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Thursday June 12, 2008

The Great (Debt) Seduction
David Skeel has some good thoughts on a fascinating article in the New York Times. It deals with the displacement of America’s traditional norms of thrift and frugality in favor of norms that “encourage debt and living for the moment.”

Drive Free, Retire Rich
Some good financial thought from Dave Ramsey. (HT:Z)

Witnessing to Westboro Baptist
Josh describes a recent experience of witnessing to the people of Westboro Baptist Church (i.e. the “God Hates Fags” people).

A Report on Kids and Reading
Publishers Weekly writes about a Scholastic report about reading habits in children and teens. This jumped out at me: “parents who read frequently were found to be six times more likely to have children that read often, compared to those who read infrequently.”

The Politics of Health
This missionary in Uganda offers an interesting view of how black and white thinking doesn’t always work in the field. In this case she talks about how the use of DDT would both benefit and disrupt the area.

Problem Gamblers Sue Casinos
Yet another unbelievably stupid lawsuit, but one that is satisfyingly ironic.

Best Review of the Worst Book
Here is a hilarious review of what looks to be a truly (truly!) bad book. Here’s a particularly wonderful quote: “Of all the things to think, he never thought he’d think that.”

  • Making Good Return

    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

  • A La Carte Friday 2

    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

  • A La Carte Thursday 1

    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.