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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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    How Can You Mumble?

    Some of my most meaningful moments of public worship have been in settings where I did not speak the language. I have stood with a congregation in rural Zambia as they’ve clapped and moved and praised the Lord in Bemba, a language that is utterly unknown to me. I’ve sat with a congregation in the…

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    A La Carte (June 3)

    A La Carte: Life doesn’t always turn out like we thought it would / Hope for fallen Christians / AI as theological babel fish / Teenagers and parental hypocrisy / Is there a preferred Bible translation Christians should use? / Logos and Kindle deals / and more.

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    A Celebration of Friendship

    I may not be going too far out on a limb when I suggest that you have probably not heard the name Anna Laetitia Barbauld. For various reasons she has been largely forgotten by history, and this despite achieving a significant level of fame in the eighteenth century. Though at one time she was a…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 1)

    A La Carte: The desegregation of Dallas Theological Seminary / 12 things that happened on the cross / How can I be a Christian in my workplace? / Five questions for our skepticism / The sanction of sin / Never let a crisis go to waste: AI, statism, and the threats to free speech /…

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Redeemer University)

    This giveaway is sponsored by Redeemer University. Get $250 off your first course when you enroll in the online Not-For-Profit Management certificate with Redeemer University! Fill out this form to get updates and to be eligible for this special offer via Do you work for a church, school, food bank, women’s shelter, mission, ministry…

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    New and Notable Christian Books for May 2024

    While the month of May has already almost fully waned, it has proved to be a good month for Christian book releases. I sorted through the stacks that landed on my desk and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you a sense of…