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There was a time in my life that I played a lot of computer games, but hen real life came along and I found that I just didn’t have time or interest anymore. Sid Meier’s Civilization was my favorite childhood game and it’s the only one I’ve kept up with over the years. Today marks the release of the next iteration of the franchise. I’ve got no firm plans, but I may just have to splurge and buy the new Civilization 5, you know, just for old time’s sake.

Ask Randy – Inspired by Desiring God’s “Ask Pastor John” sessions, Randy Alcorn is soliciting questions that he can answer in an online Q&A format. You can submit your questions at the link.

Pro-Choice Irrationality – Denny Burk writes about the rather shocking irrationality of some of those who hold the pro-choice position on abortion.

Auld Reekie Reeks No More – John Ross laments the welcome the pope has received during his recent visit to the UK. And in particular he laments the excitement in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Way We Live Now – This is an interesting article from the NY Times in which a homeschool dad (I don’t think he’s necessarily a Christian homeschooler) reflects on technology based on the homeschool experience. Here is just one of the lessons: “Technologies improve so fast you should postpone getting anything you need until the last second. Get comfortable with the fact that anything you buy is already obsolete.” (HT:JD)

Deciding Not to Screen for Down Syndrome – Another article from the NY Times. This one provides a mother’s perspective on why she decided not to do advance screening to find out whether her unborn child had Down Syndrome. This article is well worth reading! “The way these tests are administered, the way information is provided to women and the way our culture talks about and conceives of individuals with chromosomal abnormalities contribute to my concern that prenatal testing more often serves to devalue all human life and to offer parents and doctors an illusion of control.” (HT:Z)

Is There a Plan B For My Life? – In this short video Winston Smith deals with the subtle danger of believing that we can be relegated to a plan B kind of life.

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    A La Carte (June 20)

    A La Carte: How to support the caregivers in your church / What we gain in following Jesus / The way we feel is not necessarily the way it is / The power and danger of habit / The man who introduced American Evangelicals to C.S. Lewis / and more.

  • Do Not Envy the Wicked

    Do You Envy the Wicked?

    It takes a long time for sinful instincts to become pure, for tendencies toward what is evil to be transformed into tendencies toward what is good, lovely, and pleasing to God. The man who quits drugs will still react when he catches a whiff and the woman who gave up alcoholism will still struggle when…

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    A La Carte (June 19)

    A La Carte: The golden rule for hard conversations / Seven reasons you shouldn’t ignore beauty / The early church on entertainment / The uselessness of prayer / A thousand wheels of providence / Impossible, hard, and easy / and more.

  • Our Salvation Through Christ

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers and this post is adapted from The Kindness of God by Nate Pickowicz (© 2024). Published by Moody Publishers. Used by permission. Just like the Old Testament, the New Testament teaches that this wonderful salvation is extended to us as a kindness. Paul opens his letter…

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    A La Carte (June 18)

    A La Carte: The pursuit of (which) happiness? / Don’t hastily choose elders / The evangelistic nature of awe / What you read builds who you are / Till he was strong / A father’s threads of living faith / Logos deals / and more.

  • Lets Hear It For the Second Parents

    Let’s Hear It For the Second Parents

    While today we tend to associate step-parents with divorce, in previous centuries they were almost exclusively associated with death and with either widow- or widowerhood. In an era in which lifespans were shorter and, therefore, a greater number of parents died while their children were still young, there was a distinct and honored role for…