March 2005 Blog Archives
Thursday, March 31
7:59 AM The latest addition to our home page is called Lee's Traveler - and Mine.
7:56 AM If you are facing a test today (physical, spiritual, or otherwise), you simply must read this.
7:44 AM I will have an update on Bereket very shortly for all of you. He has successfully negotiated the first procedure, but the corneal transplant will be a far bigger event. My reading this morning took me to Mark 8:22-26, and I immediately thought of Bereket's two-stage healing. Let us continue to intercede on behalf on our dear brother in Christ.
Wednesday, March 30
7:55 AM Keep on pestering your parents, young lady. We'd love to have you move to the Old Dominion State!
7:50 AM Poet Ben Friedrich strikes a cord with me. After all, I used to surf with sand sharks in Hawaii.
7:29 AM I tell my Greek students they are getting two languages for the price of one. We don't really learn English until we learn a foreign language. We are also better able to process information in other subjects. Verbal SAT scores are better. Personally, I regret not having taken a foreign language in high school. By the time I got to college and took Greek, the only foreign tongue I was familiar with was Hawaiian Pidgin, and even then all I could remember was "Aloha" and "Book 'em, Danno."
Here's a thought-provoking piece on the relevance of foreign language instruction in this day of monolinguals.
7:18 AM Some friends of ours just visited historic sites in Richmond. Here are some beautiful postcards of vintage Richmond, including the White House of the Confederacy.
7:15 AM My son just added our farm to Local Harvest, a directory of organic farms nationwide. Here's the text he wrote:
And now for three cuties from our Boer herd. Edelweiss (on the right) is possibly my wife's favorite.
We've already had several dozen chicks hatch out this year, both naturally and (as in the photo below) from our incubator.
Tuesday, March 29
5:25 PM Nothin' like a nice relaxing evening at home with my dog.
5:25 PM Yesterday we had a chat with some friends about whether they should look for a property with an old house on it that they would restore, or just buy some land and then plan to build a new house. You can still find some restorable old houses in our part of the country, though they are getting fewer.
In 2001, only 8.3 percent of all U.S. homes were built before 1920, or roughly 9.9 million old homes out of the nation's 119.1 million housing units. Most of the pre-1920s homes are in the Northeast (4.3 million) or Midwest (3.4 million). There are fewer in the South (1.4 million) and even fewer out West (800,000).
By contrast, 19.1 million homes were built between 1990 and 2001. Almost half of those, 9 million, were built in the South. One of these is, of course, Bradford Hall (though we did try to make it look old!). We are moving old buildings to the property for use as our outbuildings, including the garden shed, the smoke house, and the carriage house (the photo below shows the latter structure being completed).
5:17 PM Hospitality is not optional for the Christian.
5:13 PM I just happened across the first Amazon.com review of my little book on the Gospels. If you're interested in reading it, click here.
5:05 PM Last night I had to have an MRI (of the brain, no less), so I can empathize with the editor of this blog.
Monday, March 28
9:28 AM We were blessed this weekend to enjoy the company of the Austin family from Abingdon, Virginia (clockwise, from bottom left: Jessica, Nathan, Jacob, Joshua, Dave, Joy, Julie, John, and Julia). John and Julie relocated to the South from California, like we did. For church all the ladies wore beautiful hats, and for Sunday's meal Becky prepared a wonderful supper of field peas, ham, rice, and green beans.
Last week Becky prepared Ethiopian food for the first time, and it was a huge success.
9:16 AM It's a sign of a fairly corrupt society when we think that we can usefully participate in whatever exists. Very frequently, what exists is antipathetic to what, as genuine Christians, we believe, or ought to believe. I am not merely referring to the dreadful scenes that fill our television screens, but what fills our computer screens as well, especially when it comes to news. Indeed, whatever comes out as "news" is more often fantasy than reality (e.g., Terri's "vegetative state"). I think it is important that Christians realize what this distorted view of realty is doing to people, especially in our churches. Let us not suppose that what is presented as factual objectivity is anything but an illusion. Instead, "Test all things" (1 Thess. 5:21).
9:12 AM Welcome back, Evan!
Saturday, March 26
12:27 PM I most emphatically agree.
9:12 AM I have nothing but the greatest respect for Reformed theologians like Dr. Clowney, who leaves behind a legacy of fidelity to the Scriptures that we would all do well to imitate.
8:37 AM SepCon2004 a success.
8:35 AM Maybe it's time to consider home education after all.
8:29 AM Thanks again to all my online friends. Your encouragement means a great deal to me.
