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Weekend A La Carte (April 27)

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I am grateful to 21Five for sponsoring the blog this week. 21Five is a new Christian bookstore meant to resource Canadians with great books. I’m all for that!

Today’s Kindle deals include a few books that are worth considering.

(Yesterday on the blog: New and Notable Christian Books for April 2024)

Fish Story (Video)

This is such a neat little video—well worth watching.

Soft Discipleship Through Friendship

Serena Wang introduces a term that could be quite helpful: soft discipleship.

How to Talk to Your Teens About Taylor Swift’s New Album

I expect many parents are having to talk to their teens about Taylor Swift’s new album. Cara Ray offers some tips. “Taylor Swift and I have a complicated relationship. She doesn’t know it, but we do.”

Why Doesn’t God Make His Existence More Evident?

I have heard so many variations of this question. And this is an excellent response to it.

Three Ways God Is Working Through Your Suffering

Jonathan Noyes: “Suffering is a part of reality that we generally try to avoid. However, I’ve learned three important things about embracing suffering that have completely changed how I relate to God and deepened my relationship with him.”

Jesus Didn’t Come to Make Any Nation Great

Casey McCall: “I must admit that I don’t think about the Roman Empire that often. I do find myself, however, thinking about another era of history daily: the rise of the Nazis in Germany from 1920 to 1945. I want to understand how an entire nation, including most of the Christian church, came to embrace an ideology that so openly espoused racial hatred and ultimately murdered over six million Jews.”

Flashback: Whatever Is Not Christ

From the moment of our salvation he begins to conform us to the image of his Son, to pare away whatever is earthly until there is nothing left but that which is heavenly.

He who boasts of being perfect is perfect in folly.

—Charles Spurgeon

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