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A La Carte (May 11)

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Making Meetings Effective – Here’s some simple advice for making church-based meetings effective. Because we’ve all been in too many meetings where too little actually gets done.

A Critique of Family Driven Faith – Jerry Wragg and Todd Murray have written a helpful critique of Voddie Baucham’s Family Driven Faith, and with it the Family Integrated Church movement (part 1, part 2, part 3).

25 Things Yankees Should Know When Moving to the South – I enjoyed this list from Barnabas Piper.

Masculinity Crisis – “Porn and video game addiction are leading to ‘masculinity crisis’, says Stanford prison experiment psychologist.” I don’t agree with all he says, but the basic premise is interesting (and unsurprising).

If You See Something Say Something – “Ask religion journalists which they’ve encountered more: false witnesses and discord-sowers, or people with firsthand knowledge of wrongdoing who stay silent.”

Painless Parker – This is a fun little bit of history: Painless Parker, the celebrity dentist. Yes, dentist.

There is a difference between a well-instructed congregation and a well-nourished one.

—Sinclair Ferguson

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