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A La Carte (March 16)

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We enjoyed our quiet Sunday as a family, though it certainly reinforced how much we love gathering with the church. This gives us one more reason to hope and pray for a swift return to normalcy.

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Too Privileged to Panic?

Heidi Tai: “I have been reflecting on my own actions and inaction over the past few months, and it made me realise something about myself. I hate to admit it, but I was too privileged to panic. I barely reacted to the ‘threat’ of a pandemic, because I’m not an at-risk person. I’m young and relatively healthy. I’m not dependent on medication. I don’t have children to look after. I have a roof over my head. My husband is employed. We have family and friends we can turn to in crisis. If I was to catch the virus, the mortality rate for my age group is very low. Have you began to notice how many times I have used the word ‘I’?”

Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day

You’ve heard of “social distancing,” a term that seems destined to become (tragically) the word of the year for 2020. This article explains why it’s so important right now. “I know there is some confusion about what to do next in the midst of this unprecedented time of a pandemic, school closures, and widespread social disruption. As a primary care physician and public health leader, I have been asked by a lot of people for my opinion, and I will provide it below based on the best information available to me today.” (See also: This Coronavirus Is Unlike Anything in Our Lifetime, and We Have to Stop Comparing It to the Flu and Conceit and Contagion: How the Virus Shocked Europe.)

God Never Forgets His Promises

What a comfort it is to know that God never forgets his promises. I’ll let Derek Thomas explain…

‘Progressive’ Christianity: Even Shallower Than the Evangelical Faith I Left

“I’ve walked in both shoes: the shoes of those who deserted and the shoes of Peter who couldn’t leave, no matter how hard it seemed to stay. I was an #exvangelical who left the faith of my youth for ‘progressive Christianity.’ Then I returned. Here’s my #revangelical story.”

25 Hymns to Sing in Troubled Times

9Marks has a list that may come in handy!

How Japan Overcame a $200 Billion Disaster (Video)

This video tells a few interesting stories from the aftermath of the terrible tsunami.

Was Jesus Married to Mary Magdalene? Revisiting a Stubborn Conspiracy Theory

Michael Kruger: “When I was a kid, I always used to enjoy the “whack a mole” game at the local arcade (yes, we had to go to an “arcade” to play games). You had to be quick to win that game. Each time you hit a mole, another would pop up, taking its place. Of course, that is what made the game both fun and frustrating at the same time. No matter how hard you worked, it always seemed that the moles just wouldn’t go away. Sometimes it’s like that in the world of biblical scholarship. Theories pop up, are quickly refuted by the academy, and then, just when you think they have gone away, they pop again. Some theories just keep coming back.”

Flashback: Why Some People Aren’t Christians

As Christians we are to call all people to turn to Christ and be saved, and God will hold those accountable who do not. So why don’t they?

To be aficionados of Jesus or admirers of Jesus or simply an audience for Jesus will not keep us from the wrath to come.

—Jared Wilson

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