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A La Carte (10/14)

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Strange Fire – It has just been announced that since the Strange Fire conference sold out so quickly, it will be live-streamed to anyone who wants to watch it. It runs from this Wednesday to Friday. Would you be interested in having me live-blog it and making this a place we can discuss it? I find myself torn.

Breaking Good – R.C. Sproul Jr.: “With its final episode airing recently we heard an awful lot lately about Breaking Bad, a program that told the fictional story of a high school teacher and family man who becomes a vicious killer and cooker of meth. Like watching a car wreck we all have a morbid interest, to mix a metaphor, in moral crash landings.”

Reformation Art – Reformation Art is having a sale for the next few days; you can get 50% off anything in their catalog.

Imperfect Pastors – I quite enjoyed this article at True Woman on the bravery of imperfect pastors (which, as it happens, was penned by my mother).

Friend of Sinners, No Friend of Sin – “People reviled Jesus. They called him a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. Have you ever been called names like this? Have I? Do we fear contamination from the world more than we have confidence in Christ’s power to cleanse?”

John Shelby Spong – Here’s a sad article on Spong and his lack of regrets as he looks back on life. “‘The older I get the more deeply I believe but the fewer beliefs I have,’” he said, citing an adage once relayed to him by an older bishop. ‘And I think that’s probably where I am. I have a sort of mystical awareness (of God) that’s indescribable, but I can’t avoid it. When I’m asked to define God I’m almost wordless.’”

Microsoft Mission Impossible – I still enjoy reading articles from the world of technology and this one does a good job of describing the challenge to the next CEO of Microsoft.

Intro to Drums – This is a fun and fascinating little video about drums. Yes, drums.

Keep praying, but be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your prayers!

—William Culbertson

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