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Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
  cast off that I might be brought in,
  trodden down as an enemy
    that I might be welcomed as a friend,
  surrendered to hell’s worst
    that I might attain heaven’s best,
  stripped that I might be clothed,
  wounded that I might be healed,
  athirst that I might drink,
  tormented that I might be comforted,
  made a shame that I might inherit glory,
  entered darkness that I might have eternal light.

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Wisdom For Your Weekend: your weekly installment of things we’ve been reading around the web.

Book Review of the Week

Joy for the World: How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It, by Greg Forster. Reviewed by Tim Keller. “Within these pages, believers will get lots of ideas about how to ‘reason’ with people in the public square about the faith and how to engage culture in a way that avoids triumphalism, accommodation, or withdrawal. The Apostle Paul felt real revulsion at the idolatry of Athens—yet that didn’t prevent him from responding to the pagan philosophers with love and respect, plus a steely insistence on being heard. This book will help you respond to our cultural moment in the same way.”

Articles of the Week

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“Cancer sucks; Christ is better.” What a beautiful statement of Christian hope in the mouth of an American teenager.

Cancer with Christ is better than health without him; any kind of suffering with Christ is better than any kind of prosperity without him. Because the one who has cancer and Christ has all things; the one who has all things without Christ really has nothing.

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