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A La Carte (March 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include some really good deals—Jen Wilkin’s None Like Him, David Mathis’s Habits of Grace, and quite a few others.

This month’s free book from ChristianAudio is Paul Washer’s The Gospel Call and True Conversion.

Diagnosing Sheep

“It would be profoundly ineffective to admonish the fainthearted, help the idle, or to encourage the weak. The fainthearted need care not rebuke. The idle need a change of perspective, not help to carry on as they are. The weak need practical help, not words.” This is one of the great challenges, then, of pastoring and preaching.

Three Lies We Might Easily Believe

Ray Ortlund: “It is very much in the Devil’s interests that we despair. If he can get us to believe any of these three demoralizing lies that he loves to whisper into our thoughts, our powers for Jesus are greatly diminished. And each one seems to us quite plausible.”

Why Planes Don’t Fly Faster (Video)

With all the technology available to us, planes are taking longer to get from A to B than they were years ago. What gives?

It’s Not My Place to Judge

Michael Kruger continues his series on taking back Christianese. This time he looks at that phrase, “It’s not my place to judge someone else.”

Pastor’s Talk (Podcast)

Here’s a new podcast from 9Marks that may interest you, especially if you’re in pastoral ministry.

Redemptive History, Union with Christ and the Liturgical Calendar

Nick Batzig tells why he doesn’t mark Lent and why he’s not sure it’s a great idea to do so.

Policing the Purity Police

Samuel James writes about a recent article suggesting men and women (who are not married to one another) should never communicate through text message.

The Gift of Cerebral Palsy (Video)

This is a beautiful little video.

Flashback: Tools I Use to Get Things Done

I love tools. I especially love good tools. I love to explore different tools, to try them, and to choose the ones that do the job the best. In my case, the tools I use tend to be related to writing and publishing and they come in both hardware and software varieties.

Proud hearts breed proud looks and stiff knees.

—C.H. Spurgeon

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    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…

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    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.