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A La Carte (August 2)

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Eve’s Nakedness and Your Broken Body

“Eve was the last woman to experience unbroken body-image. She was the last woman to see her body outside of the shadow of sin.” Sin has cast a very long shadow, hasn’t it?

Why There’s Only One American Cruise Ship (Video)

You can probably guess why there is only one American cruise ship.

Seven Marks of True Revival

If you were to begin hearing reports of revival, these are the kinds of marks you’d want to look for as you verify those reports.

I Opted Out of Facial Recognition at the Airport—It Wasn’t Easy

We should probably think carefully of the potential long-term results of our faces being just another bit of data that can be used to screen and verify us.

Robbed Again

I enjoyed this reminder and lament about some of the things we’ve left behind in this high-tech world. “Door dash is single-handedly killing the casserole industry. Who wants their friends to drop off a broccoli casserole during a post-partum recovery when Cheesecake Factory could just as efficiently deliver steak tips off of their skinnylicious menu? How dare you make me gag down your undercooked rice in a dish of assorted pantry items when I could have ordered out. I’ll miss casseroles though. I’ll miss returning them with a thank you note and a little chocolate. After all, my grandma Farris taught me never to return a dish empty.”

Your Sin is Not Your Friend

It really, really isn’t. “For the Christian, we have a new life and a new identity. We are not who we once were. In Jesus Christ, we died to our old way of life and have been raised to walk in newness of life. When sin crouches at your door, remind yourself that this is not who you are anymore. By the power of the Spirit, refuse to live in that for which your Savior died. Resolve to never live in the sins that defined you before you were in Jesus.”

VR Flood

This is a very intense VR experience (on YouTube) meant to highlight the dangers of driving across flooded streets.

Flashback: Why Should I Bother With Church History?

On a recent trip to Scotland, I held an Ask Me Anything event at FM Bookstore and Cafe in Edinburgh. One of the questions I was asked was “what are the benefits of studying church history?” Here is my answer.

Glory follows afflictions, not as the day follows the night but as the spring follows the winter; for the winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory.

—Richard Sibbes

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