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Weekend A La Carte (March 30)

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(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.

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    Weekend A La Carte (March 30)

    A La Carte: What happens when half of your opponents in a women’s soccer match are men? / Do nine out of ten churched students actually drop out of church after high school? / The genius of the church at the turn of the age / Seventh year sabbath / An overlooked argument for the…

  • Are We Living in the Last Days

    Are We Living in the Last Days?

    The world is a mess. The world is a mess and seems to be getting messier. I could draw up an inventory of all the wars and conflicts, the diseases and disasters, the rise of immorality and decline of virtue, but that would be to tell you what you have already observed and already know.…

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    A La Carte (March 29)

    A La Carte: How to protect your kids from sexual abuse / Talk to God about what hurts / How’s your Bible reading plan going? / Resentment between men and women in the church / and more.

  • A Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Batch of New Books for Kids (and Teens)

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids of all ages…

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    A La Carte (March 28)

    A La Carte: The case against the abortion pill / What I’ve learned about grieving with hope / Heartbreaking deception: teen girls, social media, and body image / Could podcasts save the church from stupidity? / Count it all joy / and more.

  • What God Wants You To Forget

    What God Wants You To Forget

    We are never far from reminding God of our credentials, of providing him with a curriculum vitae that lays out all we are, all we have been through, and all we have accomplished for his sake. We are never far from making the subtle turn from grace to merit, from what is freely given to…