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Air France 447 – This is an absolutely gripping and terrifying account of the last minutes of Air France flight 447 which disappeared over the Atlantic a couple of years ago. “Two years after the Airbus 330 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, Air France 447’s flight-data recorders finally turned up. The revelations from the pilot transcript paint a surprising picture of chaos in the cockpit, and confusion between the pilots that led to the crash.”

A Friends Christmas – If you are a Friend of the Blog, there are several new offers for you to take advantage of.

Jacob’s Story – “Jacob’s Story is a mini-documentary about a man that once made his living by trafficking women & children for the purposes of commercial sex. … Jacob is living proof that when the Gospel changes the hearts of men; everything changes.” (You will likely want to treat the film as PG-13)

Goodnight iPad – Here is a classic children’s book re-imagined for a digital age.

Books & CultureBooks & Culture continues the tradition of making their book of the year, a book I’ve never heard of. This one sounds good: God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China.

Yemen – One thing about this short persecution update caught my attention: “Estimates are there are only 100 Yemeni believers in this poverty-stricken country of 22 million.”

There’s plenty to laugh at in the world–but be sure you don’t laugh at something that God takes seriously.

—A.W. Tozer

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…