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A La Carte (December 11)

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Jesus, Jacob, and the Polar Express – Read this one: “We do Santa Clause at our house. There. I admitted it. Online, in a Christian blogpost to be viewed by the cyber SWAT teams of theology police. And you can take away my John Calvin signature Reformed Theology card but it still wont change the fact that the guy in the red robe has a place in our home during the Advent season.”

7 Ways Social Media Makes Pastoring More Difficult – “Facebook can be very helpful to pastors. It helps us to know how to pray. It is a great avenue for communicating your message, making announcements, establishing connections, helping people to laugh, and a host of other things. It’s also a headache.”

An Interview on Sex, Dating, and Relationships – Justin Taylor has an interview with Gerald Hiestand who co-wrote the excellent book Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach.

Plain Dressing – Why do the Amish dress the way they do? This article explains. You probably already know, but of some interest is the fact that their dress is drawn from a variety of periods of history.

Football, Warrior Culture, Manhood – Owen Strachan has some good things to say about manhood. “Warrior culture and godly manhood are not one and the same. Too often, we act as if they are.”

In Christ Alone – The Gospel Coalition interviews Keith Getty on the recent buzz around the PCUSA’s decision to exclude “In Christ Alone” from their hymnal based on the song’s reference to the wrath of God.

Oswald Chambers

The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience.

—Oswald Chambers

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