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Is Pornography the New Tobacco?
Several things are trying to lay claim to the “new tobacco.” This author says it is pornography (and I’m inclined to believe). “Imagine a substance that is relatively new in the public square, but by now so ubiquitous in your society that a great many people find its presence unremarkable. Day in and day out, your own encounters with this substance, whether direct or indirect, are legion. Your exposure is so constant that it rarely even occurs to you to wonder what life might be like without it.”


You Are Here
A great little video that kicked off the Catalyst West Coast conference.


Snapshots of Religious Life
John Ortberg offers a series of snapshots of contemporary religious life.


D.A. Carson in Themelios
As always, Dr. Carson’s editorial in Themelios is well worth the read. “In blogs, journal essays, and books, there has been quite a lot written recently about what “the gospel” is. In the hands of some, the question of what “the gospel” is may be tied to the question of what “evangelicalism” is…”


To Be Changed
I always enjoy Monday with Mounce. This week he looks to his personal mission statements and the Greek that lies behind it. Every time I read his column I find myself wishing that I had paid more attention in Greek class!


Deal of the Day: Mother’s Day Deals
From The Ardent Sparrow (handcrafted jewelry) comes this offer: “Free Air Mail shipping on all orders over $30 (before shipping) when you mention challies.com in the ‘Message to Seller’ during checkout. Offer valid from Tuesday, April 28th to Friday, May 1st.” She crafts some great jewelry and I’m sure you can find something there for mom…


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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

  • that First Sports Bet

    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Not a Life of Ease

    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 8)

    A La Carte: Fighting for faith when doubts abound / The incredible blessing of my father’s final months / Why you can’t let yourself feel content / The means of doing much good / Bible translations are for people / Kindle deals / and more.