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Let me get this right: a longform essay about Tom Wolfe, written by Michael Lewis? Yes, please!

Evangelicals in America have basically thought the Christian life is about being happy and joyful all the time. Well, that rings hollow when all of a sudden cancer hits. And so when we've cultivated a church, in the world, that doesn't have a theological space for lament, we're in big trouble.
--Kelly Kapic

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Heaven is a place where God will personally wipe away our tears. —R.C. Sproul

#reformed #reformedtheology

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Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Happy Reformation Day! This day in 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg and ignited a revolution. Eventually the two main areas of contention were the basis of church authority and how human beings are made right with God. If you are a Protestant it is a good day to reflect on exactly what Protestantism is and why we embrace it. #SemperReformanda

Under a ruling class comprehensively inept but comfortably insulated, America has been thoroughly unbalanced: thanks largely to distortions driven by government, we have too much college, too much housing, too much financial sector, too much “professional servicing”—accounting, lawyering, and other activities necessary to keep the fine print in compliance with the regulatory state. All of these are huge obstacles to making productive use of even our non-borrowed money and to keeping America competitive with the rest of the world. - Mark Steyn

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Great article about the whole sordid world of college athletics, with a special emphasis on college football. Everyone knows it is big money, but is there any credible push to reform?

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Want to see the Top 25 college football teams ranked by revenue? Here it is (and both Alabama and Auburn are in the Top 10).

Christian evangelism does not consist merely in a man's going about the world saying: 'Look at me, what a wonderful experience I have, how happy I am, what wonderful Christian virtues I exhibit; you can all be as good and as happy as I am if you will just make a complete surrender of your wills in obedience to what I say.' That is what many religious workers seem to think that evangelism is. We can preach the gospel, they tell us, by our lives, and do not need to preach it by our words. But they are wrong. Men are not saved by the exhibition of our glorious Christian virtues; they are not saved by the contagion of our experiences. We cannot be the instruments of God in saving them if we preach to them thus only ourselves. Nay, we must preach to them the Lord Jesus Christ; for it is only through the gospel which sets Him forth that they can be saved.

If you want health for your souls, and if you want to be the instruments of bringing health to others, do not turn your gaze forever within, as though you could find Christ there. Nay, turn your gaze away from your own miserable experiences, away from your own sin, to the Lord Jesus Christ as He is offered to us in the gospel. - J. Gresham Machen
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