Happy Friday everyone! I continue to be amazed at what I find on Twitter. Here is a roundup of this week's links. Please follow me on Twitter if you are so inclined.
About three years prior to writing 1984, George Orwell wrote a letter detailing the theories that would shape the novel.
This is a great question: "What will be the cost to the church if young men continue to give themselves to pornography?"
Settling the important questions: when grilling is it better to marinade or rub? Go for the rub. Related: my favorite way to prepare steaks only involves using salt and pepper.
I didn't really understand the appeal of Duck Dynasty until I saw a couple of episodes. Here's an explanation as to why it's so popular (and that's a good thing). It's become one of our favorite shows.
Marian McPartland, hostess of NPR's Piano Jazz passed away this week at 95. An appreciation of her remarkable career.
A young man gets stranded at the airport with no money and nothing to eat. What one restaurant did really shows what great customer service is all about.
Legendary Disney songwriters Richard Sherman and Alan Menken recently appeared in concert together at the D23 Expo and it was as magical as you would expect it to be.
The late Elmore Leonard had some great rules for writers.
Baseball's National Hall of Fame should be about those who played the game with honor. This is an interesting case for one such player who is not currently enshrined in the Hall (but should be).
A 911 operator comes to a bride's rescue. Then they become friends.
15 companies that started out selling something else than what they became famous for.
TIME finally reports on a story that a lot of parents already know about: Public schools are hostile to boys.
It's always tough when you're facing the prospect of leaving your church. Here are 10 questions you should ask yourself if you're considering such a step. It's a serious decision and is worth careful thought and prayer.
What Disney taught one person about leadership.
According to Dr. Albert Mohler, the antidote to anemic worship is expository preaching.
An American POW's prized gold ring returns home after he gave it away for food during World War II.
Los Angeles Dodgers' pitching ace Clayton Kershaw would rather talk about what he's doing off the field. Key quote: "Kershaw said he wants to be known as a Christian who happens to play baseball, not as a baseball player who happens to be a Christian."
There are some that say e-books will be the death of the publishing industry. But one publisher is starting to reward customers with free e-book copies of physical books that they buy. This makes sense to me. Amazon had already done this with CDs purchased through their site so it makes sense that publishers will want to do the same.
From Art of Manliness, five traits of true leadership.
Five habits of highly effective communicators.
How to go from being a good leader to a great manager.
This is amazing: historical black and white photographs are colorized. The results are incredible.
A brief history of everyone's favorite summertime memory: the ice cream truck.
The plucky investigative reporter who got herself committed to an insane asylum. On purpose.
Did you know before she became a famous television chef Julia Child was a spy? The stories of five unlikely spies.
Let's call this your bookstore bucket list. 16 bookstores to see before you die. Judging by the pictures, I'd say they were right.
An interesting interview with the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Convention, Russell Moore. His observations on the role of Christians in culture today are right on the mark.
That's it. Have a great weekend.