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~As I was recently cleaning out some old magazines, I found the July/August 2013 issue of Imprimis and gave it a read.  Some very good stuff on YA (young adult) fiction:

…I do not, in fact, wish to ban any books or frighten any authors. What I do wish is that people in the book business would exercise better taste; that adult authors would not simply validate every spasm of the teen experience; and that our culture was not marching toward ever-greater explicitness in depictions of sex and violence.

Yes, and amen.

~ The ER demonstrates the inverted priorities of American society:

It’s all about priorities: those of individuals and those of leaders.  Our leaders, ever convinced that we must give medical care to those perceived to be in need, often forget that modern definitions of poverty and need may be a bit different from need throughout human history.  And that if a family has an expensive cell plan, new truck and big-screen TV with satellite, it might not be unreasonable to ask them to put up a little money for their own health care.

Do read the whole thing — it’s short.

~ I really enjoyed this interview with Ben Young, one of the Sturdy Brothers. They make some quality stuff, and I love my waxed canvas tote.

~ Feminist hysteria is causing the infantilization of women. So called “feminists” do not speak for me, that’s for sure.

~ This Snickerdoodle Bread recipe looks really yummy.

~ Houston, we have a problem:

Really? Subpoenas? Sermons? Let the reality of what just happened settle on you. A city council subpoenaed sermons that they thought might be reflecting a little poorly on the king’s majesty. And so let this be a deep lesson to all you seminarians. Whenever you are preaching through Romans do not on any account mention the wart on the king’s nose. He takes it ill. And whatever you do, say nothing whatever about about Herodias wearing her hello-sailor-heels into the men’s room. You might have a promising ministry cut short. In fact, you yourself might be cut short.

My only hope is that if a sermon of mine ever gets subpoenaed I get some kind of advance warning so that I can put some extra zippy adjectives into it.

I have been pointing out the totalitarian impulse of progressives for some time, but they are not totalitarian because they want to impose morality. They are totalitarian because they want to impose an immoral morality. They are not totalitarian because they want to suppress something.All laws suppress something. The problem is what they want to suppress. They want to suppress decency and glorify kink, when they ought to be doing the opposite.

~  A cute front door decoration for Thanksgiving.

And with that, I’ll bid you a good day, y’all,

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~ Wise words:

This is not surefire, but the very best way to perpetuate affliction is to chafe and grumble under it.

Read the whole thing.

~ 19-year olds are not children.

~ 20 words we owe to William Shakespeare.

~ The Toomer’s trees are gone. So very sad.

~ Jean is writing a series on suffering. Her words articulate what I’ve felt:

God’s goodness is no longer a theory I struggle to believe, an equation that doesn’t quite add up, a sentence I can’t parse. Instead, it becomes real, tangible, precious. He is there, so close I swear I could reach out and touch him. Something in me lightens and lifts its face to his light.

I look back over the long months and begin to see how this has changed me. All of the Bible’s words about suffering, that for so long sounded like ill-tuned bells in my ears, heard with gritted teeth and small appreciation, suddenly ring with a true chime, and I wonder that I was deaf to them before.

~ George Bush is smarter than you. And me.

~ We can do better than “unconditional love”:

…God’s love is more than unconditional, for it is intended to change those who receive it. “Unconditional” often connotes “you’re okay.” But there is something wrong with you. The word “unconditional” may well express the welcome of God, but it does not well express the point of his welcome.

Read the whole thing.

~ An alternative to “Meh”.

~ “Who has the worst chance of surviving a prisoner of war camp? An optimist!

