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Last week I went to the eye doctor and then bought a new pair of glasses. Suddenly I can see things. And now I’m asking myself why exactly it was that I allowed myself to see poorly for the last 2 years. Or as comedian Brian Regan puts it, “How can instantly improved vision NOT be at the top of your to-do list?”

Art, Nakedness and Redemption – This is a very good article written by William VanDoodewaard and taking issue with Christians who feel that nudity in art is permissible and/or praiseworthy.

The Last Temptation of Ted – GQ has a long story about Ted Haggard. It’s a sad story of a man who just refuses to acknolwedge that he is unsuited for ministry and who is sliding further into the mess he has created. Note: the story gets a little bit graphic at times.

Egypt Explodes – Gene Veith asks a few useful questions about the current situation in Egypt.

Lincoln’s Other Mother – “Stepmother” can be a fraught phrase in the telling of childhood stories — one thinks of Cinderella and the well-named Brothers Grimm — yet it was a very good day for Lincoln when she came into his life. (HT:TW)

The Sexualization of Youth – This article from the Telegraph has some very insightful things to say about the increased sexualization of children. “So far the debate over the sexualisation of children has centred primarily on quantitative questions. Are our young people being exposed to too much sex? Does this exposure happen at too young of an age? … What I find interesting, however, is that by framing the debate solely in terms of the above questions, the discussion has excluded crucial qualitative distinctions we need to be making.”

Mass Defection – This seems like an inevitable outcome of the Church of England’s moral decline: “Hundreds of disillusioned Anglicans were preparing Sunday to defect from the Church of England to the Roman Catholic Church in time for Lent, Sky News reported.”

Deepak Chopra Gets Owned – One little comment exposes his folly.

I have never yet known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided.

—D.L. Moody

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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…