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A La Carte (February 17)

In Defense of Date Night

Stacey Reaoch defends date nights: “While it’s true that a good marriage is built in the mundane tasks of everyday life rather than on romantic getaways and mountaintop experiences, it doesn’t negate the fact that intentional time together as a couple is indispensable to having a healthy marriage.”

Joseph Fiennes Talks About Playing a Skeptic in ‘Risen’

Christian Today interviews Joseph Fiennes about playing the lead role in the new film Risen. They also talk about his upcoming role as Eric Liddell.

Beware the Black Hole of Time

Here’s a good warning for all church-goers. “Oh, yes, the black hole of time. This is that period of time following the service when the visitor is standing around awkwardly, knowing not a soul. As the church bustles about, clumped together in their familiar groups, catching up and fellowshipping, the new family nervously gathers their stuff, looks about the room and waits.”

Reading the Challenging PG-13 Bible Passages

There is some good guidance here on reading those PG-13 passages with your children.

This Day in 1912 and 2001. 104 and 15 years ago today respectively, missionary to India John Nelson “Praying” Hyde and Voice of the Martyrs founder Richard Wurmbrandt both died. *

Is a Surrogate a Mother?

This article discusses one of the complexities inherent in this “brave new world.”

A Short Remembrance of Dr. Charles Ryrie

I enjoyed reading Denny Burk’s short remembrance of Charles Ryrie who died just two days ago.

How the FBI Took Down FIFA

This longform article explains how the FBI got on the track of FIFA and how they eventually began to take it down.

Flavel

Every man loves the mercies of God, but a saint loves the God of his mercies.

—John Flavel

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