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A La Carte (July 11)

As you may know, it’s Prime Day at Amazon, so there are lots of deals to be had. You’ll find many of their Kindle devices deeply discounted (Voyage, Paperwhite, etc). They are also offering a deal where if you buy an Amazon book, 40% of the price is returned as a credit toward another printed or Kindle book.

Today’s Kindle book deals include an interesting list of titles meant to help you think.

How To Pray for Your Pastor

You do pray for him, right? “Pray for your pastor,” says Mel Duncan in this article. “Pray as if your very life and those you love depended upon it.”

Five “Fake News” Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity

Michael Kruger: “Given this rash of ‘fake news,’ I thought it might be interesting to observe that an analogous phenomenon can be seen in the study of early Christianity. There is quite a bit of ‘fake news’ out there regarding the person of Jesus, the origins of the church, or the development of the Bible . Even though such ‘news’ as no factual basis, it is believed by an uncomfortably large number of people.”

Live HD Earth

NASA allows you to sit back and watch live HD footage from the international space station as it orbits the earth.

Is Wonder Woman a Good Example of Biblical Womanhood?

This is a long article, but a rewarding one. The author interacts with people who proclaim the movie (or character) Wonder Woman a great role model or a picture of a complementarian woman.

Sloth Doesn’t Just Mean Sleep

Important: “A sluggard doesn’t have to be a sleeper. While the Bible has sleep as the favorite past-time of the sluggard it also paints a broader picture. The sluggard is really the one who is doing something other than what ought to be done in that moment to the glory of God.”

Why Jane Austen Endures

Jane Austen’s work endures, at least in part, because of her word choice. “Her novels, reasonably successful in their day, were innovative, even revolutionary, in ways her contemporaries did not fully recognize. Some of the techniques she introduced — or used more effectively than anyone before — have been so incorporated into how we think about fiction that they seem to have always been there.” But there was more to it than that.

The Hidden Rules of the Puritan Fashion Police

“Puritans, being Puritan, gave sumptuary laws a particularly moral cast. Dressing in a simple manner meant avoiding the sins of pride, greed, and envy, especially for women.”

Flashback: No Bible, No Breakfast

I cringe just about every time I hear “No Bible, no breakfast.”

Craving human affirmation is a no-win proposition. Those who don’t receive it are miserable. Those who do receive it only want more.

—Shai Linne

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    This week the blog and this giveaway are sponsored by the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. Dear brother pastor, In a spirit of prayerful expectation, I want to invite you to the Coram Deo Pastors Conference. This new event is hosted by Clearly Reformed (a new ministry I help to lead) and Christ Covenant Church (where…

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    A La Carte (February 22)

    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…