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Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of books that may catch your eye.

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(Yesterday on the blog: Five Days in England: EPIC Vlog 05)

I Was A Disney Princess, I Had An Abortion, And It Almost Ruined My Life

Recently, Planned Parenthood tweeted, ‘We Need a Disney Princess Who Had an Abortion.’ No, we do not. Deanna Falchook can speak with authority here…

10 Prayers to Pray Before Church

“Going to church is not like a trip to the grocery store, visiting a friend, or a Christian task to complete. It is a declaration that worshiping the risen Christ is more important to you than sleeping in, eating brunch, playing sports, or working around the house. It is celebrating the uniting of our broken world under the headship of Christ (Ephesians 1:10) and a proclamation to the spiritual realm of God’s manifold wisdom (3:10). As such, we should not enter church like any other place, but should prepare our hearts in prayer.”

#Wisdom Wednesday with Dr. Derek Thomas (Video)

Dr. Derek Thomas answers,“How do I make the most of my devotional life?”

How the Church Gets Justice Wrong 

Michael Horton brings some clarity to a tough issue: “Social justice is not a conversation that anyone can opt out of: every day we are engaged in secular rituals that either support or threaten the good of our neighbor. Evangelicals score high marks for charity (giving what we do not owe), but, in comparison with other traditions, evangelicalism has lacked the depth of theological reflection on justice (giving what we do owe).”

Is Political Agreement Necessary to Gospel Reconciliation?

This one from Richard Phillips is also important.

Tour of the Moon in 4K (Video)

“Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar terrain.”

The Mystery Of Why There’s An “Alien” Gargoyle On A 12th-Century Scottish Abbey May Have Been Solved

This one is kind of silly, but still interesting. “For years now, any sci-fi film buffs who have visited Paisley Abbey in Scotland may have been startled by an unnervingly familiar sight. There is something uncanny about a stone gargoyle on the structure’s lofty heights. One of the decorative carvings on the centuries-old building’s exterior bears a striking resemblance to an all-too-recognizable movie monster. The place of worship has become a place of pilgrimage and wonder for Ridley Scott fans. But now, the mystery of the Alien gargoyle looks to have been resolved once and for all.”

No Small Pastors

Darryl Dash channels a little Schaeffer. “Small churches are not insignificant in God’s sight. Pastors of small churches can be used by God in significant ways when they’re consecrated to God.”

Flashback: Will God Interfere With Our Free Will?

Some Christians see God as a kindly but passive observer of our choices. After all, God wouldn’t ever interfere with our free will, would He?

When grace begins to rule, then our preoccupation with ourselves begins to leave. —Alistair Begg