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A La Carte (March 2)

Today’s Kindle deals include several excellent books, including one of my top picks for 2016 and a fantastic parenting book (for which you’ll also receive the audiobook for free).

Logos March Madness is here. It’s your chance to vote for favorite theologians and eventually purchase their works heavily discounted.

Why the American South Would Have Killed Charles Spurgeon

A little-known episode from the life of Spurgeon: “Last Saturday, we devoted to the ames a large number of copies of Spurgeon’s sermons… . We trust that the works of the greasy cockney vociferator may receive the same treatment throughout the South. And if the pharisaical author should ever show himself in these parts, we trust that a stout cord may speedily find its way around his eloquent throat.”

Prayer Isn’t Magic

“I think that one way to kill your prayer life is to overthink it.” Yes! I very much agree with Jared Wilson on that.

Peter Popoff, the Born-Again Scoundrel (Caution)

You’ll want to be careful with this one since it’s on GQ.com. That said, I didn’t see any concerning pictures or advertising around it. I link to the article because it’s an interesting look at an all-time scoundrel and shows how he continues to rack up victims.

The Most Embarrassing Vehicle You Can Drive (Video)

I don’t much care for cars, but enjoy this series of videos. Here Doug DeMuro shows and tells why the Hummer H2 is the most embarrassing vehicle you can drive.

The Desire for Marriage

It is not wrong to have no desire for marriage. But this is a great question to ask: “Do you want to keep the relative freedom of single life? Or do you have a specific vision for how to powerfully and efficiently use your freedom for others?”

Beauty and the Beast

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that Disney is deciding to add explicitly gay characters to its movies for children.

Singing the Songs or Reciting the Sermon?

“You may have noticed at the end of church on a Sunday morning people will tend to go out singing the songs rather than reciting the sermon.” This puts responsibility on both the pastor and the worship leader.

Why We’re Leaving India, But Still Have Hope

Compassion has been forced out of India. In an interview with Christianity Today, the CEO explains how shutdown of 589 centers serving 145,000 children will affect staff, sponsors, and churches.

Flashback: The Question Asked at Every Conference Q&A

There is a question that comes up time and again in those question and answer sessions that happen at every Christian conference—those sessions that are so often a highlight of a good event.

The more clearly we see sin’s horror, the more we shall treasure the cross.

—D.A. Carson

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