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A La Carte (October 11)

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(Yesterday on the blog: What I Love To Ponder at 10:01 AM on Sunday Morning)

What Ever Happened to Civil Debate?

“Our society simply hasn’t grown out of our child-like ways of debate; we rarely engage ideas because it’s easier to attack each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching a political debate or having an online discussion, we’ve simply lost the ability to think deeply, engage opinions different from ours, and do so in a civilized manner.” Ain’t that the truth.

How Should Christians Think about the Legalization of Cannabis?

“On October 17, recreational cannabis use will become legal across Canada to those old enough to buy alcohol in a given province. In doing so, Canada will become only the second country in the world to legalize recreational weed nationwide. (Uruguay is the other.)” Here’s a bit of helping in thinking it through.

J.K. Rowling Needs To Stop Messing With Harry Potter

I don’t much care for Harry Potter, but I was interested to hear how Rowling keeps messing with it. “The Harry Potter books feel like an ever-growing house of cards. Rowling can’t seem to help herself from adding more and more cards to the tower, and even though all I want to do is cherish my memories of reading these books as a child, I can’t look away from the impending disaster.”

How Does Paul Teach us to Interact With the Culture? (Video)

Dr. Guy Waters answers this question: How does Paul teach us to interact with the culture?

The Unexpected Trend Reviving Canadian Christianity

I enjoyed this profile of some churches in this area that are doing some tremendous good for the Kingdom.

If God Desires All to be Saved Then Why Aren’t They?

If God desires all to be saved, then why aren’t they all saved? This is a brief but helpful answer.

Flashback: The Fullness of Beauty

God’s beauty is divine, eternal, and infinite. He is beautiful. He always has been and eternally will be.

Does God ask us to do what is beneath us? This question will never trouble us again if we consider the Lord of heaven taking a towel and washing feet.

—Elisabeth Elliot

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