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Weekend A La Carte (7/27)

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The Modern Surveillance State – This is a fascinating article in which the author says today’s surveillance state should not be compared to Orwell’s Big Brother but to Tolkien’s Eye of Sauron. He shows how Tolkien unwittingly captured some of the problems and paranoia of a government that tries to watch everyone and everything.

Pastors and Evangelism – Steve Lawson: “In his final letter, Paul charges Timothy, his son in the faith, to ‘do the work of an evangelist’ (2 Tim. 4:5) … With Apostolic authority, this imperative command comes with binding force. All pastors must do the work of an evangelist. They must earnestly proclaim the gospel message, urging people to trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. So, where should this pastoral evangelism begin?”

Wedding Planning Lies – Here is a series of lies women may believe when they are planning a wedding.

The Wedding Vows – Steve McCoy has some poignant reflections at his twentieth anniversary. “I could talk about how much joy I still have when I see her or hear her voice. But we’ve both come to realize that after 10 years those things were easy to say, but after 20 there’s a whole lot of other things in our lives that won’t allow me to write something trite because 20 years of marriage isn’t easy. It’s been very hard.”

Interview with Nathaniel Philbrick – If you are a writer, or want to be, you’ll benefit from reading this interview with Nathaniel Philbrick. It’s full of interesting anecdotes about his life and tips about how he writes and how he writes so well.

Our heavenly Father never takes anything from his children unless he means to give them something better.

—George Muller

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  • Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Redeeming Sex in Marriage

    Surely few things in this world are more mysterious than sex. Surely few things give such clear evidence that there must be more to them than the sum of their parts. On the one level, sex is a simple biological function that exists to populate the earth with human beings. On the other level, it…