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Weekend A La Carte (August 26)

Today’s Kindle deals include a few odds and ends (and Packer’s excellent Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God).

(Yesterday at the blog I wrote about the rise of digital technologies and the associated decline in reading.)

21 Things I Learned Living with Teenagers

This article is a scream. “#17: The most reticent teen becomes the world’s greatest talker, one hour after Dad and Mom had planned to be sleeping. #18: Teens who cannot stick to homework for more than thirty minutes without needing three snacks, can play video games for three hours without even a bathroom break.” And so on.

Think You Joined the Wrong Church?

“I’ve found Christians most often push eject on their membership not because they’re upset at the church’s budget or because they disagree on matters of polity. Christians leave their churches for the same reason people leave their marriages: a lack of relational depth and affection. In other words, many leave their churches because they just don’t seem compatible with the church or because the relationships leave them feeling dry.”

Fathers and Daughters

Redbook has a nice little article about the importance of dad in his daughter’s life. What’s funny is I wrote almost this exact sentence earlier in the week: “Dads aren’t moms, this is true, and that is exactly why daughters need them.”

They Ain’t Comin’

There’s lots of good points in this article. “I truly feel bad for a pastor who believes that if his church simply changes the style of its worship service, unbelievers are going to start coming on Sunday morning. For many, this has and continues to be a type of strategy to get non-Christians to church. While I am all for seeing unbelievers come to hear the gospel and just the thought of it excites me, I have never understood the logic behind efforts to attract those who are non-Christians to come to a church service.”

Does Obeying God Mean Sacrificing Our Happiness?

You know the answer to this one! Randy Alcorn says this: “Happiness is a privilege. However, since God repeatedly calls upon us to rejoice, delight, and be glad in Him, we have an obligation to actually do so.”

4 Myths About the Wives of Porn Addicts

Vicki Tiede: “The world finds lust, fantasy, masturbation, and pornography not only acceptable, but something to be elevated and encouraged, because they’ve embraced the belief that if anyone is being hurt, it’s only the person looking at porn. This is a lie. A wife is part of the collateral damage that’s resulted from her husband’s addiction. There are four misconceptions that many hold about pornography addiction and the betrayed wife. Being aware of these myths will help you improve your counseling strategy to these women.”

Simple Rules for Making Giant Geometrical Stars

Here’s something to try with your youth group or something.

Flashback: How Petra Rocked My Soul

All of that parenting and Bible-reading and sermonizing and catechizing had done its work in me, but somehow it was just waiting for one more thing—for news of the warm and personal relationship with God that Petra kept singing about.

Born in Slavery, Longing for Freedom

My gratitude goes to B&H for sponsoring the blog this week with “Born in Slavery, Longing for Freedom.”

We cannot add time; we can only exercise stewardship over the time we are given.

—Albert Mohler

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