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From Strangers to Missionaries – You may be interested in reading Tim Brister’s reflections on reaching his neighborhood.

The Airline Peanut – “When it comes to serving food on board, airlines can’t seem to win: whatever they serve is criticized for its quality, but if they cut back, they hear about that, too. The life of the airline peanut – after decades, barely hanging on to its role as the prototypical on-board snack – is representative of airline food’s career, both triumphs and struggles.”

Protect from Busyness – Here is a helpful list of six ways Christians can protect each other from busyness.

The Invention of Teenagers – LIFE goes back to its archives to trace the rise of the teenager. “Historians and social critics differ on the specifics of the timeline, but most cultural observers agree that the strange and fascinating creature known as the American teenager — as we now understand the species — came into being sometime in the early 1940s.”

The Problem with the Childfree Life – Kathleen Nielson: “Time magazine has stirred up the social pot again, with its recent cover picturing a couple clearly reveling in ‘The Childfree Life.’ In her cover article Lauren Sandler offers a vivid glimpse into the fast-growing world of women ‘having it all without having children.’ She not only lets us see the statistics; she also lets us hear the voices of the women they document.”

Engaging Japan with the Gospel – You should check out Ligonier’s interview with Michael Oh on gospel advance in Japan.

Obedience rendered without delight in rendering it is only half obedience.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

    A La Carte: Making tea and holding hands for the sake of the gospel / When Christian groups subvert religious liberty of Christians / How busy should I be? / 5 ways people worship themselves / A backwards birth into heaven / A new systematic theology / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…