Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday Meanderings

Every life counts...every life has meaning...every life makes a difference...no matter how brief.

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Is the church "over-fathered and under-mothered". Check out a candid discussion with Christian songwriter Matt Redmon on romantic language in praise music. I found his thoughts encouraging, since I find myself with some of the same reservations. (HT to Lisa)

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A bit of enlightening background for Elijah's contest with the prophets of Baal.

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Losing the News

Newspapers are in trouble, and many Web sites, blogs and cable news shows have opinionated hosts at the helm. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Jones talks about his book, Losing the News, and the crisis facing impartial reporting.

"For over a century," Jones writes, "Americans have had as a birthright a remarkably good — though far from perfect — core of reported news that is as essential to our freedom as the Constitution itself. But the times we live in trigger an unsettling cascade of questions about journalism and news."

You may listen to an interview with Alex Jones here. Click the link to read an excerpt of his book Losing the News.

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Billions...what do they look like? Check it out....

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"Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are treated to a spectacular view of cities on Earth lit up at night....City lights provide sharp boundaries that delineate the densest concentrations of people, allowing us to assess the effect of urbanization on the Earth’s ecosystems. Transport corridors and major commercial developments jump out..."

Click here to see photos from the Space Station of several large metropolitan areas from space. We humans are a bigger deal than you may have realized. (HT to my Twitter friend, Estelle, for this one.)

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'A Mighty Long Way' From Little Rock'

In 1957, the "Little Rock Nine" enrolled in racially segregated Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. Carlotta Walls LaNier was the youngest member of the group.

In her book, A Mighty Long Way, she remembers her journey. Her trip began with a decision she calls a "no-brainer." She signed a piece of paper with her intention to attend Little Rock Central High School, and "didn't think another thing of it."

Listen to a moving interview with author, Carlotta Walls LaNier, and read an excerpt of her book here.
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A few thoughts from John Piper regarding cosmetic surgery. I'm inclined to agree.

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"It may look like a piece of honeycomb, but this lattice-shaped image is the first ever close-up view of a single molecule.

Scientists from IBM used an atomic force microscope (AFM) to reveal the chemical bonds within a molecule.

'This is the first time that all the atoms in a molecule have been imaged,' lead researcher Leo Gross said."


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Again, take a moment to fact check the e-mails you may be receiving regarding H.R. 3200, before you pass them on. As Christians, we must not allow ourselves the option of spreading misinformation, slander, or lies - no matter how strongly we may feel about an issue. If we are not known for our honesty in the smallest of things, we will not be believed when we testify to the greatest truth of all, the Gospel.

Click here to see the document itself.

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Over the course of my year or two of blogging, I've developed several friendships with Christians in several other countries. Occasionally the subject of the health care debate in America has arisen as a topic in our conversations. As this recent comment from a friend is fairly representative of the reactions I've gotten from my non-American friends, I'd like to share it here:
Please excuse this little lecture, Laurie, but as a Canadian I find it puzzling to watch as America wrestles to reinvent the wheel regarding health care. Things that I and most of the developed world take for granted, such as automatic coverage seem to be revolutionary concepts down there.

As you know my wife and I were recently the involuntary guests of our health care system due to a motorcycle accident. While we had plenty to worry about, we didn't have to worry about 1) how to pay for it, 2) our coverage running out before treatment was complete, 3) whether coverage would be denied because of a pre-existing condition; or 4) whether we would be dropped from our plan afterward.

Instead, we focused on getting better. And I might add that in spite of what has been suggested in some stateside ads, we received first class care all the way through.

I was in for 3 days with 3 surgeries; my wife was in for almost 4 weeks with 2 surgeries. Total cost: $702 for the ambulance ride.

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