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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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    Weekend A La Carte (May 18)

    A La Carte: What it takes to survive ministry / The power of prayer / The dog’s game / Why do Christians do bad things? / Does it matter whether seminary education is in-person or online? / Greet one another with a … what? / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Zondervan Reflective)

    This week the giveaway is sponsored by  Zondervan Reflective. When writers write, they are getting in touch with the image of God in them. This is true in some way of all artistry, but writers especially create worlds, characters, histories, and transformation–all ex nihilo (“out of nothing”). In The Storied Life, veteran author Jared C. Wilson…

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    A La Carte (May 17)

    A La Carte: Deep mercy for our dark insanity / The Rock / God will give us more than we can handle / When cynicism sets in / The judgment of getting exactly what we want / The life of Paul Kasonga / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 16)

    A La Carte: When intrusive thoughts come / How a horse saved orthodoxy / The brevity of life / Bad therapy / Acts of kindness aren’t random / Does John’s Last Supper chronology differ from the other gospels? / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 15)

    A La Carte: My pastor made me wait to enter ministry and I’m grateful / How could a good God… / How should a wife respond to her husband’s bad authority? / Sing your heart out, Christian / Does Jesus’ view of grace offend you? / Preaching the Psalms as a book / and more.

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    A La Carte (May 14)

    A La Carte: When God takes his time / Biblical priorities / God is doing something / Broken pieces / Loosening my grip / Since God’s call is effectual, how can someone be a false convert? / and more.