Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.
(Taking inspiration from Brent's Weekly Town Crier, my intention is to highlight some interesting finds from the previous week.)
Justin Taylor shares John Piper's recommendation of a list of questions Rick Gamache regularly asks his children. The convicting list may be helpful in self-examination. A few examples:
- Are you more aware of my encouragement or my criticism?
- What’s daddy most passionate about?
- Does my relationship with mom make you excited to be married?
Read about Mark Ecko who bought Barry Bonds' home run ball #756 for over $750,000 and is now going to deliver it to the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, it will be branded with an "asterisk" in compliance with the vote of the public. According to Bonds, this is "stupid."
Read about 9 Battlefield Geniuses and What They Can Teach You About Warfare. For example:
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)
- The Experience: Upon taking control of the better equipped but poorly led Union army in 1864, Grant outmaneuvered Robert E. Lee and finally brought an and to the Civil War. He then went on to become one of America’s worst, and drunkest, presidents.
- The Lessons: With a lot more troops, a lot more natural resources, better weapons, and more money, you will generally win.
- Quote to Carry into Battle: "The art of war is simple enough. Find out where you enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving."
Read about the landscaping efforts and expense (up to $600,000) to mask the unintended aerial view of a group of 1960s Navy barracks in Coronado, CA.
From the pictures, I'll bet you can understand why.
You probably know about the Jena 6 imbroglio, but did you read about the teen who was arrested (charged with inciting a riot) for allegedly taunting civil rights protesters by displaying hangman nooses from the rear of his truck?
"I wish we had a charge in Louisiana for aggravated ignorance, because this is a classic case."
-Alexandria Police Sgt. Clifford Gatlin
Read the Time Magazine article that suggests Pope John Paul II may have been euthanized instead of dying from natural causes. I'm always up for a good conspiracy theory, but this seems really far-fetched.
In a provocative article, an Italian medical professor argues that Pope John Paul II didn't just simply slip away as his weakness and illness overtook him in April 2005. Intensive care specialist Dr. Lina Pavanelli has concluded that the ailing Pope's April 2 death was caused by what the Catholic Church itself would consider euthanasia.
Read a Reforming Layman's list of thoughts regarding alcohol in the Bible. Lord willing, this sola Scriptura advocate won't have his Baptist Card™ revoked.
Read about how attitudes toward alcohol in Christian fiction have changed.
"As U.S. evangelical attitudes toward "demon rum" have shifted, standards about alcohol in Christian publishing also have begun to change."
Read about the great benefit students have been at this church (including the provision/donation of ESV pew Bibles).
When the student invasion first began at Burton there was a worry, by some, that these students were going to be a drain on resources while not being a great help in financial contributions. ... Our church did not budget money for Bibles and there was no plan to put ESV in the pews. But one of our students donated a few hundred dollars, from money made over the summer, so that we could all get on the same page on Sunday morning.
Read Dusty's recap of the "Reclaiming a Biblical View of the Family, Womanhood and Manhood" conference at SWBTS (or check out the audio of the sessions).
Read (pdf) the table of contents and 1st chapter from Jerry Bridges new book, Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate (HT Desiring God Blog). The sins addressed include the following: Discontentment, Pride, Selfishness, Impatience and Irritability, Sins of the Tongue, etc.
This book, as the title announces, is about sin — not the obvious sins of our culture but the subtle sins of believers, the target audience of this book. So let me say up front that I am not without the sins addressed in this book. In fact, you will find that I sometimes use my own sad experiences as examples of some of these sins.
Learn about your zip code. Enter your zip code and the site will find information from the 2000 census report and show comparisons with neighboring areas. Great for demographic studies for your church neighbors, for example.
Read about an archeologist's list and explanation of Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History (e.g., King Tut's tomb and the Dead Sea Scrolls).
Read about the many Dallas area churches who will be having "blessing of the pets" services in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
"We can't run a complete list of these blessings. There are simply too many, and not all churches advertise theirs, and if we publish some notices and not others, that's neither entirely fair to area churches nor entirely useful to our readers."
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge."
- Bertrand Russell, philosopher (1872-1970)