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A La Carte (February 3)


Today’s Kindle deals include some solid books, highlighted by Kelly Needham’s new one Friendish. Also be sure to consider The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson.

Logos users will want to check out the free and discounted books of the month.

(Yesterday on the blog: Three Great Modern Hymns for your Easter Services!)

When the Word of God Is Not Preached

Christine Farenhorst tells the fascinating (and mostly forgotten) tale of Joanna Southcott. “Joanna’s followers were marked by peculiarity of dress, which resembled that of Quakers, the men sporting long beards. With thousands of adherents, among whom were some clergy, Joanna also began making and selling printed seals which supposedly guaranteed the buyer entry into paradise after the Apocalypse.”

It’s Like in the Great Stories, Mr. Frodo

This is a neat and apt reflection. “We were watching The Two Towers last night, and I cried. I don’t think crying in that movie is uncommon, especially for my fellow women, but last night was different. I didn’t cry for Frodo and Sam, I cried for myself. My tears were for this real world, not for Middle-Earth.”


I love being a dad to my girls. The same is true of Micah Fries. “I am a girl dad. I love being a girl dad. There are not enough words in my vocabulary to sufficiently explain how amazed I am that God allows me to be a dad to Sarah Grace and Kessed Noel.”

Perseverance (Video)

Much like Proverbs sees ants as an example of industriousness, this video sees salmon as an example of perseverance.

How Bad Will the Coronavirus Outbreak Get? Here Are 6 Key Factors

“As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across China, a flurry of early research is drawing a clearer picture of how the pathogen behaves and the key factors that will determine whether it can be contained.” The New York Times reports.

Let Not Violence Entertain You

Most of us have pretty strong standards when it comes to watching sex and nudity in entertainment. But should we also keep an eye out for violence? This one is written by an ER doc. “I’d seen the anguish that lingered among the heartbroken long after we’d cleaned the blood from the trauma bay. I’d witnessed the power of a trigger pull to demolish lives.”

Context Matters: The Weaker Vessel

There are quite a lot of verses we use without first exploring their context. The verse about “the weaker vessel” is one of these for many of us.

Flashback: Boys Need Their Moms

Perhaps, like me, he will be able to echo John Wesley and say, “I learned more about Christianity [and life] from my mother than from all the theologians of England.”

The only way back to the tree of life is to trust in the one who hung upon the tree of death.

—Trevor Laurence

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.