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A La Carte (December 9)

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When We Send a Person To His Death – John Piper: “Ronnie Smith was shot and killed in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday. He was 33. He was a husband and father. The leaders of his home church have given me permission to respond to his death publicly and carefully.”

Nelson Mandela and the Ironies of History – Dr. Mohler writes about Nelson Mandela and avoids the extremes some fall into. “The death of Nelson Mandela represents a landmark in terms of history. But it is also, in terms of the Christian worldview, a cause for our deepest thinking about the intersection of history and destiny, of human rights and human dignity, and of character and leadership.” Also read Clint Archer’s article about how Mandela changed him.

Letting Pastors Be Real – From Christianity Today: “Dale Pyne says when we put pastors on a pedestal, they’re more likely to topple.”

One of the Biggest Mistakes Pastors Make – “Pastors, I want to talk frankly and, hopefully, with a spirit of love, about one of the biggest mistakes I see many of you make. Most pastors have little emphasis, or sometimes, even knowledge about the content that is taught in groups in their churches.”

How Can Jesus Not Know? – How can Christ say, ‘But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only’ (Mathew 24:36) when the three parts of the Trinity are one in essence and operate in perfect community/harmony?” The Gospel Coalition explains.

How Healthcare.gov Was Supposed to Work – The NY Times has a helpful graphic that shows how healthcare.gov was meant to work and where it all went wrong.

Tozer

The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.

—A.W. Tozer

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    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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