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Nabeel Qureshi’s Memorial Service

A celebration of Nabeel Qureshi’s life and ministry will take place this Thursday, September 21, at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) at The Loop Campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church (7401 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024). It will be livestreamed online for those who wish to watch it.

Lying to Machines

John Dyer: “Over the past few months, I’ve been testing out the beta version of iOS 11 on my iPhone, and I’ve found myself doing something very disturbing – I regularly tell Siri little fibs, and sometimes I tell her full blow lies.”

Predigested Obsolescence

Carl Trueman’s latest column is a good one: “As long as there have been churches, there have been churches that want to do less than that for which the church is intended. Rather than offer people a glorious vision of who God is and who men and women are before him, they have sought to offer the spirit of the age in a religious idiom.”

This Crisis? It’s Nothing

Rod Dreher provides some important historical perspective to those who think we’ve come into the worst times in history.

No More Boredom

Randy Alcorn addresses a too-common misconception. “Our belief that Heaven will be boring betrays a heresy—that God is boring. There’s no greater nonsense. What’s true is that our desire for pleasure and the experience of joy come directly from God’s hand.”

Have we Christians made Marriage too Complicated?

I have often wondered whether we’ve made this all too complicated. “Were we playing our parts correctly? Was I sinning by giving my husband my opinion on things all of these years? Was my husband sinning by allowing me to have a say in things? And when he did listen to me when I had a strong opinion about something, was I manipulating him? At one point, I was even told by a church leader that it was strange that my husband and I told each other everything.”

Modern Media Is a DoS Attack on Your Free Will

These are helpful but sobering thoughts on the ways we are shaped by our digital devices.

Flashback: A Powerful Practice for Prayer

There is one practice I find myself working on these days more than any other, and I think it may be the most important of them all. It is a simple one: Never resist the least urge to pray.

God does not accept me just as I am; He loves me despite how I am. —David Powlison