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.

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(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