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Weekend A La Carte (March 14)

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Before I Go is a powerful bit of writing from Paul Kalanithi in which he opens up about his battle with advanced lung cancer and how he is facing his own mortality. (Note: Kalanithi succumbed to cancer just days ago.)

C. Michael Patton outlines 4 Characteristics of Legalism.

Yes, you can Be Happy When Someone Leaves Your Church, even if it’s difficult. How? There’s really only one church – and that’s Jesus’ church.

Deepak Reju has A Marriage Preparation Inventory that looks like an excellent tool for pre-marriage counselling.

Gavin Peacock says that the modern day litmus test for inerrancy is marriage. “Marriage is so intrinsically linked to the image of God, the authority of God and the gospel that to deny it is to deny the truth about God.”

Does Your Schedule Know You’re a Christian Dad? Steve Watters offers some good counsel in this article from CBMW.

Thanks to MereChurch for sponsoring the blog this week with their article Three Roads to Joy in Bi-vocational Ministry.

Here are 5 Things People Blame the Church For, but shouldn’t.

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A message of grace will attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them.

—Jared Wilson

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  • Free Stuff Fridays (Open the Bible)

    This week’s Free Stuff Friday is sponsored by Open the Bible. They encourage you to enter to win a series of books from Open the Bible and Pastor Colin Smith! Included in the giveaway are: For All Who Grieve by Pastor Colin Smith. Written with compassion and understanding, yet honestly facing the difficult questions that…