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A La Carte (January 18)

Today’s Kindle deals include, well, not too much. It has been slim pickings recently.

Crossway is giving away free e-book copies of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Porn Problem ).

When Preaching is Not Your Thing

“There are numerous books and articles available to help convince men to enter into or stay in the ministry. But, there is not much out there to help a man discern whether or not it’s time to pack it up. Here are a few things to consider when seeking to discern whether or not it’s time to move on.”

Baby It’s Cold Outside

“This chart depicts wind chill temperatures based on air temperature (°F) and wind speed (mph). The colour represents the minutes of exposure that is likely to result in frostbite.” I wish it was available in Celsius!

Inside a Pipe Organ (Video)

I had no idea there was this much going on inside a pipe organ. Fascinating!

A New Prophet Chosen for the LDS Church

“Yesterday, a new prophet of the 16-million-member Mormon church was announced. Ninety-three-year-old Russell Nelson will now serve as the 17th prophet and president of the LDS faith.” Here’s an explanation of what this means and why it matters.

Sobering Reflections on the Hawaiian Missile Scare

In a world where increasingly there is seemingly less and less stability, this article is a good and sobering reminder of what is important.

When Our Heroes Don’t Live Up to Their Theology

Thomas Kidd writes “For someone who specializes in 18th-century history, the question of slavery is an ever-present problem. As an evangelical, I deeply admire the work of Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield, but I can’t get around the fact that they both owned slaves. What do we do about flawed historical heroes like these?” We have all had such questions, haven’t we?

7 Things I Love about Liturgical Protestant Worship

Silverio Gonzalez writes, “Sometimes the idea of ‘formal worship’ scares people. I hope to make that less scary. The Protestant traditions include Anglicanism, Lutheranism, the Reformed, and Presbyterianism. Although these traditions have important differences, they reflect important similarities in the way they worship. I could feel more or less at home in any of these traditions. A liturgy is an order of worship in which God gives grace in the gospel and we respond in faith, hope, and love.”

How Pastors Can Model and Teach What God’s Word Says About Financial Stewardship

“How we manage God’s money is a central biblical subject of extreme importance. Hence, financial stewardship should be unapologetically addressed by Christian leaders—we who are called upon to declare ‘the whole counsel of God’ to the people He entrusts to our care.”

Flashback: It Is a Hurrying, Bustling Age

This morning I found myself reading some brief thoughts from J.C. Ryle on the importance of self-examination, and though his words were written in the late nineteenth century, they are perfectly appropriate to our day.

It grieves me to say this, but the primary reason people are in bondage to sin is because people are bored with God. One of Satan’s most effective tactics is to convince us that God is a drag.

—Sam Storms

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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.

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    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…