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A La Carte (August 4)

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Reflections on Mark Driscoll and the Mars Hill Implosion – John Piper reflects a bit on the rise and fall of Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll. “[God] didn’t drop the ball, he’s not sweating, he’s not anxious. He is totally in charge of this war. He permitted a tactical defeat for the gospel. He has done it.”

Planting Churches in Japan – This is a fascinating article with missionary and church planter Dan Iverson. (Also, you can download the new issue of Tabletalk magazine free for your digital device.)

Why Are Weddings So Expensive? – This video offers some answers (and a couple of solutions).

Should I Leave an Inheritance to my Children? – In general I agree with much of what Randy Alcorn says in this video. There may be better things to do with your money than leaving it to your children.

California Wildfires – The Big Picture has a collection of amazing photos from the California wildfires.

After One Year – I’ve said before that missionary blogs are some of my favorites. Here Stacey reflects on her family’s first year in Cameroon.

The Epidemic of Male Body Hatred – These are some helpful thoughts on men and their bodies. “Health is not the issue here. There is a huge gap between being healthy and meeting our culture’s ideal of ‘hot.’ And in that space lies any and every resource for a man to hate his body.”


Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you.

—J.I. Packer

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

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    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

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