8:24 AM Here's a movie I think I'd like to rent and watch sometime with my family.
Friday, March 25
5:24 PM Lee Shelton explains why the Terri Schiavo case is so important.
5:18 PM Thought of the Day has an excellent discussion of teenage rebellion. Thank you, Miss Amy, for a very well-written essay.
5:16 PM Our Thoroughbred Traveler has had a difficult time without his buddy Cody. The two were practically inseparable. He is finally settling down and beginning to bond with some of the other farm animals.
5:04 PM The Lord Jesus graciously held off the rain for today's funeral and interment for our neighbor. I am humbled to be a part of such a caring circle of friends.
Thursday, March 24
4:24 PM Why blogging is good for you.
3:42 PM Today we said goodbye to Matthew, Dana, and little Miss Hanna McDill, who were visiting Bradford Hall for a few days. Matthew is one of my Ph.D. students and is pastoring near Cary, North Carolina. We enjoyed their fellowship immensely. We look forward to having all of my students and their families out to the farm in April for lunch and horseback riding.
Matthew and Nathan enjoyed a couple of chess games together. I'm glad Nate finally found someone to play with (I shore ain't smart enough).
Our new puppy "Sheba" having a bad ear day. She can't quite decide whether to wear them up or down.
8:58 AM This weekend we are really looking forward to welcoming John and Julie Austin (and children) to Bradford Hall. Julie has a wonderful website called Austin's Parenting With Purpose. They are visiting Civil War sites in this part of Virginia and (thankfully!) are able to make a slight detour to be with us on Resurrection Sunday. We are looking forward to meeting this delightful family.
8:43 AM POCKETS OF INCURABLE PAIN: I have a good friend in cyberspace who is going through some deep waters at this time. Like him, I too am the child of divorce. My father left when I was three. I don't ever recall seeing him or talking with him. I live daily with a gnawing ache that seems to never go away. Larry Crabb once said that even in the happiest of lives there are deep pockets of incurable pain. He is right. Suffering is not the exception but the rule of Christian living (1 Thess. 3:1-5). Sometimes we are "beaten low" by the storms of life, but God allows this so that we might be stripped of all that this world has to offer. My friend, you and I must remember that one day we shall be like Him. That is His promise, and that promise brings peace. Meanwhile, we go to Him on a daily (hourly?) basis, weary and heavy-laden, and there we find rest for our souls.
The Lord bless you, dear brother, and may He clear a path through your doubts and questions.
8:29 AM WE ARE COMMUNITY: This has been a bad yet good week here at the farm.
I thank God for all of these neighbors.
Truly, we are community.
Wednesday, March 23
1:02 PM O the bliss of receding hairlines.
12:51 PM If you just have to see that movie, the Austins advise waiting for the video to come out rather than attending a movie theater.
11:46 AM The emails keep coming, with my heartfelt thanks.
11:13 AM This essay on honorific titles is well worth reading.
10:57 AM Here are some details about the 12th ANNUAL SOUTHERN HOUSE CHURCH CONFERENCE in Florida:
10:55 AM Bereket's eyelid continues to heal well. Here you can just make out the skin graft on his right eyelid, which is still black and blue. Now that his eyelid can close he is ready for his corneal transplant.
10:46 AM WHO'S RESPONSIBLE? To be a biblical man we must reject passivity. Yes, we're afraid, yes, we're unable, yes, we're inadequate. Adam was a passive man. When Eve was tempted he was present, but he stepped backward. Something kept him from stepping forward and assuming responsibility. Courage is not the absence of fear. It is doing what is right even when you are afraid. It's a discipline that I have to embrace. Today, this day, I need to step up to the plate and move forward with courage. I can't wait for everything to catch up to me. And I must accept responsibility for the outcome -- good or bad.
So who's responsible? I am.
10:32 AM Thank you to all who sent their condolences about the passing of my horse Cody yesterday. We bury him this morning.
Tuesday, March 22
8:32 AM The problem with misquoting the Church Fathers.
8:24 AM What's wrong with this picture?
When we think of worship we think of the Lord's Day. Of Sunday. But worship is really all that we do as believers. It is Christian living in its entirety. The essence of worship is living a life of obedience and service to God. It is a God-centered life. It embraces, yes, what we do when we meet together as a church, but it embraces what we do on our own -- at work, with the family, in our neighborhoods, at our computer terminals. When we conduct ourselves in ways pleasing to God, then we are worshipping. God becomes central to everything.
