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Too Polite – This article from Gawker raises some important points about the life and legacy of Steve Jobs–things that other people are too polite to say. “Truth be told, Jobs could be terrible to people, and his impact on the world was not uniformly positive.”

Mormonism Isn’t a Cult? – Richard Mouw, writing for CNN, tries to explain how Mormonism is not a cult and that it may be a lot closer to evangelicalism than most people think. “My Mormon friends and I disagree on enough subjects that I am not prepared to say that their theology falls within the scope of historic Christian teaching. But the important thing is that we continue to talk about these things, and with increasing candor and mutual openness to correction.” I hardly know what to say!

What’s So Great About Siri? – “Apple announced speech recognition for the next iPhone. Big deal. Android’s had it for more than a year. Apple is just playing ‘catch-up’ and the feature’s not really earth-shattering anyway. Right? Wrong. Everything in that opening paragraph is wrong, except the sentence that reads ‘big deal.’ Siri is a very big deal, the biggest of deals.”

Rightly Divided – When I was in Los Angeles I sat down with Lane Chaplin to do a video interview about a variety of issues.

7 Types of Creative Block – There is some useful advice here about overcoming writer’s block.

Landscapes – More amazing timelapse goodness. It’s full HD so you can full screen it and enjoy it.

Reproofs should be as oils or ointments, gently rubbed in by the warm fire of love.

—George Swinnock

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…

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    A La Carte (June 17)

    A La Carte: Honor good fathers and bad fathers alike? / Don’t give up, dad / How I respond to pride month / 5 myths about the pro-life movement / A seminar on biblical counseling / How do I know if I’m one of the elect? / Kindle deals / and more.

  • The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    The Glorious End without the Difficult Means

    Just as Olympic athletes cannot realistically expect to win a gold medal unless they strictly discipline themselves toward victory, Christians cannot hope to prevail in the Christian life unless they take a serious, disciplined approach to it. Yet lurking in the background is always the temptation to hope that we can have the result of…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 15)

    A La Carte: Learn to rest in God’s justice / 3 reasons why your small group is not a church / How can I be a godly father? / Gender in the void / Are images of Christ OK? / The getting of wisdom / and more.

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.