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Weekend A La Carte (September 13)

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Thanks to Books at a Glance for sponsoring the blog this week; their sponsorship keeps the virtual lights on for another week!

Jeremy Walker writes about Gospel Ripples and the importance of preaching and hearing the gospel again and again.

Denny Burk looks at what the Bible says about spanking. Is it a legitimate form of punishment? Under what circumstances?

Scotland is facing a critically important vote next week. Here’s one person’s take on The Scottish Referendum – How Should We Pray?. Whatever else the referendum does or decides, it will make a huge difference in the lives of many Christians, which gives us all the reason we need to pray.

I enjoyed reading this “Watch Guy’s” balanced take on the new Apple Watch.

Michael Bird’s Biblica Hipsteria is a pretty good and pretty funny parody of the Bibliotheca project.

I Wandered, then Motherhood is a sweet blog by Melissa Edgington. I especially like this: “Motherhood is long. It is so short that it hurts.” I feel the same about fatherhood.

Flavel

Christ is so in love with holiness, that at the price of his blood he will buy it for us.

—John Flavel

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    Do You Envy the Wicked?

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