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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.”

Is your church website accomplishing the right things?

It’s the first impression people have of your community. It can be a powerful tool for communication with your congregation. Is it doing what it needs to do? The team behind,, and even, also makes sites for local churches! In March only, mention ‘CHALLIES’ to receive 30% off your first year of service with MereChurch. (Sponsored Link)

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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