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Weekend A La Carte (8/17)

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The Situation in Egypt – Dr. Terence Ascott, CEO and Founder of SAT-7 International, writes about the current situation in Egypt, what is going on there, how it differs from media portrayals, and how Christians can pray about it.

The Temptation of Jesus – Byron Yawn writes about the temptation of Jesus and what it means. “A ‘how to’ on resisting temptation is a secondary application at best if not tertiary. He’s not telling us to do anything. He’s actually doing it for us. There is something much greater under way in this moment. More importantly, do we need to be standing within view of the actual site to realize how misguided our take on it is?”

Same Sex Attraction – Kevin DeYoung: “I’m sure there is much more that should be said–and equally sure that many can say these things better than I can–but as a starting place I believe our churches should make these five commitments to those struggling with same sex attraction in our midst.”

The Dread Pony – Here is an article about yet another fad. I link to it mostly because the author does such a good job of writing about it. “The thinking goes that the smirky ironic detachment of recent decades—​pretending to embrace low-culture totems for laughs​—​has grown stale. Now that the Internet has fragmented the culture into a million pieces, helping every maladjusted shut-in to realize his natural level of eccentricity, the only way for a self-respecting hipster or a Zuckerbergian alpha-nerd (the tribe that now runs the world) to distinguish himself is to enthuse over his enthusiasms without detachment or apology.”

An End of Books – Seth Godin has a fascinating look at what has happened to the book, the bookstore, the library, and other things we love.

Free from CBMW – CBMW has a couple of free books you can download in PDF format: Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood by John Piper and Wayne Grudem and 50 Crucial Questions About Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper and Wayne Grudem

The essence of apostasy is changing sides from that of the crucified to that of the crucifier.

—John Stott

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  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    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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  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    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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  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

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