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Weekend A La Carte (March 19)

Gender Identity in Children

Justin Taylor: “The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds)—a socially conservative association of pediatricians and healthcare professionals in the United States, founded in 2002—has issued the following statement on gender identity in children.”

Repentance vs. Defensiveness

Here are two responses to criticism and the difference between them.

The Shame Culture

“Some sort of moral system is coming into place. Some new criteria now exist, which people use to define correct and incorrect action. The big question is: What is the nature of this new moral system?” David Brooks answers the question with some help from Andy Crouch.

Pay-to-Pray Scam

“Seattle-based website with 1 million Facebook fans used deceptive methods to entice people to pay $9 to $35 for prayers.” I can’t believe this site was actually real. And I don’t believe they will actually refund everyone.

A Marathon Mentality for Ministry

It is so important to approach ministry with the right expectations and the right mentality.

If the World Were 100 People

This video breaks the world down into 100 people and shares some surprising facts.

This Day in 1980. 36 years ago today, John MacArthur and Grace Community Church held the first Shepherd’s Conference. *

Look at the Book

If you downloaded John Piper’s Look at the Book for Logos this month, you may want to check this article to see how best to use it.

The Need for Perfect Obedience

This is a short but powerful statement of truth by Derek Thomas.

No Such Thing As “Secular”

I’m grateful to The Master’s College for sponsoring the blog this week with “No Such Thing As ‘Secular’.”

Spurgeon

When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love.

—C.H. Spurgeon

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