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A La Carte (November 29)

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I’ve got a long list of Kindle deals you’ll want to check out over here: Black Friday Kindle Deals for the Christian Reader. Most of them are short deals for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Four Little Words – Read this one! “Recently, I heard an experienced urban minister reflecting on the reality that in most urban contexts, among most young Christians — even reformed evangelicals — church attendance peaks at around 2-3 Sundays per month.”

How Much Weight Did You Gain? – Here’s the good news: you probably didn’t actually gain all that much weight from that massive Thanksgiving meal you ate yesterday.

The Diet from God – I always cringe a little when I see articles like this one: “The Daniel fast is growing in popularity, often prompted by Christians’ desire for a deeper form of prayer. Many are reporting lasting physical benefits, too.”

Delayed Adolescence – Erik Raymond begins by talking about delayed adolesence in the culture around us, then says “I am a pastor. My concern is with the attitude and culture of delayed adolescence in the church.”

When Black Friday Becomes Mission – Yes! “With the Christmas season and all its commercial blitz and glitz upon us (seen especially on Black Friday), let’s lay aside the grousing and see the grace. No throwing wet blankets over Christmas.”

The Freedom to Be Slaves – Phil Colgan writes about spiritual maturity.

Ryken

Anyone who wants to go to heaven must first go to the cross.

—Philip Ryken

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