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A La Carte (February 24)

monday

I had a very enjoyable weekend here in Littleton, Colorado, and was blessed to meet so many of you. And now all that remains is for me to make the homeward journey!

Today’s Kindle deals include Andrew Peterson’s Adorning the Dark, which many people considered their favorite book of 2019.

One of the Most Misused Words Today

If you had to think Christianly about all of the words that are most misused today, you probably wouldn’t have much trouble coming up with this one.

How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw

The Atlantic reports on how the coronavirus revealed a flaw that almost always exists within authoritarian regimes. “How did Xi Jinping—the general secretary of the Communist Party of China, who has been consolidating his power since taking over the post in 2012—let things get to this point? It might be that he didn’t fully know what was happening in his own country until it was too late.” (Also, check out this fascinating visualization of the decline of air travel due to the virus.)

What You Should Know about Polygamy in America

It comes as no surprise that there is a movement afoot to decriminalize polygamy. Joe Carter explains and reports in this edition of his FAQs.

Death of the Dinner Party

It seems that the dinner party is going the way of the dinosaur. This article argues that there is a lot significance to its decline.

How Do You Witness to Those in Cults and Other Religions?

Ray Comfort suggestions a question you can ask the next time someone knocks on your door.

Climate Change and the Bible

This article from AiG explains why we don’t need to be afraid of climate change. “We need to look to Scripture and line our emotions up with the Word of God. So, should we be filled with fear, a dread of the future, and anxiety? For a Christian who knows God’s Word, the answer to that question should be easy—No! Regardless of real or perceived circumstances, we should never be characterized by fear, dread, or anxiety. Here are four biblical reasons why…”

Above Reproach

“If you tried to capture, in a single term, one summary qualification for the office of pastor-elder in the church, what would it be?” It’s hard to over-estimate how important it is to get this qualification right.

Flashback: Sometimes We All Feel Like Frauds

“Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” This world cannot deliver all we want from it. This life cannot deliver all the satisfaction we long for.

If death tells us we’re not too important to die, the gospel tells us we’re so important Christ died for us.

—Matt McCullough

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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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  • 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.