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A La Carte (November 10)

Amazon has a collection of board games on sale today (from Ravensburger and Wonder Forge) in case you’re doing some early Christmas shopping. As for Kindle deals, I found just one: The Envy of Eve by Melissa Kruger.

Westminster Books has a deal on some excellent Christmas books. Yes, Christmas is coming!

Where Evangelicals Go From Here

I appreciated Thomas Kidd’s reflections on Trump’s victory and some of the new challenges for Christians. (Also on the subject of the election, you may enjoy J.D. Vance’s Life Outside the Liberal Bubble.)

Horrifying Book Curses

Did you know that people used to attempt to protect their precious books with curses? “At the beginning or the end of books, scribes and book owners would write dramatic curses threatening thieves with pain and suffering if they were to steal or damage these treasures.”

Characteristics of Biblical Faith

George Guthrie goes looking for some surprising characteristics of biblical faith.

Initiating a Discipleship Relationship

Here’s just a little practical wisdom on taking that first step in a discipleship relationship.

This Day in 1908. 108 years ago today Gideons International placed their first Bible in a room at the Superior Hotel in Montana. *

The Best Way to Deal with Hot Coffee

This is kind of important if you’re a committed coffee drinker.

True Leadership Is Sacrifice, Not Privilege

David Mathis: “From before we can even remember, we have been indoctrinated, at nearly every turn, with the idea that being ‘a leader’ means getting the gold star. Leadership is a form of recognition, a kind of accomplishment, the path to privilege. Being declared a leader is like winning an award or being identified among the gifted.”

Iguana vs Snakes

This is amazing footage from the next Planet Earth. (Also, a short behind-the-scenes here.)

Flashback: She Is a Public Nuisance

My neighbor is a public nuisance. It’s official, actually. She has been declared a nuisance which means the police are no longer obligated to respond to her phone calls. And she calls them a lot.

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There is no greater delusion than the common idea that it is possible to live wickedly, and yet rise again gloriously .

—J.C. Ryle

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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.