From Psalm 137:1

The rest of the psalm describes why they wept, including the sorrow caused by a brother. I’ll be preaching on these topics this Sunday.

QUIZ: What generation are you when texting? - CNN

If you don’t know how texting practices and expectations vary among age groups, this is a fun way to learn.

(via @JoshNicholas)

I bought some strawberry tamales on a whim. They’re good! They remind me of strawberry shortcake.

MARS prof, Paul Ipema, on catechism preaching:

🌈 Did you know you can report rainbows in the iOS weather app?

A screenshot of a weather app showing different conditions. The title *Other Conditions* is followed by a list: Rainbow, Lightning, Hail, Smoke, Fog, and Haze, each with corresponding icons.

Days away from leaving the nest, these two braved Sunday’s storm.

Two, young doves sitting in a nest, surrounded by the branches and leaves of a grapevine. The sky is visible through the foliage.

Paul, Envoy Extraordinary by Malcolm Muggridge and Alec Vidler

a page with the following words highlighted: I began to understand that Christianity was a great drama rather than a mere set of enlightened values, a beneficent ideology; a drama whose climax, the crucifixion, followed by the resurrection, held out the hope, not just of living in a better way, but of being reborn into a new creation.

Excellent book: None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God by Matthew Barrett. The forward by Fred Sanders is also very good.

πŸ”— graphic: the most common PIN codes

Have any tips for keeping dogs calm during fireworks? I just found this: Calm Your Canine: Dog Calming Music: Through a Dog’s Ear

7 Keys to Generous Giving at Church

I slow-preached through 2 Corinthians 8-9 earlier this year. Here’s what I learned. Everyone forgets at least one of these.

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So many good books on sale right now at Reformation Heritage Books.

Connection is Key

Michael Reichert, “Here’s What I’ve Learned About Raising Boys in My 30 Years as a Child Psychologist”:

We know what a child needs to flourish. We’ve just been slow to apply it to our sons. A few years ago, my research team surveyed nearly 1,500 boys between the ages of 12 and 18 in six countries, as well as 1,200 of their teachers, and asked what was working in their education. In their responses, the teachers focused on the details of their lessons, but the boys wrote, often with deeply moving expressions of gratitude, about the personalities, quirks, and gifts of their teachers and coaches. They told us clearly that they need connection to do their best, whether in the classroom or on the field.

Read the rest.

Tips for leading worship:

  • You’re not performing nor leading a performance. You are guiding people in the worship of God. Help them attend to Him.
  • Give time and instruction to help everyone transition between movements in the service. Watch the kids to find a good pace.

What else?

Michael Horton has been working on a big project, and the first volume is out now. Shaman and Sage: The Roots of β€œSpiritual but Not Religious” in Antiquity.

Want to see a javelina yawn?

β€œShe generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it)” β€” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The New English Translation (NET) of the Bible includes translation and text-critical notes, many more than other versions. Learn more:

I lost some steam on the photo challenge because of a spike in pastoral and family needs. The Day 16 challenge to post a flΓ’neur didn’t help either. lol

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A small toy of Darth Vader but styled with an extra big head like a baby.