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Harry Truman’s Love List – Having recently read David McCullough’s amazing biography of Harry Truman, I enjoyed this article at Smithsonian magazine. “As a celebration of 38 years of marriage, the former president shared his memories, both fond and bittersweet, from each anniversary.”

Covering the Asteroid – “NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14.” You will be able to watch it via livestream.

White SmokeForeign Policy has an insider’s guide to the election of a new pope. They cover the process and the likely candidates.

How Movies Teach Our Kids About Gender – “What are movies teaching our kids about gender, about what it means to be men and women? That’s the question Colin Stokes asks in this recent TED Talks video. Although he raises a number of good points, here are a couple of the more interesting ones.”

God’s LoveGod’s Love: A Bible Storybook is an iPad app that has been marked down to free for a few days.

Am I Called to Ministry? – Kevin DeYoung offers a good answer to the question (and it’s a question I think just about every Christian man asks at one time or another). If Kevin’s answer stirs up something, Dave Harvey’s Am I Called? is a good book to read.

Unnatural Postures – “We pull a smartphone from our pocket, and it seems to squeeze perfectly well into our life. It fits in our hand. It works on a table. But is the smartphone accommodating us, or are we accommodating the smartphone?” This is kind of an unusual but still interesting article. You’ll have to scroll down (after clicking the link) to read it.

We are more concerned about looking stupid (a fear of people) than we are about acting sinfully (fear of the Lord).

—Ed Welch

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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.