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A La Carte (November 17)


There is, once again, a nice little list of Kindle deals to browse through.

(Yesterday on the blog: If God Did It, It Must Be Good. Right?)


What a stunning piece of writing this is. “Loss. The memory comes back. Distinct. Clear. From 1972. One hot, humid afternoon in Kediri, Indonesia. I’m just arriving at our home. After being away for high school a couple of months. In Jakarta. Standing outside. Reaching for the handle of the screen door. And suddenly a subconscious map surfaces. One I never knew was there. A map of presence. Home and those who belong in it.”

Six “Silver Linings” Amid the Dark Clouds of a Global Pandemic

“COVID-19 has posed innumerable challenges to churches all over the world. It seems that members of many churches will be slow to return to church gatherings—and some may never return at all.” Yet there have been blessings as well, as this pastor in Dubai explains.

10 Things You Should Know about the Sexual Revolution

Carl Trueman outlines 10 things you should know about the sexual revolution. This article complements his excellent new book (which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow), The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.

How the 2020 Presidential Election Helps Us Understand the Formation of the New Testament Canon

Michael Kruger uses the 2020 presidential election as a helpful teaching aid to help us better understand the formation of the New Testament canon.

Decentering Marriage

“As the institution of marriage continues to implode in the West, there seems to be a growing and near-universal apprehension about the social vacuum it is leaving behind. While most conservatives continue to advocate for the good of marriage by pointing to the central role it has played throughout human history in creating healthy and just societies, more and more progressives are searching for a marriage replacement.” Colin Smothers explains why this is both dangerous and impossible.

Social Media Isn’t All Bad!

We spend a lot of time complaining about social media and modern digital technologies, but it’s good to remember that it’s not all bad.

A Tribute to the Life of Jay Adams

You may enjoy this tribute to the life of Jay Adams (who went to be with the Lord a few days ago).

Flashback: Working Up a Spiritual Sweat

…we will never get anywhere spiritually without a conscious divestment of the things that are holding us back. What things are weighing you down? The call to discipline demands that you throw it off.

We are called to conflict with the powers of darkness. But we have a glorious Captain that has gotten, and will give us, the victory over them.

—Anne Dutton

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    How Can You Mumble?

    Some of my most meaningful moments of public worship have been in settings where I did not speak the language. I have stood with a congregation in rural Zambia as they’ve clapped and moved and praised the Lord in Bemba, a language that is utterly unknown to me. I’ve sat with a congregation in the…

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    A La Carte (June 3)

    A La Carte: Life doesn’t always turn out like we thought it would / Hope for fallen Christians / AI as theological babel fish / Teenagers and parental hypocrisy / Is there a preferred Bible translation Christians should use? / Logos and Kindle deals / and more.

  • A Celebration of Friendship

    A Celebration of Friendship

    I may not be going too far out on a limb when I suggest that you have probably not heard the name Anna Laetitia Barbauld. For various reasons she has been largely forgotten by history, and this despite achieving a significant level of fame in the eighteenth century. Though at one time she was a…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 1)

    A La Carte: The desegregation of Dallas Theological Seminary / 12 things that happened on the cross / How can I be a Christian in my workplace? / Five questions for our skepticism / The sanction of sin / Never let a crisis go to waste: AI, statism, and the threats to free speech /…

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Redeemer University)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Redeemer University. Get $250 off your first course when you enroll in the online Not-For-Profit Management certificate with Redeemer University! Fill out this form to get updates and to be eligible for this special offer via Do you work for a church, school, food bank, women’s shelter, mission, ministry…

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    New and Notable Christian Books for May 2024

    While the month of May has already almost fully waned, it has proved to be a good month for Christian book releases. I sorted through the stacks that landed on my desk and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you a sense of…