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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.


  • Free Stuff Fridays (Help The Persecuted)

    This weeks giveaway is sponsored by Help The Persecuted. Help The Persecuted rescues, restores, and rebuilds the lives of persecuted believers in the Islamic World through spiritual support and tangible help. Every week, they send out an email with specific, real-time prayer requests of persecuted believers to their global Prayer Network. You can join the…

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    A La Carte (March 1)

    A La Carte: Rumblings of revival among Gen Z / Addition by subtraction / Seeing red / Burying the talents of the Great Rewarder / Inviting evaluation of your preaching / Book and Kindle deals / and more.

  • New and Notable Books

    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

    February is typically a solid month for book releases, and this February was no exception. As the month drew to its close, I sorted through the many (many!) books that came my way this month and arrived at this list of new and notables. In each case, I’ve provided the editorial description to give you…

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    A La Carte (February 29)

    A La Carte: Is it ever right to lie? / When the “perfect” fit isn’t / An open letter to Christians who doubt / When a baby is a disease / The long view of preaching / and more.

  • A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?

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    A La Carte (February 28)

    A La Carte: Can Christians buy expensive things? / You are probably WEIRDER than you think / Our limits are a gift from God / Big dreams impress. Ordinary faithfulness delivers / The biggest problem in worship education / Children’s books / and more.