who Play With Toys on YouTube

I’ve been hearing a lot about this strange phenomenon: Children who spend time on YouTube watching adults open toys and even play with toys. “These channels aren’t some obscure trend hidden in random corners of the Internet. One, Fun Toys Collector, has more than 8.5 million subscribers and 12.1 billion views.”

How to Parent Without Regret

Do any of us parent entirely without regret? Probably not. Nevertheless, here are some solid thoughts on parenting from Erik Raymond.

A Journey To the Bottom of the Internet (Video)

A lot of the Internet is resting on the bottom of the sea. This video shows how they get there.

This Day in 1576. 440 years ago today Edmund Grindal sent a letter to Queen Elizabeth protesting her order to tell preachers to stop speaking so often (she felt 4 per year was enough), earning him house arrest. *

Keeping Our Commitment

Jeremy Walker puts out the call for church members to keep their commitment.

The Mystery of Chattanooga

I’ve been to Chattanooga many times, but had never heard or observed this. “At some point in time, possibly between 1875 and 1905, Chattanooga built up its roads and abandoned the first stories of the buildings in the downtown of the city, turning them into basements. Today, no one knows exactly why or how it happened.”

Spurgeon’s Love-Hate with Christmas

At times Charles Spurgeon loved Christmas and at times he hated it.

Minimizing the Risk of Abuse in Your Church

Thom Rainer has a helpful list of bullet points to at least begin minimizing the risk of sexual abuse within your church. Even better, read and implement Deepak Reju’s On Guard.

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Those who experience the grace of God in justification want to experience his grace in sanctification too.

—Sinclair Ferguson

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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.

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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.

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    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…