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July 31, 2007

Tuesday July 31, 2007

Film: A new movie, “The Ten,” releases this Friday and is an attempt to spoof the Ten Commandments.

Prayer: Timmy Brister would like you to join him in praying for Dr. Tom Nettles. “Dr. Nettles developed pneumonia shortly after the Spring semester ended. As he began to get over the pneumonia, ulcers were found on his vocal chords which has severely affected his ability to speak…”

Liveblogging: This week is the Baptist History Celebration in Charleston and Kim Davidson will be blogging it.

Jesus: Joe Carter disagrees with John Piper on what color Jesus should be.

July 30, 2007

Monday July 30, 2007

Church: Trevin Wax discusses the phrase “personal relationship with Jesus” asks whether this phrase helps or hinders evangelism.

Culture: Peggy Noonan says that we live in an age of great wealth but of lousy manners. And I would tend to agree.

Homosexuality: Dr. Mohler’s most recent commentary is worth reading as he writes about the normalization of homosexuality and how this conflicts with man’s natural morality.

Du Jour: Lifehacker shares a good productivity tip, courtesy of Jerry Seinfeld.

July 20, 2007

Friday July 20, 2007

Personal: I am taking some time off next week, so it’s unlikely that I’ll be doing daily updates of A La Carte. Just so you know…

Money: Ben Stein wants us to know that it isn’t easy being rich (or as rich as he is, anyways). “This belief, that having a lot of money is going to drastically change our lives for the better, might well be called the root of almost all civilized Western and Eastern (and Northern and Southern) life. Being rich will solve everything, or so the popular mind tells us.”

Technology: A team of Canadians have solved the game of checkers. Where’s the fun in playing a game that has been solved?

July 19, 2007

Thursday July 19, 2007

Books: The NY Times has an early review of the new Harry Potter. “With each installment, the Potter series has grown increasingly dark, and this volume … is no exception.” “Ms. Rowling has fitted together the jigsaw puzzle pieces of this long undertaking with Dickensian ingenuity and ardor.”

Politics: Obama says “sex education for kindergarteners, as long as it is ‘age-appropriate,’ is ‘the right thing to do.’”

Humor: Pecadillo shares a strange story and shows that he shares my dislike for cats, evil creatures that they are.

Du Jour: Timmy Brister writes about being “a Misfit in a World of Impermanence.” Well worth the read, this one.

July 18, 2007

Wednesday July 18, 2007

Du Jour: Carolyn McCulley is waiting for a match in what sounds like a great opportunity to serve others.

Creation: The Times has an interesting article about an “Islamic Creationist and a Book Sent Round the World.”

Weird: Plans are underway in Nazareth to build the world’s largest cross. The Nazareth Cross will be 60 meters high and decorated by some 7.2 million mosaic tiles made of Nazareth stone.

Books: Stephen Altrogge is offering a series of articles suggesting books for every Christian.

July 17, 2007

Tuesday July 17, 2007

Interview: Sinead O’Connor has a new album, “Theology,” that she says is based on the Old Testament (and that is being pitched to Christians). Christianity Today has an interview with her. “I also feel that Jesus is inside everybody. It’s almost like an energy or a thing that lives inside of us.”

Blog: Phil Simpson is currently writing a biography of Jeremiah Burroughs (and, as I understand it, still needs a publisher!) and has just created a Jeremiah Burroughs site. “I hope you will find many things on this site which will help you to know God better, love Jesus Christ more, and glorify Him in practical ways.”

Art: ReformationArt has a sale on prints of five great reformers.

Music: The shortest concert ever.

July 16, 2007

Monday July 16, 2007

Culture: Dr. Mohler sounds an important warning about “Screen Kids” and a whole generation of children being raised by their electronic devices.

Photo: I did the research and it turns out that this is a real photograph. Can you imagine?

Nature: This site looks to nature to find some examples of stunning color palettes.

July 13, 2007

Friday July 13, 2007

Books: After perusing a catalog of upcoming titles from a popular Christian publisher, Phil Ryken has a warning for your young readers.

Catholicism: Al Mohler hits a home run with this article explaining why he is not offended by the recent comments from the pope.

Calvinism: Over at the 9Marks blog Mark Dever is continuing his series about Calvinism.

Discernment: Josh Harris shares an occasion where he ought to have used more discernment.

July 12, 2007

Thursday July 12, 2007

Environment: Russell Moore has posted a must-read article entitled “Blood, Gore, and Global Warming.” The last lines are brilliant. “Let’s take care of the earth, protect the natural order. But let’s remember that the world is not ultimately rescued by politicians or musicians or filmmakers or scientists. The world is saved by blood, not Gore.”

Music: Ted wants to know why whites do not like black music.

Television: Hamas TV has a made a martyr of a mouse. “A Mickey Mouse lookalike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children’s television program was beaten to death in the show’s final episode Friday.”

Du Jour: Joe Carter has a good article dealing with “Larry Flynt vs. David Vitter: Examining the Difference Between Hypocrisy and Moral Inconsistency.”

July 11, 2007

Wednesday July 11, 2007

Books: The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association has announced their award winners for 2007. John Piper’s “What Jesus Demands from the World” won in the Christian Life category. Strangely, a novel took the big prize (and, even more strangely, didn’t even win in its own category).

Catholicism: The pope has apparently angered some Protestants by declaring that the Catholic Church is the only fully true church. Why does this surprise anyone?

Church: Christianity Today has a sad article about one of America’s most awful exports—the health and wealth gospel—and how it is polluting Africa.

Media: This commercial is very creative. Be sure to watch it to the end.