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Weekend A La Carte (June 23)

Today’s Kindle deals include some pretty good books that cross lots of categories.

(Yesterday on the blog: 10 Books Every Christian Should Read)

Are Southern Baptists Turning Into Feminists?

Denny Burk replies to an article in the New York Times suggesting that Southern Baptists are becoming feminists.

Verses for Your Conversations with Mormons

“As I was reviewing a very basic list of verses for conversations with Mormons that I compiled a while back, I thought you might find it useful, as well. It’s in no way comprehensive, but it could give you a good place to start, serving as a rough outline for your discussion.

How a Generation Lost Its Common Culture – Minding The Campus

This author holds back nothing and makes lots of interesting points along the way. “My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture.”

The Real Reason Apple and Google Want You to Use Your Phone Less

It’s good that Apple and Google are making changes, but good to consider their motivation. “The addiction story falls short when considering the long-term interests of these companies. Apple and Google are making it easier for consumers to cut back on phone use because it is in their interest to do so. In this case, what’s good for the user is also good for these companies’ bottom lines. Apple and Google don’t want you to get addicted. Addiction is a compulsive harmful behavior. Rather, they’d prefer you form healthy habits with your digital devices.”

Has Social Media Outrage Become the New Judicial System?

This concerns me an awful lot. “We have begun to execute judgment in the public mind without going through a traditional business protocol or judicial system. And what has happened recently is that these acts of social media outrage have actually begun to impact what happens in a court of law.”

The Hardest Part of Mothering

As we prepare to send our oldest off to college in a few short weeks, this article resonated. “No one warned me. No one told me that after training our children to sleep through the night, after helping them learn the ways of kindness and the value of hard work, after teaching them the joy of reading and the delight of knowing the living word, after determining to most gladly spend and be spent for their souls, no one told me that the hardest part of mothering was still ahead — the part when they leave.”

He Loves Jesus More Than He Loves Me

“One thing that I’ve learned through this nineteen year journey of marriage is that what you really want to look for in a husband is not someone who will cater to your every whim. It isn’t someone who is so afraid of you that he would rather disobey God than incur your wrath. Search for the man who is always looking for ways to serve Christ and the church. Hold out for a man who is more in tune with the Holy Spirit of God than he is in tune with your moods. He is the one, my sisters, who will live a life that challenges you and helps you to see the world through spiritual eyes. He is the one who will love you truly and deeply.”

Flashback: But He Hasn’t Got Anything On!

The Christian does not live for this world, but for a world to come…He, with Bible in hand, is willing to cry out, “But he hasn’t got anything on!”

I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.

—Charles Spurgeon

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