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Mars Hill at Fourteen
Mark Driscoll offers reflections on the fourteen years since he started planting Mars Hill Church. “They say that dogs age much faster than humans. This month Mars Hill is fourteen years old in human years, and roughly seventy in dog years, which is what it really feels like.”


The Future of the Newspaper
This article shows what the future of newspapers probably will not be. “The figures are almost impossible to question: The vast majority, that’s 77%, of those surveyed said their price limit for paying for online newspapers was zero (East coasters were more definite about this with an 81% figure.) That’s terrible news for those in the industry who think that future revenues lie in bricking up their news content behind a pay wall. And it gets worse…”


Diploma Mills
Wired looks at diploma mills, those companies that sell vast amounts of fake degrees.


Does God Hate Haiti?
Dr. Mohler: “Does God hate Haiti? God hates sin, and will punish both individual sinners and nations. But that means that every individual and every nation will be found guilty when measured by the standard of God’s perfect righteousness. God does hate sin, but if God merely hated Haiti, there would be no missionaries there; there would be no aid streaming to the nation; there would be no rescue efforts — there would be no hope.”


Airline Baggage Fees
“It is my fervent wish that the airline industry, particularly the legacy carriers, becomes abundantly profitable in the not-too-distant future. It is the industry’s wish too, I dare say. The problem, as ever, is the manner in which the airlines hope to attain this elusive status — by once again sticking it to the customer.”


From 35000 to 15000 Feet
J.D. Payne has just released a study that shows the concentrations of Evangelicals in the U. S. and Canada. “This report is an attempt to provide the Church with a glimpse of what are the realities at the state/province, county, and metro levels. It is an attempt to zoom-in from our current ‘high altitude’ perspective to a lower level. The closer we get to the ground, the better our understanding of reality.”


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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.