Off to what promises to be a busy work day,

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“…his pockets were literally stuffed with literature…”

wilberforceFrom Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas:

Regarding his own improvement, Wilberforce resolved to begin immediately by making up for the time lost at Cambridge, where he’d frittered away the years and opportunities in idleness. “Books to be read,” he writes in his diary, “Locke’s Essay—Marshall’s Logic—Indian Reports.” This resolve to read was no flippant New Year’s resolution. For the next twelve summers, until his marriage, he would spend one or two months at some country home, assiduously studying nine or ten hours alone each day. He became renowned for reading everything—Montesquieu, Adam Smith, Blackstone, Pope—and for the rest of his life, his pockets were literally stuffed with literature on every subject. He would in his later years carry corked inkwells in his pockets too—for he was forever making notes and writing letters—and his clothing ever after bore the ebon blots of his obsession. Once, while he was kneeling with others in prayer, one fatally overstuffed pocket interrupted the devotional atmosphere by exploding under the strain of literature and pouring its contents upon the carpet.

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Here’s an overdue round-up of some recent links that have made me think:

~ Doug Wilson on the Lord of the Whole Shebang:

Sickly Christians do not believe in objective truth. Another way of describing this is as a tragic slide into liberalism.

Read the whole thing.

~ My friend Becky on When God Surprises Us.

~ Why Christians Should Read Fiction

~ This is disturbing:

The U.S. government sent a man to our door to pay $90 if one of us would answer a few questions and spit in a tube…

“Questions like age and education, drinking, medicine and drug use, mood, anxiety, behavior and medical conditions and personality.” No way! Yet over 100,000 people have participated. $90 is an impressive amount of money, perhaps especially to people with alcohol problems. As Meade said later, you could buy a lot of gin for $90. I’m irked as a taxpayer. Is this a federal jobs program to tide over erstwhile census workers?

~ I want these.

~ A friend passed along this link to the story of Medal of Honor recipient Emil Kapaun.

~ No blessing like health, with the exception of sickness:

For Spurgeon the sovereignty of God was not first argument for debate, it was a means of survival. He was not joking when he quipped, “I dare say the greatest earthly blessing that God can give to any of us is health, with the exception of sickness. . . . Affliction is the best bit of furniture in my house. It is the best book in a minister’s library” (An All Round Ministry, 384)

~ An interesting article on Margaret Thatcher’s grandchildren

~ Ed Welch on contentment versus holding out for a better offer:

Say “yes” to an invitation and you have been robbed of your freedom. All other options for that evening have been ripped away. What if a better invitation comes along? Too bad, you are beholden to something else. Decisions, indeed, exclude.

So some procrastinate and defer decisions until the last minute. Some say “yes,” but they mean, “maybe.” Some become serial daters, now that they have a near limitless pool of internet dating possibilities. Some postpone marriage, because how can you make a decision to marry when a better offer might come along? Some even abandon marriage when a more attractive or lower maintenance companion is found.

You can be sure that practitioners of this uniquely modern lifestyle are rarely content. They wonder what they are missing, rather than enjoy what they have.

And they are not just hurting themselves. The selfishness of their behavior hurts the ones left behind for the better offer.

~ The Value of Higher Education is More Than Getting a Job:

A major in business, accounting, forensics, nursing, or any other field with a direct work focused outcome can certainly help with short-term job prospects for college students; however, such a tight focus may actually leave you on the outside looking in during the next economic slowdown or when that career becomes passé. Having an innate intellectual curiosity – a desire to explore and learn new things – can help you to either never become obsolete, or to more easily transition to a new career should the need arise. Additionally, many employers are now emphasizing hiring employees who are self-motivating, can communicate virtually, adapt to new technology on the fly, and think critically about problems encountered on the job, as well as those who are motivated to expand the job as new opportunities arise. College, and specifically those pesky core/distribution requirements, are exactly the places to cultivate these skills.

~ 10 big daily reminders

~ Your brain is plastic and that’s good news!

~ The 10/10/10 rule for tough decisions:

To use 10/10/10, we think about our decisions on three different time frames:
How will we feel about it 10 minutes from now?
How about 10 months from now?
How about 10 years from now?

And now I’m off to work. May your Monday be a good one!
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