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A La Carte (July 6)

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(Yesterday on the blog: 5 Cautions for Your Spiritual Disciplines)

Movements Come and Go, the Church Remains

“There are a variety of movements happening now in the church, many of which are good. But I’m increasingly becoming a local guy. I’ve seen too many ‘revolutionary’ things quickly spring up and just as quickly fade away.” Ain’t that the truth.

Mister Rogers’s Deathbed Confession

Jared Wilson: “Mister Rogers’s deathbed question was really a deathbed confession. He was confessing that, facing the weight of eternity and the undeniable prospect of his justification before God, he wasn’t sure that his lifetime of ‘sheepishness’ was merit enough.”

7 Ways to Share the Gospel Without Being a Jerk

It’s not just that you share the gospel, but also how. “Nobody likes a jerk, but so often this is the impression many Christians give when sharing the faith. There are many people who claim to follow Christ but share their faith in a way that completely contradicts Jesus’ message and manner.”

Would Jesus Bake the Cake?

“Don’t be surprised if our sexually confused culture calls on you to compromise your biblical standards. If that happens, don’t do it. Let me help you, by asking the question this way: If Jesus was a baker, and He was asked to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony, would He do it? Various actors, journalists, and political pundits are sure that He would.”

Sexual History: Why You Need to Address it Before Getting Engaged

It’s important to have even very difficult conversations before getting hitched. “There are many reasons people avoid discussing their sexual history: fear, shame, and feeling intimidated by tough topics are just a few. Private sins like porn and masturbation sometimes seem to fade out when a dating relationship is going well. Some unwisely say things like, ‘Let the past be the past; move on into the future with this person you love and start fresh!’”

Why “Same-Sex Attraction” May be More Confusing Than Clarifying in Our Debates About Sexuality

This one is worth considering. “One of the besetting difficulties surrounding discussions of sexuality is terminology. Many of us are simply not on the same page when it comes to the meaning of the terms we use to frame the discussion. Also, many of the terms we use are loaded with baggage from secular theory that does more to confuse than to illuminate.”

Welcome To The Highly Probable World of Improbability

“The current world is one which has lost the probabilistic dampeners we all got used to growing up. We find ourselves immersed, much like Douglas Adams’s atomic vector plotter, in a soup of improbability—a place where we have to expect the unexpected. Such a world rewards resilience and improvisation; it naturally defeats well-laid plans.”

Flashback: The Joy of Walking with God

The Christian’s walk is one of close fellowship with God and earnest obedience to God. Here are some of the joys we receive in this walk.

The greatest miracle in the world is God’s patience and bounty to an ungrateful world.

—William Gurnall

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