God’s Google

Imagine if you could go back. Imagine if you could race back through time and see all of your Google searches plotted out with the date and location of each one. In that unusual way, you would have compiled a short biography of your life. You would have compiled a short narrative of your marriage and parenting. You would see the time your child was going through those temper tantrums and you searched for ideas on how to make it …

God Watches You Google

In 2006, AOL made an epic misjudgment. As part of a research project headed by Dr. Abdur Chowdhury, AOL made available to the public a massive amount of search data, releasing the search history of 650,000 users over a 3-month period. That totaled some twenty one million searches. Before releasing the data they anonymized it, stripping away user names and replacing them with numbers. Yet because of the nature of the data, people very quickly linked real people to abstract …

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A La Carte (May 28)

Today’s Kindle deals include lots of great stuff. For the Glory is a top-tier biography; there is a MacArthur collection for a dollar; etc. (Yesterday on the blog: Getting Older Involves a Lot of Dying) Another One Bites the Dust This dispatch from one of Scotland’s schemes offers wisdom on a common issue. “This is a typical story that many face working in our poorest communities. We invest our time and energy into people and then, out of nowhere, it …

Weekend A La Carte (May 18)

There are some rock-solid books in today’s list of Kindle deals. (Yesterday on the blog: How Many Loves Have You Experienced Today?) Why Preaching MIGHT Be a Walk in The Park “To the uninitiated, I look like a man on a morning stroll. I might be noticed to be glancing at my phone, or muttering under my breath, but the true purpose of my walk is probably obscure.” I also find a “walk in the park” to be tremendously helpful …

A La Carte (May 14)

Today’s Kindle deals include a nice selection of good reads. Last week I put together a list of new and notable books for May. Westminster Books is holding a giveaway and giving you a chance to win them all! (Yesterday on the blog: I Love Parenting Teenagers!) Walk with Me Through a Midlife Crisis John Piper: “I don’t know all the factors that precipitate such a crisis, or even if, thirty years later, the statistics are still the same. I …

The Wonderful, Glorious Jesus

Some things are not only worth reading, but worth reading aloud. I stumbled upon just such a thing a short time ago and wanted to share it with you. This beautiful bit of writing comes from a Dr. William Plumer and what was apparently his inaugural address at Western Theological Seminary. Do yourself a favor and read it—out loud, of course. (Note: I took the liberty of editing it slightly to remove or replace some antiquated words and to just …

A La Carte (April 29)

Today’s Kindle deals include some good books from Crossway themed around apologetics. Pastoring the One When You’d Rather Pastor the Ninety-Nine There’s wisdom for pastors here. “Sometimes churches forget that names matter. I remember talking to a staff member of a church of about 400. Their staff had gone through the church directory and realized that half the people listed were unknown personally to any of them. That’s not a healthy family.” Become a Name Wizard Overnight This article goes pretty …

A La Carte (April 25)

As always, you can check the Kindle deals page to see what’s new on that front. Westminster Books has a deal on a book your pastor probably wishes you’d read. Logos users may want to browse through this month’s deals. Don’t forget about the NICOT/NICNT sale. (Yesterday on the blog: Young People and the Hundred Pushup Challenge of Life) Hard, Messy, and Uncomfortable Uncomfortable circumstances have a way of testing our love. “If God called me to serve Him in …

A La Carte (April 24)

There’s a pretty good selection of Kindle deals today, many of them from John MacArthur. Chip Away at Your Children’s Spiritual Growth Jen Oshman wrote an article I was working on! “We humans are drawn to get rich quick schemes, to lose 10 pounds by this weekend diets, to the express lane. Like moths to a flame, we love instant gratification, magic formulas, and silver bullets. But we know silver bullets are rare. We know the truth is that real growth …

A La Carte (April 23)

There are just a couple of fairly minor Kindle deals for you to consider today. (Yesterday on the blog: We Are All Theologians) It Is Well Writing for WORLD, Janie Cheaney does a great job telling the story of Horatio Spafford who wrote “It Is Well.” But be warned, once you learn the rest of the story, you can’t unlearn it! Reducing the Stumbling Block before THE Stumbling Block It’s important to remove the “stumbling blocks” that can keep unbelievers from …