How is such a life possible? "By the Spirit of God" (Phil. 3:3). We have the Holy Spirit in our heart. The Spirit brings God into every area of our life. He does this so that God might have first place in our life as a whole.
Are you worshipping only on Sunday?
Monday, March 21
6:50 AM I thank God for the stand this Southern Baptist church has taken.
6:48 AM Last week we translated and examined the little book of Philemon in my Ph.D. seminar. Here's a church that takes this epistle seriously.
6:45 AM I am currently completing an essay entitled How to Abandon New Testament Christianity in Ten Easy Steps.
6:32 AM Quote of the day (Richard Weaver):
6:26 AM The newest addition to our home page is called Enjoying Nature Without Worshipping It.
6:24 AM The latest from Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
6:18 AM Last Saturday's birthday bash was loads of fun. I cooked my son his favoritebreakfast, and mom prepared his favorite supper. Then Nate and I worked all day gathering the pines we had cut down (some 43 of them) and clearing the edge of one of our hay fields (yielding a trailer load of fire wood for next winter). Nate, how grateful I am to the Lord Jesus for giving me such a wonderful, godly son. You grew up that way despite having a very imperfect dad, and thus you are a marvelous testimony to the grace of our wonderful Father.
This week, while I am off of work, should be busy and fun. We will be disassembling an old two-story log barn on a neighboring farm for reassembly here at the farm as the center portion of our new horse barn. We are drawing lots of inspiration (perspiration?) from this website. We are also expecting more guests at our retreat center at Bradford Hall. The weather in the Virginia Piedmont has been absolutely gorgeous.
Saturday, March 19
8:10 AM God's Word should be so central to a godly family that they should naturally talk about Him while they are performing the most menial activities (Deut. 6:6-9). Moreover, they love being together, worshipping God in their daily lives. I think Rick Saenz would agree:
8:08 AM Update on Bereket: My wife spoke with him briefly on the phone this week, and two days ago we received out first email from him (translated by a friend). Here are some brief excerpts:
You can imagine how joyfully (and tearfully) we read this letter. Will you continue to pray for Bereket as he recovers from his first surgery and grows in his faith?
8:05 AM Apropos the Terri Schiavo case, Thomas Jefferson warned us long ago:
One day there will be full justice and punishment (Psa. 10:1618). Meanwhile, we still struggle against the evil in our own souls and the pervasive wickedness in the world.
8:02 AM The latest essay on our home page is titled Thoughts on the Anniversary of a War.
8:00 AM Saturday morning shout-out to our eldest son. Happy B-Day, Nate!
Friday, March 18
10:10 AM The ever-eloquent Carmon Friedrich on life and death issues. If I, who am perfectly well, am tempted to complain about a few aches and pains, what of the Terris of this world and all others whose lives might be snuffed out because judges play God? Is it a coincidence that my Bible reading this morning was in Lamentations 3, reminding us that God's mercies are "new every morning"? His compassions never fail. Can the death of yet another innocent bring glory to God? Sickness and death to the glory of God? Surely this must be true. As Corrie ten Boom used to say, "God has no problems, only plans." If He must use this atrocity to mobilize Christians to prayer and action, then so be it. But woe to him whose hands are bloody!
10:05 AM Jim Cutler's latest -- Hog Haven -- makes some telling points about the hog industry. He prefers hogs grown "on [good ol' fashioned] dirt."
9:50 AM Some excellent thoughts on authority -- who has it, and what is it? -- by Matt McDill:
This weekend, let us all make sure we are esteeming highly those who stand before us and who lead us in love, for their work's sake (1 Thess. 5:12-13) and for the glory of the Chief Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:1-5).
Thursday, March 17
6:42 AM For Paddy's Day:
6:32 AM This is a must read for all children of divorced parents. Once again, Evan, I cannot thank you enough for your honest yet hopeful tone. It is a blessing to see. You and I and many others who live victoriously with such handicaps simply respond to God in faith and receive His all-sufficient grace for the odds against which we must struggle. God bless you.
6:29 AM This is one of the most important essays my friend Chuck Baldwin has written. Chuck's warnings must not go unheeded by true conservatives.
6:25 AM The Dead Sea Scrolls to the Bible in America exhibit is now showing in High Point, NC. It has been extended to April 10th. Highlights include:
EARLY PRINTED BIBLES
• Gutenberg Bible Leaf from Isaiah, 1455
AMERICAN BIBLES & AMERICANA
• The Eliot Indian Bible, 1663
6:20 AM In April, Radio America will launch a new program hosted by Michael Peroutka and John Lofton that will cover news from a God-Family-Republic perspective. I thank the Lord Jesus for opening this door of opportunity for my dear colleagues and friends in the Constitution Party. The apostle Paul was always moving "with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead" (Phil. 3:14), and so should we.
