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Weekend A La Carte (March 4)

I did not dig up any new Kindle deals today for Christian books. However, I’m often asked about biographies of Winston Churchill; Churchill: A Life by Martin Gilbert is a great introductory work and is discounted this month. Then you need to read The Last Lion, the epic 3-volume series by William Manchester.

If you’re interested in David Murray’s forthcoming book Reset, you can get it early and discounted from Reformation Heritage Books.

Also, if you like the Fighter Verse CDs, you will be glad to know they’ve released a new set.

On Participation in Conversation and Sex

This is an article couples may do well to discuss together. Or, you know, print out and leave passively-aggressively on their bedside table or something.

GM Invented Planned Obsolescence

“If you asked Henry Ford, the Model T was good enough. In fact, it was pretty great. It was popular, dependable, and looked great in black, the only color offered at the time. If the car was selling, why mess with perfection? … General Motors saw an opportunity in Ford’s inertia. In the mid-1920s, GM CEO Alfred P. Sloan had an idea…”

A Pastoral Approach

Kevin DeYoung tells what a pastoral approach to ministry looks like (and doesn’t look like).

Europe’s Most Godless Country

Gunnar Gunnarsson pastors the only doctrinally Reformed church in Iceland and the only Baptist church in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.

The Cancer of the Great Lakes

Nautilus has a fascinating look at the “cancer” of the Great Lakes, the zebra mussel. Who would have thought that clean water could be such a bad thing?

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Time

Here are some good and blessedly brief suggestions from Eric Geiger.

How to Practice Effectively (Video)

Watch this to learn how to practice effectively but also to see how little we really know about the creative masterpiece that is the human brain.

Flashback: It’s Not Just Sabbatarians Who Need Sabbath

God did not intend all work and no rest; he did not intend all rest and no work.

Bible Translations and the Pastor’s Dilemma

My thanks goes to the Christian Standard Bible for sponsoring the blog this week with “Bible Translations and the Pastor’s Dilemma.”

The gospel which we possess was not given to us only to be admired, talked of, and professed, but to be practiced.

—J.C. Ryle

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