Sounds like somebody's got a case of the Mondays.
Guess what I'm asking Santa for Christmas? Santa, I'll go with the 32-round drum full of Frag-12s. (HT Reepicheep)
Read about the stir caused by photos of Barak Obama in a turban.
Read as Hank addresses the legitimacy of birth control to prevent the transmission of genetic disease(s) to another generation of offspring.
Read about paternity shenanigans in the Fatherland. This lady wants to know who got her pregnant. In particular, which of the 6 "auction winners" is her baby's daddy.
Six different men won Internet auctions to have sex with the woman in April and May last year. They were only known to her by their online names, a spokesman for a court in the southwestern city of Stuttgart said on Wednesday.
Read Caffeine: A User's Guide to Getting Optimally Wired.
Check out the Top 10 Amazing Chemistry Videos. (HT Joe Carter)
Check out the Science of Fairy Tales. (HT Joe Carter)
Check out the 20 Movies that Make Men Cry. (HT Joe Carter) And,yes, Old Yeller made the list. Sorry, Oilcan, neither Dirty Dancing nor Ghost made the list.
Read as Gunny discusses the role of Sermon Titles: Substantive, Silly, or Superfluous?
Read J.P. Moreland's overview of epistemology (i.e., the study of how we know what we know). (HT Justin Taylor).
Read as Stephen J. Dubner asks, Is Cheating Good for Sports?
Read about Los Angeles winning the tap water taste test.
Read as Joe Thorn shares 7 Characteristics of an Ingrown Church from C. John Miller’s Outgrowing the Ingrown Church.
2. Group Superiority.
Many ingrown churches become egocentric out of fear of extinction, and wind up focusing on one aspect of their church culture that makes them unique. This allows them to feel good about themselves while finding fault with other churches in the area who do not measure up.
Read about potential legislation in Mexico that would penalize brides or grooms who get "cold feet" and "no show" the wedding ceremony.
"He or she who refuses to live up to a marriage commitment will pay for the expenses that the other party made in connection with the planned matrimony"
Check out the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood blog series addressing Eternal Subordination of the Son.
The Basics: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 (Jeff Robinson)
Pastoral Implications (i.e., Part 5; David Kotter)
Read about this bad bull in South Africa whereby the 13-year ban on killing elephants has been lifted.
Read Rebecca Jones' My Credo as a Christian Woman.
"I believe that my husband will answer to God for his part in my spiritual development, but that when I stand before the throne of God’s judgment, I will be covered not by my husband’s righteousness, but by Christ’s."
Read about the discouragement and/or ban on bottled water because of the "drag it puts on the environment."
Read about how Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a question during a case in over 2 years.
"Two years and 144 cases have passed since Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas last spoke up at oral arguments. It is a period of unbroken silence that contrasts with the rest of the court's unceasing inquiries."
Check out this great list of things that offend Muslims.
Read about (or listen regarding) 16 Convictions Shaping Piper’s Preaching.
Scope out the Top 50 Movie Endings of All Time.
Read about 10 Black Movies that Shook the World. (Incidentally, this raises the question for me: What qualifies as a "Black" movie? Is it one that stars black folk or has a black director or some combination thereof?)
Read about what I envision if we ever renew our vows. Columbus, Ohio, couples tie the knot on Valentine's Day ... at White Castle.
The morning ceremony at the burger joint, which features the slogan "What You Crave," involved a flower girl who threw salt and pepper packets instead of rice, and employee name tags on the grooms' lapels.
Check out the makeover of Walt's car. I don't know who he is, but I wish I would have thought of this elaborate way of "giving him the business."
Read about the long list of old school NBC shows to be broadcast online free (e.g., A-Team, Kojak, and Battlestar Galactica).
Read about the endorsement Obama got: "Minister" Farrakhan. (Personally, I think he'd be better off being endorsed by Chaka Khan.)
Read about Ann Richards' sons getting tender that Clinton ads imply momma would have endorsed HRC. (FYI ... "Ann Richards' fourth child, Cecile, is president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.")
Read about the kindergarten student in Ohio suspended for sporting a mohawk. What's up with this mom?!
"I understand they have a dress code. I understand he has a uniform. But this is total discrimination," [his mother] said. "They can't tell me how I can cut his hair." ... Rather than request a hearing to appeal the suspension, Barile said she'll enroll him at another school. Changing the hairstyle is not an option, she said.
Read about Sweater Day, a tribute to Fred "Mister" Rogers on March 20th, which would have been his 80th birthday. Won't you wear ... a sweater?
Read about the artist in Britain who killed herself after aborting twins. (HT Denny Burk)
“I should never have had an abortion. I see now I would have been a good mum. . . I told everyone I didn’t want to do it, even at the hospital. I was frightened, now it is too late. I died when my babies died. I want to be with my babies: they need me, no-one else does.”
Read John MacArthur on Considering Election (Not Politics).
"If God’s choice of the elect is unconditional, does this rule out human responsibility? Paul asks and answers that very question in Romans 9:19-20. He says God’s choice of the elect is an act of mercy. Left to themselves, even the elect would persist in sin and be lost, because they are taken from the same fallen lump of clay as the rest of humanity. God alone is responsible for their salvation, but that does not eradicate the responsibility of those who persist in sin and are lost — because they do it willfully, and not under compulsion. They are responsible for their sin, not God."
Check out this handy Greek alphabet chart from Elliott Greene.
Read the Time magazine interview with N.T. Wright where he challenges conventional wisdom on "heaven."
Read J.I. Packer on What did the cross achieve? The Logic of Penal Substitution.
"First, full weight must be given to the fact that, as Luther saw, the central question to which the whole New Testament in one way or another is addressed is the question of our relationship, here and hereafter, with our holy Creator: the question, that is, how weak, perverse, estranged and guilty sinners may gain and guard knowledge of God’s gracious pardon, acceptance and renewal. It is to this question that Christ is the answer, and that all New Testament interpretation of the cross relates."
Read Very Poythress' The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses online for FREE. (HT Justin Taylor) Do it. Do it. Did I mention that it's FREE?!
Read as Thomas White gives 5 answers to the question, “How then should Baptist churches avoid compromising their integrity for the sake of growth?”
Check out Joe Carter's exposing of a "sting operation" where Planned Parenthood was in the cross hairs to test their ethics. Trust me ... you need to watch the video clip.
"With the help of an actor, she contacted Planned Parenthood clinics in seven states, inquiring if they would be willing to accept a donation earmarked for the abortion of black babies. Not one employee objected or questioned the request, even when the actor insisted that the purpose was to "lower the number of black people" in America."
Read about J.I. Packer being threatened with suspension by his diocese. (HT Chris Brauns)
Read about the man who man asked a friend to shoot him in the arm so he could skip work. He needs to go back and watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off to get some pointers.
Read about the New Jersey students punished for using pennies to pay for their $2 school lunches.
Read that reaching age 100 might be easier than you think. (HT Brent Thomas)
Check out the Puritan Library, containing lots of great Puritan slooge (i.e., primary sources (e.g., John Bunyan's Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners)).
Read about the study findings that crowds can be influenced by 5% minority.
Comment of the Week:
"No dude who owns a Harley should have a Rick Astley video on his blog." (Rev)"Ask a deeply religious Christian if he’d rather live next to a bearded Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don’t seem so bad lately."