A Brick in the Valley


Hefner and the Flatus of a Wasted Life
May 29, 2008, 10:08 pm
Filed under: Recommended Links

Crunchy Con (click here) interacts with a GQ article on Hugh Hefner.  He notes that the symbolic, and apparently literal sound, Hefner is making as he passes off the scene is that of flatus.

If the passing of gas acoustically symbolizes Hefner, then 1 John 2:15-17 gives a theological explanation.  Hefner, and what he represents, is “passing away along with its desires.”

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:15-17).

So sad.

Alternatively, follow Christ and, “abide forever.”



New Survey on Reading
May 29, 2008, 8:32 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Justin Taylor summarizes new data on reading habits.  Read it here.



Sharing Your Faith in the Online Store
May 28, 2008, 8:16 pm
Filed under: Recommended Reading

In 2007 a well known atheist named Athony Flew published an unexpected book.  The title of the book is, There Is a God: How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind.  In it, Flew shared why he renounced being an atheist, though he is still not a Christian.  I’ve not read the book, but it must be a fascinating read.  You can read a review by R.C. Sproule here.  (HT: Justin Taylor).

In the mean time, I will add Flew’s book to my online store.  Slowly, I’m building a list of recommended reading.

You can see my online store here.  Notice that there are categories at the upper right so, you can move away from this particular aisle.  (Full disclosure.  The theory is that if you buy a book via my online store, I get some sort of reward).



The World’s a Big Blue Marble
May 27, 2008, 10:40 pm
Filed under: Missions, Recommended Links

Owen Strachan is blogging about his trip to Hong Kong.  You can read it here

I think it is especially interesting reading given that this is first trip to Hong Kong.  If, like me, you don’t travel “east” much, you may find his journal especially interesting.

I grew up on a farm eight miles from a town of a thousand people.  I now live in a rural community.  I’m used to wide open spaces.  I think I might get claustrophobic if I lived there.

But, it is amazing day when we can enjoy almost immediate access to someone traveling in Hong Kong.



Amazon’s Kindle
May 27, 2008, 10:28 pm
Filed under: Gear

If you’ve ever been around me and my work environment, you know that I work as an island in a sea of books.  I spend a lot of time organizing books, reading from them, copying down quotes, and transporting them from my study at home to church or vice versa. 

Generally, a book is the opposite place of where I need it.  If it is at church, I need it at home, etc.

So, you might think my dream would be to own a Kindle (Amazon’s electronic reader).  Then I could carry around multiple books in this electronic device.  But, for myriad reasons, including the fact that I like how books smell, I have not seriously considered it.  Besides, it is pretty expensive.

But, for those who are thinking of getting one, you might want to read Tim Challies review here.

And, by all means, if you get one, click through someone’s Amazon Associates link, such as the one below.  The reward for referring someone to a Kindle is pretty good.  $40 according to Tim.

Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device

 



Why Polygamy Should Be Illegal
May 27, 2008, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Recommended Links, Recommended Reading

John Witte, Jr. writes a thoughtful column for Christianity Today considering whether polygamy should be illegal.

Ultimately, those who oppose polygamy can only do so on the grounds of morality.

Click here to read it.



Especially Good Monday Medicine
May 27, 2008, 7:02 am
Filed under: Recommended Links

I’ll admit going in that he links to me twice.  So, I may not be entirely objective.  But, I thought Gunny’s, “A Case of the Monday’s,” was particularly enjoyable today.  It’s worth it to see the guy gadgets.

Click here.