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November 26, 2011

No End to Eurogedden - I found this article rather interesting, and particularly the distinction made between the 2 sides of the Euro divide. “In effect, there is already two currencies: the ‘Lutheran Euro,’ characterized by Germany, the Netherlands and Finland. The label has nothing to do with religion but with countries that are based on Protestant work ethic, discipline and thrift. Then there is the ‘Latin Euro,’ characterized by France, Italy, Spain and Portugal where style is often more important than substance and hard work can be a curiosity.” Could you also divide that by Protestant and Catholic?

A Grumpy Old Lady - Mary Kassian shares a lesson she learned from a grumpy old lady.

How Reading Has Changed - This article looks at the ways reading has evolved in 2011 (or online reading, at least). I think one of the more fascinating and hopeful developments is the growth of social reading.

Sleep vs Internet - “The internet reaches into so many areas of our lives that one in four people now spend longer online than they do asleep, a survey has revealed.”

A Muslim Challenges Ravi - Ravi answers a challenging question.

That every person should grow up and do evil can be no coincidence. It calls for an explanation. —John Gerstner

November 25, 2011

It is going to be an abbreviated A La Carte this morning as I’ve got to update my Black Friday article before all of those sales get away from me. There are lots of good deals waiting for us today.

One Brings a Song - Christa Wells offers up a free song for a Thanksgiving treat.

Most Tweeted Moments - Here are some of the most-tweeted moments in the history of Twitter. It’s amazing to think that some news moments explode with literally thousands of tweets per second.

Is There Anyone There? - A short video.

Training the Kids - David Murray on training children to use Facebook for God’s glory (Here’s a tip: Don’t break the rules and let them have an account before they turn 13. That’s getting them off to a bad start).

Salvation in sin is not possible; it is always salvation from sin. —C.H. Spurgeon

November 24, 2011

ChristianAudio - ChristianAudio is having their twice-yearly sale where they put pretty much everything on sale at $7.49. You can check my list of Black Friday deals to see which ones will be even cheaper tomorrow.

I Think Before I Tweet - This is a phenomenon I’ve noticed as well: Once you begin to tweet, you start to think like a tweet. Or something like that. “As I go about the day, I find myself thinking of things that I could tweet about. When I see a strange person in line at a store, I think about something clever I could say. When a company offers me poor service, I think about how I could slam them and get something back from it. When I read about major world events, I think up little jokes to make light of them.”

Wives Speak Out - Kathleen Nielson has an interesting article at The Gospel Coalition. She finds “voices from women in Christian marriages aiming by God’s grace for that gospel model of loving headship and respectful submission taught in the Scriptures and acted out by Christ himself. I asked this group of ten women one question: How has your husband encouraged you to grow and use your gifts for the kingdom?”

The Most Amazing Window - This is kind of cool. “The most amazing window ever created by humankind is not on this planet, but floating in space, the most spectacular part of the International Space Station. It’s the ISS Cupola. This animation shows how it was installed.”

Tebow Responds - Love him or hate him, you’ve got to respect the guy for standing firm in the faith.

Brinicle - The BBC has a really interesting video about a “brinicle.”

Our thanks should be as fervent for mercies received as for petitions sought. —Charles Simmons

November 23, 2011

I apologize for the extensive downtime yesterday. It turns out that one user somewhere in the world was working overtime at trying to bring my site down. Eventually the site administrators figured it out and blocked him. It seems now that all is well. Hopefully it will remain that way.

Bibles on Sale - Westminster Books has all of their ESV Bibles on sale over the holiday weekend. There are lots of great prices to take advantage of!

New Translations - Speaking of the Bible, Andy Naselli has information about a couple of new translations (probably not ones you’d want to use as your primary Bible).

Innocent Couples - A funny video. I probably would have walked out.

Megachurch Bubble - “Most megachurches — which earn that label around the 2,000-attendance level — are led by baby boomer pastors who soon will hit retirement age and without suitable replacements in the pipeline. And some fear the big-box worship centers with lots of individual programs no longer appeal to younger generations.”

Legalizing Group Marriage - You know this battle is coming up very soon. “Three different strands are coming together to legalize group marriage:  the far left, the far right, and the new reproductive technology.” 

Strachan and Her.menuetics - Denny Burk gives the background to an interesting exchange about biblical femininity (and other associated topics).

You don’t need to work to make Christianity controversial. Just read sentences from the Bible. —John Piper

November 22, 2011

Parenting and the Image of God - Mark Lauterbach on parenting: “They are image bear­ers.  They are crea­tures, made by God and for God.  They are given glory and honor by God.  They have inher­ent value, of greater worth than ani­mals.  How we treat the image of God is how we treat God.  The dig­nity of humans is built into the Law and the Prophets and the Gospel.  And we must see our chil­dren as image bearers.”

Preaching Texts You Don’t Understand - If you preach verse-by-verse, sooner or later you will come across a text that you just don’t understand. Carl Trueman is really helpful here.

