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Price Anchoring – looks at the sales tactic of price anchoring through the iPad. “Showmanship? Sure. But this stuff works. It’s called the anchoring effect, and it’s been well understood by psychologists for decades. Marketers use it against you all the time–but sometimes you can turn the tables, and I’ll tell you how.” And speaking of the iPad, here’s Blendtec doing what they do, matching an iPad with their blender. I’ll ruin the ending by saying that the blender wins.

Seven Basic and Brief Pointers for Writers – From Douglas Wilson. “In no particular order of importance, I would encourage those who want to learn the wordriht life to approximate something like the following…” He goes on to give 7 pretty good tips.

Isaac Newton on the Trinity Hypothesis – An interesting post from Credenda Agenda. “Newton’s study of theology and alchemy comes as a shock to people. But Newton was a great synthesizer; he didn’t merely want to master a few separate disciplines. A command of mathematics and natural philosophy was only a part of his goal. Newton endeavored to a great, comprehensive system of the world–from the solar system to the fundamental nature of matter to God’s work in redemptive history. Newton’s agenda was far more ambitious than it had a right to be, but inordinate ambition is common among geniuses.”

Why Do Evangelicals Dislike Me So Much? – Brian McLaren exhibits a bit of feigned surprise and ignorance here as he asks why Evangelicals are bothered when he takes a wrecking ball to God and the Bible.

Logos March Madness – Logos has a bunch of great deals for you where you can get up to 75% off 5 dozen titles.

1Password – One final deal. If you’re a Mac user, you pretty much have no excuse not to use 1Password, an amazing password management program. Add it to your cart and you’ll see that they’re selling it at 20% off at the moment.

  • Like an iPhone

    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.

  • Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    Why Those Who Seem Most Likely to Come, Never Come At All

    It is something we have all observed at one time or another and something we have all wondered about. Why is it that those who seem most likely to come to Christ so often reject him? Why is it that those hear the boldest invitations and who have the greatest opportunities so commonly turn away?…