6:14 AM Last night my wife cooked the most delicious meal out of rice and our own farm fresh chicken, and the night before we had a tremendous meal of chili -- Tex Mex style -- prepared from our own goat meat. All of it was accompanied by vegetables grown on the farm. Farm fresh food just tastes soooo much better, doesn't it? Thanks, honey!
Tuesday, March 15
6:40 AM Completed my zillionth reading of the Hound of the Baskervilles last evening while enjoying ice cream with my wife, son, and doggie. The story line is, of course, quite secondary to the masterful prose one encounters in the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. To wit, this line from the final chapter:
Young people, you won't want to miss this classic of English literature (click on the photo for link)!
6:37 AM My favorite spots were Pupukea and Flies (on the North and South Shores, respectively), but Kailua also had some great surf, including a shore break, reef break, and island break. For a discussion of why Oahu has such good surf, go here.
6:34 AM The Christian's view of the law is the topic of Stiles Watson's latest entry at his excellent website, Faith and Dominion.
6:32 AM Brian Jonson examines Rick Warren's "exponential growth" teaching.
6:30 AM Wednesday morning shout-out to Scott Brown and team who are in the Pacific visiting Iwo Jima and various other islands (including my personal favorite). Maikai kakahiaka! Catch one for me, bro.
6:27 AM I've been thinking of Bereket lately, praying that his roots would grow deep down into the faithfulness of God's loving plan for him. He has been chosen, I believe, to display His unique Masterwork in a very special way. May he realize that he is not his own; he is bought with a great price. How I look forward to seeing him, Lord willing, this summer along with my wife.
Meanwhile, we have received a note with the names of 18 church leaders in Southern Ethiopia who can read their Bibles again thanks to the glasses donated by our friends and delivered when we were in Ethiopia last year. We are now told that there are 50 more people requesting reading glasses of various strengths. A "glasses" ministry, we might call it -- and these glasses are for reading the Scriptures, not for watching some inane program on TV. And I'm going to Ethiopia to teach them?
6:23 AM I'll be preaching the "Ishtar" Sunrise Service message at a meeting of several of our local churches. My message will be similar to what Ruthanne recently posted: Let's call it "Resurrection Sunday," and let's celebrate it weekly.
6:21 AM Welcome back, JP!
6:20 AM Blogging continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. Technorati is now tracking over 7.8 million weblogs. Over 30,000 new blogs are being created EACH DAY.
6:17 AM Here's an interesting essay on the spiritual dangers of blogging. These include:
6:15 AM The latest addition to our home page is entitled Profs Without Borders.
6:12 AM A leper -- an untouchable -- came to Jesus, begging, pleading for help. Jesus not only healed the man, he touched him. How many times have I come, pleading for forgiveness, begging for help, and each time the Lord Jesus heard me and delivered me. How, then, can I remain unmoved by the poor and suffering about me?
It is not merely an error but a heresy to suppose that a devout life can be untouched by the world's suffering.
Monday, March 14
6:30 AM I just received copies of the Russian version of Using New Testament Greek in Ministry. Although the Greek and Russian alphabets are similar, I can't read a word of it.
6:29 AM My heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Stanley Grenz. I disagreed with many of Stan's views on the Bible and culture, but I always admired his courage to speak out on the issues of the day.
6:27 AM Lately I have received several emails asking me about my views on baptism. I feel an essay coming on....
6:24 AM My good friend Buddy Walker hits the nail(s) on the head -- again. (The Evanhead thinks Buddy deserves his own blog. Wouldn't you agree?)
6:21 AM Yesterday my son and I worked on the fencing for my wife's new garden. We are using cedar uprights, rails, and pickets -- it looks really quaint. In the next two weeks we will be buying the railroad ties, sand, soil, and compost to set her beds in preparation for this summer's crop of both edibles and adorables. My wife is also planning a beautiful arbor and climbing rose bush where she and her friends can sit and sip tea.
Next job: The horse barn and chicken/turkey coops.
6:17 AM Η γλώσσα νεοελληνικοου είναι απλή εάν έχετε μελετήσει τα αρχαία ελληνικά!
6:15 AM Toni makes some important observations about the way we "do" the Lord's Supper.
