Wednesday, June 11, 2003

I like Newcastle Brown Ale. I like ice cream. I can't decide, however, if I would like Newcastle Brown Ale Ice Cream

Reblogged from Jason's Blog

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Some good thoughts from Elton Trueblood's The Incendiary Fellowship ending with a stirring challenge to pastors as they seek to be faithful to their calling.

If we are honest, we freely admit that the Christian system involves difficulties; but so does every other system. No thoughtful person gives up a position merely because he finds difficulties in it; he does not abandon it until he is able to find other and alternative systems with fewer difficulties...
I learned from my professors of philosophy... that, while philosophy might not provide me with a watertight intellectual defense of the Christian faith, it would, if used aright, help me to reveal the weakness of its enemies. By careful analysis it is possible to see that there are glaring weaknesses and
non-sequiturs in atheism, naturalism, positivism, scientism, and psychologism. The Christian must be a fighter, for he is always under attack. The Church will not be as strong as it ought to be until each local pastor uses his precious freedom from outside employment in order to become a scholarly participant in the intellectual struggle of our day and generation.

Saturday, June 07, 2003

Check out this musing by Matt Hayes of The Sporting News: are five things I can't wait to watch play out this fall:

1. The emergence of a team you'd never expect in the national title game. It happened in 2000 when Oklahoma won it all, and two years later when Ohio State beat Miami.

There are a handful of candidates this season, including Auburn, Virginia, Purdue and Kansas State. Look at the last four national champions (FSU, Oklahoma, Miami, Ohio State); all played knockout defense and had a quarterback who played big in big games.

Seems like a simple enough formula, but it's rare when it all plays out and the breaks go your way. Auburn, Virginia, Purdue and K-State will have four of the best defenses in the country by the end of the season, so quarterback play will dictate their seasons...And Purdue? Until coach Joe Tiller sticks with either Kyle Orton or Brandon Kirsch, the lack of chemistry and consistency will contribute to the Boilermakers losing close games again this season.

Purdue University must have some of the guys from The Sporting News on payroll. Not that I mind the prediction, and, of course, I'd love to see it happen, but... I can't believe how optimistic all of the preseason prognosticators are given the fact that Purdue doesn't have a proven FG kicker and struggled mightily in that department last year. I'd love to be wrong and have Hayes be right, though.

Friday, June 06, 2003

For the past few days I have been moving my family and all of our belongings from the 2 bedroom/1 bath apartment that we lived in for nearly seven years (!) to our new 4 bedroom/1.5 bath home.

I've alternated between feeling like Clark Griswold, Navin R. Johnson, & Fred Sanford...mostly Fred Sanford.

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Roberto Rivera passionately challenges us to be ordinary. A humorous, but insightful excerpt:

If you look closely, you'll see signs of a culture-wide flight from the ordinary and the quotidian. Why, aside from a blood-alcohol level best measured in whole numbers, do people risk expulsion, arrest, and a possible butt-whipping by jumping onto the field at Comiskey Park? Why do seemingly intelligent people risk rejection and humiliation before millions of strangers by volunteering—no, competing—for a slot on "reality television" shows? And, why oh why do people who, to paraphrase J. Budzisewski, cannot not know that they can't sing, subject themselves to certain verbal abuse by Simon Cowell on American Idol?

Because they believe that the alternative, an ordinary anonymous existence, is even worse.

Maybe I should try the Peanut Butter diet to drop a few pounds. Not only do I love peanut butter, but some of the research that suggest that this diet may actually be beneficial was done by my alma mater, Purdue University.

Monday, June 02, 2003

A "new" collection of hymns has been published by Solid Ground Books. It was compiled by the church historian Philip Schaff and is called Christ in Song. It looks interesting and I may just have to pick up a copy. Here's what Charles Hodge had to say about Christ in Song:

"After all, apart from the Bible, the best antidote to all these false theories of the person and work of Christ, is such a book as Dr. Schaff's 'CHRIST IN SONG.' The hymns contained in that volume are of all ages and from all churches. They set forth Christ as truly God, as truly man, as one person, as the expiation for our sins, as our intercessor, saviour, and king, as the supreme object of love, as the ultimate ground of confidence, as the all-sufficient portion of the soul. We want no better theology and no better religion than are set forth in these hymns. They were indicted by the Holy Spirit in the sense that the thoughts and feelings which they express, are due to his operations on the hearts of his people."

Kind of a Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi argument.

Reblogged from Dr. G's Blog.

In the last three and a half months...

had a baby (#4)
changed calls from here to here
bought a house.

Closed on the house this morning and will be moving tomorrow.

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