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“Ironically, sometimes people who are the most determined to avoid the sacrilege of putting things before God miss a thousand daily opportunities to thank him, praise him, and draw near to him because they imagine they shouldn’t enjoy the very things that God has made to help us know him and love him.” - Randy Alcorn
I wrote a few weeks ago about the importance of writing badly. Lo and behold, shortly thereafter I happen to see this clip on Twitter. And it’s pure gold.
“Most people who want to be writers, it never occurs to them the only way you actually do it is by writing. All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories for you, and they won’t. It’s only you. So you have to write, you have to finish things, you have to get them made, you have to start new things, and that’s really the secret. You put one word after another, like putting bricks onto a wall, and sooner or later you look and you’ve managed to build the palace of Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria… out of matchsticks.”
Ayn Rand Didn’t Understand Capitalism – Or altruism. Or Christianity. Or reality. If you think she did, you need to read this article by Joe Carter.
If You Shop on Thanksgiving… – Another great piece by Matt Walsh: “Thanksgiving let out a desperate cry as Black Friday devoured its soul, but we barely noticed. It’s hard to hear anything when you’re wrestling 4,000 other people for buy one get one free cargo shorts at Old Navy.”
Getting Our Attention – “Maybe the hilariously un-planned things, the things that should by logic have never happened at all… Maybe those are God’s way of snapping in our face, waking us up.”
The Real Truth about ‘Boring’ Men and the Women Who Live with Them – This is just absolutely beautiful.
Noah (Official Trailer #1) – Our first look at Darren Aronofsky’s latest project. Frankly, I’m not sure what to think yet. Part of me is pleasantly surprised; the rest of me is trying to remember the last time Hollywood and the Bible actually got along. And I’m drawing a blank.
Not Just About Getting the Door Open – Because it’s not a question of pragmatics.
Thus Spake Obama – Only Steyn could write such a funny piece about a not-so-funny business: “The most telling line, the one that encapsulates the gulf between the boundless fantasies of the faculty-lounge utopian and the messiness of reality, was this: ‘What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.’ Gee, thanks for sharing, genius. Maybe you should have thought of that before you governmentalized one-sixth of the economy.”
“Christian literature comes from Christian novelists & dramatists – not from the bench of bishops… trying to write plays.” – C.S. Lewis
To fulfill your destiny, stay true to your heart. Don’t let anyone squeeze you into a mold.
— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) November 18, 2013
That is most interesting, because I generally find that staying true to my heart is a really, really, really bad idea. Gets me into all sorts of trouble. And of course, there’s that pesky little verse in Jeremiah 17: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
But then, I guess “your best life now” doesn’t really allow for that sort of thing.
To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t follow my heart to the grocery store, much less down the path of life. So what say we stick with the Psalmist?
Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psa. 119:98-105)
Pardon me. That’s Scripture, Mr. Osteen. It momentarily escaped me that you seldom have use for that.