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A La Carte (January 28)

Our Prayer Instincts Are Backwards

“Approaching the Queenstown airport in mid-winter—with mountain ranges on both sides and a huge lake straight ahead—we were caught in a giant wind tunnel. The plane was shuddering and sporadically dropping 50 feet at a time. The cabin filled with shrieking and praying. Many people were crying out to a God in whom they did not believe. Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there certainly aren’t many on buffeted flights.”

Plastic Bags Are Amazing

Just think about it: Plastic bags are actually an amazing feat of engineering. “Just look at the numbers: Plastic grocery bags cost pennies to make and hold more than a thousand times their weight. They’re light. They’re waterproof.” They’re amazing.

Good Governance over Good Theology

I would imagine you’ll either love or hate this article: “Goodness and faithfulness are important, but no substitute for competence. Believers and nonbelievers alike should choose the best candidate, not the best Christian, for president.”

I Can’t Be Good Much Longer

This article was a joy to read.

This Day in 1907. 109 years ago today, John Paton died. Paton was a missionary to the New Hebrides and had endured much heartache, including both persecution and the death of his wife and his son on the mission field. *

The Wreck of Amtrak 188

What caused the worst American rail disaster in decades? This article explains.

What If You Only Drank Soda?

It turns out your mom was right all along. And I feel very virtuous for drinking only club soda.

An Update on Pastor Saeed

Here’s a sad and disturbing update on pastor Saeed written by his wife Naghmeh.

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Medders

A profession of faith without progress in the faith in a dead faith.

—J.A. Medders

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    We Who Are So Ordinary

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