Monday, March 14
10:21 AM My friend Evan related an interesting experience about the power going out at their church. I recall the first church I preached in during my Ethiopian trip. It was in the the city of Dilla, where power outages are not uncommon, and when I arrived at the church building I was informed that the PA system was down due to lack of electricity. As I got up to speak to about 2,000 people, the first thought that came to my mind was to say: "I'm told there's no power here today. Well, I'm here to tell you there's plenty of power -- Holy Ghost power!" And it was true. The Lord Jesus gave me the ability to project my voice in such a way that the auditors, including those in the outside courtyard, heard every word spoken. Isn't that just like our God -- to give us special strength in the midst of our "power outages"?
9:53 AM Have you checked the Dow lately? The ticker tape just keeps getting better and better!
9:50 AM The latest essay on our home page is entitled Building Christ's Church: His Way or Mine?
9:47 AM Ruthanne has posted some excellent thoughts on the problem with modern youth programs. As a follow-up, please check out some of these essays on the age-integrated church found at our Unleashing the Church page.
9:35 AM Just for fun....
9:28 AM Speaking of hats, my wife consistently wears them to church and other places. She looks BEAUTIFUL in them.
9:20 AM Celebrate Francis Schaeffer, but please don't co-opt him for the GOP. I had the privilege of sitting at brother Schaeffer's feet in Switzerland and agree with most everything this author states about him.
9:15 AM As my son and I wend our way through the woods in search of cedars to cut, I, being taller, am often seen stumbling into countless spider webs. I finally found the perfect word for my reaction to this unpleasant experience at Sean Kelly's great website:
I'm with you all the way on this one, Sean. In King Jesus -- here and here alone will we find the key to everything in life, most certainly not in any human or in any man-made Tower of Babel.
9:10 AM Now here's an incredible Bible links page.
9:04 AM This is soooo true!
Saturday, March 12
11:30 AM BREAKING NEWS!! Bereket's surgery was moved up. He had it YESTERDAY, and it was a complete success. Praises to our God! Here's the latest email from Ethiopia:
I'll post pictures as soon as I receive them. Meanwhile, many, many thanks for your faithful prayers!!
Lord Jesus, make me childlike. I would be as trusting as a baby in the arms of his mother. Help me to forget myself and discover the joy of serving others in Thy name, for there are many Azanaws in this world of sorrows. Lay upon me Thy easy yoke. I would live for Thee this day and every day!
9:02 AM Women in the UK are giving up careers for home life.
8:34 AM For over 20 years the homeschool movement has been a prophetic voice calling women back to their God-ordained role of motherhood and keeper of the home, and fathers back to their role of providing for, leading, teaching, and cherishing their families. You would think that the church would have embraced this movement, but nothing of the kind has happened. Our program-driven churches see the homeschool movement as a threat to their age-segregated programs, from VBS to Sunday School to Youth Group to Children’s Church. Rather than exhorting fathers to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, pastors view the homeschool movement as abnormal. They refuse to preach on the subject, and even the most popular Christian writers avoid it like the plague. Attempts to reconsider the pedagogy of a distinctly Christian education in the home are considered divisive ....
8:06 AM For your weekend reading enjoyment (and I mean it, you will enjoy this essay, even though it is provocative):
7:47 AM Don't forget that our Reformation Tour is now scheduled for September. This is a very good time to travel in Europe. We've also shortened the tour to 10 days and reduced the price.
7:32 AM Our little puppy Sheba is slowly but confidently adjusting to farm life, with Shiloh showing her the ropes. By the way, here's one reason we have dogs as pets and not (dare I even mention the word?) CATS!!!!
7:23 AM For one Episcopalian parish in Kansas, it has come down to this.
I wonder what General Lee would think if he were alive today.
7:10 AM A reader sent this comment on the Ten Rules for Christian Bloggers:
Thank you for these good thoughts. Let us say it again: Unworthy stewards though we are, we are to occupy until He comes. We have within us, by the Holy Spirit, the ability to serve Him if we would but listen to His overtures.
Friday, March 11
11:00 AM Tonight is the night we've been waiting for! My wife will be serving home-made Ethiopian Food!!!!! You kids would love it. You get to eat with your fingers! (Moms and Dads, Ethiopian Food is also very healthy. Check it out.)
10:51 AM I tend to agree with your third option, Mrs. Austin.
10:36 AM Now this is just about the wisest statement I've read in a blog in a long time. Thanks for the reminder and for the encouragement, brother Evan!
Amen and Amen!
10:31 AM Thanks, Jennifer, for the good reminder that the most important thing is still the most important thing.
