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Weekend A La Carte (November 21)

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There is not much new on the ebook front today, but it’s probably just as well–next week will be big because of Black Friday. Already I’m putting together a list of a ton of deals on books, ebooks, and lots of other good material. So be sure to check in on Friday.

Running Away with the Circus

Here’s an interesting reflection on the circus in the age of mass digital entertainment. Is there still a place for it in today’s world?

The Generation That Doesn’t Remember Life Before Smartphones

While we are on the subject of this digital world, Popular Mechanics covers the American teenager as the first generation that has no memory of life before smartphones.

On Being Matt Chandler’s Roommate

I enjoyed this one: “My sophomore year a student transferred in who captured the attention and imagination of much of the student body. His name was Matt Chandler.”

Four Types of Worship Teams

Jamie Brown reflects on four different types of worship teams, four approaches to how to structure, view, and lead a team.

That Old-Timey Accent

Ever noticed that people in old movies all kind of talked with the same funny accent? Here’s why.

How Should Christians Think About the Refugee Crisis?

Here is Russell Moore’s take on how we should think about the refugee crisis. He says to stop pitting security and compassion against each other.

Tomorrow in 1963. 52 years ago tomorrow beloved British author, apologist, and scholar C.S. Lewis died—one week before his 65th birthday. *

Why Isn’t It Faster to Fly West?

If the earth is spinning to the east at 1000 miles per hour, why can’t we fly west more easily? This video explains.

Thinking Conference

If you’re in Toronto, or looking for an excuse to visit, you might want to look at the Thinking conference. It should be a good one!

The New Man

Thanks to P&R for sponsoring the blog this week with an article entitled ‘Men, We Can’t Just ‘Do It’.”

Bounds

The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer.

—E.M. Bounds

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.

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    A La Carte (June 11)

    A La Carte: The blessing of constant curiosity / Church discipline in the digital age / Don’t be too easy to join / Body matters in Genesis / The local church is a sandbox / Seasons in a pastor’s life / and more.

  • Trusting Jesus in The Public Square 

    This week the blog is sponsored by Moody Publishers. Parents have a biblical responsibility to protect their children not only from physical harm but also from spiritual harm. It is entirely appropriate and right for a parent to wrestle with whether they want to allow their child to continue to have a friendship with a…

  • that First Sports Bet

    Young Man, Don’t Even Make that First Sports Bet

    It’s impossible to avoid the advertising and impossible to miss the claims. Sports are great, they say, but do you know what makes them even better? Adding a little wager. Sports are exciting, they say, but even more exciting when you’ve got a bit of money riding on them. So why not enjoy them all…

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    A La Carte (June 10)

    A La Carte: Feminism’s patriarchs / Thank you, parents, for your Sunday faithfulness / Godly sorrow vs worldly sorrow / Being transformed from the inside out / What if everyone at your church was like you? / The gift and skill of praise in lament / Kindle deals / and more.