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A La Carte (1/13)

Rogue Ringtone - “The final movement of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony is a slow rumination on mortality, with quiet sections played by strings alone. During the New York Philharmonic’s performance Tuesday night, it was interrupted by an iPhone.” Ouch.

$5 Friday - Ligonier has a few notable deals in their $5 Friday sale. In particular, R.C. Sproul’s The Prayer of the Lord and The Priest With the Dirty Clothes (audiobook) are great value at $5. Also, if you’re a Kindle user, you may enjoy Carolyn Weber’s Surprised by Oxford which has been marked down to $3.44. (my review)

The Post-Program Church - This is a good article from 9Marks: “If churches shouldn’t rely wholly on programs to do the work of ministry, this raises some questions: First, should churches ditch all their programs? Second, if not, how should churches decide which programs to keep or cut?”

Bad Attituding - This is some helpful parenting advice from Rick Holland: “When is that last time someone confronted you in anger and your immediate response was something like, ‘Oh thank you, I am so motivated now to do better and try harder.’ Correction packaged in a bad attitude is not motivating, stimulating, or helpful.”

Something We Do Badly - Carl Trueman writes about pulpit prayer. “[P]ulpit prayer should be a vital part of the worship service.  It is at those moments that the pastor has the task of leading the people into the very presence of God.  This is an awe inspiring task, not to be undertaken lightly.”

Infamous TV Firsts - Reading this article, and looking back on a long list of infamous TV firsts, is kind of an interesting study in society’s declining morality.

First Light - This is quite an interesting timelapse video shot in HDR.

Blessed is the man who having nothing to say abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. —George Eliot