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A La Carte (September 30)

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I wanted to remind you again that if you’ve read and enjoyed Seasons of Sorrow, a review or even just a star-rating at Amazon would be very helpful. Thanks for considering it.

There are lots of great kids’ books on sale at Westminster Books, plus a free book with any purchase.

There are a few interesting new Kindle deals to look at today.

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

The Pronouns Preach

“When reading the Bible, parts of speech make a big difference in our understanding.” This includes parts as minor as pronouns, as Jim Elliff shows here.

A Rift in the Rainbow Alliance

“With media outlets in the U.K. devoting most of their attention to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, American observers of all things British may have missed a significant legal case currently before the English courts.” Carl Trueman tells what it was all about and why it matters.

The Most Dangerous Type of Christian Parenting

Aaron Earls distinguishes between two very different types of parenting.

Prayer in the Ruins

“Most Bible readers and preachers would be quite content if Psalm 137 were simply removed from the Scriptures—or at least from the lectionary. Despite the poetic beauty and palpable ache of the opening verses, the concluding plea for divine judgment is for many an insuperable obstacle.”

Don’t Worry, Be Thankful

“Worry is a choice. We don’t think of it that way, of course. To us, worry is just what happens when you’ve got a lot on your mind, but the scriptures insist that worry is a choice that we’re making.” And that means we need to think carefully about our worries.

Visualized: The World’s Population at 8 Billion

This is a neat graphic that shows how the world’s population is divided between the continents.

Flashback: When Jesus Says “Stay”

Christian, God may call you to foreign missions. But until then I know for a fact he has called you to domestic missions. And here’s what that involves: Tell how much the Lord has done for you.

God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf.

—Thomas Brooks

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