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A La Carte (5/26)

Some day people will laugh at our culture. After all, Forbes has just (rightly) declared that Lady Gaga is currently the most influential celebrity in the world. Lady Gaga. That name alone should exclude her from any kind of influence. PluggedIn has a good review of her new album, Born This Way. “Past all the glitz and glamour and Madonna-esque efforts to shock, Gaga hints at a deep void in her own soul that she struggles to fill. ‘I’m a soldier to my own emptiness,’ she sings on ‘Marry the Night.’ And even though she’s playing the role of a teenage girl when she sings ‘I want lots of friends that invite me to their parties’ on ‘Hair,’ you get the sense that she’s talking about her own life too.”

Here are some other links worth checking out:

Men in Cars - “One thing I have noticed at the food pantry where I volunteer is that nine times out of ten a woman comes in to receive food, her male significant other waits in the car. I know this because he and I make awkward eye contact when I help the ladies carry groceries to the car.”

Professor Horner’s Plan - A while back I did up a blog post about Professor Horner’s Bible Reading System. Some have found that there is just too much reading at 10 chapters per day. This blogger has created a spreadsheet that will help you do the plan at your own pace.

In the House of Prayer - “Arnold Dallimore, in his enjoyable biography of Charles Spurgeon, recounts the following about the Prince of Preachers’ prayer life: ‘He talked with God in reverence but with freedom and familiarity.’ Freedom and familiarity: watchwords of true prayer. These two words prove an example of what balanced prayer should look like for the Christian. Unfortunately such balance is often toppled leaving Christians to slide from one or the other of the two extremes.”

Questions to Ask Your Wife - Men, here is a list of questions you would do well to ask your wife.

Christless Christianity - Gene Veith says “Pastor Douthwaite at our church gave one of the best comments on the Harold Camping fiasco.” And he’s right; the pastor got to the very crux of the matter (at least in the brief excerpt Veith includes).

Victims of Data Overload - “For the first time in my life, I was dropping the ball. Missing emails. Notes from friends on Facebook. DM’s on Twitter. And I’m no slouch. I start early, am on the web all day, and answer my last email just before I turn out the lights to go to bed. So, what was I doing wrong? And, was I alone? Now, I know the answers—and they’re stunning.”

I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. —Martin Luther