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Weekend A La Carte (6/11)

Today is one of those Saturdays—one of those ones where it’s going to be go-go-go. The good news is that everything we are going to do today (Lord willing) is a great thing: spending time with friends, watching my son play baseball, celebrating a birthday, etc. So here’s to a great Saturday! And in the meantime, enjoy these articles:

Man-Centered Missions - Here’s an exceptionally important article from Frontline Missions. “When missions becomes man-centered, a deviation has occurred from its Christ-centered and Gospel-focused purpose. This deviation often stems from an outdated biographical ideal from the 1800s coupled with the masterfully prepared updates of “Mr. Missionary.” The pictures and stories may present a warped view of reality on the field, but who needs facts when people are spellbound? Close the deal and sign the contract while people wipe tears from their eyes and feel guilty for living in America.”

Thanks a lot, Ken Burns - I know there are lots of Civil War buffs around here. I’d love to get your take on this article about the fallacies of Ken Burns’ documentary. “Because of you, my Civil War lecture is always packed—with students raised on your sentimental, romantic, deeply misleading portrait of the conflict.”

The Tree of Life - This sounds like quite an interesting movie. Probably rather boring and artsy too. But it seems to have a lot to say about (and probably against) the Christian faith.

Hearing from God - “Virtually everyone seems to be ‘hearing from God’ in some fashion these days—pastors, writers, worship leaders, even the regular folks at our weekly Bible studies—so the basic idea must be right.” Greg Koukl interacts with this idea in the recent Solid Ground newsletter.

Stringer Suckers - A word to those who are combing through the 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s emails looking for gold (or dirt—it’s the same thing in this case, I suppose).

29 Ways to Stay Creative - This video shares a few good ideas on being and remaining creative.

Character is what we are when nobody sees us except God. —John Blanchard