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A La Carte (9/23)

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Every Wednesday evening we drive to church to particpate in the mid-week service. And every Wednesday we drive past a little mall where, in the parking lot, a big group of car enthusiasts meet (at least they meet in spring, summer and fall). They all park their classic cars or their sports cars in big rows; they pop the hoods and then stand around talking, admiring one another’s vehicles. Every week I have the urge to drive into the parking lot, park my minivan among them, pop the hood and just stand there, looking proud.

Remembering Mary – This is a great blog post in which the author, Elizabeth DeBarros, remembers her aunt Mary. “If she were still alive, these Orwellian days would be no match for my grandmother. She could defy an entire institution with a single phrase. The day she gave birth to a baby girl with Down syndrome, she did.”

SharedBookShelves – This is kind of an interesting idea. It’s a way for members of churches to build a book-sharing catalog.

Nextflix – Canada has finally gotten Netflix, though it’s online-only. It’s like we’ve moved from the dark ages to the information age, just like that.

All of Those Conferences – Erik Raymond reflects on all of the pastors’ conferences today. “One prevailing question I have with regard to attending or hosting a conference is with regard to goal setting. Why would I go? Why are they hosting? What’s the point?”

Free Downloads – Day One Publications has some interesting little booklets available for download. They deal with topcis of basic theological interest.

BOOK – This video introduces a revolutionary product: the Bio Optical Organiced Knowledge device. Watch the video to find out about its amazing advantages!

The glory of the gospel is that when the church is absolutely different from the world she invariably attracts it.

—Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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