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A La Carte (July 6)


Today’s Kindle deals include just a couple of titles. It has been a slow couple of days.

I recently included a link to some solid deals from Westminster Books, but those products sold out quickly. They are now back in stock.

Nature vs Nurture

We’re all familiar with the nature/nurture distinction and debate. But what if there’s more to it than those binary options?

Why You Shouldn’t Wait Until Tuesday to Buy Plane Tickets

You’ve probably heard that Tuesday is the best day to buy plane tickets. But it turns out that’s only true for a few minutes just about midnight. And that it barely makes a difference anyway.

The Revealing Conservativism of JK Rowling

This is interesting analysis. “What is more interesting about Harry Potter and Hogwarts than the surface level progressivism of its creator is the conservativism that forms an essential part of its appeal.”

New Army Training Tells Female Soldiers To ‘Accept’ Naked Men In Their Showers

Madness. “The force-wide presentation sheds quite a bit of light on the implications of the rule change on transgender service members. The policy prioritizes subjective feelings over combat-readiness and inverts military order by placing the needs of individuals over the well-being of their units.”

A Conservative Christian Battle Over Gender

The Atlantic has a long write-up about gender disputes within the Reformed world. I wish there was something in there about the actual biblical passages complementarians are attempting to understand and honor. That’s an important link the article is missing.

BIC: The Company Behind the Pen (Video)

This is a fascinating little take on a company whose products we all know.

On Calvinism Killing Evangelism and Producing Theological Snobbery

What a great sentence: “Is it really true that ‘Calvinism has a history of deleterious effects on evangelism and missions and promotes unparalleled theological snobbery and querulousness?’”

Flashback: 4 Marks of a Godly Husband’s Love

“Husbands, love your wives.” Behind the simple command is a lifetime of effort, a lifetime of growth. How is a husband to love his wife? What is the kind of love that he owes her?

How unspeakably wonderful to know that all our concerns are held in hands the bled for us.

—John Newton

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