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It’s our annual Week of Prayer at Grace Fellowship Church, which means that for two hours a day (one hour in the morning and one in the evening) we spend time in corporate prayer, praying through the lists of all those who attend, through the lists of other local churches, and for countless other things. What a great time this always is.

Rest and the Pastor’s Soul – Thabiti (Thabiti is now like Sting and Bono and Madonna–a guy who is known by just one name) offers some wise counsel for pastors on when and how to take times of rest.

Another New NIV? – Marvin Olasky looks at the new NIV. “The NIV was then the most trusted Bible in America, with slightly over a 50 percent market share. Many evangelicals felt betrayed when a small committee secretly made changes that appealed to feminists. WORLD called the new translation the Stealth Bible, and that designation stuck.”

Reclaiming Adoption – Here’s a review of Cruciform Press’ latest book, Reclaiming Adoption. “Perhaps the greatest personal endorsement I can give is to say that Cruver’s book has convinced me and my wife (and even my three children) to seriously pray, asking our Father if He would provide the means and method by which our family might live out of our adoption as Abba’s children by adding another child to our family or giving us the opportunity to care for orphans. I’m excited to see what He does with this.”

End of Days in May – To echo my pal Greg Lucas, Harold Camping says Jesus will return in May. My theology tells me he’s wrong; my heart hopes he’s accidentally right. This article talks about his latest prognostication (and those who just never give up on him).

An MTV Abortion – Denny Burk: “Last week I saw a news story about the MTV program “16 and Pregnant,” which was set to air an episode featuring a young mother who chose to have an abortion. The mother’s name is Markai Durham, and she already had one child when she became pregnant a second time. She and the father decided that they didn’t have the resources to raise a second child, and that is why they chose to end the life growing inside her.”

The Daily Habit of Simplifying – This is a short article with some really practical advice on de-cluttering your home.

7 Billion – National Geographic offers up lots of interesting facts in this short video about the world’s population which is projected to soon hit 7 billion.

Nothing gives such offence, and stirs up such bitter feeling among the wicked, as the idea of God making any distinction between man and man, and loving one person more than another.

—J.C. Ryle

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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…