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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How To Get Started With Blogging in 2020

I am often asked if there is a future for blogs, bloggers, and blogging. It has been 20 years since they showed up on the scene and so much has changed by then. Can they really have a place even in 2020 and beyond? I am convinced they can, and I say that based on a number of good reasons which I’ve laid out elsewhere. But a question remains: If you want to get started with blogging in 2020, how …

Travel with Jesus on His Journey to the Cross

This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publishers of To Seek and To Save: Daily Reflections on the Road to the Cross by Sinclair B Ferguson. They invite you to download the first three entries today! Most of us have made journeys that have been memorable. Some have brought gladness, others sadness. Very few people we meet have never been on a journey—though I did know one of them, many years ago. I was a minister …

Sunday A La Carte (January 26)

It was such a good week for interesting articles and videos that I collected more than I could fit into this week’s A La Carte columns. For that reason I’m adding an additional A La Carte today. Enjoy! You’ll find some general market Kindle deals as part of a one-day sale. Why We Shouldn’t Ditch the Traditional Sermon Just Yet I quite agree that we shouldn’t even seriously consider ditching the traditional sermon! A Lesson (or Two) in Death Eleazar …

A La Carte (November 12)

There’s the usual list of Kindle deals to at least glance at today. Amazon has quite a lot of board games and other toys on sale today. (Yesterday on the blog: A Husband’s Perspective on a Postpartum Body) Honoring “Grandma Taylor” – Living Veteran of World War II I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Grandma Taylor, a living veteran of World War II. “97-year-old Marilyn Taylor is a veteran through and through. She is Mom to us and Grandma to her …

Are You Bored With The Nativity?

This week the blog is sponsored by The Good Book Company, publishers of Repeat The Sounding Joy, A daily Advent devotional on Luke 1 – 2, by Christopher Ash. Confession time: I don’t particularly like Christmas. I think it goes back to my days as a local church minister with a young family. Somehow all the pre-Christmas stresses of presents (I get so anxious trying to find the right presents), food preparation, family gatherings, with the extra pressure of all …

Two Habits of Successful Parents

Chap Bettis recently wrote about a phenomenon he has observed in today’s young parents—one Aileen and I have often discussed as well. “Many parents are reluctant and even resistant to asking advice about their parenting. While others can see blind spots, the parents themselves remain… blind to them.” That is one side of the equation—young parents aren’t asking seasoned parents for input or assistance. The other side of the equation is that seasoned parents are reluctant to address concerns or …

When the Bible Speaks, God Speaks

Today’s post features Al Mohler on the classic doctrine of biblical inerrancy. It is sponsored by Zondervan Academic. Sola scriptura, Scripture alone, was the formal principle of the Reformation, and it’s also the fundamental principle of evangelical Christianity. We’re the people of the Bible. That’s where it all starts. And that’s where it all ends in this life. All that we have revealed in Scripture is given to us by God. The question is, how do we understand that Scripture? …

Free Stuff Fridays (Compass Cinema)

This week the blog and the giveaway are sponsored by Compass Cinema. Compass Classroom produces homeschool video curriculum from a Christian worldview.  For over a decade they’ve been helping homeschool moms bring expert teachers into their homes. Their products include popular series on American History, Modern World History, Economics, Latin, Western Culture, and much more. We are giving away 5 complete digital curriculum packages for a one year class of your choice.  Just go to the website and www.compassclassroom.com and choose the …