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A La Carte (3/17)

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Yesterday afternoon I was catching a quick nap. My four-year-old daughter came in and jumped on me and, when I groaned, yelled “Ownage!” Yes, this is the same one who told me two days ago, “I’m sorry daddy, but mommy’s in love with someone else. She’s in love with Hitler.”

How to Help Japan – John Starke at Gospel Coalition offers some counsel on how to help Japan. The Big Picture has another gallery of photos. Randy Alcorn points to one heart-warming story. Slate says that Japan doesn’t need your money.

Kids’ Books – Redeeemed Reader had me on their podcast to talk about kids and reading.

Fistula and Faith – Carolyn McCulley: “Over the past year, I’ve spoken to hundreds of women about the issues that other women face in the developing world. One of the most common problems these women face is fistula — but few American women seem to be familiar with it. That’s because we have relatively good maternal health care.”

Your Brain on Music – Michael Krahn: “A fascinating interview with former rock musician, now Cognitive Psychologist with a Ph.D. Daniel Levitin.” It’s a bit evolution-heavy, but interesting nonetheless.

Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – Denny Burk: “The band “Mercy Me” has a running gag on their YouTube channel called ‘The Cover Tune Grab Bag,’ in which they do fun covers of popular songs. Many of the videos look like they are shot backstage with the guys just goofing around. In any case, it’s pretty entertaining to see the band let their proverbial hair down.” This week they released “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.”

No verse of Scripture yields its meaning to lazy people.

—A.W. Pink

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