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Today’s Kindle deals include this and that. Also, I really like the sound of this new Preacher’s Catechism which Westminster Books has on sale.

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(Yesterday on the blog: Reformed Theology: More than Five Points )

Fighting Sin with Greater Joy

Here’s a reminder of Fighting Sin 101: “I have learned that the most lasting and effective strategy that will keep you from pornography (and really any other sin) is by finding greater delight in God than you do in that sin. Rather than merely focusing your energy on keeping yourself from sin, instead gorge yourself with practices that give you a clearer view of God and the joy that you find in knowing Him. Seeing God in all His glory is the greatest preventative measure against sin I have found.”

Father of ‘Crying Girl’ Confirms She Was Not Separated From Family

I’m including this not as a political statement but as a reminder that photos are powerful tools for shaping our understanding of the world and driving (or manipulating) our views. “The revelation raises a number of questions, and has sparked debate across online forums. Is this one of the grandest media manipulations in recent history?”

Can I Trust God with My Child’s Suffering?

Every parent grapples with this on some level: “I don’t want hard things for my kids. I want them to be happy and well-adjusted. I want them to know the sweetness of God’s goodness and the faithfulness of His presence. I want to protect them from evil and suffering and sadness. Basically, I want them to trust God like their life depends on it without their life actually depending on it.

What Do Earwigs Do With Those Pincers Anyway? (Video)

Earwigs, some of nature’s most disgusting creatures, are equipped with some pretty imposing pincers on their rear, and they’re not afraid to use them.

The FAQs: Supreme Court Ruling Protects Free Speech and Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers

In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant victory both for pro-life pregnancy centers and for the free speech of all Americans. Joe Carter explains what that means.

The Sword of the Spirit

This is a short read you won’t regret: “Soldiers of Christ, all hail! Happy ye. Christ is your whole armour. He who is ‘the truth,’ is the strength of your loins: his righteousness is your breastplate of defence. He is the sum and substance of the gospel of peace, whereby our feet are shod to march against the enemy. The author and object of faith: our shield, to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. Our helmet of hope: by the grace of the Spirit, put him on as your armour. Then, what dangers may you not face? What enemies have you to fear?”

Civility, Privilege, and the Public Square

Our public square is in bad shape right now. Incivility is not the only problem, but it is a problem. The only solution is to rethink our entire moral framework and arrive at a fundamentally different conclusion about the purpose of living and working with people not like us. Until that happens, civility will continue to a burden that the common people bear, while envying the media class that can afford to merely talk about.”

Flashback: Mark Zuckerberg Covers His Webcam. Should You?

In an age of ubiquitous data collection, there is wisdom in taking some basic measures of self-protection and self-preservation.

Don’t go about the world with your fist doubled up for fighting, carrying a theological revolver in the leg of your trousers. —C.H. Spurgeon