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A La Carte (January 26)

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Sex Abuse in the Church

Catherine Parks writes about the ugly reality of sexual abuse in the church. “In recent months, I have thought frequently about abuse allegations in the church. I have read story after story about abuse victims who went to church leaders and either were not believed or were blamed in part for what happened.”

Grand Jury Indicts Filmmakers

Joe Carter does one of his FAQs about yesterday’s outrageous news: “A grand jury in Harris County, Texas (the county where Houston is located) has indicted two of the undercover videographers associated with the Center for Medical Progress.”

7 Ways to Fight Distraction During Prayer

“Distraction can be a huge hindrance in our prayer life, but I am also discovering that it provides an opportunity for growth. Here are seven strategies for fighting distraction, and harnessing it to deepen and direct our prayers.”

48 Scattered Thoughts about Pastoral Ministry and Being a Pastor

This is great stuff. I especially appreciate #21!

Prayer Societies

This article contains some interesting ideas for prayer. And this is definitely true: “Every Christian knows he should pray. Simply urging the church to pray more usually results in condemnation about our prayer life rather than consecration in this holy duty.”

This Day in 1987. 29 years ago today, John Piper received the first copy of his book, Desiring God. *

How Should We Then Defend?

I’m linking to this article primarily because of the joy of reading this paragraph: “In 2015 in the United States, the process for picking a new president began in earnest. Not only is the process obnoxiously overblown, it provides a never-ending selection of sulfurous soundbites to a salaciously saccharine and spongy constituency. Rallies for would-be presidents show throngs cheering for one whose lies have been exposed and who is under investigation by the FBI, and for yet another whose brainless bigotry, bombast and buffoonery know no limits. And these are only the (as I write) “popular” candidates.”

In Praise of the Lowly McMuffin

Let’s face it: McDonald’s breakfast is a remarkable feat of food engineering. (Related: How on earth do you get a whole industry to transition to cage-free eggs?)

Why Monorails Aren’t the Future

Basically, because they’re awful at what they do.

Ryle

Unity without the gospel is a worthless unity, it is the very unity of hell.

—J.C. Ryle

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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  • Unite in Prayer with Persecuted Believers

    This week the blog is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. “Can I have a Bible?” The guard studied Qasem. “If you paint the walls of every cell in this prison, I’ll get you a Bible.” “Where is the paint?” And so Qasem, enduring what would ultimately be a three-year sentence for running house churches throughout…

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