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A La Carte (12/9)

There is snow all around us—several feet of it to the north, a couple of feet to the east, west and south. And barely a flake to be seen here in Oakville. My wife is dismayed; I am thrilled (you can probably guess which one of us is responsible for doing the shoveling around here). But I’m sure our time will come.

Why X-Mas? - R.C. Sproul tells Christians not to freak out when they see X in place of Christ in X-Mas.

What the Internet Killed - Newsweek has an interesting list of things the Internet has destroyed. It’s notable that in some cases what the Internet offers is truly superior while in other ways it’s just more convenient (or more private).

Losing Control - Tech guru Steve Wozniak: “ ‘All of a sudden, we’ve lost a lot of control,’ he said. ‘We can’t turn off our internet; we can’t turn off our smartphones; we can’t turn off our computers. You used to ask a smart person a question. Now, who do you ask? It starts with g-o, and it’s not God…”

Football and Conscience - Owen Strachan has penned an article on the growing numbers of deaths and traumas related to football. And he asks whether Christians need to stop playing the game. “No one enjoys legalism, but if the costs of football outweigh its benefits—and they well may—it may be best for many to take a step back from it and point youths to concentrate on less violent sports.”

R.C. Helicopter - Still looking for a gift for a boy? My son and I got a couple of these a few weeks ago and have had lots of fun with them. They’re well worth what you pay (which isn’t too much).

A Pastor’s Regret - Brian Croft offers a wise word to pastors about the one thing they may regret the most.

Birth to 10 - This time-lapse video shows daily photographs of a girl whose parents took her photo (almost) every day between birth and 10 years old. It’s strangely fascinating.

You will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself. —C.H. Spurgeon