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A La Carte (January 17)

I will soon be on my way to the G3 Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. It kicks off today with the Spanish pre-conference, then continues into the weekend. You can watch it live at the web site.

Westminster Books has some solid deals on some excellent books about relationships, dating, marriage, and sex.

(Yesterday on the blog: Exploring Ontario, and Why I Love Being a Christian)

She is Broken, and She is Beautiful.

This is an excellent article. “The Church is broken because she is made of broken people. But she is also beautiful because she has been healed by a beautiful Savior. I find pieces of my sanctification in serving alongside the members of the broken and beautiful Bride of Christ. He will surely present her pure and spotless before the Father one bright, glorious day.”

Comfort is a Deadly Compass

“When given choices we often tend towards that which is going to be the most comfortable and most personally rewarding. But what if our compass is defective? What if the right sense of direction would tell us to do the hard thing that requires humility? I believe that personal comfort is a deadly compass.”

France’s Ongoing Quest to Crush English Loanwards

For some reason I find this whole effort very strange: “The French language police tend not to shoot from the hip. Instead, these guardians of the Gallic tongue will agonize for weeks, even months, about how to protect French from an onslaught of Anglo-Saxon terms—e-mail, hashtag, MP3. And now, ‘le smartphone.’”

Have Bible Quoters Replaced Bible Readers?

I rather suspect there have always been more Bible quoters than readers. It is well worth considering the difference between them.

Why It’s Hard for Muslims to Convert

This is good to think about when sharing the gospel with Muslims. “Most Muslims are born in a Muslim country and/or a Muslim family and simply adopt Islam as their religion by default. What that means is that there is a strong cultural and familial component to being Muslim. Abandoning Islam often means abandoning their family and tradition. That is hard to overcome.”

This is Not a Real Church

“How much can you strip away and still have a real church? If we were to apply Ockham’s Razor to church, what would be left standing?”

How DNA Testing Botched My Family’s Heritage

Here’s a interesting look at the real story behind the growing trend of DNA testing (and why the results can vary so much).

Flashback: The Atrocity of Sin

“My soul, bow down under a sense of thy natural sinfulness, and worship thy God. Admire the grace which saves thee—the mercy which spares thee—the love which pardons thee!”

Those who have been justified are now being sanctified; those who have no experience of present sanctification have no reason to suppose they have been justified.

—F.F. Bruce

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    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

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    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.