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18 People in My Truck – I love reading dispatches from the mission front.

Losing Is Good For You – “As children return to school this fall and sign up for a new year’s worth of extracurricular activities, parents should keep one question in mind. Whether your kid loves Little League or gymnastics, ask the program organizers this: ‘Which kids get awards?’ If the answer is, ‘Everybody gets a trophy,’ find another program.”

The Danger of Forgiving Yourself – “One of the more interesting teachings which has crept into the Christian world view is the idea of self-forgiveness. ‘You just need to forgive yourself’ is one of the standard ways this secular doctrine is put forth. I’m not exactly sure how it became such a supported teaching in the mainstream Christian consciousness, though I do have a pretty good idea of some of its secular counterparts.”

Oprah and Bell – “Eckhart Tolle. Rhonda Byrne. Elizabeth Gilbert. …Rob Bell? Yes, the moment has arrived. … Oprah has added Rob Bell to her list of must-read spiritual gurus.”

Behind the Blog – I enjoyed doing a brief interview with John. You can read it here, if you’re interested.

Christians and Social Media – Here are fifteen questions to ask about your use of social media.

We rob the gospel of its power if we leave out its threatenings of punishment.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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    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…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

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  • 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)

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