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Weekend A La Carte (March 30)

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My gratitude goes to Burke Care for sponsoring the blog this week. Burke Care, which is a Biblical Counseling Coalition partner, offers Biblically-informed, care-centric, and kingdom-accessible discipleship care, equipping, and resourcing.

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There are, indeed, some new Kindle deals to close out the week and the month.

(Yesterday on the blog: Are We Living in the Last Days?)

The Genius of the Church at the Turn of the Age

This is an interesting reflection on modern technologies. “As fearful as the nuclear bombs of the 1940s which stamped a new physical threat on the psyche of a whole generation, Big Tech has split the atom of human identity and no one is truly prepared for the cognitive radiation which will destroy truth at a cellular level within our societies and our souls. The fact that such things can now be written without a hint of hyperbole provides a hint at how near to the brink of new and fearful things we truly are.”

Do Nine Out of Ten Churched Students Actually Drop Out of Church After High School?

Timothy Paul Jones wants to make sure people stop passing along a false statistic. “The nine-out-of-10 dropout number isn’t true. It was never true, yet many church leaders still believe it. Take a trip with me to the origins of this statistic and why it’s long past time to lay this lie to rest.”

Seventh Year Sabbath

Karen Harmening writes movingly about loss. “Each sharp pain or deep sorrow is another point in our mapping out the borders of the cavernous crater of our child’s absence. In the process, we are not simply marking out the edges of destruction, we are also painfully reconciling the devastation with what remains. And for followers of Christ, we are reconciling both the devastation and what remains with our faith.”

What Happens When Half Your Opponent’s Outfield Team in a Women’s Soccer Match Are Men?

“The Sexular Age creeps forward, inch by inch, sometimes faster, sometimes slower. But always moving forward. Stages come and are cemented in place. And then the next stage begins.” Stephen maps out some of those stages and shows how they move steadily forward.

One of the Most Overlooked Arguments for the Resurrection

Michael Kruger considers a fact of the resurrection that a lot of people overlook. “It is an often overlooked fact that provides the necessary context for the discussion. That fact is simply this: the earliest Christians came to believe, against all odds and against all expectations, that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead.”

Is Roman Catholicism a Creedal Faith?

Is Catholicism a creedal faith? Leonardo De Chirico asks and answers the question.

Loving someone means showing concern for his well-being, even if you are unable to fix his particular troubles.

—Jeremy Pierre & Deepak Reju

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    The Danger and Necessity of a Passion for Church Growth

    Quite a long time has passed since we witnessed the unexpected rise of a new kind of Calvinism. Few had anticipated that in the twenty-first century, so many millions of people spanning a host of nations and traditions would find themselves affirming such old and controversial doctrines. Yet many did so because they were wary…

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