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Feasting on Thankgiving

Helpful reminder here from Desiring God: When God commands us “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) he does not want some mere spiritual courtesy from us. It’s not like he needs our meager words of thanks or he’ll feel bad, like grandma might have. I believe God does feel bad if we don’t [...]

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Here’s the Best Christmas Ad You’ll See This Year

I don’t know what Sainsbury’s is, but I immediately want to shop there. Well done.

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Open the Door to Halloween

From Desiring God: How you spend Halloween may reveal a good deal of what you think of sanctification. There is a chain of inseparable realities in our local churches that shape the way we look at the costumes shuffling down our streets and knocking on our doors this Friday night. The first reality, as Jeff [...]

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A Glimpse Into Life Under ISIS

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A Word on Aging from John Piper

John Piper observes: All of the 10,000 people in America who turn 65 each year have wrinkles. Our skin is more flaccid. Our complexion is more mottled. Our equilibrium is more tenuous. And our hair is more scarce. The effect of aging on our appearance and our bearing is universal. No one escapes. Except by [...]

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Six Things Every Freshman Needs to Know

Good word here from Sammy Rhodes: If I could write a letter to every incoming freshman who doesn’t want to waste their college, I would want to say six things to them before they move to campus. It applies to their anxious parents, too. 1. Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is learn. [...]

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Cultural Engagement

A great post about the nature of cultural engagement from Russell Moore: Early in my ministry, I served as a youth pastor, and like every other evangelical youth minister, I received all the advertisements from youth ministry curriculum-hawkers telling me how I could be “relevant” to “today’s teenagers.” The advertisements promised me ways I could [...]

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This is One of the Things That Made Me Want to Be a Writer…

… and also tear up books.  

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9 Things You Should Know About Hamas

If you’re like me, the conflict in the Middle East is often blurred into a constant barrage of attacks and tragedies. Because it is and has been so prevalent, it fades to the background. That’s why I appreciated this article at The Gospel Coalition for helping me understand a little more. Here are 9 things [...]

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Teaches Us What Ecclesiastes Teaches Us

Take a look at this video. The voice is the truly fine actor, now deceased, Philip Seymour Hoffman. The first few lines of the video are his reflections about pleasure. He notes: “Pleasure is not happiness, because I kill pleasure. I take too much of it and make it unpleasurable. There is no pleasure that [...]

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