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A La Carte (November 29)

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There are a few new Kindle deals today that include some good works by John Stott and John MacArthur.

(Yesterday on the blog: When the Mission Field Comes To You)

Faith and (No) Work

This is a helpful perspective from a different culture. “For so many African Christians, the question is not ‘how can I fulfil God’s calling in my work?’; but ‘where can I find work?’ full stop. The question is not ‘how can I integrate faith and work?’; the question is ‘how can I live out my faith with integrity when there is no work?’”

Liberal Parents, Radical Children

This one is worth a read. “In the age of social media, virtue is not defined by how compassionately you act. Virtue is defined by how vehemently you react to that which you find offensive. Virtue involves the self-display of a certain indignant sensibility, and anybody who doesn’t display that sensibility is morally suspect.”

Social-Media Idealism Collides with Human Nature

David French: “Our social-media companies face a series of fateful choices. If they choose to be primarily platforms for human expression, they’ll empower many millions of voices that they despise. They’ll facilitate outcomes they may loathe. If, by contrast, they choose to prioritize progressive ideology and progressive outcomes, they’ll limit their reach, their influence, and their wealth. They’ll open themselves up to aggressive competition.”

Dr. Al Mohler on Denominations (Video)

Al Mohler discusses the issue of denominations during a lecture at RTS Charlotte.

Is It Discrimination for Christian Groups to Require Christian Leaders?

Here’s a growing concern on campuses. “One of the current attacks on religious liberty is the practice of university administrators to decertify campus Christian groups because they require their leaders to be Christian. This is said to constitute ‘discrimination’ against non-Christians in violation of university policies.”

Should Christians Abandon Christmas?

Sinclair Ferguson: “The other year I read an article by a Christian lamenting the fact that his church celebrated Christmas. He didn’t believe it was ‘biblical.’ After all, evangelical Christians and their churches are guided by Scripture—and there’s nothing in the Bible telling us to celebrate Christmas each year, far less celebrate it on December 25. I have friends who share that point of view. They believe we should order our lives, and our churches, exclusively in obedience to the directives of Scripture. And there’s no command to celebrate Christmas—much less Advent!”

The Deadly Logistics of Climbing Everest (Video)

It’s no small feat to climb Mount Everest, and not just because of the sheer physical challenge. It’s also a massive logistical challenge.

Flashback: Services Shaped Like an Hourglass

We begin our service distracted, narrow our focus to Jesus Christ, then broaden our gaze to living in this world for God’s glory.

Our insecurities, fears, and doubts can never be banished by the knowledge of who we are. They can only be banished by the knowledge of “I AM.”

—Jen Wilkin

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