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Weekend A La Carte (January 13)

There isn’t a whole lot to report today on the Kindle deals front. That’s not unusual for a Saturday, I suppose. If you’re into printed books you may be interested in Reformation Heritage Books’ winter clearance sale.

(Yesterday on the blog: The Year I Saw Billions of Dollars in Art)

How the Queen Has Made Faith Her Message

This is something few consider when they think of the Queen: “To the royal household, it is known as the QXB – the Queen’s Christmas broadcast. To millions of people, it is still an essential feature of Christmas Day. To the Queen, her annual broadcast is the time when she speaks to the nation without the government scripting it. But in recent years, it has also become something else: a declaration of her Christian faith. As Britain has become more secular, the Queen’s messages have followed the opposite trajectory.”

Why You Should Quote Tweet (Almost) Nevermore

Here’s one for the Twitter users. “As with virtually everything else on Twitter (and the platform itself), the quote tweet started innocuously enough. It provided you the opportunity to share a tweet and add additional comments without taking away from your character count, which was especially precious when limited to 140. You can add some information (or frequently a joke) to an existing tweet. It allowed you to share a tweet and add some context. Instead of confusing followers with a random retweet, you could add a note as to why you found this tweet particularly noteworthy. Then, as things often do on Twitter, it took a wrong turn.”

Musician Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty (Video)

This is kind of neat: “23-year-old musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier explains the concept of harmony to 5 different people; a child, a teen, a college student, a professional, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock.”

World Watch List

This map (or list, if you choose) displays those nations where Christians are most persecuted. In other words, it helps direct your prayers for the persecuted church.

Inside Amazon’s Quest for Global Domination

“Amazon.com Inc. wants to be the everything store but it is struggling to become the everywhere store. It wants to dominate industries ranging from e-commerce and connected home devices to video streaming, challenging titans like Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.”

The Seven Churches of Revelation

“The book of Revelation opens with seven letters to seven churches. Each of the seven letters is a prophetic word from Jesus, through the Spirit, who is inspiring John to write. Who were the recipients of these letters? How were they read and understood in the first century? And what are we to make of them today?”

12 Albums 20 Years Later

2007 was a surprisingly strong year for Christian music. Josh Balogh discusses 12 albums 20 years later. I owned them all, except for #12!

The Real Life Sci-Fi of Vertical Take-Off Planes (Video)

Real Engineering takes a look at the “real life sci-fi” of planes that can take off vertically.

Flashback: Your Deepest Identity

You are in Christ, and all that is his, is yours. This is your deepest identity.

Worldliness is whatever makes sin look normal and righteousness look strange.

—Kevin DeYoung

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    A La Carte: Ice, wind, and unanswered prayers / Was it all a waste? / Prepping for the impending apocalypse / The best analogy for the Trinity / Getting to stop by woods on a snowy evening / Bible translation and AI / and more.

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    Like an iPhone, Only Much More So

    Can I confess something to you? There’s one thing Aileen does that really bugs me. We will be talking together and enjoying one another’s company. But then, as we chat, I’ll hear the telltale buzz of her phone. And I can tell that I’ve lost her. I can see it in the look on her…

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    A La Carte (February 21)

    A La Carte: When cultural tailwinds become cultural headwinds / Talking with kids about gender issues / Try to be more awkward / Life is more than mountaintop experiences / Tinder / Unpacking “separation of church and state” / and more.

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    A La Carte (February 20)

    A La Carte: How hell motivates holiness / The bond of love / How to love our friends in truth, even when it stings / The distorting power of the prosperity gospel / Thinking about plagues / and more.

  • A Difference Making Ministry for Any Christian

    A Difference-Making Ministry for Any Christian

    The experience of preaching is very different from the front than from the back, when facing the congregation than when facing the preacher. The congregation faces one man who is doing his utmost to be engaging, to hold their attention, and to apply truths that will impact their hearts and transform their lives.

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    A La Carte (February 19)

    A La Carte: Courageous pastors or overbearing leaders? / Jesus didn’t diss the poor / 8 qualities of true revival / Why don’t you talk about the sermon? / The idol of competence / The danger of inhospitality / and more.