Friday, December 25, 2009

The True Christmas Spirit

With the Christmas season here, I can't help but think of all those Christian brothers and sisters scattered among us who, because of conscience, do not observe Christmas.  I recently sent an email to one, and found myself deleting the 'Merry Christmas' conclusion, in place of 'Warm Blessings in the Lamb.'  Now, I don't hold to this position myself, but Scripture commands me to regard their conscientious objection with the utmost sensitivity, as they are a perfect example of a modern-day equivalent to the 'weaker brethren' in 1st-century Corinth.
This is one of the Biblical principles many of us have completely backward today:  

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Christmas Meditation - American Style

In 2002 the federal budget was $2.1 trillion and the federal debt had reached $6 trillion.  To help you get a handle on the meaning of this, suppose that the day Christ was born, you had $2.1 trillion to spend ... if you spent $3 million a day, each day, you would barely have completed your task by the year 2000.

- R.C. Sproul Jr.,  Biblical Economics

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Irresistible Grace

Karissa Noel - 6lbs, 14oz.  What a blessing!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Theological 12 Days of Christmas

From our brothers at the Reformed Baptist Seminary - Enjoy!

Monday, December 14, 2009

How Deep our Rabbit Hole Goes ...

The dope culture was a part of it, of course, and the rock-n-roll culture, but I think the relaxing of our morals really started with the birth control pill.

- Walter Cronkite, pinpointing the beginning of the decline of American Morality in Cronkite Remembers

Sunday, December 13, 2009

16,000 Itching Ears Can't Be Wrong ... can they?

The following is a contrast that James White posted on the RB Fellowship Blog.  It is worth noting here with the words of George Whitefield in mind: The reason why congregations have been so dead is because they have dead men preaching to them. How can dead men beget living children?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Why - God Willing - I am going to start a homeschool tutorial

College Degrees More Expensive, Worth Less in Job Market

By KRISTI OLOFFSON Wed Dec 9, 4:55 pm ET

Employers and career experts see a growing problem in American society - an abundance of college graduates, burdened with tuition-loan debt, heading into the work world with a degree that doesn't mean much anymore.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Courage to do Nothing

"The right response to the non-problem of global warming is to have the courage to do nothing."

- Lord Christopher Walter Monckton, vocal leader of the 'climate change is myth' movement.
photo: The Guardian

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Don't worry ... it's supposed to be hard.

Here’s what you’ve got to realize, guys. If you’re men, your ... life ... is ... work. You’re supposed to be tired; it’s supposed to be tough; all this ‘other stuff’ is not what you’re supposed to be doing. I’m supposed to go to bed tired and satisfied in my labor. I’m supposed to invest my life in the next generation. I’m supposed to die to self – ‘unless a grain of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abideth alone’.

- Paul Washer
photo: Toward Los Angelos, Dorothea Lange, 1937.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

DOCKERS: The official pants of this blog.

One dear virtue has vanished from our society; yeah two are no longer to be found among us: Old-fashioned manliness and free speech about it.  
But today - through some inexplicable glitch in the galactic ‘P.C.’ vortex we call ‘the media’, Dockers has launched the following ‘Wear the Pants’ ad campaign. BRAVO!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Men Used to Raise their Mugs to Toasts Like This

If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.

—Samuel Adams

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Loving Words

When my brother Tommy
Sleeps in bed with me,
He doubles up
And makes
And 'cause the bed is not so wide,
A part of him is on my side.

TWO IN BED by A. B. Ross

"Probably nothing I ever wrote as a published author did not derive in some way from the 16 or so poems my mother chose, over and over again, to read to us [before bed]. The sheer pleasure of the experience was key."
- World-renowned novelist, Anne Rice, Called Out of Darkness

The single biggest surprise to me after our first half year of homeschooling is the major role poetry has played.  Above is one of the gems we've unearthed.  Look for more to come.