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A La Carte (July 29)


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What the Soviets Intended for Siberia, God Intended for Good

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra continues her unique and excellent journalism at TGC. “When Evgeny Bakhmutsky’s grandfather baptized him, the older man cried—but not just happy tears. ‘He was crying because he knew I might be arrested the next day,’ Bakhmutsky said. ‘And he was crying because he knew Christianity is a road to suffering and pain and likely death.’ Peter Bakhmutsky wasn’t being overly dramatic. In 1945, the pastor had been exiled to the labor camps in Siberia, shoved from one mine to another. Peter’s son—Yevgeny’s father—had married a girl whose father was also an exiled pastor and whose grandfather had been killed for his faith.”

The Secret Code Your Printer Puts on Your Paper (Video)

Did you know that every color printer puts a secret little code on every printed page so it can be traced back to you?

The Right Side of History?

William Farley: “Whenever someone says ‘I am on the right side of history’ they are presuming that their understanding of right and wrong is the same as whoever or whatever is in control of history. Since a large number of those who have adopted this phrase are self-avowed atheists, agnostics, or religious liberals their use of this phrase is fundamental hypocrisy. If there is no personal God, history is going nowhere, or at best it is moving randomly. And even if it is going somewhere, on the basis of the left’s confessed worldview, they should have no way of knowing where it is going.”

Canada’s Population Clock

This interesting site tells real-time what’s going on with Canada’s population.

A Few Creeds Plus the Bible: How to Shepherd a Church toward the Use of Confessions

There may be something useful here for pastors who are attempting to integrate the use of creeds and confessions into their worship services.

How Does the Power Grid Work? (Video)

The power grid is one of those things we take for granted, isn’t it? Yet it’s incredibly complex and well-tuned.

Why Facebook Failed

Do you remember the good old days of Facebook when it was actually fun to use and when it was still about social connections (rather than serving advertising)? Samuel does. “Many younger Facebook users have no possible way of understanding how different the site was around 2008-2010. It’s common nowadays to refer to Facebook as part of someone’s ‘platform,’ and that word helpfully reveals the transformation I’m talking about.”

Flashback: Why We Fail at Family Devotions

Make sure you allow your family devotions to reflect the uniqueness of your family. Make them your own, and do them for the good of your family and the glory of God. Mostly, just do them.

Whatever your sorrows or trials may be, he knows by experience how to sympathize with you.

—Edward Payson

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