Weekend A La Carte (6/1)

The Mirror of Parenting – “For a parent, sometimes looking at our children can be like looking in a mirror. There are some moments when a glance in this mirror can bring amazed joy, and other moments, an ashamed ache. In many ways children reflect both what is lovely and what is ugly in the original and, when we’re watching with careful honesty, we’re sure to see moments when the reflection shares uncanny resemblance to ourselves.”

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The Explicit Gospel – Matt Chandler’s book The Explicit Gospel is free this month at ChristianAudio.

Self-Inflicted Wounds – This is quite an interesting (and exasperating) article from the Chronicle of Higher Education. It discusses how and why the study of English is dying from self-inflicted wounds.

Burden of Proof – “Today, as a Christian who has been involved in the examination of evidence for the past 25 years, I understand that atheists also have a burden of proof. All of us, in attempting to explain the world around us, move from a plethora of questions to a single responsibility…”

Accepting “No” As God’s Will – “Away with such distortions of biblical faith! They are conceived in the mind of the Tempter, who would seduce us into exchanging faith for magic. No amount of pious verbiage can transform such falsehood into sound doctrine. We must accept the fact that God sometimes says no. Sometimes He calls us to suffer and die even if we want to claim the contrary.”

The Stones of Death Valley – Fascinating! “These Death Valley stones seem to move by themselves, but no one has ever seen it happen”

Outsourcing Our Job Description – I appreciated reading many of Michael Horton’s thoughts in this article meant primarily for pastors.

Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees. –Corrie Ten Boom