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A La Carte (May 1)


The beginning of a new month is always a good time to re-affirm that right now, at this very moment, God is reigning from his throne.

There are just a couple of new Kindle deals today.

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped on One Sunday in April)

Ten Diagnostic Questions for the Potential Ideologue

There are some good guidelines here that each of us should consider in our online or offline discussions.

Why I Don’t Talk to April But Pray

Peter Witkowski’s wife April died a short time ago and in this article he explains not only why he doesn’t find it helpful to speak to her but why he does, on the other hand, find it very helpful to speak to God.

Anti-Natal Engineering

What I found especially interesting about this article was its description of how the South Korean government worked so hard to reduce birth rates. And that, not surprisingly, has brought about some terrible consequences.

Read the Bible in bigger chunks too

It’s good to read the Bible slowly and in small pieces. It’s also good to read it in much bigger chunks, as Aaron demonstrates here.

5 Practical Points for Preachers

“This past Tuesday, I had the privilege of giving a pastoral charge to two men coming to be licensed to preach within the bounds of our Presbytery. The charge to those being licensed or ordained is a solemn event, happening only once in a man’s life and ministry.” Nick explains what he told them.

Union with Christ: An Unbreakable Fellowship

This is a neat new effort from For the Church. “The Theology in the Everyday series seeks to introduce and explain theological concepts in 500 words or less, with a 200-word section helping explain the doctrine to kids.” It begins with a look at Union with Christ.

Flashback: It Is No More Death, But A Sweet Departure

I have often been comforted by some sweet words written by Thomas Smyth, a man who on one day laid two precious children in the very same grave. Though he writes specifically to bereaved parents, his words will resonate with all of those who have loved and lost.

If we believe that God is gracious and loves us, and that he understands what he is doing, and has a wise design in it all, that should satisfy us as well as if we could find a thousand reasons of our own for what he is doing.

—J.R. Miller

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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)

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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.