10:23 AM Lady Carmon, despite what others may say, I like your poetry. In fact, poetry is what we tried to produce in the International Standard Version New Testament whenever the Greek used poetic language instead of prose. (Check it out and let me know what you think.)
10:13 AM Praises to God for His goodness to Bereket (and to us)! Some planted, others watered, but God made it grow!
9:46 AM Please continue to pray for Brother Blessing -- for his eyelid surgery on Monday and, more importantly, for his growth as a new believer in the Lord Jesus. Below is a photo of Bereket worshipping the Lord in chapel at the Meserete Kristos College in Addis Ababa. The picture says it all, doesn't it?
9:34 AM Buddy Walker sent along these comments in response to our essay Borderline Christianity.
Buddy, I like your soapboxes!
9:15 AM DBO Contributors, take note! The 19 Rules for good Riting:
8:57 AM Here's one of my all-time favorite words:
The 23rd Psalm, then John 10 (the Lord is my Good Shepherd), then Psalm 19 (as I sat on the front porch that overlooks our pond surrounded by acres and acres of pines, watching the geese fly overhead or the horses water themselves), then ENJOYING the presence of the Lord Jesus -- luxuriating in the goodness of our blessed Redeemer! Joy inexpressible!
Thursday, March 10
7:57 AM My wife and I enjoyed visiting the Cairo Museum, where King "Tut" (who was married at 9) lies in all his manmade glory. Now they are saying that he may have died of a broken leg instead of a blow to the head.
7:52 AM The editor of Jellybeans & Chocolate displays an attitude of gratitude for her mother-in-law. The burden borne by mankind would be a crushing thing without loved ones to lean upon. Blessings on you, Ruthanne, for publishing your comments for the world (and your M-I-L) to see.
7:50 AM If you don't think the Internet is a close-knit and caring family, check out this exchange between Evan Black and a couple of his cyber-readers. I absolutely love those who fling soul and body down in joyful abandonment to whatever the Father desires for them!
7:46 AM The first of its kind in 530 years. The photo below reminds me of when I used to go riding near our home in La Mirada (Los Angeles County). I usually dismounted at busy intersections, however!
8:57 AM One of my all-time favorite bloggers, Dr. Izzy Lyman, has an interesting post on the word "ordinary":
7:43 AM This Sunday I will again have the honor of being the guest speaker at Hebron Christian Church in Nelson, Virginia.
7:41 AM We welcome to Rosewood Farm our new billy named Rusty, a pure bred Spanish goat. We will be breeding mainly for meat this year.
7:34 AM Lady Carmon has a new addition to her Prairie Muffin Manifesto. It's amazing how many women out there are willing to say no to self and yes to Jesus and His demands on their lives. I salute you all.
7:32 AM Special word of thanks to Dr. Stan Monteith for having me on his Radio Liberty talk show Tuesday night. We had some good listener calls and some interesting discussions. As we saw, the main distinction between the church and the state has completely broken down in America. May God bring us to repentance as a nation.
7:25 AM The newest addition to our home page is entitled Borderline Christianity.
7:23 AM The lives of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on DVD.
7:18 AM Can women engage in unofficial "teaching" via the Internet? Steve Atkerson has an essay that may help you decide that issue.
7:15 AM Praise the Lord Jesus!Read about Azanaw's conversion to Christ. (We now call him "Bereket"). And thank you for all the emails and prayers on his behalf.
Monday, March 7
8:57 AM My son just bookmarked this site. Looks promising, especially as we are considering planting alfalfa for the first time this year.
8:55 AM Praying for the Dows.
8:54 AM While living in Switzerland, here's one word we learned almost immediately upon arrival: putzen ("cleanse"). People putzen all day long. Putzen has, in fact, become something of an obsession. Here's one reason why.
8:52 AM So you're starting a new church plant. Are you legally required to incorporate? Find the answer here.
8:50 AM Language Trivia: The word UNIX, the name of a computer operating system, can be spelled out from the names of two letters of the Greek alphabet, XI and NU. The two letters are simply spelled in order backwards. Coincidence or intentional?
8:48 AM Here's some practice for all of you Greek students out there in cyberspace. See if you can translate the Nicene Creed:
8:45 AM U.S. teens take their faith seriously but are clueless as to what it means.
8:42 AM Thinking of word origins and neologisms (as I do from time to time), I was recently dumbfounded. See if you can find the following monstrosity in this essay:
8:40 AM Atheism is now declining. Apparently God is not so dead.
