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Around the web (Luther on prayer, kids and money, law and gospel)

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:: Training Your Children to Manage Money - Randy Alcorn is one of the best teachers I know of concerning the issue of stewardship.  This is a helpful post about teaching kids to manage money.  Excerpt: "When the girls were five and seven, I gave each three jars labeled “Giving,” 'Saving,' and 'Spending.' I explained that every time they received money, they were to first put at least ten per cent into the giving jar, then distribute the rest between the other two jars as they wished.".

:: Reforming the Reformed - Great post by Ray Ortlund.  "My Reformed friend, can you move among other Christian groups and really enjoy them? Do you admire them? Even if you disagree with them in some ways, do you learn from them? What is the emotional tilt of your heart—toward them or away from them? If your Reformed theology has morphed functionally into Galatian sociology, the remedy is not to abandon your Reformed theology. The remedy is to take your Reformed theology to a deeper level."

:: A Simple Way to Pray - Martin Luther's barber once asked him how to pray.  After some brief conversation in the barber's chair, Luther went home and wrote him an extensive (and very practical) essay about prayer.  Ligonier is making this essay available in a short book edited by Archie Parrish.  I've read the Luther essay a number of times and found it to be very helpful in my own prayer life.

:: An Interview on the Law and the Gospel - Tullian Tchividjian has a new book out (Surprised by Grace).  Besides being Billy Graham's grandson, Tullian pastors one of the more noteworthy churches in our denomination (Coral Ridge - formerly pastored by D. James Kennedy).  Justin Taylor recently interviewed Tullian about the book, and more generally about the importance of the gospel for Christian living.

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