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Weekend A La Carte (6/11)

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Today is one of those Saturdays–one of those ones where it’s going to be go-go-go. The good news is that everything we are going to do today (Lord willing) is a great thing: spending time with friends, watching my son play baseball, celebrating a birthday, etc. So here’s to a great Saturday! And in the meantime, enjoy these articles:

Man-Centered Missions – Here’s an exceptionally important article from Frontline Missions. “When missions becomes man-centered, a deviation has occurred from its Christ-centered and Gospel-focused purpose. This deviation often stems from an outdated biographical ideal from the 1800s coupled with the masterfully prepared updates of “Mr. Missionary.” The pictures and stories may present a warped view of reality on the field, but who needs facts when people are spellbound? Close the deal and sign the contract while people wipe tears from their eyes and feel guilty for living in America.”

Thanks a lot, Ken Burns – I know there are lots of Civil War buffs around here. I’d love to get your take on this article about the fallacies of Ken Burns’ documentary. “Because of you, my Civil War lecture is always packed—with students raised on your sentimental, romantic, deeply misleading portrait of the conflict.”

The Tree of Life – This sounds like quite an interesting movie. Probably rather boring and artsy too. But it seems to have a lot to say about (and probably against) the Christian faith.

Hearing from God – “Virtually everyone seems to be ‘hearing from God’ in some fashion these days—pastors, writers, worship leaders, even the regular folks at our weekly Bible studies—so the basic idea must be right.” Greg Koukl interacts with this idea in the recent Solid Ground newsletter.

Stringer Suckers – A word to those who are combing through the 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s emails looking for gold (or dirt–it’s the same thing in this case, I suppose).

29 Ways to Stay Creative – This video shares a few good ideas on being and remaining creative.

Character is what we are when nobody sees us except God.

—John Blanchard

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.