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Say No to Ministry Porn – Darryl shares a definition of “porn” that applies equally to ministry as to sexuality. This kind of “ministry porn” draws in a lot of dissatisfied pastors and church planters: “an unrealistic depiction of something that doesn’t exist that robs you of what you already have that’s good and beautiful.”

Bad Charity – This article from TIME shows once again that not all aid sent to Africa is at all helpful. If that’s news to you, you need to read When Helping Hurts.

A Pocket Watch – There is some useful counsel in this article: Don’t treat your phone like a pocket watch. “According to a recent study published in the journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (pdf), humans look at their phones 34 times a day. That’s pulling a device out of a pocket or purse or off a conference table more than twice an hour.”

Women of Grace – I’ve mentioned our church’s “Women of Grace” conference a couple of times. If you’re planning to come, you should probably register today as the earlybird rate ends at midnight. There’s lots of detail at the link.

The Transformation of the Boy Scouts – Dr. Mohler writes about a sudden change of direction for the Boy Scouts. “The new policy to be adopted by the Boy Scouts of America represents a revolution in what that esteemed organization understands ‘morally straight’ to mean. We should not let that pass without taking notice of what that revolution will eventually bring about — nothing less than a reversal of what morality is understood to demand.”

Paperman – This is a great little animated film that was, not surprisingly, nominated for an Oscar. It uses “a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques.”

There are no crown-wearers in heaven who were not cross-bearers here below.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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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…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…