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A La Carte (November 8)

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Today’s Kindle deals include some Bible study material, some books by Jen Pollock Michel, and a couple of volumes from the New Studies in Biblical Theology series.

Also, Amazon has some board games on sale today if you want to stock up.

Then there are some pretty good Logos deals to be had this month, mostly on commentaries. Don’t forget to get your free commentary.

Manage Your Household Well

David Mathis explains this biblical qualification. “One of the greatest needs wives and children have — and all the more in our relentlessly distracting age — is dad’s countercultural attentiveness. Perhaps human attention never has been more valuable. Today the largest corporations in the world no longer compete for oil, but for human attention. And when attention is short and scarce, one of the greatest emerging tragedies of this new era is distracted dads.”

How to Pray for Unbelieving Family Members

I expect we all have reason to put these guidelines into practice.

Francis Chan Announces He Is Moving to Myanmar To Be a Missionary

May God bless him in this new ministry!

The US Government Program That Pays For Your Flights

It all sounds pretty odd until he gets to the mathematics of it at the end. Then it begins to make some sense.

I Was An Astrologer

I was interested to read this article from a former astrologer. “What broke the spell for me was, oddly, people swearing by my gift. Some repeat customers claimed I’d made very specific predictions, of a kind I never made. It dawned on me that my readings were a co-creation – I would weave a story and, later, the customer’s memory would add new elements.”

Pastor, Don’t Imply that Church is Optional

Trevin sounds the warning. “I wonder if, in the decades that followed, the truth that going to church doesn’t make you a Christian morphed into a different idea—that being a Christian doesn’t necessarily include going to church. I wonder if people started thinking that personal, individual faith in Jesus is the only important thing, and if the church can help with that, fine, but if not, that’s fine, too.”

What Kind of Older Man Will I Be?

I’d say this challenge can apply equally to older women.

Flashback: Taking Up a Collection in a Cashless World

How does your church handle the collection in an increasingly cashless world? And how do you make giving a significant act of worship if your giving is done electronically? What are your thoughts about the future of the collection?

The work God needs to do in you matters far more than the work you think He needs to do through you.

—Sam Allberry

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