God Acts for the Sake of His Glory

God Acts for the Sake of His Glory

Many in Paul’s day were accusing God of being unrighteous in electing some and not others. In this lab, John Piper explains what the righteousness of God is, showing his definition from several texts. In doing so, he shows that God indeed does all he does for the glory of his own name.

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Pope Francis: Climate Change A ‘Principal Challenge’ For Humanity

In a major encyclical titled Laudato Si, the pontiff calls on humanity to acknowledge a “sense of responsibility” for the Earth and said it was time to stop “masking problems.”

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Apple Watch U.S. Sales Estimated at 2.8 Million, Sports Band May Have Base Cost of Just $2

The latest data from Slice Intelligence, a digital commerce research firm that tracks email receipts, estimates Apple Watch sales at 2.79 million in the United States nearly two months after the wrist-worn device launched, according to Reuters. Slice Intelligence previously estimated 1 million Apple Watch pre-orders on April 10 and 2.5 million orders processed through late May.

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The report claims that about 17 percent of those Apple Watch customers proceed to spend hundreds of dollars on extra bands for the smartwatch, enabling Apple to make a profitable double dip into customers’ wallets. While the Sports Band starts at $49, for example, technology research firm IHS estimates the 38mm fluoroelastomer band costs Apple just $2.05 to make.

The estimate does not include the cost of packaging and shipping, and the bill of materials may in fact be slightly more expensive, but it remains clear that Apple has a significant profit margin on spare bands. Apple also sells the Classic Buckle, Milanese Loop and Leather Loop retail for $149, Modern Buckle for $249 and Link Bracelet for $449 through the Apple Online Store.

“It’s just a psychological thing,” said Carolina Milanesi, chief of research and head of U.S. business at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, a consumer research firm. “I start with the least investment, and then I spend more money, but I get something else.”

Apple Watch in-store reservations at Apple Stores began earlier this week ahead of the wrist-worn device’s second wave launch in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan on June 26. A limited selection of Apple Watch models will be available at 10 Corso Como in Milan, BOONTHESHOP Cheongdam in Seoul and Malmaison by The Hour Glass in Singapore.


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Nicolas Cage Tackles The Politics of Life in ‘The Runner’

The first trailer has been released for political drama The Runner, marking Austin Stark’s directorial debut. The movie sees Nicolas Cage cast in a more downbeat role as idealistic Louisiana Congressman Colin Pryce. Assuming the mantle of crusading eco warrior, Cage takes on the oil lobby when he sees the negative impact of the BP oil spill on his constituents. However, his squeaky-clean image is threatened when he becomes involved in a sex scandal.

Costarring Sarah Paulson, Connie Nielsen and Wendell Pierce, The Runner will open in theaters across the U.S. on August 7. Watch the trailer above and up your film knowledge with 30 movie directors every reader should know.

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Exclusive Preview From Tonight’s Episode Of Cutting It: In The ATL “Sex, Spies, And Anniversaries” [Video]

Beautii hosts a party at Spoiled Opulence, celebrating 25 years in the hair game. Beautii’s party comes to a screeching halt when Mushiya reveals Beautii’s secret to Maja. Mushiya gives her husband a sexy anniversary surprise. Dedra tries to make peace. Maja confronts Beautii for spying. June 18 at 10 PM ET/PT

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Grayson Jacket

Babaton Grayson Jacket | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I’m usually more in favor of sleeker blazers, but if a slouchy, boxier look is your thing, this silk Grayson jacket at Aritzia is on a pretty great sale — now $77 (was $155).  It’s available in both a light and dark gray, and I kind of like it as styled here with a white midi skirt (but please: no crop tops at work unless, perhaps, you work in fashion).  It’s available in sizes 00-10 (and also comes in solid colors for $82-$115). Babaton Grayson Jacket

Here is an alternative that’s available in petite and plus sizes; here is another plus-size option.

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Nigeria cbank calls Friday meeting with banks on FX rules: banking sources

A bureau de change operator counts U.S. currency notes in AbujaNigeria's central bank has called a meeting with chief executives and treasurers of commercial lenders on Friday to discuss issues surrounding its policy on the foreign exchange market, multiple banking sources told Reuters. The central bank imposed tight controls on the foreign exchange market in February in a bid to curb speculation on the currency and save its dwindling foreign reserves and save the weakening of the naira in Africa's biggest economy. Before setting the restrictions, the central bank had been battling to prop up the naira after a sharp fall in the price of oil, Nigeria's main export, which triggered a sell-off in assets by foreign investors.


Travel photo of the week: art in the Arctic at the SALT festival

Winter storms left the majestic architectural centrepiece of the SALT festival on the island of Sandhornøy, Norway, severely damaged. But after extensive rebuilding work, the experimental arts event returns, starting 18 June and running until 6 September, with a programme of live music and visual installations that it’s hoped will provoke a dialogue with the wild environment surrounding the site. New artworks have been commissioned, while Norwegian music producer Biosphere has created an original ambient soundtrack for the festival’s huge on-site “ampi-sauna”, which offers a view across the crystal clear horizon while you sweat out the previous night’s excesses.

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Kendall Jenner x Black Orchid Noah Patchwork Skinny: Sour Patches

Kendall Jenner x Black Orchid Noah Patchwork Skinny

I love denim on denim. There’s a fine line between being chic and being out of touch, though, and throwing patches into the mix only makes it harder to achieve the former. Fortunately for Kendall, she can wear anything and still look like the supermodel she is…

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Letting The Freedom Of Truth Uncover The Value Of Life

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