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A La Carte (June 8)


May the God of love and peace be with you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include some devotionals and some books for parents.

(Yesterday on the blog: Accomplishments as High as Heaven, Character as Low as Hell)

Matters Too Important for Social Media

So much of today’s discord comes down to this: “Some matters are so weighty or so important that they are hindered by being batted around on social media.” It’s worth considering this…

The Existence of Love Means God is Real

Jared Wilson: “It’s in religion generally that we learn that love comes from somewhere. Not from the right firing of the chemical lightning in the goop of our genes, not from the conditioned response to social attachments and the furtherance of the species, but from a kind of outer space, from outside of ourselves, from a place like heaven, actually.”

Resources for Memorizing Scripture

This is a thorough collection of resources meant to help you memorize Scripture.

What If?

“Several years ago, in the upheaval of an unexpected move to a different country, I’m struggling. Questions speak loud. Wake me in the night. What if it’s the wrong place? What if it doesn’t work? What if we can’t get permission to stay? What if…?”

10 Fun Facts About Aramaic

I’m not sure that these facts qualify as “fun,” but I definitely found them interesting.

Blindness to Kindness

I’ve only dabbled in John Piper’s Providence, but very much enjoyed this excerpt. “The world and even thousands of Christians give no praise and thanks to God for millions of daily, life-sustaining providences because they do not see the world as the theater of God’s wonders.”

Flashback: What If Marriage Isn’t Making Me As Holy As I Had Hoped?

What if marriage isn’t making me as holy as I had hoped? And what if marriage isn’t making her as holy as I had hoped? If marriage is designed to make us holy, why are we still so unholy?

Unceasing, incessant prayer is essential to the vitality of a believer’s relationship to the Lord and his ability to function in the world.

—John MacArthur

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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: 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.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    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…