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A La Carte (March 30)

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This will be my last reminder to Logos users to check out the March Matchups deals to get discounts on some great commentary sets. The deals end on Friday.

There’s yet another good list of Kindle deals for the collectors today. Don’t forget that a long list of commentaries has also been significantly discounted.

Abiding in the Almighty’s Shadow

“Chaplain Holland read aloud as I sat silently in my scrubs at the conference table, hands folded in my lap. I knew my precious husband, shot in the line of duty, currently in surgery and in critical condition, had never left the Shadow of the Almighty.” Emory Mangan tells of the evening when she learned that her husband, a police officer, had been shot in the line of duty.

All of Our Opinions All of the Time

Chris Martin: “I’m not offering an opinion on whether or not Will Smith smacking Chris Rock was okay, I’m offering an opinion on why we should hesitate hopping in on the controversy of the day. I think those are different levels of conversation, and I hope you would have the awareness to see that.”

If the Bible Is Enough, Why Is It Good to Retell Bible Stories? (Video)

It can seem like you’re taking a step backward when you write a book that retells Bible stories rather than using the Bible story itself. Yet we have good reason to do that in that God gave to the church teachers! (Sponsored Link)

What Is True Justice?

“We’ve allowed ourselves to be distracted. While our conversations have been profitable, the issue of justice has unfortunately been derailed by distractions about critical race theory.” This is a good point. Even if we know why CRT is not true justice, that doesn’t necessarily help us to extend justice toward those who need it.

Why You Still Need the Church Even If You Have Been Hurt by It

Adriel Sanchez: “As a pastor, I’ve had countless conversations with people hurt by religious authority. One would hope that words like coercive, corrupt, and manipulative would never be used to describe church leadership, but sadly that’s not the case. If you’re one of the wounded and you have turned your back on Christianity due to the experience, I want to plead with you to reconsider your response for three reasons…”

You Can Obey

“We thank Jesus that he came, died for us and transferred his perfect life to our account. And then we can think that we won’t be perfect until glory so we kind of give up trying. Sinners gonna sin, innit. But the fact is, we can obey.”

Do Bible Translations Really Matter?

Do Bible translations really matter? This article answers in the affirmative, then looks at a few related questions.

Flashback: Can I Ask a Dumb Question?

The path to wisdom is littered with evidence of our inborn foolishness. Before we learn to say things that are wise we say things that are dumb.

The foundation of a man’s eternal happiness or misery is laid in this life.

—William Strong

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    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

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