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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

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    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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