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A La Carte (March 4)

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The God of peace be with you all today.

Today’s Kindle deals are all about Kevin DeYoung books.

On sale this week at Westminster Books is John Piper’s huge new work, his magnum opus perhaps, Providence.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Books (Belated) for February 2021)

Ibram X. Kendi’s Antiracism Can’t Heal Us

This is a good look at a popular book. “Kendi writes of our underlying and shared humanity beneath the construct of race. Yes and amen. Where do we find this common humanity? What is it? I invite Kendi to turn back to the church from which he has turned away. Instead of the construct of race, I hope Kendi discovers that he is stamped with the glorious, indestructible image of God, shared by us all. Whether we’re black, white, or any shade, we reflect God’s diverse and creative goodness and beauty.”

Discovering the Holiness of God: The Formation of R.C. Sproul

Crossway has released a short documentary on R.C. Sproul. It’s worth a few minutes of your time!

Live According to a Plumb Line, Not a Pendulum

“You may have heard the stories. Sadly, it’s a pattern many Christians follow. A believer grows up with a misconception about the Christian worldview. One day, he discovers the truth and realizes he was mistaken. He becomes disillusioned with his faith and reacts by adopting a completely opposite—but also unbiblical—position. We often say the pendulum swung the other way. He went from one extreme to the next. Both positions, however, are wrong.”

The Economics of Costco (Video)

I enjoy little videos like this one that explains the economics of Costco.

Who Will Your High School Student Be On The Other Side of College?

I’m grateful to Boyce College for sponsoring the blog this week; they are inviting you to join them for their Virtual Preview Day on March 26th.

Why Does It Seem Like The Smartest People Are The Ones Who Reject Christianity? (Video)

In this video, Michael Kruger explains why it can seem like the smartest people are the ones who reject the Christian faith.

Is Paying Off Your Mortgage Wise Stewardship?

Chris Cagle writes about lots of issues related to later-in-life financial stewardship and in this article asks whether it’s wise to pay off your mortgage.

Flashback: Four Good Reasons to Read Good Books

Here are four good reasons to read good books: To know, to grow, to lead, and to love.

God never intended that this world should be saved by pulpit geniuses or else He would create more of them.

—Theodore Cuyler

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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 (February 29)

    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…