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A La Carte (September 22)

Readers may want to check out deals from Westminster Books on Our Secular Age from The Gospel Coalition or the ESV Thinline Bible from Crossway.

If you’ve never tried Logos before, the barrier to entry is lower than ever: They now have a free, browser-based version anyone can try.

Efficient or Effective

After telling about some ridiculous inventions, this author says, “This is mystifying until you realize that people don’t love digital technology because it makes them more productive or efficient; they love technology because it makes them feel like they’re more productive and efficient.”

Does Your Social Media Outrage Bear False Witness?

“What we post on social media can take on a life of its own. The matter feels urgent, so we hastily type rebuttals. Veiled as zeal for truth, we run to our computers and phones to adjust error and admonish the man who got it all wrong. Any public misstep can be called out to legions of our followers who, in turn, can pass on the public rebuke to their followers.”

Why Doesn’t God Just Talk To Me?

Now that’s a good question: Why doesn’t God just talk to me?

Five Elements of a Church Membership Class

Your Church does have membership, right? And it does have a class?

How Many Christians?

Philip Jenkins takes a shot at determining how many Christians there were in the days of the early church.

Am I a Backslidden Christian or an Unbeliever? (Video)

How do I know if I am a backsliding Christian or an unbeliever? Dr. Jeremy Pierre answers in Honest Answers from Southern Seminary.

Will the Punishment in Hell Be Experienced Forever?

This has become a hotly disputed matter. “Currently, there’s a movement among some members of the church towards annihilationism (or ‘conditionalism’)—that is, the idea that the punishment given at the end of time to those who have not been pardoned of their moral crimes will not be experienced through all eternity. Rather, their final punishment will be annihilation—they will cease to exist—and it’s their nonexistence that will last throughout eternity.”

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Help The Persecuted)

    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. Help The Persecuted rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of persecuted believers in the Islamic World through spiritual support and tangible help. Every week, they send out an email with specific, real-time prayer requests of persecuted believers to their global Prayer Network. You can join the…

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    A La Carte (March 1)

    A La Carte: Rumblings of revival among Gen Z / Addition by subtraction / Seeing red / Burying the talents of the Great Rewarder / Inviting evaluation of your preaching / Book and Kindle deals / and more.

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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.

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    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.