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A La Carte (March 8)


May the God of love and peace be with you today.

Today’s Kindle deals include a few odds and ends, you might say!

(Yesterday on the blog: When the Best Part Is the Door)

Held By Tender Hands

This is a wonderful piece of writing by Chris Thomas.

Joe Rogan and the Search for Transcendence

“To some he is a dangerous purveyor of misinformation who platforms discredited and dangerous fringe thinkers (and to be fair, he certainly talks to some strange folks); to others he is a voice of sanity and one of the few remaining spaces where free speech is defended. But one thing is for sure: his audience is massive, easily eclipsing other podcasts and cable news shows. And the lion’s share of that audience seems to be young men – millions of them.”

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Ministries Evacuate as Russians Reach Irpin, the Evangelical Hub of Ukraine

This story from CT tells of Christians and ministries on or behind the front lines.

Conscience Binding, Media Ecology, and Theological Controversy

“There is something innate in the fallen hearts of men that gives them an insatiable desire to seek to bind the consciences of others on just about every given matter.” Ain’t that the truth!

Christ is An Unconquerable Savior

“Because Jesus is God we can know that he is able to save. But we are encouraged not just that Christ is able to save, but in knowing that he has actually exercised his ability to save us.” Jared Wilson explains.

We Don’t Know What to Do

“It’s perfectly fine to just speak to our Father from our hearts. We don’t have to use certain words like an incantation in order for Him to hear us. But prayers in the Bible help give our prayers more guidance and depth.” (See also: Personalizing Paul’s Prayers)

Flashback: The Uninvited Lodger

Sorrow will give way to joy and mourning will give way to dancing just as surely as night gives way to day. We will join our voices with David’s to say, “O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”

The scorpion carries his poison in his tail; the slanderer in his tongue.

—Thomas Watson

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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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    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: 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.