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A La Carte (October 27)

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There are plenty of new Kindle deals today for those who keep an eye on such things. Baker Books has 5 titles on sale in honor of Reformation Day while Christian Focus has 4 good books marked down. Find them all here.

Cries in the Dark

This is hard to read, but important to read. Jessica Harris shares some cries for help from some of the many women she interacts with who are struggling with pornography. It’s not just a guy problem!

Is It Sinful to Watch Porn with My Spouse?

While on the subject of sexual sin, John Piper answers a too-common question: Is it sinful to watch porn if I’m watching it with my spouse?

The Politics of Jen Hatmaker

I know quite a lot of people are wondering what Jen Hatmaker believers. In this new interview she lays out her views on several issues, including homosexuality and gay marriage.

When the Taliban Takes the Girl Next Door

“In 2012, York County’s Caitlan Coleman and her husband were kidnapped by terrorists. They’ve been held in captivity ever since. Only after they vanished did friends and family learn Caitlan’s gut-wrenching secret.”

Kill the Midweek Prayer Meeting?

James Faris has a level-headed article about the significant of keeping or killing the mid-week prayer meeting.

A Warning for Americans

There’s an interesting, alarming story playing out in Toronto that may serve as a warning to Americans.

This Day in 1978. 38 years ago today the complete New International Version (NIV) of the Bible was first published. *

It Happened to George Washington’s Church

What an encouraging article about The Falls Anglican Church! “Stories about losing rarely reach the front page, but our countercultural faith is different. We believe to live is Christ and to die is gain. Daily news of victories—in sports, in politics—obscures this truth. That’s why we need more stories of gaining through loss. Such stories are bound to continue for the faithful in today’s America.”

Why You Should Listen to “Four Seasons”

You might just enjoy this video on Vivaldi’s masterpiece.

This Is My Body

This is interesting but not surprising: “Religious beliefs about the body had a significant influence on body image, over and above other factors such as religious commitment.”

Flashback: On Wanting To Not Die

I recruited Aileen to the cause and said, “We need to get fit.” She loves me enough to play along. Neither of us had ever been to a gym or health club before. We did not know what to expect when we walked through those doors, but we steeled our nerve, took courage from one another, walked in, and asked to speak to someone.

As the cuture around us shifts away from the gospel, our response should not be outrage but outreach.

—Phillip Bethancourt

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