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Weekend A La Carte (4/27)

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Everything Is Rigged – This is a long and interesting article from Rolling Stone: “The idea that prices in a $379 trillion market could be dependent on a desk of about 20 guys in New Jersey should tell you a lot about the absurdity of our financial infrastructure. The whole thing, in fact, has a darkly comic element to it.”

An Old-er Woman – Lisa Spence reflects on some of the challenges of being an old-er woman. “At 44, I am what many (myself included) would consider an older woman. Not old necessarily, but old enough to be old-er. The distinction is important, at least to my vanity.”

George W. Bush Is Smarter Than You – Keith Hennessey has a very enjoyable and myth-busting article about his former boss, President Bush. I’ve heard things like this many times: “President Bush is extremely smart by any traditional standard. He’s highly analytical and was incredibly quick to be able to discern the core question he needed to answer.”

Brazil’s Billionaire Bishop – Businessweek writes about Edir Macedo, a prosperity gospel preacher in Brazil who, not surprisingly, has made himself fantastically wealthy.

The Christian Bus Driver – Justin Taylor asks and answers this question: “Is There a Distinctively “Christian” Way to Be a Bus Driver?” Obviously he is using “bus driver” as a representative vocation so the question applies equally to any other job.

It’s the Little Things (And the Big Things) – R.C. Sproul Jr. continues to write powerful reflections on mourning his wife and daughter. “I am still asked, thankfully, how I am doing, and my answer has not changed. I, and the children with me, are sad. As we should be. We are sad that our lives go on without Denise, that they go on without Shannon. We hurt because we miss them. We miss them because we delighted in them.”

He who complains of the weather, complains of the God who ordained the weather!

—William Law

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