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Weekend A La Carte (12/14)

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The Legalism Boogeyman – This is true! “The legalism card often gets overplayed. More and more I’ve interacted with Christians humbly and faithfully working out their salvation with fear and trembling, only to have the legalism card slapped on them. As such, they’re being fallaciously warned about legalism bogeymen. There are many I’ve heard of lurking in Christendom.”

The Scandal of the Semi-Churched – Kevin DeYoung: “I want to talk about church members who attend their home church with great irregularity. These aren’t unchurched folks, or de-churched, or under-churched. They are semi-churched. They show up some of the time, but not every week. They are on again/off again, in and out, here on Sunday and gone for two.”

What We Get Wrong – Here’s a perspective on what we (might) get wrong about gift-giving at Christmas.

The First Ransom Note – Smithsonian shares some fascinating articles. Here’s one of them: “On July 1, 1874, two Ross sons were taken from their family’s front lawn in Germantown, a northwest Philadelphia neighborhood. The kidnappers released Walter, age 5, for reasons unclear. When Charley failed to return home by nightfall, Christian Ross, a dry-goods merchant, feared the worst…”

What Do Protestants Protest? – Not enough, according to R.C. Sproul Jr., and I’m inclined to agree.

Against Gay Marriage – Denny Burk introduces an interesting article from an advocate of gay marriage who is insisting that being opposed to gay marriage doesn’t make a person a homophobe.

Lewis

How difficult it is to avoid having a special standard for oneself!

—C.S. Lewis

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