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A La Carte (March 9)

Today I was able to track down only a couple of minor Kindle deals. We’ll hope for better things tomorrow.

2017 National Conference Streaming

The Ligonier Ministries National Conference begins today and is being livestreamed. Speakers include R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Michael Horton, Steven Lawson, John MacArthur, Albert Mohler, and several others. I’ll be speaking tomorrow evening.

A Failed Abortion Saved My Life

This is quite the story. “Miraculously, when my mother saw me she couldn’t leave me to die. She made a pro-life choice and demanded I receive immediate medical care. I lived because of my mother’s choice—but she’s not the only reason I’m pro-life today.”

Helms Deep: How to Film an Epic Battle (Video)

This video shows how and why the battle of Helms Deep (from The Two Towers) was such a cinematic success.

Suffering is a Doorway, Not a Dead End

At some point we will all suffer for Christ. “In that moment, one of the most helpful things is to remember what is on the other side of that door. Suffering for Christ is not a dead end (though it might feel like it!). Rather, it is always a doorway to greater joy and life. Here are three ways that are so.”

How to Critique Sermons: A List of Diagnostic Questions

These are helpful guidelines for critiquing sermons. To be clear, these are for critiquing the sermon as part of a formal, weekly review process, not for the family to work through on the way home.

Thinking? Conference Toronto 2017

Torontonians may be interested in this conference meant to equip them to communicate the Christian worldview and interact with other worldviews with confidence and clarity.

Yes, You Can Please Your Heavenly Father

Kevin DeYoung: “Over and over, more than a dozen times in the New Testament, we have this motivation. We ought to be generous. We ought to be godly. We ought to love and live a certain way because it pleases God.”

D.A. Carson on American Politics and the Benedict Option

This may be of interest. “How do we walk, careful not to fan the flames of political animosity? If we get embroiled in heated political debates online or even in face-to-face conversations with others, what is the cost on our evangelistic priorities in culture? More generally, perhaps we should ask: Are Christians too deeply embedded in American culture already, as some have recently suggested?”

Flashback: Hobbies to the Glory of God

How should Christians look at hobbies as a way of glorifying God? Is it possible to glorify God by having hobbies that might not have real practical purposes, other than the actual enjoyment of them? Or should our hobbies always be more practical and purposeful?

Christianity is an upside down kingdom. The humble are exalted, mourners are comforted, and losers are keepers.

—Steven Lawson

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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.

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    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…