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A La Carte (March 7)


Good morning. Grace and peace to you.

Logos users will want to check in and make their next selections in March Matchups.

(Yesterday on the blog: Do You Ever Wonder Whether You’re A Christian at All?)

Is Congregational Singing Dead?

This article says that “the practice of congregational singing in church is threatened by a sea change in how people relate to music outside of church. All is not lost, however: the church, if it commits to the weirdness of congregational singing, might work to rebuild a culture of communal music-making within and outside the church, use that culture to invite people into the church, and – most importantly – continue to offer psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to Almighty God.”

On the Fence

“The midst of a car accident is not the best time to consider whether or not Jesus is who He says He is. Although it’s better than never considering the Jesus question, it’s still not the optimal time.” And yet…

The Disproportional Response

This is well worth thinking about. “Our churches seem to be becoming indistinguishable from our surrounding culture when it comes to how we respond to hurt.”

What Eats our Treasures? Vermin or Rust?

I hadn’t realized that in Matthew 6:19 a mistranslation crept in through Tyndale.


Stephen McAlpine reflects on the life and death of a hero (who is probably unknown to most of us). “Shane and Kylie. Every weekend in Australia in the 80s and early 90s there was bound to be one wedding between a couple with those names. They’re ingrained into our consciousness. She because she was a moderately gifted actor and singer who found a cultural moment and clung to it. He because he changed the nature of a sport by his brilliance, self-belief and vision.”

What Is a Healthy Way to Leave a Church?

If you need to leave a church, please be sure to do it in a healthy way!

Flashback: Spare the Rod, Spoil the Parent

A child who does not respect the authority of his parents will never respect the authority of his Creator. If we fail to discipline our children to obey us, we fail to discipline them to submit to God.

God remembers a prayer seventy-five years old as well as though it were a minute old.

—De Witt Talmage

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    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. Help The Persecuted rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of persecuted believers in the Islamic World through spiritual support and tangible help. Every week, they send out an email with specific, real-time prayer requests of persecuted believers to their global Prayer Network. You can join the…

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    A La Carte (March 1)

    A La Carte: Rumblings of revival among Gen Z / Addition by subtraction / Seeing red / Burying the talents of the Great Rewarder / Inviting evaluation of your preaching / Book and Kindle deals / and more.

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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.