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A La Carte (September 9)

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One Audiobooks is giving away Following God Fully by Joel Beeke & Michael Reeves.

Westminster Books has a deal on a fantastic new introduction to church history by Simonetta Carr.

There are a few more Kindle deals today as well.

Died: Queen Elizabeth II, British Monarch Who Put Her Trust in God

Here is Christianity Today’s obituary for Queen Elizabeth II who died yesterday. I appreciate its emphasis on her faith (as I’ve heard from a number of people who knew her that it was extremely important to her).

The Quiet Faith of Queen Elizabeth II

Here’s Carl Trueman: “A friend who once had the privilege of being a royal chaplain and spending a weekend at Balmoral Castle confirmed that the conversations he had with the queen revealed her to be a thoughtful, devout Christian. As a humble Christian she took her earthly vocation seriously, placing the needs of the office and of the people she ruled before her own.” (I think I’ve spoken to that same friend.)

Memento Mori: Death Through the Ages

I found this a very interesting reflection on death. “Given that the Christian tradition has been the dominant influence on Western thought for the past 1700 years, the Christian conception of death has been, until recently, the de facto Western conception. And it’s remained remarkably consistent up until the present. What changed significantly was enthusiasm about death.”

Serotonin and Depression: 4 Questions and Answers About a New Study

This is a very helpful look at that recent study that said we’ve had depression all wrong.

Dating & your unborn grandchildren

“What’s dating got to do with your unborn grandchildren? Much more than you’d think.” This article explains.

You’re From Fried Chicken and Beef Sandwich?

“When words get adopted from one language into another, unpredictable things happen to them. There’s almost always some correlation with its new meaning and its former one, though sometimes even this can be almost completely lost in adaptation.” Here’s an interesting example.

Leaders are Deep Readers

If leaders are deep readers, what does our seeming inability to read deeply mean for the future?

Flashback: The High Calling of Bringing Order From Chaos

So much of the work we do in our families, in our homes, in our churches, in our vocations, is the work of bringing order from chaos. And this is good work.

The erosion of character usually begins with neglect: we stop reading the Word, or worshiping with God’s people, or taking time to meditate and pray.

—Warren Wiersbe

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