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A La Carte (March 5)

Today’s Kindle deals include some great resources from Crossway.

(Yesterday on the blog: How We Worshipped: One Sunday in February)

A little while ago I created a New Testament commentary bundle with Logos, and it’s 60% off at the moment.

Eight Myths about Hell

“The reality of hell and eternal punishment is not a popular topic, even among Christians. Part of the problem is that the nature of hell has been horribly distorted in our culture and portrayed as an experience that is far from what we read in the NT.”

How Can Parents Encourage Kids to Own Their Faith as They Grow Up?

“Parents, don’t take the biblical proverb ‘train up a child’ and treat it like a promise, assuming that if you do everything right in your parenting, your children will turn out right. Proverbs are general truths, not specific promises. Besides, when we consider the overall context of the Bible, we see how counterproductive it is to try to train our kids to trust in God if what we model for them is that we trust in our training.”

The Rise and Demise of Halcyon, the Doomed Console of the 1980s (Video)

This is an interesting little snippet of tech history. “HAL was poised to be one of the greatest technological innovations the world had ever seen. Its inventor, Rick Dyer, banked everything on its success. But his dreams would soon come crashing down.”

Modern Parenting And the Winter Olympics

Hmm. “We used to call it Helicopter parenting, but after watching a few curling videos I’m convinced it’s more like the Olympic sport than ever.” He could be right.

A Time to Speak

WORLD has a profile of Rachael Denhollander. “In a Biblical pursuit of both justice and forgiveness, Rachael Denhollander helped stop a criminal sexual predator.”

The Curious Case of Spider Rain (Video)

This is horrifying. “Worryingly described by entomologists and arachnologists as a ‘not uncommon’ occurrence in certain parts of the globe, spider rain can see anywhere from a few thousand to several million spiders tumble from the sky in a given area, seemingly out of nowhere.”

The Garfield Assassination Altered American History

“When President James A. Garfield was shot in the back by an assassin on July 2, 1881, the news electrified the country. Garfield was entering the Washington, D.C. train station, headed for summer vacation, when the attack came. Charles Guiteau, the 40-year old assassin—a lawyer, former bill collector, salesman, preacher, divorcee and political hanger-on who’d failed at most things in his life—had stalked the president for weeks. On this morning, he waited inside the train station until President Garfield entered the room, walking in arm-in-arm with his friend, Secretary of State James G. Blaine. Guiteau stepped behind the president and fired two bullets. One grazed Garfield’s arm, and the other hit him square in the back, knocking him to the ground.”

Flashback: 3 Tips for Responding to Criticism

Expect to be criticized from time to time, and give your friends an open invitation to do so.

You may as well conceive of a holy devil, as of an unholy Christian.

—Richard Johnson

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