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A La Carte (December 8)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few excellent titles on evangelism, scripture, and the Trinity.

I mentioned that yesterday was the bi-annual board game day at Amazon. For some reason they always follow it the next day with a sale on Melissa & Doug toys (which our kids loved when they were little).

Helen Roseveare (1925-2016)

Justin Taylor tells about the life of Helen Roseveare who died yesterday at the age of 91. Also, Catherine Mackenzie shares a memory.

He Came Down (Video)

Be sure to watch this sweet, poetic telling of the Christmas story.

The Crown, The Pastorate, and Hidden Vulnerability

This is a really solid article by Trevin Wax.

The Unseen Misery of Christmas

“The pain of broken relationships is more real for people at Christmas than at any other time of the year. Even while we enjoy the company of others around the table, we remember those who are not with us, because they have died or are distant from us.”

Film Review: Moana

What a fantastic, insightful film review!

Brushing Your Teeth with Your Finger

“Preach the gospel to yourself. You’ve likely heard that phrase. You’ve maybe even said it. I know I have, and I’ll continue to say it. I believe the discipline of preaching the gospel to yourself is a tremendous discipline and benefit to the Christian life. But…”

This Day in 1691. 325 years ago today English puritan minister Richard Baxter died. He authored nearly 200 works, including hymns and was known as a peacemaker seeking unity among Protestants. *

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper (Video)

TIME gives the story behind the iconic photo. They’re doing the same for all 100 of their top-100 photos of all time.

14 Words of Advice for Guest Preachers

These are good: “Through many trials and travails of my own, I have gathered for you 14 tried-and-true rules of thumb to which I try to adhere when I am called upon to be a guest preacher.”

The Christmas Volunteers (Video)

I enjoyed this little video from Igniter Media.

Flashback: Homemaking In Light of Eternity

The woman who devotes thirty or forty years of her life to homemaking—the prime of her life, that is—is choosing to let go of certain dreams and desires.


The most offensive claim in Christianity is that God is the Creator, Owner and Judge of every person on the planet .

—David Platt

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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 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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