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Weekend A La Carte (August 31)

There are four (and exactly four!) Kindle deals to look at today.

On the Westminster front, there’s a lot of good group study resources on sale (for adults and kids, to study topics or to study the Bible, etc.).

(Yesterday on the blog: Grandchildren Are the Crown of the Aged)

7 Takes To Becoming A Man

Anne Kennedy takes a look at some of the marks of a man. “My girls are naturally inclined to grow up. They like order and beauty. My boys, on the other hand, are inclined to be lazy. I love the breezy good-natured tone and the practical sense of this list—it strikes right at the soul of a young man’s inclinations. I’ll just pull out seven, shall I?” Please do!

Half-Empty or Half-Full?

I always enjoy these looks at the joys and trials of serving far overseas. “This is a petrol station. At various intervals along the road, one sees little boxes or tables with two, or at most three re-purposed plastic water bottles now filled with fuel. In the mornings the gasoline glows pink with the rising sun as I drive east towards Bundibugyo Hospital. There is usually a quarter-litre (1 cup) or a half-liter (2 cups) option. Which means, people are buying gas a cup at a time.”

Constantly (Dis)connected

Samuel James: “There was a time, not too long ago, when being online was universally considered an activity, something that people did for entertainment or business. Now it arguably would be more accurate to refer to the experience of the Internet as an existence. Many, perhaps most of us, are connected to the Internet so frequently, and so automatically, that we have a hard time imagining even a week without any online presence. We work, watch, debate, learn, reveal, celebrate, mourn, and confess online. And as we do this, we embodied souls are receiving a digital imprint.”

Finding God Is Really… (Video)

This video is meant to be a little parable, I guess, to show that finding God is really…God finding us!

How Pornography Makes Us Less Human and Less Humane

Here’s a good longform read for your weekend. “Pornography deceives. Its sexualized depiction of human persons promises the viewer what it cannot deliver. But how pornography lies is difficult to see, if only because our eyes have gone blind from our frequent exposure to the medium. Pervasive consumption of pornography dulls the mind: if we delightedly give ourselves over to falsehoods, we lose our ability to sort truth from fiction. Sin has a compounding effect.”

Three Ways the Prosperity Gospel has Infected our Churches

Note: He’s not just saying their churches, but our churches. “So many of our churches – otherwise sound, godly, healthy churches – have been infected by the prosperity gospel. Obviously, we’re not handing out lifts across the world in our private jets. We’re not typically telling people that, if you just trust God enough, he’ll make you rich. But we definitely do believe some soft prosperity lies. Let me land on just three examples.”

How to Stop Praying the Same Old Things

Here’s a good article from Don Whitney about how to make your prayer life more than praying the same old things about the same old things.

Flashback: The Beauty of a Defiant Church

Though there were tears in every eye, the church sang. They sang loudly, they sang skillfully, they sang defiantly.

There is no calamity like the silence of God.

—Kevin DeYoung

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