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Christopher Hitchens Has Died – Douglas Wilson has a must-read obituary. “Christopher knew that faithful Christians believe that it is appointed to man once to die, and after that the Judgment. He knew that we believe what Jesus taught about the reality of damnation. He also knew that we believe—for I told him—that in this life, the door of repentance is always open. A wise Puritan once noted what we learn from the last-minute conversion of the thief on the cross—one, that no one might despair, but only one, that no one might presume.”

R.C. Sproul on John – Ligonier has the hardcover edition of R.C. Sproul’s commentary on John at just $5, today only (beginning at 8 AM). I do believe you can use the coupon code STORE15 to save another 15%.

5 Lessons I Learned Along the Way – “Years ago my wife surprised me with a direct question about my use of pornography. What followed that question is known in our marriage as ‘The Confession.’ The brutal truth of my long addiction came to light and a long, painful journey of healing began. As God has brought healing into my life, there are five key lessons I have learned, and each one has been crucial to my freedom.”

NeuYear – Yesterday we drew the winners of the NewYear calendar. For those who didn’t win, here is a coupon code that will save you 20% if you’d like to order one. Just use CHALLIES.

Homelessness – This is a really moving photo essay of homelessness around the world.

How We Googled – Google has their annual Zeitgeist, telling us what we googled in 2011. It’s a fascinating reflection of us. All of us.

In the order of creation, pleasures are meant to serve as pointers to God.

—J.I. Packer

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Moody Publishers)

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.