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The Kings of Israel – This infographic “illustrates the rulers of Israel, the years of their reign, how well they reigned and the passages in the Bible where their stories are told. The graphic also forms a subtle cross which is a picture of the earthy kingdom foreshadowing the coming King.” Here is another infographic that displays America’s most and least churched cities. And while we’re displaying information, here’s a handy chart on how to avoid being “that guy” in class.

Hang in There, Mom and Dad – This blogger crunches the numbers and finds an interesting correlation–parents who remain together have children whose first sexual experiences are later.

The Greatest Dance Number Ever – I’d put this up against the best modern-day stunt for its sheer skill and athleticism. Fred Astaire said it was the greatest dance number ever filmed. No doubt.

When the Elders Say No – “In Persistently Preaching Christ: Fifty Years of Bible Ministry in a Cambridge Church, there is an exceptional instance of Minister and elders (in this case Church Wardens) working together.” It’s a great example of love and humility in action.

Four Types of Faith – From C. Michael Patton: “There are four different ways to define faith. It is incredibly important that we, as Christains, don’t go wrong here.” Indeed. It’s a helpful article.

Iran Sentences Pastor to 8 Years – “An Iranian judge has sentenced an American Christian pastor to eight years in prison after he was tried for his religious beliefs, a U.S.-based religious group said Sunday.”

You are to follow no man further than he follows Christ.

—John Collins

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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.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…