8:38 AM Now here's a new disease I do worry about sometimes:
8:36 AM Just when you thought organized religion couldn't get any zanier, here comes Saint Death.
8:30 AM The woman who won't rest until she finds something precious she has lost.
8:25 AM Are you thinking about sending your teens to a youth group activity? You might want to think again.
8:23 AM Mr. Turner asks a very good question:
Saturday, March 5
8:34 AM A friend of mine thinks homemade bread is a "beautiful thing." I agree, brother!
8:21 AM Whether or not you are planning on attending the Raleigh Uniting Church and Family Conference this April, you must read this essay by a 19-year old:
7:46 AM Poor Lady Carmon. Her abibliophobia has flared up again. But perhaps we have a misdiagnosis here. The "a" with which her supposed malady begins normally indicates the absence of something in Greek (the technical term for it is the "alpha privative," as in asymptomatic, asyndeton, etc.). The good Doctor therefore suggests a second opinion as to her ailment, for if she is really suffering from abibliophobia, then she is quite healthy indeed and lacking a morbid fear of books. At any rate, whatever your real ailment might be, Carmon, I hope you never get over your passion for books and your love of reading. What that in mind, here's an excerpt from For the Love of Books just for you:
7:33 AM Saturday morning shout-out to Kristen, JP, and Evan. Thanks for avoiding dry, dusty theological defenses of God. Your transparency is heartwarming!
7:26 AM Azanou (henceforth Azanaw -- we had been misspelling his name all this time!) has arrived safely in Addis Ababa and will be going to the Melenik II hospital on Monday for his eye assessment. As thousands of us can testify, it is often through the cup of suffering that we find God. I believe Azanaw may be on the verge of a wonderful discovery -- a miracle may come when "His servants shall worship Him; they shall see Him face to face, and bear His name on their foreheads" (Rev. 22:3-4). O blessed sorrows! O blessed Savior! As Edward Shillito put it:
"We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars!"
7:23 AM Contributions for Azanou now total $1049.92.
7:20 AM Charles Porter sent these along. Gave my son and me a huge laugh.
7:15 AM The difference between statesmen and politicians.
7:12 AM Spent the whole day yesterday with my Beloved, shopping, running errands, dining out. Had a lot of catching up to do and had a great time doing it. We are especially excited about our plans for Ethiopia this summer (more later on that topic). A number of you have inquired about visiting Bradford Hall, and now that the Lady of the House is back we will be contacting you very shortly to arrange a time for your stay.
Oh yes, we also welcome to Bradford Hall little Miss Sheba, whom Shiloh is now manfully courting.
Friday, March 4
11:47 AM She's back. 'Nuff said.
Thursday, March 3
7:17 PM The latest essay on our home page is entitled Ten Rules for Christian Bloggers.
6:56 AM Here's the BBC Languages link some of you were asking for yesterday. It's a great way to brush up on a language you've learned or to start on a new one. No, you don't have to be a polyglot to be a linguist, but it helps. And remember:
Aller Anfang ist schwer!
6:50 AM Will Steve be forced to land in Hawaii?
6:48 AM You can download audio files of English accents and dialects here. (I'm still trying to find the one on southern Virginia brogue.)
6:40 AM I recently received an email from a friend who was asked if Baptists were a confessional people. I invite anyone who questions the place of creeds in Baptist history to read this essay by Matthew Allen in the latest issue of the Founders Journal.
6:38 AM While we're on the subject of antiques, Ruthanne, the following is from an actual classified ad:
"We buy junk and sell antiques."
6:36 AM Thursday morning shout out to T.G., who has only 7 more radiation treatments to go. I know it's like trying to poke a cat out from under the porch with a rope, but hang in there, brother. We love you.
6:34 AM Thanks for reporting a few broken links in my Reading Room, ladies and gents. I hope to clean things up this weekend.
6:28 AM NOSTALGIA FILE: Amy's "which states have you visited/lived in/live in now?" quiz reminded me of my great adventures traveling by Greyhound Bus through these here United States. I did this twice -- when I was 12, and when I was 16. If you lived outside of the Continental United States, Greyhound offered the following not-to-be-missed deal: "$99 Dollars for 99 Days." We flew from Hawaii to California, then climbed aboard the Scenic-Cruiser and took off. Our travels led us from LA to Boston, from Dallas to the Dalles. After three months of this you were REAL tired of bus food, but it was a great chance to see the country and visit friends along the way. I figure I've actually driven through 45 states. Not bad for a bare-footed kamaaina from Oahu, eh?
