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A La Carte (September 1)

Today’s Kindle deals include : We Cannot Be Silent by Al Mohler, True Friendship by Vaughan Roberts, Building Blocks in Earth Science by Gary Parker, Transforming Homosexuality by Denny Burk & Heath Lambert, and Beginning at Moses by Michael Barrett. You may also be interested in looking through their monthly general market deals for $3.99 or less.

Logos users will want to pick up this month’s free book: Thabiti Anyabwile’s What Is a Healthy Church Member? You can get a second book in the 9Marks series for $1.99 and enter a draw to win the whole thing.

Christian Audio is giving away a book I’m not familiar with: The Boy Born Dead.

Why Chairs Are Cheap and EpiPens Are Expensive

Joe Carter: “Why are EpiPens so expensive? Because Mylar has a government controlled monopoly that prevents anyone else from making similar products. And yet, ironically, many economically uninformed people are blaming the rapid price increase on the free market.”

Sex Negative

Carl Trueman has some brilliant lines in this article. “Sex is no longer the consummation of an exclusive bond. Now it is just a form of recreation. A bit like golf, but usually cheaper and generally without the plaid pants.”

The Simple Solution to Traffic

Basically it’s your fault and my fault and to fix it we need to turn over the keys…

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

R.C. Sproul explains what we pray for when we say, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

Atheism Is Not Endearing

Atheism just can’t escape its natural consequences. “Atheism is the undisputed ruler of the internet, but it reigns alongside the most twisted forms of pornography and human degradation imaginable. There is a reason that Reddit and 4Chan are bastions of sophomore skepticism on one wing, and factories of sexual nihilism and abuse in the other.”

The Invisible Mother

This is a powerful article on mothers whose children are stillborn. “I am a mother with no living children. As a result, I am often forced to defend my motherhood, especially when others — whether through unthinking neglect or through an unwillingness to identify with me — strip it from me for having empty arms.”

This Day in 1803. 214 years ago today the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge was established. This was the first tract society in North America. *

God Has a Name, and He’s Given It To Jesus

Here’s something to chew on: “Jesus Christ now bears the name Yahweh. And rather than detract from God’s glory, confessing Jesus as Yahweh magnifies it.”

The Mammoth Pirates

Here’s a fascinating story and photo essay about a whole new kind of gold rush in Russia’s Arctic north.

Flashback: Writing Tips

Here are writing tips that focus on the tools and context of writing.

The wheels of justice may seem to turn slowly, but they turn surely.

—Randy Alcorn

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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)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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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.

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    A La Carte (February 27)

    A La Carte: God doesn’t owe me kindness / Jordan Peterson’s “We Who Wrestle with God” tour / Does your church have an evangelist? / Putting Jesus first in a world of pleasures / Send help. My husband believes in me / and more.

  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…