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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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    We Who Are So Ordinary

    A couple of years ago I listened to an interview with a critic of Christianity. He was a person who claimed to love Christ, yet who seemed to have little use for Christ’s church and little good to say about Christ’s people. There was one critique that especially stood out to me

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    A La Carte (March 4)

    A La Carte: Christians should long for giftedness / Talking about race in 2024 / No creed but the Bible / 7 blessings older saints offer the church / Is it okay for Christians to grieve? / Kindle and book deals / and more.

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    What Is the Best Thing In Life?

    Any time we consider the spiritual disciplines, or means of grace, it is crucial that we remember not only the great purpose of these habits but also the great blessing they represent. We were made to know God and to be known by God. We were made in the image of God to have a…

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    Weekend A La Carte (March 2)

    A La Carte: The only way out of our desperate hypocrisy / Are Evangelicals too hard on men? / 9 healthy ways to respond to criticism / Is God disappointed with me? / 4 snapshots of dispensationalism today / Logos and Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Help The Persecuted)

    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. Help The Persecuted rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of persecuted believers in the Islamic World through spiritual support and tangible help. Every week, they send out an email with specific, real-time prayer requests of persecuted believers to their global Prayer Network. You can join the…

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    A La Carte (March 1)

    A La Carte: Rumblings of revival among Gen Z / Addition by subtraction / Seeing red / Burying the talents of the Great Rewarder / Inviting evaluation of your preaching / Book and Kindle deals / and more.