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A La Carte (March 9)

Andy Stanley Explains His ‘Stinking Selfish’ Parents Comment

Thumbs up to Christianity Today for their interview with Andy Stanley. They don’t hold back from asking the tough questions and he doesn’t hold it against them.

10 Marks of an Immature Believer

“In his little book, Grace: The Truth, Growth, and Different Degrees, Christopher Love, gives ten marks of an immature believer. He does this not to shame but in order to spur on towards growth in Christ.”

Ambushed by Beauty and Chicken Nuggets

This is a really good bit of writing. “I pull my car into an empty spot in the K-Mart parking lot that lies just behind our store. Glancing at the clock, I say to myself, You’re pushing it, bro. Regardless, I stop to take a deep breath before heading inside. A thought begins to cross my mind. I attempt to rebuke it, but instead I think it anyway. This is not what I thought I’d be doing at twenty-seven…” (HT)

‘Downton Abbey’ and the Weight of History

Downton Abbey did not captivate our interest by being monolithically progressivist in its outlook. Indeed, it was precisely the show’s nuance about historical complexity that has helped it endure.”

How I Prepare a Sermon

I always appreciate it when a pastor lets us into his sermon-preparation technique. This time around it’s Joe Thorn.

Headscarves and Hashtags

Many voices have weighed in on the debate as to whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God. I’ve been waiting to hear from Tim Keesee. His article has just been posted to Desiring God.

35 Totally Random Life Hacks

There’s something for everyone on Nick’s list of lifehacks.

Ehrman–Licona Dialogue on the Historical Reliability of the New Testament

This could be an interesting back-and-forth. “TheBestSchools.org has therefore invited them to take part in what we call a Focused Civil Dialogue. The point of such a dialogue is for both parties to put their best foot forward in advancing their own case as well as in refuting the case of their interlocutors. We are grateful that both Dr. Ehrman and Dr. Licona have accepted this invitation.”

Welch

The God who was disgraced and shamed has eyes for those who have been disgraced and shamed.

—Ed Welch

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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.

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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…