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A La Carte (March 27)

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Westminster Books has a good deal on a new book for kids. (Stay tuned tomorrow when I’ll have a major roundup of other new titles for kids.)

I added some new Kindle deals yesterday morning and will hope to do the same today. I generally try to update the list by 6:30 AM EST. (Note: It turned out that it was a very strong day for deals.)

New Music

We have been blessed with some excellent new music lately:

  • Live Album: Our God Will Go Before Us by Matt Boswell & Matt Papa. Listen to “Run and Run (Christ Is All My Righteousness).”
  • EP: No Home But You by Anchor Hymns. Listen to “O Freedom.” (The track is available on Apple Music and other platforms, but not on YouTube until Friday.)
  • Single: Hold Him High by Citizens. Listen to “Hold Him High.”
  • Single: Christ Our Wisdom by Sovereign Grace Music. Listen to “Christ Our Wisdom.”

The Awakening We Need: Why the Reformed Pray for Revival

Ray Ortlund: “The word revival speaks of life renewed. It’s about depletion lifted to restoration, refreshing reinvigoration. It’s about weary you and me reenergized with new sparkle in our eyes, new spring in our steps, new steel in our spines. And isn’t that very renewal our constant need?” (See also Four Marks of True Revival)

Hell to Pay: What Truly Happened to Jesus on the Cross?

Some time ago, Nick Batzig discovered “that there are quite a number of Protestant theologians who have shied away from asserting that Jesus was really and truly forsaken by his Father when he hung on the cross. Nevertheless, I want to explain what we lose if Jesus wasn’t, in fact, forsaken by God when he stood in our place.”

Cate Blanchett, Easter Is for You

Murray Campbell explains why Cate Blanchett (along with everyone else, of course) needs Easter. “Speaking with a journalist while filming a new movie near her old suburban home and school, Cate reflected on how her Dad’s death caused her to turn away from both Church and God.”

Scotland’s New Hate Crime Law Is No Laughing Matter

David Robertson tells why Scotland’s new hate crime is a very serious and concerning matter. “Most people and hopefully all Christians would agree that hate is bad. So, at a superficial level, it would seem that we should all be rejoicing at a Scottish government bill which bans hate. But as is so often the case in the world, things are not quite what they seem and words have different meanings.”

Millennials, Gen Z and the Hobbit

“The generation which should now be taking up the baton in churches as Boomers begin to move on to heaven, are those the sociologists label the Millennials (born 1980–1994). These folk are between 30 and 44 at present, the age at which we expect people to take on responsibility. But often that seems not to be happening. Why is that?”

Flashback: Budgeting for a Healthy Church

The way your church allocates its financial resources tells so much about what you value most and about what you mean to accomplish in the name of Jesus Christ. A healthy church will demonstrate health in its finances. 

If Jesus simply came to tell us what to do and provide moral instruction so we could try harder to please God, then his life would have been an utter failure.

—Matt Perman

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