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An Open Letter to People Who Take Pictures of Food with Instagram

I’m not a fan of Instagram. Nor am I a fan of people that bash Instagram users. But I found this post funny.

Just because the picture looks artsy doesn’t mean you are. I get it. We all went through our creative, experimental stages. There is a period in all of our lives where we think we can probably make money off our pseudo-artistic talent of choice. And now, you think you are a photographer because Instagram does the work for you. Do you have to focus anything? Do you have to worry about lighting? Do you have to think at all? Not really. You are part of a fast growing legion of people that have been duped into believing they are visionaries, auteurs, even.

EXTRA ETHER: eBooks Gone in 5 Years?

First I heard about the death of the paper book. Now ebooks will be gone too? Well at least the concept of “book” will be gone.

Why is there a widely perceived assumption that more important work goes into books?

Why are only “ego noise” and other less worthy writings considered right for the Net?

The Expository Genius of John Calvin

The Expository Genius of John Calvin by Steven J. Lawson is on sale for only 99 cents.

In The Expository Genius of John Calvin you’ll find an intimate portrait of Calvin the preacher—the core beliefs that determined his preaching style, the steps he took to prepare to preach, and the techniques he used in handling the Word of God, interpreting it, and applying it to his congregation. In the pulpit ministry of the great Reformer, Dr. Lawson finds inspiration and guidance for today’s church and calls on modern pastors to follow the Reformer’s example of strong expository preaching.

5 Questions to Ask of a Book

Tim Challies offers some good questions to ask yourself as you read a book.

First and foremost, a good book will have a heavy dependency upon Scripture. Whatever truth it seeks to teach will be ultimately drawn from God through the Bible rather than from any kind of human wisdom or experience. In the Bible God gives us the great privilege of seeing the world through his eyes and seeing life from his perspective. Therefore, whatever we teach about living the Christian life ought to depend heavily upon his wisdom.

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