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A La Carte (January 17)


It is an okay day for Kindle deals with quite a few available options, several of them Puritan classics.

Keeping Primary Attention on Life’s Main Focuses

Vance Christie tells a story to bring out a valid point.

The English Reformation: England’s First Brexit

You’d need to know more about church history than I do to really evaluate this article. But I found the connections between Brexit and the English Reformation to be rather interesting.

10 Things You Should Know about the Priesthood of All Believers

Our role as priests—a role that includes both male and female—is a premier theme throughout Scripture. In tabernacles, temples, sacrifices, and cleansing rituals, God comes close to people, and invites us to be near to him. (Sponsored Link)

Should Followers of Christ Use Recreational Marijuana?

This is a pressing question in many parts of the world now. Kevin J. Vanhoozer offers a good answer.

The Sad Tale of The Dionne Quintuplets

Here’s the sad and tragic tale of Canada’s Dionne quintuplets.

The Deficient Great Commission

“To be sure, the main focus of the great commission (Matthew 28:16-20) is to make disciples. We know this because in the Greek, the only imperative (command) used is for the word for making disciples. But there are other instructions in the great commission that serve this central theme. There are other aspects of the great commission that must be obeyed if we’re going to be faithful to the mission.”

Is the Kingdom of God Here?

Is the kingdom of God here? Is it still to come? Has it come and gone?

The Struggles of the Christian Life

“Struggles are a significant part of the Christian life. If our view of God and life is too simple, then it can lead to frustration and fear.”

Flashback: With Greater Age Comes Greater Sorrow

With every day, with every year, we see and experience in greater measure the consequences of sin in the world around us—death, destruction, disaster. It adds up to a great weight of sorrow.

The spectacle of the cross is an earthquake that reverberates through our lives and breaks the chains of our earthly spectacle addictions.

—Tony Reinke

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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.