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A La Carte (July 10)

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The Death of Bees – You have probably been hearing about bees dying en masse. This video explains why this is such a problem.

How the Gospel Ended My Same-Sex Relationship – This is a powerful piece of writing. “I just want to tell a little of my story, with the hope that maybe someone out there will hear me differently than so many of the aforementioned sound bites circulating right now. Warning: You may not like the way my story turns out.”

The Rising of the Beast in America? – Rick Phillips: “One of the most regrettable legacies of 20th century evangelicalism is the marginalizing of the book of Revelation as a guide to spiritual warfare during the church age.”

The History of Braces – “How did orthodontia—expensive, painful, and often medically unnecessary—become so popular?” It’s a reasonable question to ask.

Skinflints and Slackhands – “One of the great advantages of being in a church is that you may well know lots of useful people, people who know how to do stuff.” So we can take advantage of that, right?

The Confederate Flag Controversy – Joe Carter considers his “9 Things You Should Know” series with a look at the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag.

Ortlund

The one thing the gospel never does is nothing.

—Ray Ortlund

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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…

  • that First Sports Bet

    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)

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  • Not a Life of Ease

    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 8)

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