Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.
Buy The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World for $5 (through Friday). This book is based on messages given at the Desiring God 2006 national conference.
"Six of today’s leading pastor-theologians—John Piper, Voddie Baucham, D. A. Carson, Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll, and David Wells—have joined together to offer Christians a practical, biblical vision of Christ’s supremacy, so they will be better prepared to present the undeniable truth to a searching society."
Read the Top 10 Myths of Divorce.
1. Because people learn from their bad experiences, second marriages tend to be more successful than first marriages.
Read the poll results that some fans think their actions can improve the fortunes of their teams. Honestly, the percentage seems low. I'm assuming prayer is not including in that, lest the percentage dramatically increase.
"one in five sports fans who say they do things in an attempt to bring good luck to their favorite team or avoid jinxing them"
Avail yourself of these 150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively.
56. Verbix: Did he lay or lie? Which tense should you use? If you're confused, this English conjugator will help you to determine how to use verbs in the proper tense. You can also Ask Oxford if you'd prefer.
Read as Josh Harris asks Why Join a Church?
Watch a clip of Josh Harris speaking about his book Stop Dating the Church, which I wholeheartedly recommend for every Christian.
George H. W. Bush (i.e., #41) has developed a bit of a friendship with William Jefferson Clinton (i.e., #42), particularly as they worked together on humanitarian efforts. However, read how 41 has no intentions of taking it easy on Mrs. Clinton (i.e,. she who would like to be #44) in the upcoming election season. Also, this is interesting:
"Bush also was asked to explain the country's attachment to the Bushes and Clintons. A Bush or Clinton has been on the ballot in every presidential contest since 1980"
With Halloween in our rear view mirror, read these interesting AP survey results with regard to who celebrates and who doesn't, particularly with regard to ethnicity and ideology. I have some theories as to why.
"The poll involved telephone interviews with 1,013 adults conducted from Oct. 16-18. ... 73 percent of whites versus 56 percent of minorities said their children will trick-or-treat on Wednesday. ... Seventy percent of people in the poll who consider themselves liberals and 67 percent of the moderates questioned said they would hand out treats, compared with 55 percent of conservatives."
Read these 10 Tips for How To Find the Essential 20% of a book.
"The 80/20 Rule comes into effect here. This rule states that 80% of the benefit for something comes from 20% of the work. ... For our purposes, in any given book, 80% of the value of the book comes from 20% of the words within it. So our first job in reading is simply to find and read the 20% of the words that contain the value that we need."
Read about USA Today's shocking discovery that people tend to gain weight after they get married. This stuff gets published. I could have told them this!
"When people are dating, there may be more incentive to be thin ... many factors probably contribute to couples' weight, including having children, post-pregnancy pounds, having less time to exercise and eating out more or cooking bigger meals."
Read as Bruce Tomaso ponders a recent controversy over using Twain's Huckleberry Finn in the classroom, particularly because of it's blunt use of what we've grown to see as inappropriately derogatory terms. Should such a book be banned? Should this classic be used to understand era, lest we forget?
"Still, I know enough about teenagers to know that the line between education and titillation can be thin. If just one immature student came away thinking that Twain's prose, or the class's open discussion of it, somehow justified his or her callous use of the N-word, that would be an unfortunate distortion of the lessons."
Read about how Southern Baptists have have provided over 120,000 meals to victims of widfires in California. Mega kudos to my SBC brethren!
"Around 200 Southern Baptist volunteers have worked in Southern California in the aftermath of the two dozen wildfires that have burned more than 500,000 acres. Four fires still are not 100 percent contained, fire officials have said."
Read as John Piper shares some thoughts on what women in combat means in our society, particularly with regard to the state of manhood. The article is entitled Co-ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice.
"If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he’s a wimp. He should be ashamed."
Read as John Piper elaborates in More on Women in Combat.
"Manhood puts itself forward between the women and the enemy. That is part of what manhood means. That is who we are by God’s design. The courage of women will show itself in a hundred ways. But when a man is around, he will not exploit that courage to fight the battle where he belongs."
Read 10 Ways to Improve Your Mind by Reading the Classics.
2. Improved Writing Ability
Reading the classics is the easiest way to improve your writing. While reading you unconsciously absorb the grammar and style of the author. Why not learn from the best? Great authors have a tendency to take over your mind. After reading, I’ve observed that my thoughts begin to mirror the writer’s style. This influence carries over to writing, helping form clear, rhythmic sentences.
Read about the couple from Hell (MI) who won the state lottery on ... Halloween (i.e., Reformation Day).
Read the many fine articles linked on Tim Challies' Reformation Day Symposium, including this one.
Read about a mother who thought she had her son cremated, only to realize it was not her son after all, but he was still alive.
The Red Sox won the World Series. Read what pitcher Curt Shilling had to say when dispensing his gratitude.
"There are a litany of people that deserve huge kudos for what just happened. From a personal standpoint it starts with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What I have been able to experience, watch, be a part of, just adds to the already overflowing life of incredible memories I am totally undeserving of."
"If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much."
-Donald H. Rumsfeld