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A La Carte (October 17)

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I am very much enjoying my time in Brazil at the Fiel Pastors’ Conference. It has been a joy to meet so many people and to both see and hear how the Lord is at work in Brazil.

(Yesterday on the blog: Why We Chose a Christian College)

A Christian Man Receives Justice

David French updates an important story. “A good man’s legal ordeal is at an end. Yesterday, my friends and former colleagues at the Alliance Defending Freedom announced that former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran had reached a $1.2 million settlement, ending a case he brought after the city fired him for writing — and distributing to a select few city employees — a self-published book that articulated an entirely orthodox Christian view of sex and marriage.”

Spiritual Insecurity, Fear and the Gospel

I found this article from the new TGC Africa fascinating. “The common African worldview is built on two spiritual codes that cannot be flouted: The first is that one’s health and life depends on the happiness of the Supreme Being, lesser divinities, the ancestors and spirits. The second code affirms that the ancestors and magic protect us against evil powers, witchcraft and sorcerers.”

The Audacity of Gender-Reveal Parties: Another Step Towards Cultural Insanity

“At certain moments, it appears that a society inches its way right up to the edge of a cliff. At other times, however, you see an argument that sprints towards the edge and leaps right off.” Read Dr. Mohler’s analysis of another step towards cultural insanity.

Elders Are to Be Hospitable, Not Just Their Wives

“May all pastors have the reputation in their neighborhood as a place of refuge, a place of being real, a place of sincerity and God-centeredness where Christ is taught and all are included in family devotions. For an elder to be an elder, some basic characteristics must be present. Does the elder show interest in people? Does he labor to make people feel welcomed and loved in his house, too?”

A Word to the Older Men

Yes to this one! “Old men. We need you. And we need you to live your life in such a way that evokes admiration and respect. You don’t have to be a great orator. You don’t have to write books on theology. We just need you to be godly. That is your calling, and it should be the aspiration of every man. Set the pace for us. Your family, church, and community need this from you more than anything else.”

8 Rules of Social Media Wisdom

There is some wisdom here. “Peer pressure is always terrible, and social media are a megaphone for peer pressure. And when you use that megaphone all the time you tend to forget that it’s possible to speak at a normal volume: thus [the common and] genuinely held view that if you’re not talking to peers on Twitter you can’t possibly be talking to peers at all.”

The State of Theology: The Questions that Matter Most

Stephen Nichols provides some analysis on the new State of Theology survey.

Flashback: 3 Awful Features of Roman Sexual Morality

Christianity did not simply represent an alternate system of morality but one that condemned the existing system—the system that was foundational to Roman identity and stability.

If Christ’s glory doesn’t cause you to tremble, it most likely will not cause you to trust.

—Kevin Dibbley

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