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A La Carte (October 2)


Today’s Kindle deals include a few top-quality books for general readers as well as pastors or theologians. There’s also a one-day sale on “top nonfiction reads” that I’ll leave you to sort through!

Logos users can get their free book of the month and consider a number of heavily-discounted options. Also check out the monthly deals. (If you are reading this via email, click here first, as some links aren’t working through the newsletter.)

(Yesterday on the blog: 9 New and Notable Books for September 2020)

Christians, We are Losing Our Witness

I’m not sure if we actually are, but we certainly could! “Christians, we are losing our witness for the sake of winning senseless battles on Twitter.”

Critical Race Theory, Loaded Language, and an Appeal for Nuance and Charity

We definitely need more nuance in our language when discussing controversial issues. “Followers of Jesus would do well to be charitable in their dealings. It may just be the case that their apparent disagreements are only such to the degree that loaded terminology obfuscates dialogue. This is not to say that there is nothing on which they may disagree, but nuance is a greater companion than fog.”

Is Your Website Sending The Right Message To People Who Visit?

Your website is most often the first impression people have of your church, ministry, or business. What are people seeing when they visit yours? Mere Agency knows how to build sites that make the right impression. They’ve done it for hundreds of organizations of all shapes and sizes and can do it for you. (Sponsored Link)

TGC Essays

TGC has released a huge collection of essays, many of them by prominent theologians, on a wide variety of subjects. (Also check out the new issue of Credo Mag and top articles from Tabletalk.)

Pandemic Memories and Mortalities

“Though many of us lived through the flu pandemics of 1957 and 1968, almost nobody can dredge up personal memories of those times. And that’s interesting.” Interesting, indeed! It leads to this question: “Why were things so different back then?”

Never Switzerland

This one was fun to read.

Everything Is A Matter Of Conscience, Isn’t It?

Here’s an article that grapples with the use and misuse of conscience. “But there is another way in which conscience is often invoked. You may take a stance on something and yet, it seems, the conscience of other people is mentioned to stop you from speaking. The logic usually goes: (1) this is a conscience issue; (2) Christians legitimately disagree; (3) therefore, you cannot and must not tell another that they are wrong because of conscience.”

Flashback: Two Habits of Successful Parents

In today’s mindset, experts are not those who have successfully raised children to adulthood, but those who have successfully published blogs, books, and podcasts, even if they themselves have not yet successfully raised children to adulthood. Thus a young mom is more likely to seek the counsel of another young mom who has an online following than the counsel of an older mom who does not.

Lord, let me be anything rather than a hypocrite. Two hearts will exclude one from heaven.

—Thomas Watson

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