Weekend A La Carte (January 7)

Today’s Kindle deals include just one new title, but there’s also a link to Amazon’s top picks for each month of 2016; they are all discounted today.

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Westminster Books also has all kinds of 2016’s best books on sale.

Your New Fitbit Won’t Change Your Life

We’ve all experienced the letdown of a Fitbit or something like it, haven’t we? “Measurement does not motivate. A reading plan won’t change the heart. These tools are like the Fitbit, a nice way to track your progress in a spiritual discipline. But unless your motivation comes from something deeper than tracking your progress, you are unlikely to stick with it.”

Bad Argument and Biased Ideology

Denny Burk and Andrew T. Walker team up to evaluate National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution” issue. “Accepting the claims of transgender ideology requires papering over one’s conscience and making a mockery of the “law written on the heart” that our bodies bear witness to in our complementary design.”

Did Somebody Say ‘Snowball Fight’? (Video)

This is great! “In the colder regions of the world, teams of men and women prepare for a battle against the elements … and each other. What is this form of frigid weather fighting, you ask? They call it Yukigassen. In Japanese, this translates to ‘snow war.’ In other words, get ready for a snowball fight unlike any you’ve seen before.”

7 Writing Tips from Charles Spurgeon

We can learn a lot from Charles Spurgeon, including how to be better writers.

Stay Strong to Serve

Kim Shay: “We live in society that loves youth. It’s tempting to want to stay strong in order to pamper our vanity; to have people mistake us for being younger than we are, or to proudly say we can still wear a particular size. But there are better reasons to stay healthy and strong: so we can serve God.”

This Day in 1956. 61 years ago today missionaries Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully and Pete Flemming were killed by the Ecuadorian Indians they sought to evangelize. *

The Advanced Google Cheat Sheet

Google might be able to do a lot more than you think. This cheat sheet is really helpful to take advantage of some of the advanced functionality.

Possibilities in Spare Moments

“Many of the greatest men of history earned their fame outside of their regular occupations in odd bits of time which most people squander.” Who knows what we could accomplish if we use those little moments well.

Hong Kong’s Architecture of Density (Video)

This was a really interesting little video that follows a photographer as he photographs Hong Kong, looking especially at its density.

Flashback: When Your Goodness Goes Splat

When we think about our own goodness, we always compare ourselves to others. It’s not that we are good by any objective standard; we are good compared to the parent, the neighbor, the stranger, the criminal. We choose our comparisons carefully.

Justin Taylor Endorses Clarifying the Bible

Thanks to Clarifying the Bible for sponsoring the blog this week! Sponsors play a key role in keeping the doors open and the lights on!

The future is a series of small decisions to live the new life and not to fall back into the old. —Sinclair Ferguson