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A La Carte (January 16)

Today’s Kindle deals include several titles from Crossway on the subject of family. There’s also a good little Watts biography in there.

Are You a Confirmation Bias Christian?

Confirmation bias is a powerful force and one that can play a surprisingly prominent role in your life.

Not So Golden Globes

Writing for WORLD, Cal Thomas reflects on “the astounding arrogance, superiority, and hypocrisy of Hollywood’s elite.”

Retirement Stewardship

I’ve recently begun reading (and enjoying) Chris Cagle’s Retirement Stewardship blog. He discusses personal finance leading to a “good” retirement.

The Network that Feeds Mumbai

I once watched a documentary about this amazing service in Mumbai that takes lunches from homes to offices. “A 2010 study by the Harvard Business School graded it ‘Six Sigma’, which means the dabbawalas make fewer than 3.4 mistakes per million transactions. With deliveries to and from roughly 200,000 customers each day that translates to little more than 400 delayed or missing dabbas in a year.”

This Day in 1815. 202 years ago today reformer Henry Thornton died in William Willberforce’s house. Thornton was a banker and parliamentarian and was a key figure behind the anti-slavery group Clapham Sect. *

Reading King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Justin Taylor: “If Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Had a Dream’ speech (August 28, 1963) was the visionary sermon of the Civil Rights Movement, his ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ was its epistolatory defense.” He provides a kind of reading guide for it. Meanwhile, Kevin DeYoung shares his pastoral prayer from yesterday.

Pavlov’s in Your Pocket

Seth Godin: “Why do people buy lottery tickets? It’s certainly not based on any rational analysis of financial risk or reward. So, why do something that almost never seems to work? Because it actually works every single time.”

Being Sensitive in Sharing Scripture

Randy Alcorn offers wisdom on when (and when not) to share Romans 8:28.

Flashback: Satan’s Great Desire

Satan has a not-so-great and not-so-wonderful plan for your church. And it involves you.

Only the death of sin leads to a life of freedom.

—Sinclair Ferguson

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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.