Monday, June 25, 2007

Book Sale

From the desiringGod blog:

Every book in our store will be $5 on June 27-28, Wednesday and Thursday next week.

No limits, so spread the word.

(This sale is online only.)

They have also compiled a list of books to help you get started.

Weird Story: ran this story about a man who sued the owners of a dry cleaning business for a whopping $54 million over a pair of missing pants.

The trial proved nearly as dramatic -- and unusual -- as the plaintiff's claims. On the witness stand, Pearson broke down in tears and had to take a break from his testimony because he became too emotional while questioning himself about his experience with the missing trousers.

Repeatedly referring to himself as "we," Pearson sought to present himself as the leader of a class of tens of thousands, if not a half million people, consisting of local residents he believes are at risk of falling for such insidious business practices as posting "Satisfaction Guaranteed" and "Same Day Service" signs.

"Mr. Pearson, you are not 'we.' You are an 'I,'" Bartnoff told him.

(I had to laugh at that one)

It gets better.

I can't believe crazy people like that are allowed to roam free... Thank goodness in this case, justice was indeed served.

HT: Justin Taylor

Thursday, June 21, 2007

There Have Been Many Cases Against Abortion...

...But this is the most interesting (unique? psychological? realistic? What do you think?) argument I have ever read on the subject.

The Wall Street Journal: It's Not Enough To Be 'Wanted'

Isaac Newton's Religious Side:

Newton, who died 280 years ago, is known for laying much of the groundwork for modern physics, astronomy, math and optics. But in a new Jerusalem exhibit, he appears as a scholar of deep faith who also found time to write on Jewish law -- even penning a few phrases in careful Hebrew letters -- and combing the Old Testament's Book of Daniel for clues about the world's end.

Read the rest here.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Will The USDA Relax Organic Standards?

I find this piece in the LA Times somewhat troubling. Although you will want to read the article in it's entirety, here is an excerpt:

The agency is considering a list of 38 nonorganic ingredients that will be permitted in organic foods. Because of the broad uses of these ingredients — as colorings and flavorings, for example — almost any type of manufactured organic food could be affected, including cereal, sausage, bread and beer.

Organic food advocates have fought to block approval of some or all of the proposed ingredients, saying consumers would be misled.

"This proposal is blatant catering to powerful industry players who want the benefits of labeling their products 'USDA organic' without doing the work to source organic materials," said Ronnie Cummins, executive director of the Organic Consumers Assn. of Finland, Minn., a nonprofit group that boasts 850,000 members.

Read the rest of the article!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Father's Day

My Dad.
(Handsome isn't he?) ;-)

A handful of quotes for Father's Day:

Lydia M. Child

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!

Joseph Joubert
Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other.

Clarence Budington Kelland
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

Author Unknown
A father carries pictures where his money used to be.

J. August Strindberg

That is the thankless position of the father in the family - the provider for all, and the enemy of all.

George Herbert
One father is more than a hundred Schoolemasters.

Fanny Fern
To her the name of father was another name for love.

Margaret Courtney
Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee.

"Boys To Men" Quote

"But I can't shake the sense that boys are supposed to become manly. Rather than neutering their aggression, confidence and desire for danger, we should channel these instincts into honor, gentlemanliness and courage. Instead of inculcating timidity in our sons, it seems wiser to train them to face down bullies, which by necessity means teaching them how to throw a good uppercut. In his book "Manliness," Harvey Mansfield writes that a person manifesting this quality "not only knows what justice requires, but he acts on his knowledge, making and executing the decision that the rest of us trembled even to define." You can't build a civilization and defend it against barbarians, fascists and playground bullies, in other words, with a nation of Phil Donahues." - Tony Woodlief
Read the rest of this article...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Early Summer in Texas

A bird perches in a leafy tree. Thanks to all of the rain we have had lately, everything is still green here.

Texas wildflowers are at the peak of their bloom. The center flower looks like Purple Horsemint.

A baby bird hides in Landon's hummingbird garden.

Giant sunflower.

Birds at one of the feeders.

Pippin loves the mild weather and spends most of his days out of doors.

All photos by Landon

Friday, June 08, 2007

For Young Women

Some simple advice for you.

Found in My Inbox Today:

from my Mom

From the girltalk blog today - I really liked this quote from Nancy DeMoss:

*Finally, what in your opinion, is the most urgent need among Evangelical Christian women today?*
To know Christ—really know Him; to trust Him enough to obey Him; to love and enjoy Him—“Christ in you, the hope of glory”; to “own” the Gospel in its incredible, life-giving, transforming fullness and implications; to be willing to lay down our lives for the sake of Christ and the Gospel.