6:25 AM Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in Eritrea who are in prison for their faith.
6:22 AM What headship is and is not:
If you're like me, gentlemen, this is raising the bar BIG TIME. But it is the ideal to which we must strive. The last sentence holds the one and only key:
...by His grace and mercy...
6:20 AM Is your church promoting the preeminence of Christ?
Wednesday, March 2
6:43 AM Only one more day!
6:40 AM Some "How to" tips for bloggers.
6:38 AM We pick up our new Sheltie this week. My wife named her Sheba. Shiloh caint hardly wait.
6:36 AM Long time DBO reader Buddy Walker sends along these book recommendations:
6:34 AM I have always appreciated the message of 1 Cor. 12:4-6. Each of us has a spiritual gift, and that gift has been determined by the Holy Spirit. Each of us has a place in which to minister that gift, and that place has been determined by the Lord. And each of us has "effects" or "outworkings" (Greek energemata) -- that is, there will always be results when we are exercising our spiritual gifts in the place of the Lord's appointment, and these results are up to the "God who works all things in all." This teaching provides great relief from ever having to compare myself with anyone else. Two people can have the very same gift (teaching, let's say) and the very same place of ministry (a seminary, for example), and yet there can be completely different results from their work, results that are determined by God Himself. So let's leave the results to God. But let's be sure that we are exercising the right gift in the right place!
6:30 AM Wednesday shout-out to Darrell, a fellow paleoconservative. Anyone who can take on the Middle East, the Media, Iraq, and Immigration in one fell swoop has my admiration.
6:27 AM It's official -- GodBlogCon will be held October 13-15 at Biola University.
6:25 AM Our quote of the day comes from William Imboden:
6:22 AM Mark is bubbling away these days over at Gimmie Back My Bullets. Nice work, friend.
6:20 AM I was five years old, and the prop plane was about to leave Honolulu airport for the mainland, where we were to visit my grandmother in Ohio. I sat across the aisle from my mother, and we held hands as the aircraft lumbered into the air. I recall that I wept, not so much because I was scared during my first plane ride, but because I was leaving Hawaii -- the only home I had ever known.
Tomorrow a 14-year old will board an Ethiopian Airlines turbojet for a one hour flight from Gondar to Addis Ababa, and possibly a whole new future. My dear wife wrote him a lengthy explanation of what it's like to be in an airplane, but who knows what Azanou will be thinking. Will he be more excited than scared? Will he trust the doctor who will be accompanying him -- a stranger to him-- or the church leader -- likewise a stranger -- who will meet him at the airport? What will he think of the students of the Christian college where he will be staying for two weeks while his eye condition is being assessed? And what will he think when he hears that people in faraway America are accompanying him every step of the way -- not in person necessarily, but in their hopes, their prayers, their gifts?
Stay tuned. The adventure is just beginning.
6:15 AM Contributions for Azanou's cornea transplant now total $949.92. Many thanks, folks! John 13:35.
6:12 AM Images of Jesus? Bad idea. (Read this before you buy Gibson's Passion on DVD.)
6:10 AM The remarkable career of Patrick Henry.
6:06 AM A reader who loves surfing (apparently as much as I do) sent me these thoughts:
Well, if you thought a picture of a three foot wave at Ala Moana was something, take a look-see at THIS! (This is just about my perfect wave, by the way -- Sunset Beach on the North Shore on an un-crowded day with a nice off-shore breeze blowing. I can still feel the spray!)
Tuesday, March 1
6:10 AM The latest essay on our home page is entitled Pastors As Shepherds.
6:08 AM Some great advice on decision-making from Oswald Chambers:
6:05 AM Chad had the correct answer:
Now try this one on for size: How do you correctly pronounce the "Ayn" in Ayn Rand?6:03 AM Pehea oi? A good friend of mine is taking a trip to Hawaii and asked me a couple of questions. Here they are, with my answers:
The best way is to take me along as your GUIDE!!
As for surfing... I am terribly out of shape, but I do want to surf while there. Any thoughts for what breaks might be best for a soft fat old haole?
Surfing in Hawaii today is very territorial. You need to stay away from the west shore (Makaha, etc.). The locals will beat you to a pulp. As for the north shore, the conditions will be great -- for snorkeling. The best breaks will be on the south shore, and here you should probably stick to Ala Moana.... If you can, take a local with you wherever you surf!!
Have fun and be safe!
To whet your appetite, here's a photo of the fabulous "bowl" at Ala Moana (note, however, the absence of soft fat old haoles):