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Weekend A La Carte (1/22)

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So the Blue Jays traded Vernon Wells. I didn’t think it could be done. The Jays are without Roy Halladay and Vernon Wells, the two men who for so many years were the face of the franchise. I hardly know what to think.

MacArthur & Patrick – John MacArthur has responded to some of the buzz about what he said about Darren Patrick. GTY’s Director of Internet Ministry explains further. I especially appreciate this: “Listen. John has more than fifty years of preaching faithfully, more than forty years in the same pulpit—don’t you think you ought to listen? Don’t despise the older generation; don’t dismiss their wisdom; don’t ignore their criticisms of you.”

Saying What You Believe – Piper makes a good point in this short article: instead of saying you’re a Calvinist, it may be better to just describe what you mean.

Tracking Down My Online Haters – A sports writer tracks down the people who use social media to saw horrible things about him and finds out that they’re actually normal, likeable people.

Worthless Small Talk – Small talk is the topic of this brief article by C.J. Mahaney. And I like what he has to say. Let’s not despise the little things that give flavor to life, even if it’s hard to see how they directly contribute to any kind of big picture.

The Ehrman Project – The Ehrman Project is a site dedicated to answering the questions raised by Bart Ehrman, who is relentless in his criticisms of Christianity.

Responding to the Great Distraction – Thom Rainer says that if your standards for church membership are low, you shouldn’t be surprised when the church is full of grumblers.

The Lord of the Rings – This may be the most marvelously entertaining thing I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a one-man Lord of the Rings. And since it’s Saturday, you’ve got an excuse to take a few minutes to watch it. This is part 1 of 4.

If one man should suffer all the sorrows of all the saints in the world, yet they are not worth one hour’s glory in heaven.

—Chrysostom

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