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A La Carte (June 25)

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Called to Be Uncool Christians – N.D. Wilson: “Cows like to turn their backs to the wind. At least, all the cows I know do. Slowly, awkwardly, eventually, all that beef will run parallel to the breeze. People aren’t too different. We align ourselves safely into herds, comforted by the hot breath of others breaking on the backs of our necks and ears. Then we huff and we puff and we blow at the fools turned in the wrong direction.”

A Plea to Come Forward – Paul Levy takes on one of those issues that every churches faces: Getting people to move to the front.

Potshots Are Not a Spiritual Gift – “This sounds like a no-brainer, but in our social media age, it’s not a given…” Indeed.

Naming the New Calvinism – Timothy Paul Jones takes a shot at coming up with a better name than “New Calvinism” or “Young, Restless, Reformed.”

The First 10 Minutes of Your Day – How do you spend the first ten minutes of your workday? Here’s some sound counsel on spending it well.

Cool at 13, Adrift at 23 – “At 13, they were viewed by classmates with envy, admiration and not a little awe. … They were cool. They were good-looking. They were so not you.” But it looks like they didn’t turn out so well in the end.


Passion is not a substitute for clarity. Volume is not a substitute for content. Emotion is not a substitute for conviction.

—H.B. Charles Jr

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