Saturday, July 29, 2006
Next post coming Monday. And if you should happen to see many multiple posts on here until then, just blame Blogger and Picasa for that. :-)
Friday, July 28, 2006
The waterfall is roaring under the stone bridge as you walk over it... You pass the beautiful school and see the swans swimming in front... You pass an old building and field and hear in the distance ducks quacking, roosters crowing and fish jumping in the water... You pass people who are murmuring softly in French... Everywhere there are ancient trees and beautiful foliage... The flowers and roses are in full bloom and there is color everywhere you look, as far as the eye can see...
Thursday, July 27, 2006
So how do you spend 9 hours in London? Why, you hit the streets, of course! You also take the wrong train out of the airport and see a part of London you might not normally see (the gentleman taking our tickets described it as a"boyfriend spying" neighborhood), you get all day Tube passes and thank goodness, because you are off and on all day just trying to get on the right line; you walk your feet into oblivion and you have to race across streets because Brits don't slow down for pedestrians and they drive like maniacs, too. You get to see some beautiful sites like St. Paul's Cathedral, the Hall of Justice (complete with protesting outside) The University of London, and Buckingham Palace Road, which of course you don't take because you're already running out of time. You pass a million Starbucks stores (go figure - I thought the British were only big on tea!) and never once stop to take authentic tea somewhere. You get down to the underground and find out that:
1. It's steaming hot and no A/C
2. People here in Europe don't wear deodorant
3. People are sweating all around and everywhere you go
4. It all combines to make a smelly situation
Nice British touches to our day was a sighting of a quintessential British gentleman - umbrella and all - lovely voice accents everywhere, beautiful, old, old buildings, walking in places I might never have been to had we known where we were going exactly (we took the Tube from Victoria Station to Charing Cross, we then walked from there to Westminster- and if you have never been to London, then you should know that it is not all in the same area!) and yet we were mixed with the true "Londoners" because we weren't in the tourist places. London was everything I expected it to be, except for one thing: filth. I was wearing flip-flops and by the time I returned to the airport, my shoes and toes were both black. Still, it was great to get out and see London, albeit for a short time. I would love to come back...
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
So how do you spend 4 1/2 hours at Raleigh Durham International Airport? Why, you knit of course! Yes, that is a tiny gauge swatch for a pair of socks. Hopefully I will have cast on by the time we have boarded our flight for London (2 days later: it did not happen). There really isn't much to do here, especially when you have to waste so much time. However, I have to hand it to RDIA to have a woman's bathroom every 10 feet (2 days later: exaggeration - it was more like 20 feet) and a fairly crowd free airport. There isn't any chaos with people about to run you down, any pushing or shoving, etc., so although it has been what feels like the longest afternoon of my life, it has been relatively peaceful and event-free. That's good, no?
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Love you, Sar!!
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Traveling Tales of a ReforMaiden Abroad
I am leaving on Monday for a 16 day vacation to France, so posting may be even more sporadic than what it has been these past couple of weeks. I intend to post if I can while I am over there but if not, I will keep a journal while I am away and will post about my adventures when I return.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
"Postmodernism has failed us. More specifically, pluralism has failed us. And I don’t mean in a small, figurative sense. I mean pluralism, with all its promises of niceties and tolerance, poised as the number one non-religious religion in America, has failed us on a grand scale. And it is my prediction that this failure is more than a philosophical one; it is a deadly failure."
Read the rest here.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Dr. George Grant has posted the Declaration of Independence. While you're there, be sure to read this poem by John Greenleaf Whittier in praise of our first President.
Over on the GirlTalk blog, we are given "a girly perspective" on our grand holiday.
And finally, Dr. Ligon Duncan reminds us that the War for Independence was even called "the Presbyterian rebellion" due to the significance of Reformed influence in America at the time.
Have a glorious day celebrating your freedom!
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Hello Deacon Phoebe,
I assume that you meant kindly by hinting that I should not have linked to the article on modesty by Doug Wilson. Thank you for your concern. However, I think that this article was very good and needed to be shared. Modesty is not talked about often enough, and there are a lot of Christian girls and women who desperately need this message as they are often unaware of the damage caused or the message sent by their clothing choices. I feel very strongly on this (though I am far from being as modest as I know I should be) and if you have visited my blog before, you will have seen one of my earlier posts on modesty. It is one of the biggest untouched subjects in the church today, and it is time that pastors stop being afraid of addressing this issue. They do a great disservice to the women in their congregation by not instructing them in this area. We need strong men who are not afraid to face this issue. That is why when I come across an article like this one, I am cheering exuberantly and admiring the bravery of the man bold enough to address the problems of immodesty and it's reflection of the church. It is a good article, and one that my sisters in Christ need to read. I needed it, and I am glad it was written, though it convicted me shamefully.
As to all of the controversy surrounding Doug Wilson and, since you've alluded to him, R.C. Sproul, Jr., I find that these are Godly men who are, like all of us, imperfect and human, but that in no way detracts from their teachings. We are none of us saints, and sanctifiaction is a process that will not be complete in this life. Forgive me for sounding like a cliche, but the road to sanctification is paved with human frailty and imperfection. The glorious wonder is this: that the grace and mercy of God extends to His children in that we are used in spite of our sinfulness and humanity. We all admire theologians and Christian saints, martyrs, etc., yet, none of those men or women were perfect; in fact, I am guessing that they were hardly the saints we often imagine them to be. Even their biographers will carefully tread around their humanity. Yet, we still glean from the teachings of these men and women gone before us - in no way does their sinfulness or imperfections detract from their message and their spiritual legacy. I think it is important for us to remember that people such as Mssrs. Wilson and Sproul are human, they are going to sin and make mistakes. But their God is our God, the same one who forgives me of my sins, and who forgives them of theirs. God's mercy doesn't just extend to me or you, and He will always use imperfect people to accomplish His sovereign will. That's mercy and unfathomable compassion. Praise God for it, and let's never forget it!