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Weekend A La Carte (February 23)

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Will Woke Progressives Allow Celebrities to Be Christian?

David French: “We cannot exist as a pluralistic and diverse society if the price of admission to any American industry is the abandonment of religious faith to conform to the demands of the intolerant.” He refers particularly to Chris Pratt and his new involvement with Hillsong.

What Killed the Biggest Passenger Plane Ever Flown?

“The Airbus A380 is awesome and huge — the biggest passenger plane ever made, in fact. But less than 12 years after its entry into service, airlines feel they have enough of them. With orders having slowed to a trickle, Airbus has announced a wind down in production.” My dreams of flying on the upper deck of an A380 are quickly fading.

Seven Questions With Tim Challies

My friend Sam[uel] Sey, whose blog I’ve linked to a number of times, asked me a bunch of questions as part of his interview series.

How Martina Navratilova Found Herself ‘On the Wrong Side of History’ in a Hurry

Al Mohler: “She won the Wimbledon women’s singles title a phenomenal nine times. Martina Navratilova’s name, however, appears in the headlines not for her athleticism but for her collision with the LGBTQ revolution. Why is this interesting? Because Navratilova identifies as a gay athlete who championed the cause of gay rights. Now, the LGBTQ mainstream has disavowed Navratilova for her comments that criticized the participation of transgender women in gender specific sports—that is to say, allowing men who identify as women to compete against actual women in athletic contests.”

God Is Closer to You Than Your Own Thoughts

“We cannot know ourselves without knowing God. The Bible does not define human nature except to call us the image of God (Gen 1:26–27). The closest it comes to defining “image of God” is by saying that this image qualifies us to ‘have dominion’ over the earth. God is Lord of all; he has dominion over everything. So his image has a dominion similar to his. This is not an absolute or ultimate dominion, but a dominion under his that is higher than that of any other created thing.”

I Believe in [a Relevant] Church

I do too! “The relevance of the church depends on its holiness. As the people of God the church has been called out of this world and made separate from it (1 Peter 2:9). Quite literally, that’s what the word ‘church’ means – called out. The separation of the church is for the purpose of fellowship with God.”

Should I Pursue Marriage at a Young Age?

CBMW responds to a reader’s question about getting married at a young age.

Flashback: The Creative Arts Director

I took the opportunity to ask what qualifications the church might value in a new pastor. She thought for a few moments and replied, “He’d need to have good rapport with young people and a great sense of humor.”

We weren’t meant to be somebody—we were meant to know Somebody.

—John Piper

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

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