Monday, November 18, 2002

I just noticed last week that for some odd reason, I didn't have a link to John Barach's blog, According to John, but I've rectified that now.

Saturday, November 16, 2002

I was listening to Dr. Rob Rayburn's sermon on 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 and quite enjoyed this quotation from an unnamed 19th century Scot regarding the biblical mode of baptism:

The Israelites were baptized, both adults and infants, for the Apostle declares it. They were not immersed, a fact to which Moses and other inspired writers testify. The Egyptians who pursued them were immersed. The Israelites had baptism without immersion and the Egyptians, immersion without baptism.

Thursday, November 14, 2002

BARGAIN HUNTER ALERT: I received a Holiday Sale catalog today from Oxford University Press. Guess how much they're selling the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church for...$50!! This is a steal. Amazon and both have it listed for $125. The only thing I couldn't find was how long the sale lasted. You're welcome.

Tonight during family devotions at the dinner table we were continuing what we had been reading last night in Acts 9 about Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus. I was reading to the kids from a Children's NIV which has illustrations of some of the major events in the Bible. The picture of Saul's Damascus road experience has a picture of Saul sitting on the ground, stupefied, sitting next to a donkey, and looking up at the bright light that is streaming into the picture from the upper lefthand corner.

So I'm holding up the picture and asking some review questions to see if they remembered anything from last night. What is this man's name? Why did he fall of his donkey? Who was talking to Saul? etc. Finally I said, What did Jesus say to Saul? -- the corrrect answer, of course, is Saul, why are you persecuting me? My not quite three year old son enthusiastically raised his hand, just brimming with confidence.

Me: OK, buddy what did Jesus say to Saul?
Him: You fell off your donkey.

Monday, November 11, 2002

Some useful musings on humor from John Derbyshire at NRO. Derbyshire's article contains not only reflection on humor, but also several jokes including this little gem:

Q: What's brown and sticky?
A: A stick!

I'm in the habit of alerting you whenever Roberto Rivera posts a new article, and I'll commend another one to you today. Rivera's A Way of Knowing deals realistically, yet responsibly with the difficulty that we often have with reconciling suffering and evil with the goodness of God. Rivera leans a fair bit on Augustine as a model for dealing with this:

In On Order , Saint Augustine wrote, "There is nothing that even the most gifted people desire more than to finally understand how, taking into account the amount of evil in this world, one can still believe that God cares about human affairs."

For Augustine, the problem of pain, suffering, and evil wasn't an abstraction. He experienced nearly inconsolable grief at the death of loved ones—and the man regarded as the holiest man in Christendom did not look forward to his own death. He understood that evil, the way that it seems to be woven into the fabric of creation, is probably the biggest obstacle to faith in the Christian God—something that hasn't changed in the sixteen centuries since Augustine's time.

Saturday, November 09, 2002

While I'm posting song lyrics, I might as well post some lyrics that my 4 year old has misheard. I'm sure most of you are familiar with , well my daughter parades around the house, brimming with confidence and at the top of her lungs: John Maker Peter Smider Smith. I doubt the humor of this will translate into blogdom, but, I assure you it is hysterical.

Well, I'm not going to sit here and make excuses...I should have known better than to get my hopes up. Purdue outplayed another opponent, but gave up THE big play. Champions make big plays, even when they are outplayed, like OSU was today -- that's why they call them champions. Well, true to my word, and continuing my steady diet of crow this season, I'll honor the agreement I had with Dawn and Jason and post the OSU fight song here on hotdogblog:

Buckeye Battle Cry
In old Ohio there’s a team
That’s known thru-out the land;
Eleven warriors, brave and bold,
Whose fame will ever stand.
And when the ball goes over,
Our cheers will reach the sky,
Ohio field will hear again
The Buckeye Battle Cry –

Drive! Drive on down the field,
Men of the scarlet and gray;
Don’t let them thru that line,
We have to win this game today,
Come on, Ohio!
Smash through to victory.
We cheer you as you go:
Our honor defend
We will fight to the end for O-hi-o.

Congratulations Buckeyes.

Friday, November 08, 2002

On the whole, I'm a fairly tough guy -- you know high pain tolerance. I can take a hit, walk it off, and play with pain. However, I turn into a major wimp when I have to do an ice plunge for a sprained ankle. Today I moderately rolled my ankle and did two 20 minute ice plunges in a bucket of ice water. The first few minutes, before numbness begins to set in, is almost unbearable. Looking on the bright side, I was able to get some reading done late at night without having to worry about falling asleep -- which is tough to do with your foot submerged in frigid water up to the ankle.

Thursday, November 07, 2002

On this day in 1837 Elijah Lovejoy, pastor (graduate of old Princeton) and abolitionist was killed by an angry mob right across the river from St. Louis in Alton, IL. During the slavery area, Lovejoy wrote anti-slavery editorials so controversial he became an object of hatred by slave holders. Despite threats to his life, he continued his anti-slavery writings in the Alton Observer even after three of his printing presses were thrown into the Mississippi River. It was this persistence that led an angry pro-slavery mob to attack and kill him in 1837. There's a monument to Lovejoy in Alton that I've never gotten over to see -- I'll have to add that to my list of things to do. Here's a picture of the monument:

Alton was also the home of the world's tallest man Robert Wadlow, and there's a statue of him in Alton, too. It's life-sized...over eight feet tall.

Thanks to Francis for calling my attention to the anniversary of Lovejoy's death.

Funny quotes from H. L. Mencken (he's got a ton of them):

Even the most precious functions of government – say, collecting taxes or hanging men – would be better done if the doing of them were farmed out to Ford.

Here's Mencken's answer to the assertion that government is sometimes useful:

So is a doctor. But suppose the dear fellow claimed the right, every time he was called in to prescribe for a bellyache or a ringing in the ears, to raid the family silver, use the family tooth-brushes, and execute the droit de seigneur upon the housemaid

I wonder if Duane is a descendant of Mencken?

Here's another article about The Pass. Coach Joe Tiller reveals that The Pass only ranks as his third fondest memory at Purdue -- his top five most memorable victories since coming to Purdue are listed in the article.

I'm headed back to the Purdue vs. Ohio State game this weekend. Beating OSU would be one of the biggest upsets in Purdue history -- I'm not expecting it to happen. However, I saw this story on Yahoo's sports coverage today about Drew Brees' game-winning touchdown pass two years ago, which I was present for, and like the foolish Boilermaker fan that I am, I wonder if we can't pull another rabbit out of our helmets this Saturday.

In case you're unfamiliar with the 2000 Purdue vs. Ohio State game that I'm referring to, read this article to get the game setting, then go to this video clip, that shows the pass. One of the things I love best about the clip is how characteristic it is of Brees as a quarterback. If you watch closely you can see the calm, cool, well-disciplined QB checking three other reads before he finds his fourth option receiver wide open behind the defense for a touchdown. Dawn & Jason...enjoy!

By the way the site with the video clip has Purdue football video clips from 1978 all the way up to the present, among which is another of my favorite Purdue football moments, which I was also present for, Jimmy Smith's 1st quarter kickoff return for a touchdown against John Elway and the Stanford Cardinal in 1981. Purdue won that day, too.

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