Leading Family Devos - I guess the title pretty much says it all: “How My Wife Helped Me Man-up & Lead Family Devo’s.”

Dispatches from the Front - These DVDs, a must have for a church library, are on sale for $40 for all 4 volumes. Totally worth it. 

National Geographic Photo Contest - Here are some of the highlights from National Geographic’s 2011 photo contest.

Blogging Scholarship - Mark Lamprecht is a Christian blogger who is trying to win a blogging scholarship. In 2 seconds you can place a vote for him. So you probably should.

It’s Just the Truth - The audio is way better than the video here. Nobody “brings it” quite like Paul Washer.

No sin makes less noise, but none so surely damns the soul, as unbelief. —J.C. Ryle

November 21, 2011

Capitalism’s Spoiled Children - “The Occupy movement does not represent ‘the 99%,’ as its defenders like to claim. They are not a cadre speaking up for the vast proportion of the population against the tyranny or greed of an imagined ‘1%.’ Judging from the speakers I have seen and heard, either on news broadcasts or the multiple sites offering live-broadcast or YouTube coverage, the people in the various Occupy camps represent a petty sub-sample of the hard left…”

Loving Lewis, Hating Bell - I appreciate Michael Patton asking and answering this question: Why do we love C.S. Lewis but hate Rob Bell?

Internet Busybodies - Timmy Brister: “It seems that in recent years, several groups of people have sought to use the Internet and in particular blogs to ‘expose’ or ‘hold accountable’ Christian leaders.  And so often, we are prone to believe what other people say about a brother or sister in Christ, especially if it is critical or some sort of expose.” He looks to the pre-Internet age to find wisdom.

Married to a Non-Christian - Ed Welch offers wisdom for Christians married to non-Christians.

Flights Overhead - This is a geeky but downright amazing Wolfram Alpha trick.

Resume vs Reality - I know you can identify with this:

Resume vs Reality

The resurrection and the judgment will demonstrate before all worlds who won and who lost. We can wait. —A.W. Tozer

November 19, 2011

Hipsterification - “On the streets of Franklin and Nashville and almost every town throughout America now, hipsters scuttle by on scooters, zip around in Zipcars or Smart cars, roll by on fixed-gear bikes or walk about in snazzy high-top sneakers and longboard shorts. They snap Instagram photos of each other — in black skinny jeans and T-shirts with funky epigrams…”

$5 DVD Sale - Desiring God is having a $5 DVD sale. So I guess it’s a good time to stock up for Christmas. 

The Internet Kills Productivity - “The Internet is the world’s greatest productivity tool, but also the world’s greatest time suck. Even email, which has put all executives on communication hyper mode since the BlackBerry, wastes a lot of time…” This article gives 3 simple tips that will help.

Identical Snowflakes - Here is a fascinating scientific explanation as to why no 2 snowflakes are the same. “Now, it’s not a law of nature that no two snowflakes could be truly identical. So, on a very technical level, it’s possible for two snowflakes to be identical. And it’s entirely possible that two snowflakes have been visibly indistinguishable. But probability dictates that this is incredibly unlikely. “

Inferno - This book review is so well written it just makes me want to read the book. Or at least buy it and leave it sitting on my bookshelf.

24 Hours in Photos - This is amazing (and you’ll need to click and look at the photos): “This installation by Erik Kessels is on show as part of an exhibition at Foam in Amsterdam that looks at the future of photography. It features print-outs of all the images uploaded to Flickr in a 24-hour period…”

Brave - The trailer for Pixar’s next film.

Praying without faith is like shooting without a bullet; it makes a noise but does no execution. —Francis Burkitt

November 18, 2011

Forgiveness - Russell Moore writes about what forgiveness is and isn’t. “The most difficult math problem in the universe, it turns out, is 70 x 7. Perhaps the hardest thing to do in the Christian life is to forgive someone who has hurt you, often badly. But Jesus says the alternative to forgiving one’s enemies is hell.”

Wallpaper - National Geographic has an amazing collection of wallpapers suitable for computers and mobile devices. 

The iPod Generation - This isn’t good. “Are the iPod Generation Ruining Their Hearing For Good? Pardon? What you say? Apparently the ear-bud touting masses are ruining their hearing, one Justin Bieber song at a time. Because one in five Americans over the age of 12 have hearing loss in at least one ear.”

Fathoming Amazon - This infographic shows just what an immense and immensely powerful company Amazon has become. Did you know, for example, that Amazon’s warehouses have more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens?

The Face of Modern Slavery - This is just horrifying and very hard to take. But what do we actually do about it? What can we do? “When I write about human trafficking as a modern form of slavery, people sometimes tune out as their eyes glaze over. So, Glazed Eyes, meet Srey Pov.”

Mohler and Wallis - Al Mohler and Jim Wallis recently debated social justice. You can watch it here.

Nothing lies beyond the power of man if it is within the will of God. —James Crowther