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Weekend A La Carte (December 17)

I did not manage to uncover any new Kindle deals today. However, if you’re looking for printed books, Westminster Books has an a la carte collection at a discount.

Logos users will be familiar with the long-awaited D.A. Carson Sermon Archive. It’s finally coming and is available for another 2 days at pre-order pricing.

The Hollywood Medium Has a Secret

Apparently the Hollywood Medium is a thing. I hadn’t heard of him, but this article explains his secret (and the secret of every other medium).

A Trustworthy Wife

Here’s a top-notch article from Danielle Spencer. She discusses what it actually means for a wife to be trustworthy.

I’m On the Lookout for the Next Great Christian Novel

A Christianity Today fiction judge challenges evangelical writers and publishers to up their game.

The Acquired Savant (Video)

Fascinating: “In 2002, Jason Padgett was the victim of a vicious beating outside a karaoke bar in Tacoma, Washington. Upon regaining consciousness, Padgett’s sight was forever altered by a condition called acquired savant syndrome.”

Are Humans Evolving Through Caesarean Sections?

You may have caught headlines this week announcing that humans are evolving through the rise of caesarean sections. Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, a Christian obstetrician, replies.

Starbucks Shines in our Ecosystem of Snobbery

“Starbucks sells experiences as much as coffee — of both conspicuous consumption and conspicuous connoisseurship. Bloomberg reportsthat for a pittance, a.k.a. $10, skinflints will be able to buy a cold-brew coffee, which presumably is an excellent thing, infused with nitrogen gas, which sounds like an acquired taste.”

The Chief End of Preaching

Steven Lawson + Martyn Lloyd-Jones. You know you’ll learn something from that combination.

The American Dream Mall

If you’re up for a longform read today, you may enjoy this one about the building of a mega-mall in New Jersey. (Note: There are a couple of bad words along the way.)

Flashback: George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, You, and Me

“The biggest victims here are the ordinary, low-level employees who represent the collateral damage—people who were doing normal things in the normal way, but who suddenly had it all laid bare. People who are just like you and me. Their shame has become our entertainment.”

What Every Christian Should Give their Pastor for Christmas

Thanks to Books at a Glance for sponsoring the blog this week. Sponsors play a key role in keeping the site going, so I’m grateful for each one.

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Biblical accountability is first and foremost an arm around the shoulder, not a finger pointing in the face.

—Burk Parsons

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