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A La Carte (October 3)

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The Kindle deals page once again includes a little list of some noteworthy deals.

(Yesterday on the blog: Practicing Church Discipline & Man-Pleasing vs God-Pleasing)

When Physical Intimacy Is Fractured: 7 Tools to Help You Heal

This may prove helpful. “Our relationship became so fractured that any time Matt approached me physically—to hold my hand, to hug me, or do anything remotely sexual—I simultaneously felt like ripping my skin off and jumping out of a window. ‘Something is not right,’ I finally concluded. I was right, and it was about time to do something about it. We began a two-year emotional, theological, and transformational journey of discovering the meaning of physical intimacy in marriage.”

Michael Kruger Responds to Two Challenges to the New Testament

“The Ehrman Project was created several years ago to give bite-sized, introductory responses to arguments against the reliability of the Bible that have been popularized by Bart Ehrman. Scholars who have contributed to this project include Daniel Wallace, Darrell Bock, Ben Witherington, Alvin Plantinga, and many more. Here are two responses by Michael Kruger.”

Alberta’s Attack on Truth in Education, And the Church’s Response

It seems likely that what’s happening in Alberta will soon happen elsewhere. “Last week, Albertans learned that their provincial Ministry of Education has demanded that Christian schools remove biblically-based language from their policies governing how they will create ‘safe and caring’ environments.”

Why the World is Running Out of Pilots (Video)

I’m sure the industry will right itself soon, but for now, here’s a good look at why the world has too few pilots. It strikes me, though, that the most likely long-term solution here is to automate planes, making pilots redundant.

Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

It’s hard to imagine the Internet being dramatically different, but perhaps it will happen. “This week, Berners-Lee will launch, Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, time’s up, Facebook, Google, Amazon.”

Gliwice Radio Station, Where World War 2 Began

“On the evening of August 31, 1939, as the last rays of the setting sun lingered on the top of the giant wooden mast towering over the then German city of Gliwice, a few miles from the border with Poland, two cars passed through the gates of the Gliwice radio station and stopped outside the three-story transmission building. A small unit of SS officers posing as Polish partisans got out of the car.”

Ligon Duncan’s Social Media Strategy

I appreciated this brief Twitter thread in which Ligon Duncan lays out his social media strategy. I think numbers eight and nine are absolutely key.

Flashback: 3 Quick Questions Before Quitting Your Church

Before you leave a church, first determine that you will take a period of time to pray—to pray for the people specifically and by name.

The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.

—Oswald Chambers

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