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A La Carte (February 24)

It’s slim pickings todays for Kindle deals—just two biographies.

Killed for Christ in the Amazon (Video)

Here, from the BBC, is a telling of the story of the five missionaries who were killed by the Huaorani tribesmen.

Family Christian Stores Closing

“More than two years ago, suppliers forgave Family Christian Stores $127 million in debt so that it could remain open. Today, the chain—one of the largest Christian retailers in the United States—announced it is closing all of its stores.”

The Typographical Reformation

It seems fitting to put this article next—Timothy George’s on the printing press and its impact on the Reformation.

Change the Question

Melinda Penner points out that “when confronted with direct questions about what the Bible teaches about sex, you probably need to answer a somewhat different question to give a good answer.”

What Happens When It Doesn’t Go Our Way?

Pete Stewart reflects on what happens when things just don’t go our way. This one may be especially encouraging for church planters.

Keep Learning to Lead

Gavin Ortlund: “Leadership is hard. I rank it up there with pain, parenting, and preaching as one of those things in life that we never fully master, but only hope to keep learning over a lifetime.”

Fight to Attend Your Church Weekly!

Yup. It can be a fight, but it’s definitely worth the fight.

Robust Confessionalism

“Should a church use a confession of faith? If so, how robust should that confession be?” Tom Ascol takes a stab at an answer.

Flashback: The Spiritual Disease Ravaging Our World

We are incredibly, unbelievably, divinely blessed. And yet, many of us can identify that this wealth brings with it a kind of illness, a spiritual malaise that some have labeled “affluenza.” Are we sick with affluenza?

Pastors, parents, worship leaders: Are you teaching any songs that can be sung acapella around a hospital bed in 50 years?

—Kevin DeYoung

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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.

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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.