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A La Carte (6/14)

7 Ways Fathers Provoke Their Children - “The Bible tells fathers to do two things: bring children up in the ways of the Lord and do not provoke them. How can a father avoid provoking his child?” Here are 7 ways dads may provoke their children.

F-35 - Here’s an interesting article on the long-awaited, much-delayed future of American air power. “After a decade of administrative problems, cost overruns and technical glitches, the F-35 is still not ready for action.”

I Don’t Wait Anymore - This is a poignant article. “When I was 16, I got a purity ring. And when I was 25, I took it off. I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it — it wasn’t a statement or an emotional thing. I just slipped it off my finger that day and, before tucking it away in a box, ran my finger around the words on the familiar gold band. ‘True Love Waits.’ Waits. What’s it ‘waiting’ for, anyway?”

Living With Less. A Lot Less - This writer’s ideologies may differ from mine, but the point of his article is illuminating. “Somehow this stuff ended up running my life, or a lot of it; the things I consumed ended up consuming me. My circumstances are unusual (not everyone gets an Internet windfall before turning 30), but my relationship with material things isn’t.”

Pretty Boy Preachers - “Spurgeon feared no man. Constrained only by the bounds of God’s Word, Spurgeon said what he liked, when he liked, how he liked. The problem with Spurgeon was not that men misunderstood his meaning. The problem was that men understood him completely.”

You Won’t Finish this Article - One glance at statistics software is enough to tell me that few of you read all the way to the end of my articles. Slate explains why we do this.

Adversity hath slain her thousand, but prosperity her ten thousand. —Thomas Brooks