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Weekend A La Carte (April 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books you’ll want to check out.

(Yesterday on the blog: What Haunts Me About the Humboldt Bus Disaster)

An EPIC Evening in Johannesburg

I will be in Johannesburg on June 3 and would love to meet you for a Sunday evening event at Crystal Park Baptist Church (co-hosted by Grace Media and Mukhanyo Theological College). I am dedicating 2018 to traveling the world for my EPIC church history project and will be making a stop in South Africa. Why don’t you come by and say hello? There will be a brief service and sermon, then a time for Questions & Answers and, of course, fellowship! Put it on your calendar today…

Tyndale Sued by Boy Who Didn’t Come Back from Heaven

“After growing up and retracting his controversial account of ‘coming back from heaven,’ 20-year-old Alex Malarkey is now suing the Christian publisher who made his story famous, then infamous. Malarkey, who was left paralyzed and spent two weeks in a coma after a 2004 car accident, filed a lawsuit this month against Christian publisher Tyndale House for associating his name with the controversial book coauthored with his father,The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, and not paying him for the story.”

10 Songs You’ve Heard and Don’t Know the Name

You may know the first, but I wonder how many others…

Who Were the Pharisees?

Ever wonder who the pharisees were? This article thoroughly answers that question. Then this article, Who were the Sadducees? answers the inevitable next question.

Canada loses 16 young hockey players. This Pastor Brings Hope (Video)

As my nation grieves, this pastor brings hope to us all. Todd Friel talks about a grieving pastor and his words that touched a nation.

How Social Media Is Designed Around Sin

Is it possible that social media hacks our inner desire to sin against God?

What Causes Headaches? (Video)

“In ancient Greece, the best-known remedy for a long-standing headache was to drill a small hole in the skull to drain supposedly infected blood. Fortunately, doctors today don’t resort to power tools to cure headaches, but we still have a lot to learn about this ancient ailment. Dan Kwartler shares what we know (and don’t know) about headaches.

Flashback: Our Forgetful God

God puts aside our sin so thoroughly, so utterly, so completely that it is like he has forgotten it altogether. He has so dealt with our sin that he does not ponder it, he does not ruminate over it, he does not allow it to change the way he thinks of us, he does not look for further justification to make right our wrong-doings.

Why I Believe in Life After Death

Thanks to Zondervan for sponsoring the blog this week with “Why I Believe in Life After Death.”

We never truly glory in God until we have utterly discarded our own glory.

—John Calvin

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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.

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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…