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A La Carte (9/29)

In case you missed it, Amazon announced yesterday that they will be going head-to-head with Apple in the tablet market. That kind of competition can only be good for us, the consumers. Amazon will be releasing new Kindles (as low as $79) and a new tablet in November. If you’re at all interested, you’d do well to order now to preserve your place in line. Demand will be through the roof. Click here to order or learn more.

Amazon Takes on Apple - On that note, “Let’s start with the bottom line: Amazon’s announcements this morning were the most important in the gadget world since Apple announced the iPad on January 27, 2010. With the announcement of a $79 regular Kindle, $99 touch-enabled Kindle, and $199 Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon set itself up for a Christmas clash with Apple’s iOS juggernaut. While many tablet contenders have come at Apple, few can throw as many punches as Amazon.”

Nicene Christianity - Carl Trueman looks at James MacDonald’s claim that T.D. Jakes’ trinitarian theology is essentially orthodox.

Preaching Notes - Josh Harris is doing another round of preaching notes blog posts (in which he shares the preaching notes of various pastors). Up first is Steven Lawson.

Too Much - A photo gallery from The Big Picture. “Water is essential to life but in such places as India, Pakistan, China, and Thailand deluges have once again caused misery. Typhoon Nesat hit the Philippines earlier this week on its way to south China. In Pakistan, more than 5 million people have been affected by recent flooding, according to the aid agency Oxfam. Pakistan is still struggling to recover from the devastating monsoon rains in 2010.”

Consuming Technology - I’ve seen this too: “I was at a conference recently where often, when there was a break, the participants tended not to get up, stretch, get a cup of coffee, chat with those nearby or even go to the bathroom. Instead they sat there. They were not mesmerized by the presentation they had just heard. They were mesmerized by their screens—handheld or laptop—checking email, tweets, Facebook, news feeds and more.”

Knowledge without humility is vanity. —A.W. Tozer