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Holy-wood’s Next Big Hits – Over the weekend USA Today ran an article about Christian movies (or Christians at the movies): “The next Blind Side may be Like Dandelion Dust, which opens nationwide in September. Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper star in this wrenching adoption story in which no one prays, no one mentions Jesus by name, no one converts. But the millions of readers who scoop up every title from evangelical novelist Karen Kingsbury will recognize Like Dandelion Dust immediately as one of her many best sellers.”

Ease off the Facebook – TIME briefly discusses a new study that seeks to measure how much people access social media from work and also seeks to measure how much that costs their companies. It’s interesting to note as well the resistance that happens when companies seek to block Facebook and other similar sites. What right do any of us have to access Facebook on our employer’s time?

Ditch the Guilt – Here’s a heartwarming article in which the author writes about how it’s in everyone’s best interests if new mothers return to the work force as soon as possible. Children are better off being raised by professionals, don’t you know.

A Masterpiece – I reserve the right to post the occasional article about the Blue Jays. A couple of days ago Brandon Morrow pitched one of the most dominating games ever and here the Jays’ beat reporter breaks it down a little. “According to Bill James’ formula, Morrow received a Game Score of 100 for his 17-strikeout, one-hit shutout of the Rays on Sunday. That not only is the highest of this season (Roy Halladay’s May 29 perfecto against the Marlins received a GSC of 98), but it was the fourth-best since 1920. It was the highest since Randy Johnson scored a 100 for his perfect game in 2004.”

  • Free Stuff Fridays (Coram Deo Pastors Conference)

    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

  • The Kindness of God

    God’s Goodness in a Cruel World

    There is much to love and appreciate about our God, much for which we ought to give him praise and thanks. One of the attributes we may consider too seldom is his goodness, and as an aspect or component of his goodness, his kindness. And that is the subject of

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    A La Carte (February 23)

    A La Carte: Order, preparation, and the Spirit’s leading / Desecration at St. Patrick’s Cathedral / Why did God stigmatize the disabled? / Who would I be if I was happy? / 7 parenting errors that can influence adult children to leave the faith / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

  • 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.