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Happy new year to all of you who read this site (at least those of you who haven’t made a resolution to avoid it for 2011). I hope your holidays were fun and safe and healthy and relaxing and spiritually significant.

The Pursuit of Holiness – This month’s free book from ChristianAudio is The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges. It’s a classic, so I’m sure you’ll want it for your collection.

Pictures from Space – Here’s a collection of amazing pictures taken by astronaut Colonel Douglas H. Wheelock.

Piper’s Leave of Absence – John Piper has returned from his leave of absence and has penned a report on his time away. It’s great to see how the Lord worked in him through the time his church gave him.

Busyness and Prayer – Joel Beeke answers this question: “You wear many hats: seminary president, publisher, author, pastor, husband, father, etc. Such a heavy load must make prayer a difficult thing to fit into your schedule. What has been your experience? And what counsel would you give to those who feel too busy to pray?”

The Year Tech Replaced Talk – This article from USA Today says that 2010 was the year that technology replaced talking. “Americans are connected at unprecedented levels — 93% now use cellphones or wireless devices; one-third of those are ‘smartphones’ that allow users to browse the Web and check e-mail, among other things. The benefits are obvious: checking messages on the road, staying in touch with friends and family, efficiently using time once spent waiting around.The downside: Often, we’re effectively disconnecting from those in the same room.”

Accordance for iOS – Here’s one for the Mac/iPhone users.

Returning a Gift Before It’s Sent – New technology from Amazon: “The founder of the online juggernaut, Jeff Bezos has taken out a patent on a new, let’s call it pre-return system. The patent plan suggests a way for people to return and to even exchange gifts before they leave the shelves. Amazon will even spare you the inevitable awkward conversation later by sending the gift-giver a thank-you note for the present you turned away.”

Happy Penguin – There’s something comical about this. Don’t we all feel like this guy sometimes?

Let us live as people who are prepared to die, and die as people who are prepared to live.

—James S. Stewart

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

  • that First Sports Bet

    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.

  • Not a Life of Ease

    It’s Not a Life of Ease

    You can’t read the New Testament and fail to understand that the Christian life was never meant to be a life of ease. Each of us will encounter adversity and adversaries, and each of us will have to wage war against our fearsome foes— the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then, each of us…

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    Weekend A La Carte (June 8)

    A La Carte: Fighting for faith when doubts abound / The incredible blessing of my father’s final months / Why you can’t let yourself feel content / The means of doing much good / Bible translations are for people / Kindle deals / and more.