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A La Carte (January 11)

Don’t Confuse Spirituality with Righteousness

R.C. Sproul draws an important distinction. “Spirituality and piety are not ends in themselves. In fact they are worthless unless they are means to a higher goal. The goal must go beyond spirituality to righteousness.”

Why We Keep Playing the Lottery

There are a few interesting takeaways from this article. The first is the sheer marketing manipulation that goes on to encourage people to play the lottery. The second is how much more compelling it is to speak in the Christian language of heart idolatries than in the language of evolution when we explain the lottery fixation. (Also, try this Powerball simulator.)

When Life Feels Like Drudgery

“Faithfulness in drudgery is what faithfulness is all about. Most of life is drudgery, isn’t it? The messes, the commute, the weeds that keep growing, the bellies that need feeding, the clothes that need washing.” Yup. Most of us live most of life right there.

How Credit Cards Tax America

“How much money did you send your bank this year when you used your credit card? Did you notice that you paid a $400 fee—one of the highest in the world?”

How to Read Calvin’s Institutes and Why You Should Seriously Consider It

Justin Taylor offers encouragement and assistance.

This Day in 1946. 70 years ago today, John Piper was born. You can wish Pastor John a happy 70th birthday on Twitter!

The Lost Generation

A friend linked to this article which I read and thoroughly enjoyed. There are some great drawings and watercolors there to boot.

Third Wave Coffee

Here’s a brief video on the history of all these fancy coffees we’re drinking today.

Spurgeon

If you do not die to sin, you shall die for sin. If you do not slay sin, sin will slay you.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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  • Leadership

    We Need Qualified Leadership

    A few days ago I happened upon the page of an especially mega-sized megachurch. The church is about to undergo a leadership transition from an older man to a younger one and a page on the site lays out the process through which this new pastor was chosen. I read with a morbid kind of…

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    A La Carte (June 21)

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.