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Why Bus Stops?
My buddy PMac, summer evangelist at our church, explains why he likes to find people and talk with them as they wait at bus stops (as opposed to going door-to-door through the neighborhood).


The Day Facebook Changed
Here is a change to look out for and one with very far-reaching effects. In just a short while Facebook will make profiles public by default (instead of making them available only to friends as they are now). Just imagine all of the information about you that will now be available to the world…


Is Masturbation Sin?
Relevant has discussed this issue over the past couple of weeks. I found this article particularly compelling as it came from a person who once took the opposite stance. “If I could go back to the 23-year-old that wrote those words, I would first punch his throat because a dude trying to justify his own sin is a dangerous dude and deserves a good throat punch. Then, I would encourage him to not share his thoughts publicly yet.” You’ve got to give him points for style, anyway.


Michael Jackson’s Real Legacy
I think this article does a good job of tapping into Michael Jackson’s real legacy. I won’t give it away, but suffice it to say that it’s got little to do with fame, fortune, dancing or music.


The Master of Ancient and Modern Myth
Albert Shepherd provides a review of J.R.R. Tolkien’s latest posthumous release, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun. “In these days when anyone can write a book and slap it together quickly to make some quick cash, “The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun” rises as an instant classic. The shallow-minded may soak up the soft drink that is the “Twilight” series or the “Inheritance Cycle”, but Tolkien’s writing, like a fine wine, refreshes those looking for deeper, more meaningful fare.”


  • 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…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.