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God, the Gospel and Glenn Beck – Russell Moore looks at this weekend’s happenings is Washington and is not thrilled. “A Mormon television star stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial and calls American Christians to revival. He assembles some evangelical celebrities to give testimonies, and then preaches a God and country revivalism that leaves the evangelicals cheering that they’ve heard the gospel, right there in the nation’s capital.”

The Bride Wore Cowboy Boots – Mark Altrogge: “I knew it was going to be different when the bridesmaids and bride came in wearing cowboy boots. But I knew the wedding would be wonderful long before Saturday, because the couple is an amazing couple.”

Insolence Upbraided – Read this little snippet from the life of G. Campbell Morgan: “An incident occurred in connection with meetings held in a town in England, which shows a side of Campbell Morgan few people ever knew, and those who did, it is likely, never forgot. Soon after concluding a series of meetings at which the offering had been particularly generous (which was not always the case!) Dr. Morgan received the following letter…”

Life Together – or Maybe Not – Carl Trueman has some really good things to say in this post. “I am immensely grateful that I have only ever held membership in churches of a size where the pastor has always been accessible and available. Indeed, my pastors have always even known my name, my wife’s name, my kids’ names, and even what sports they play (this latter may seem trivial but it has been peculiarly important to me: my kids may not always enjoy going to church; but they have never doubted that the pastor actually cares for them; and that is something for which I am more grateful than I can articulate).”

Nancy Pearcey in Washington – This may interest you if you’re in or near DC. “Nancy will be speaking at a ‘Faith and Law’ event in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on September 1, the date of the release of her new book Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, & Meaning.

Remembering Katrina – The Big Picture looks five years into the past to remember Hurricane Katrina and all the devastation it caused.

“Endurance and perseverance are qualities we would all like to possess, but we are loath to go through the process that produces them.”

—Jerry Bridges

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