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A La Carte (June 7)

One Facebook, Two Worlds, Three Problems

Trevin Wax did a litlte digging and experimenting and tells how Facebook’s news algorithm works (and why it’s really not a good thing).

Living a Life of Stunning Significance

Richard Phillips: “What a difference it makes when a Christian man realizes that he does not have to be a fighter pilot, a movie star, or a pro athlete to have a life of significance and value.” Indeed.

Tozer vs. Lewis

Justin Taylor points to an important difference between A.W. Tozer and C.S. Lewis.

Spirit-Leaning Worship Leading

There’s lots of good food for thought in this article from Jamie Brown. “Could I (and my worship team, or choir), and could my church, become so good at ‘doing church’ or making good music, or sticking to our liturgy, to the point that we’re no longer asking for, expecting, and depending on the empowering work of the Holy Spirit in our midst? Yes, I could.”

Why Do You Want Me Dead?

You’ll appreciate reading this 11-year-old wheelchair athlete telling the culture to get over itself.

This Day in 1891. 125 years ago today, English Baptist Charles H. Spurgeon preached his last sermon at London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle. *

The Problem with the Pinterest Dream Wedding

This is so true: “There seems to be a subtle, but growing, pressure on couples to make their wedding day better than others, a kind of competition to have the Pinterest dream wedding. No one says it outright (it would sound ridiculous). But it happens, and it seems to me like it happens a lot.”

Death Photography

Isn’t this interesting? And morbid. The BBC writes about the Victorian tradition of death photography.

Flashback: What’s in “The Look?”

“We all know the look. It’s that lust-fueled glance, the eyes that linger too long, the neck on the swivel, the hopeful glimpse of something forbidden. It may not be a full-fledged sexual fantasy, it may not be all Jesus meant when he spoke of committing adultery in the heart, but it is not far off.”

Carson

Sometimes the most godly thing a mouth may do is keep silent.

—D.A. Carson

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    New and Notable Christian Books for February 2024

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    A Freak of Nature (and Nurture)

    We are probably so accustomed to seeing bonsai trees that we don’t think much about them. But have you ever paused to consider how strange and freakish they really are?