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iPad’s Identity Crisis
This seems like quite a fair review of the iPad: “The bottom line is this: the iPad has an identity crisis. It’s not quite a serious e-reader, and it’s not quite a serious tablet PC. It’s probably great at handling multimedia, but it’s not nearly portable enough to be considered a portable media player. It’s great for tabletop use, but it can’t multitask, so you’re left with a machine that’s seriously limited in what can do well. It’s also inherently limited by whatever applications are delivered in the App Store…”


Flight 1549’s Icy Days
This is strangely fascinating: “Time-lapse footage of US Airways Flight 1549 submerged in the icy waters of the Hudson River, awaiting the barges and cranes that would eventually lift it up and take it away. “


Secret Rituals of American Idol Auditions
This article explains what actually happens at American Idol auditions.


How Sermons Work
From David Murray: If you want to increase respect for your pastor and his preaching, ask “How do they do that?” Then read this ebook and find out the answer.


Deal of the Day: Blu-Ray
Today only, Amazon has a great deal on a Blu-Ray player. ” The Sylvania NB530SLX Blu-ray Disc Player is the perfect companion for your HDTV. You can watch blu-ray movies in full 1080p quality and also enjoy your DVDs on this Sylvania player. With such a low price, you can not go wrong.” It’s got an average review of 4.5 stars.


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    A La Carte (July 18)

    A La Carte: Does Christian sex need rescuing? / 15 resolves for interpersonal conflicts / How senior pastors can help associate pastors / it’s okay to be okay / Don’t be proud of what you had no say in / How sweet! / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Protecting the Family Name

    Protecting the Family Name

    It is a conversation I had with my son-in-law while he was pursuing my daughter and expressing his interest in marrying her. It is a conversation I will need to have with a second son-in-law if the day comes when he expresses his interest in marrying my other daughter. It is a conversation about the…

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    A La Carte (July 17)

    A La Carte: Every place is a place to talk about Jehovah / A precious mystery / How marriage shows the beauty and poetry of the gospel / What should we learn from the immensity of the heavens? / Should we call church a family? / Commentary sale / and more.

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    A La Carte (July 16)

    A La Carte: All we have left undone / What does the Bible teach about divorce and remarriage? / How America’s premier theologian interpreted God’s providence after Lincoln’s assassination / Will God judge people for being born Muslim? / Theological discernment is for moms too / Prime Days / and more.

  • My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    My Most Common Pastoral Counsel

    Among my responsibilities as an elder/pastor within a local church is meeting with people to offer counsel and guidance. I have never lost the wonder of being given so sobering a privilege—to listen to people as they share their deep sorrows or ask their big questions and to then attempt to bring the Word of…

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    A La Carte (July 15)

    A La Carte: The desires of your heart / Contentment isn’t only for hard times / On the hosting of mission teams / Be careful of your strengths / Yes, we’re almost there / Kindle deals / and more.