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Ten Awful Truths About Book Publishing
This article outlines ten facts about book publishing that may be surprising. For example, over 560,000 books are published every year in the US alone. And of the books tracked, the majority sell fewer than 99 copies.

The End of Book Publishing As We Know It
Speaking of books, Michael Hyatt looks to some amazing new technology and proclaims [what people have been proclaiming for years] that this is the end of book publishing as we know it.

Overcoming A Spouse’s Sexual History
Boundless has a pair of articles that deal with a tough subject–overcoming a spouse’s sexual history. Zach Bradford: “I forced myself to wrestle with the old memories, the old emotions, to put them to rest once and for all. Through these times I had to think deeply about her past and my past. I had to fight with my theology of forgiveness and with my whole understanding of what it means to be forgiven. And I am glad to say that God was exceedingly gracious.”

Free Christmas Music from iTunes
iTunes is offering a free Christmas music album with 21 tracks. The artists are rather an electric bunch and range from Amy Grant to Weezer.

100 Billion
“The new Wide Field Camera 3 aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken the deepest image yet of the Universe in near-infrared light. The faintest and reddest objects in the image are likely the oldest galaxies ever identified.” Filter out some of the big-bang speak from this article and film and you can see some amazing things.

34 GB Per Day
Feeling overloaded? This may be why: “The New York Times highlights a a report published by the University of California, San Diego claiming that the average American consumes 34GB of content and 100,000 words a day. How is that possible, you ask? It’s all about bathing in the data.”

It’s a Christian Man’s World
Whatever happened to Promise Keepers? This article provides some answers. “In the 1990s, the evangelical men’s ministry the Promise Keepers packed 50,000-seat football stadiums and even stuffed the Mall in Washington, D.C., with close to 600,000 sweaty, Jesus-loving males. Marshaled by Bill McCartney, a former University of Colorado football coach, the group took the evangelical world by storm. But P.K.’s star fell as rapidly as it rose, particularly after McCartney departed the organization in 2003 to establish a group that brings Christians and Messianic Jews together. Now McCartney is back, and he’s trying very hard to resurrect the Promise Keepers.”

  • The Tallest Trees and the Strongest Winds

    The Tallest Trees and the Strongest Winds

    I once heard a fable about the trees of a mighty forest. Many years before, a few acorns had been scattered in especially fertile soil and they quickly sprang up first as mere saplings and then as mighty oaks. Because the soil was so rich, they grew quickly and they soon towered over all the…

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    A La Carte (February 9)

    A La Carte: STDs in the USA / The second coming of Jesus Christ / The life beyond / Our too-strong longing to know God’s will / Are boycotts biblical? / House churches and big churches / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 8)

    A La Carte: Brock Purdy’s faith and family / Reflections on hearing Jordan Peterson / The place of gospel tracts in evangelism today / Limits to Christian liberty / The joy of imperfect creativity / and more.

  • He Was a Kind Man

    He Was a Kind Man

    What comes to mind when you think of R.C. Sproul? What do you remember of his life and ministry? What associations do you make when you hear his name? He was a gifted teacher, of course—probably the greatest pure teacher many of us have ever encountered. So many Christians first came to marvel at God’s…

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    A La Carte (February 7)

    A La Carte: American evangelicalism as a controversy generator machine / Why we always need more books on every subject / How digital apps are changing how we read the Bible / Share even what’s sparse / Evil doesn’t always show up waving a flag / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 6)

    A La Carte: Anna who waited / The MrBeast within / You can’t appease the unreasonable / The ones who cook / When small frustrations boil over / Names repeated twice / and more.