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A La Carte (June 7)

Good morning. Grace and peace be along with you today.

Let Passing Controversies Pass

“ Practically, a single question to request ourselves as pastors — about the preaching schedule, about our meeting daily activities, about our conversations — is, That sets the agenda? Is it the world? Could it be what’s trending upon Twitter? Is it the never-ending flow associated with daily news that keeps us from giving our limited attention to what’s most important and enduringly relevant? Is it the latest mistake you’ve been made aware of in a famous chapel or Christian spokesmen far, far away? Or is it even the loudest, most immature voices in our own chapel? ”

When Trust Isn’t Broken

We hear plenty of heartbreaking stories associated with trust being broken and children becoming harmed. It was a joy, then, to hear a tale about trust that was not broken along with a child who was blessed. “ In a time when we are listening to almost daily about people that abuse others’ trust- adults and kids, teachers and learners, spiritual leaders and followers, I cling to this example of someone who gave so much more than what he had been paid for and did not violate faith. ”

‘ This Should Be the Biggest Scandal in Sports’

When you’ re whatsoever into baseball, you will probably enjoy reading this one particular (though you’ ll also be frustrated by it). Note: There are a handful of “ bleeped out” bad words. (If you’ d instead watch a video about it, try this … yet ignore the gambling industrial. )

No U-turns Allowed

“ We live in a plastic world—I’m not really referring to the avalanche of plastic which usually fills our receptacles, or litters our own beaches. I’m thinking of the idea that we can end up being what we want, modify who we are, create and remake ourself at will—in a lot of ways we have become plastic people. ” But the plasticity expands in only one direction…

Offering and Receiving God’s Term

“ I was surprised recently to read of someone offering their support and sympathy but promising not to share Holy bible verses. My first thought was, ‘ Isn’t the Scriptures our main source of comfort? ’ Human being comfort helps, but it only goes up to now. ”

Already Saved … Not Yet Finished

We enjoyed this reflection on several measurements of the “ already, not yet” paradigm.

The way the Culture Wars Came for History

Some book reviews, like this one, proceed far beyond merely a review. (Note: a couple of bad words. ) “ Of course all of societies have myths, and they always have accomplished. But a misconception isn’t the same as the lie, unless you are seriously going to believe all societies since the Egyptians and the Persians have been barefaced liars. ”

Flashback: Ordinary Function, Extraordinary Opportunity

… while work may not be exciting and may not be particularly fulfilling, I’ve been struck recently by how much our pleasure can be improved or eroded by people who work very normal jobs. In fact , I’d go so far as to say that ordinary people working ordinary jobs come with an extraordinary number of in order to improve or erode our joy.

The evangelical chapel needs to stop speaking the false gospel of cultural id. Don’t spend all your time trying to figure out methods to be just like the lastest. Be yourself. Inform them about Jesus. —Kevin DeYoung