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Et Cetera: Doubting God, Blaming God, RIP Gilbert Blythe

This is week two of our Et Cetera series where we highlight some of our favorite internet content for the week. If you’d like to recommend that we feature something (even if it’s your content), tweet us a link @BoundlessTeam and let us know. We’ll check it out, and we might feature it. In the meantime, check out this awesome stuff.

If you haven’t encountered Michael Hyatt yet, you can thank me now for this introduction.

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What We Can Learn From Taylor Swift’s World Tour

As of last week, Taylor Swift has invited 40 different guests to join her onstage during the American leg of her “1989” Tour. Besides being the queen of catchy pop music that gets stuck in your head for days and days, Swift also has an interesting take on success. That is, she shares it.

Swift is a global superstar, and she could have just done the normal world tour with a lesser-known group as the opener, and then played to stadiums full of adoring fans.

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Dating Sense and Sensibility: Episode 396

Listen to this week’s show!

Question to discuss:

When dating, how have you (or do you intend to) protect physical and emotional purity in your relationship?

Roundtable: Apartment Accountability

You’re dating — maybe exclusively, maybe even heading toward engagement. Naturally, you want to spend time together. But should that time be spent alone? Is it appropriate, for example, to hang out alone at each other’s apartments? What are some pitfalls to avoid and helpful tips to keep in mind?

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The Christian Loitering Circle

A few months ago, I wrote about a most frustrating Christian phenomenon: The Christian Dance Circle. This past weekend, I was reminded of yet another Christian “circle” — perhaps you recognize it: The Christian Loitering Circle or the CLC (What is it with Christians and large circles? Seriously.).

This past Sunday, as the church service ended, my small group and I agreed that we’d go out for lunch as usual. After ten minutes of talking with people, I signaled my crew and we started leaving.

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When You’re Praying for the Wrong Thing

My prayer was simple in those days: “God, please take this sickness away so that I can stay in college.”

One morning the first week of my senior year of college, I had woken up with joint pain. A few days later, I could barely walk or even lift my arms to blow dry my hair. Something was really wrong, but the doctors couldn’t figure out what. My mom stayed with me in the school guesthouse for the first few weeks, and then I moved into an apartment with friends.

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September’s desktop wallpaper is probably my favorite of the year with its clever, retro, cheery design. It features a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.

All truth is God’s truth, so don’t let ideologues tell you science and religion are incompatible. The invitation to you is an endless pursuit of the knowledge of God’s creation and the wisdom of His Word.

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5 More Questions with Author Tim Challies

Tim Challies (pronounced CHALL-eez) did not start blogging back in 2002 because he wanted to become one of the most popular Christian bloggers in the world. He was just doing it to share pictures of his kids with family members.

But then photo sharing eventually turned into daily posts about the Christian life, and 13 years after he started Challies.com, he has become a powerhouse in the Christian blogging world (not to mention the fact that in the meantime, he wrote three books, co-founded a publishing company, works as a pastor, and is raising three children with his wife, Aileen).

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Et Cetera: Is Heaven Boring?, Happy Work, Self-Promotion

This week, we begin a new series called “Et Cetera,” in which we highlight some of our favorite internet content for the week. If you’d like to recommend that we feature something (even if it’s your content), tweet us a link @BoundlessTeam and let us know. We’ll check it out, and we might feature it. In the meantime, check out this awesome stuff.

Randy Alcorn has been a long-time friend of Boundless and is one of my favorite authors.

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Are Single People Less Blessed?

Looking around the sanctuary, I felt the familiar twinge of loneliness — the husband gently rubbed the shoulders of his pregnant wife, an engaged couple exchanged loving glances, a mother hushed her restless toddler.

I’m the only single person here, I thought to myself as I took my seat. As if she could hear my thought, a newly married woman met my eye across the aisle and smiled. I detected a look of sympathy reflected back at me — a look that said, “Poor thing.”

In case you haven’t guessed, I’m a single woman.

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Something Better Than Forgiveness

The recent news stories surrounding the Ashley Madison hack have stirred up several shocking revelations of people caught using the adultery website who should have known better. It’s not over. There surely will be more to come.

The backlash over such stories has been something of a cultural phenomenon in itself. Some have rushed to judge and condemn those caught in sin, while others have rushed to forgive and have encouraged others to quickly forgive these sins.