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16 Ways to Find a Wife – This article from the Westminster Seminary blog outlines 16 ways to find a way according to the Bible. It’s pretty funny. For example, there’s the ultra-romantic “Find an attractive prisoner of war, bring her home, shave her head, trim her nails, and give her new clothes. Then she’s yours. (Deut. 21:11-13)”

Barna’s Statistics – I like Mike’s take on Barna and his statistics. “A new study shows that 100% of Barna statistics are skewed to lend credibility to his anti-church bias. … I am not doubting that we can gain some benefit from Barna research and that some of it is actually legit and could be helpful. However, I have become very leery of accepting anything that Barna throws at us.”

The Social Network Gospel – This is interesting to consider: “Lamar Vest, president and CEO of the American Bible Society (ABS), says we’re witnessing ‘a revival of Bible engagement. For too long we have judged our effectiveness by the number of Bibles distributed. We are determined to no longer judge our effectiveness by tonnage but by impact.’”

Care or Counsel? – I appreciate the reasoning here: “In the fall of 2011, I (Robert Cheong) made a strategic decision to replace the word ‘counsel’ with ‘care’ within our church culture.”

The Nowness of Obedience – Desiring God continues their excellent series on “Grace at Home” with a reflection on obedience. “Have you ever noticed that obedience is actually only possible in the present?”

Free eBooks – Monergism has a growing collection of excellent, free ebooks, including one by John Piper that they’ve just added.

He that is down needs fear no fall, He that is low, no pride.

—John Bunyan

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

  • Tell Me

    Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

    If you have spent any time at all on YouTube, you have probably seen videos of people hearing for the first time or people seeing color for the first time—videos of people who, through the miracles of modern science, have senses restored that had either been missing altogether or that had become dull through illness…

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    A La Carte (February 26)

    A La Carte: How not to apply the Bible / 30 people in the New Testament confirmed / Taylor Swift and Christianity / But I did everything right / 10 reasons the Old Testament matters to Christians / Kindle deals / and more.

  • We All Have To Do With God

    We All Have To Do With God

    Every one of us must deal with God. Every one of us must, at some time, face God. Every one of us must be prepared to give an account to God. For, as Scripture says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto…

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    Weekend A La Carte (February 24)

    A La Carte: Wherever he leads, he’ll go / Britain’s loneliest sheep / Helping your teen with porn / How do the Arminian and Calvinist views of election differ? / Exposing the good in digital distractions / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…