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Taking Charge of Television
Randy Alcorn: “With summer here, and kids out of school, many Christians, and especially those who are parents, might be wondering: How do I take charge of the television? The fact is, you and your children will inevitably adopt the morality of the programs, movies, books, magazines, music, Internet sites, and conversations you participate in. GIGO–garbage in, garbage out; godliness in, godliness out. The cognitive is basic to the behavioral–you become what you choose to feed your mind on.”

Dr. Mohler writes about polyamory, a necessary consequence of our society’s widespread acceptance of homosexual marriage.

Nigeria’s Online Scammers
I linked to a similar article a short while ago. This one also deals with those online scammers, largely from Africa, who try to bilk you out of your money with promises of great wealth. “I’m selling greed,” said Felix, 29, an e-mail swindler. “You didn’t apply for any lotto, and all of a sudden you just see a mail in your mailbox that you’re going to win money? That means you have to be greedy.”

Crazy Contract Clauses
If you’re a baseball fan, you may enjoy this article, outlining some of baseball’s stranger contract clauses. My favorite is the guy whose contracted included a bulldozer if he won a World Series game.

The World’s Cleverest Bird
It took humans a long time to figure out the principle that this bird seems to understand!

Deal of the Day at Monergism Books
Monergism Books has a few titles on sale while supplies last: The Fracture of Faith: Recovering the Belief of the Gospel in a Postmodern World by Douglas Vickers 50% off; Life’s Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy by Ronald Nash 50% off; Shared Life: The Trinity and the Fellowship of God’s People by Donald Macleod 69% off.

  • Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Three Respectable Sins of Pastors

    Over the past few years, there has been a lot of attention given to the ways that pastors may abuse their parishioners. Such attention is appropriate and every pastor ought to prayerfully guard himself against such abusive behaviors. Every church leadership structure ought to build rigorous systems of accountability and follow biblical guidelines in the…

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    A La Carte (May 29)

    A La Carte: A coward’s guide to evangelism / The great dechurching will hurt poor people / The unique experiences of pastors / Three words for Christian parents / Save the world, have a baby / The conquest of Canaan / Kindle and book deals.

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    A La Carte (May 28)

    A La Carte: What to do with the nice things people say / Old age syndromes to avoid / The amazing navigation skills of the dung beetle / 7 kinds of sacrifices / Hope in the grief of dementia / and more.

  • Managing Kingdom Causes with Sound Business Principles 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Redeemer University. The word “management” conjures up images of executives leading large corporations with the goal of generating wealth for shareholders. Think of “sustainability” and the lens widens to benefiting other stakeholders like customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. Now, broaden your view even wider. Pan out–way out!…

  • Comparative Suffering

    Comparative Suffering

    It is something you tend to hear a lot when you have endured a time of significant sorrow or suffering: “I know it’s nothing compared to yours, but…” We have a natural tendency to compare—to compare our experiences to another person’s and to rank or rate them accordingly. The person who has suffered the loss…

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    A La Carte (May 27)

    A La Carte: Critical dynamics of criticism / Behind Jordan Peterson’s teaching is his own humanistic agenda / The Christian’s keystone habit / Getting out of the burnout pit / Is salvation by faith unfair to those who never hear of him? / That portrait of King Charles / Kindle deals / and more.