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A La Carte (February 16)

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What Does ‘Deconstruction’ Even Mean?

“‘Deconstruction’ is a term that has increasingly been used in evangelical circles, especially over the past decade. But it is a confusing term, because there’s no single or simple definition for ‘deconstruction.’ It has different meanings in different contexts. It has technical meanings in certain academic contexts and various informal meanings when current and former evangelicals use it to describe their (or others’) faith experiences.”

The Great Lament

Clint Humfrey and Yanick Ethier team up on a timely article. “To understand why Canadians have given their time and trucks to a convoy and to a protest, we need to look past the politics to something deeper—to the cries of the heart.”

The Prayers of Big Data

“These days it’s hard to surprise anybody with revelations about our compromised privacy in the Internet age. Nonetheless, I was still taken aback by a recent BuzzFeed investigation into the data harvesting practices of some of the Internet’s biggest prayer and spirituality apps.” Samuel James explains why it’s a big deal.

You Can’t Hack Your Way to a Faithful Ministry

Darryl Dash: “Here’s what every pastor needs to know: you can’t hack your way to a faithful ministry. You can’t learn pastoral ministry from blogs (including this one) or conferences. Avoid anything that looks like a ministry hack, because they simply don’t exist, and anyone who peddles hacks can’t be trusted.”

God’s Anger Can Open the Door to Experiencing His Mercy

“The Bible clearly teaches that God is both infinitely good and in control of all creation—even the evil in the world. Though He is not the author of evil, He is Ruler over it, as the book of Job illustrates. And because God is in control of all things, we can have hope and turn to Him for mercy and grace in the face of overwhelming circumstances.”

Can the Devil Read My Mind?

Adriel Sanchez: “The Bible clearly teaches that God is both infinitely good and in control of all creation—even the evil in the world. Though He is not the author of evil, He is Ruler over it, as the book of Job illustrates. And because God is in control of all things, we can have hope and turn to Him for mercy and grace in the face of overwhelming circumstances.”

Flashback: Your Calling: Bring Order from Chaos

Our lives are never less than bringing order from chaos. It is our constant task, our God-given calling. It is difficult, it is repetitive, it is frustrating. But it is good.

God never built a Christian strong enough to carry today’s duties and tomorrow’s anxieties piled on top of them.

—Theodore Cuyler

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