The argument could be made that bloggers condition loyal readers to expect to receive high-quality product at zero cost. Is that the case? Hm.
Well, relax and enjoy. But don't be ridiculous about it.
BTW, it's the nature of this kind of post that it will likely expand through the day. You should check back at day's end, or tomorrow. For instance, I've been pointed to some posts, but they were long enough that I haven't been able to read them yet. Perhaps later?
- Your kid's school sometimes has mice running around? Yeah, I guess that'd be scary to some people. Here in Texas, we have gators.
- It was a little more harrowing for a tourist swimming in Mexico.
- Leading inevitably to this TeamPyro Important Safety Tip:
- I'm not certain, but I'm pretty sure that turning a Jack Chick tract into a movie is one of the signs of the apocalypse. Well, not the apocalypse... but some apocalypse
- Highlighted from Kindle:
- Did anyone else think it was weird to see RAANetwork plugging a 1+ year-old piece about Bryan Loritts firing at Doug Wilson? First, whenever I see the name Bryan Loritts, I think of this, and I really think everyone (including RAANetwork) should, until it's righted. Second, no acknowledgement or apparent awareness of the absolutely magnificent discussion that ensued between my friends Wilson and Thabiti Anyabwile (here's the wrapup). I just don't get the objective, here.
- From race-relations to music...
- I don't know from Vicky Beeching, but I am beginning to see why some people don't want to sing anything by anyone who's still alive.
Don't think, "Is it biblical?" Instead, think, "Will people like it?" Asking the right question will help you avoid offending people.
— Fake Liberal Xian (@FakeLiberalXian) August 9, 2014
- Aimee Byrd chirps about courtship, dating, all that.
- Our feeling was that our daughter could begin dating when she turned 34, and then only if Dad could come along.
- Here's a dandy little short discussion on the place of evidences in apologetics, involving Scott Oliphint, David Powlison, and Kevin DeYoung. It only leaves me asking, "Show me how." (Its labor in that very vineyard is what I liked about Nate Busenitz' book.)
- I love Denny Burk enough — just barely enough — to forgive his use of "impact" (A) as a verb and (B) not referring to colons or wisdom teeth. For so he surely did in his essay How will gay marriage impact [sic!] your marriage?
- BTW, if anyone, in this connection, says "But everybody's using 'impact' that way, and it's now gotten into the dictionary!" the universe may collapse under the unintended irony.
- FWIW, five years ago I put on my turban, got out my crystal ball, and foresaw some of the bumps we'd encounter slipping down this slope. I also traced out some of the ramifications, last year, of forcing everyone to redefine a well-known word/institution, here (briefly) and here (less so, and parabolically).
Someone just sent me a @Phil_Johnson_ sermon. When I got to the part about pastors who are "fops & milksops" all of my garage doors opened.
— JoelNotJoel (@JoelNotJoel) August 13, 2014
- Now to a more somber note.
- The sad occasion of self-murder by the prodigiously-talented Robin Williams elicited much comment, most of it repetitive. Here are some notables: Matt Walsh spoke a great deal of needed truth, intended to de-glamorize the ugly reality of suicide. However, he left out the most important truth: the Gospel. (An avalanche of vitriol moved Walsh to post a well-written follow-up, which was clarifying, but still had no Gospel.)
- Jordan Standridge over at Cripplegate served better in that regard, in a very well-written essay titled RIP? The Gospel can also be found in an earlier post on the occasion of yet another celebrity's self-murder.
- Somewhere in the middle, Erick Erickson made a perfectly valid point about not rushing to say hard truth in an insensitive way. My only "but" to Erickson's point is that in this situation. so many were rushing to say so much that ranged from the sentimental and untrue to the positively harmful, that to fail to respond was probably also a disservice.
- It should be noted that Pyromaniacs has had a wealth of posts about depression as well, over the years.
- Hm. No Resurgence conference this year. Cancelled.
I guess canceling the conference was a better idea than calling it Desurgence.
— Church Curmudgeon (@ChrchCurmudgeon) August 15, 2014
- Now for something(s) completely different...
- Did you see where Kevin Halloran listed >250 free online seminary resources? Value will vary, of course, — but, still! Schreiner, Moo, Barrick, Vlach, Frame, Duncan? Duuude.
- Fifty cents? Bloggers do it for free:
- If Cornelius Van Til were blogging, he'd definitely use a picture from the "Thriller" music video.
- I can understand why people believe in all sorts of things I don't believe in. I can understand believing in a local Flood, in varying views of the days of creation, in varying dating for the Exodus, in varying dating for Galatians... heck, I even understand why some people spatter water on babies and think it means something spiritual! But the hardcore KJV Only position exists in a world where facts, rationality, and logic cannot thrive. Fred Butler — a man of great learning and patience, who himself specializes in responding to such — points to a two and a half-hour conversation between an advocation and an apologist. If you want that sort of thing.