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A La Carte (August 3)

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Today’s Kindle deals include a lot of titles by John MacArthur as well as a couple by other authors.

Westminster Books has a sale on a book I’ve been reading and enjoying (and hope to review soon).

Smart Rules for Smartphones

Short and to the point.

Thanks, Dad, For Not (Always) Showing Up

“I’m so thankful my dad didn’t come to all of my football, basketball and baseball games. He was thankful too. He never even pretended that perfect attendance at our ball games was a goal, or that his identity was tied into whether or not he showed up.”

Scientists Now Know Exactly Why Onions Make You Cry

“When an onion is sliced open, it releases a pesky molecule known as a lachrymatory factor. When it hits your eyes, it’s all over. Your lachrymal glands start churning out tears. Scientists long ago identified the chemical makeup of the lachrymatory factor—a rare type of sulfur oxide—and the enzyme that helps create it. But they weren’t quite sure how that process works, until now.”

7 Reasons God Commands Us To Sing To Him

Since you’re going to sing to God anyway, it probably makes sense to consider why.

The 8 Questions I Need to Answer Before I Decide to Retire

“As I have thought [about eventual retirement], I believe that it is important to have a plan. Not necessarily a detailed step-by-step plan, but at least an answer to some fundamental questions. Here is what I think they are for me…”

How PayPal Became the Internet’s Payment System (Video)

“Established in 1998, PayPal had its initial public offering in 2002, and became a wholly owned subsidiary of eBay later that year. In 2014, eBay announced plans to spin-off PayPal into an independent company. Today, PayPal has over 200 million users worldwide.” Here’s how it got there.

When the Preaching is Bad

Here’s a helpful treatment of a path forward when the preaching in your church is just plain bad and you think you may need to leave.

The Second Generation of Korean-American Presbyterians

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra writes about the Korean-American Presbyterian congregations and presbyteries in the PCA.

Flashback: The Utter Devastation of Sin

Sin isn’t here for a moment and then gone. No, sin is so evil that it leaves its lingering scent behind.

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.

—C.S. Lewis

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