A La Carte (11/23)

It’s a sad day today, the day of Aileen’s grandmother’s funeral. For our children this is their first real close-to-home experience with death and loss. And it marks the end of a generation–Aileen’s grandmother was the last of our grandparents. So do pray for us if you think of it.

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On to today’s links…

Amazon Deals – Amazon is having Black Friday sales all week long. They’ve got some really good deals, but you pretty much have to monitor the site regularly to take advantage of them.

Don’t Touch My Junk – Charles Krauthammer gets a lot right in this article about the TSA, saying that the “junk man’s revolt marks the point at which a docile public declares that it will tolerate only so much idiocy.”

The Hole in Our Holiness – Kevin DeYoung: “I have a growing concern that younger evangelicals do not take seriously the Bible’s call to personal holiness. We are too at peace with worldliness in our homes, too at ease with sin in our lives, too content with spiritual immaturity in our churches.”

Grown Up Digital, Wired for Distraction – These are two common topics among tech writers today: growing up in a digital world and, through the digital world, facing unending distraction. “Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.”

5 Dangers of Computer Unreality – John Piper wrote this article back in 1994, but it still has a lot to say about living in a computerized world.

God is less interested in answering our questions than in other things: securing our allegiance, establishing our faith, nurturing a desire for holiness. –D.A. Carson