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A La Carte (July 13)

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May the Lord be with you and bless you on this fine day.

What Can the Church Do About Child Protection?

“Our theological convictions about the dignity of all people made in God’s image, our understanding of the Bible’s standards for Christian character, and its demands for how we care for the vulnerable must lead to changes in the way we view abuse prevention and child protection.” Briggham Winkler offers churches some direction in protecting children from abuse.

Are There Two Creation Accounts?

“One often hears the idea that there are two creation accounts in Genesis 1–2, almost as if it were intuitively obvious.” And while there are differences between Genesis 1 and 2, does that mean there are truly two separate and contradictory accounts?

Trust Through the Dark Brings Triumph in the Dawn

“Christian, the night may feel long, but the light will dawn again. You can’t put trust in circumstances changing in the way or timing you desire, but you can trust the One who rules over them. And he cannot be unfaithful to his promises.”

The lasting legacy of ordinary believers

What a joy to know that God carries out his work through very ordinary people like you and me.

Step Into the Sand & Dip Your Toes in the Water

Lauren draws a lesson from an unimpressive (but enjoyable) beach.

Testimony of the Mind and Heart

Rebekah considers testimonies that involve the heart and the mind. “Some of our encounters with Christ are dramatic, sudden, and emotional, while some are more quiet, protracted, and cerebral. One isn’t better than the other, of course. Each is simply evidence that God works with each of us where we are at the time, with what we bring to the table.”

Flashback: 12 Marks of Excellent Pastoral Ministry

This is what an excellent pastor does. and the solemn commitments he must make.

Since we have two or three faults of our own, we ought not to be too rough when we discover that our children have as many.

—De Witt Talmage

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