A La Carte (October 4)

I’m glad to say that I think I’ve turned a bit of a corner in my recovery from whatever I picked up in Zambia. I hope to be back to normal within a few days.

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A Case for Christian Optimism

“Once the preserve of the middle-aged and elderly, ‘declinism’ has reached the mainstream in the Western world. The nagging feeling that life is on a downward trend, that things are not what they once were, that our future is less bright than our past, now plagues public discourse and popular media.” Like Andrew, I feel quite optimistic about the future.

Seven Blessings for Empty-Handed Believers

“Empty-handedness is where the blessing of God begins. People who feel they have something to offer God come to him with their hands full, but as long as our hands are full, we are not in a position to receive.”

“The next Pope will be John XXIV.” Will he?

Leonardo De Chirico follows some clues to suggest who may eventually replace Pope Francis.

Advice to My Younger Self

From her current vantage point in life, Donna tells what advice she would offer to her younger self.

Enduring Lessons from the Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Gary Millar only just got around to listening to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill and offers some enduring lessons from the whole Mars Hill situation (or fiasco or phenomenon or…).

God, Our Hiding Place

“The summer slump is over. Children have returned to school. Similar to the difficulty of moving a long-parked train, the normal cycles of life are slowly gaining momentum. And in the midst of all of this, many patterns in the life of the pastor are gaining inertia. As we take on more and more responsibilities, the pressure to crowd out the important with the urgent lurks in every staff meeting, inbox, and calendar update.”

Flashback: My Own Little Paradise in an Ocean of Ugliness

We genuinely do make progress, yet always know that many decades of struggle in this life will be but baby steps compared to the mighty leap we will experience when we are finally perfected in the moment of death.

There are no ‘if’s’ in Gods world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety- let us pray that we may always know it. —Betsie ten Boom