Flotsam & Jetsam (7/7)

Reel Quick – Click here to read my review of John McTiernan’s groundbreaking action film Die Hard (1988).

Struggle is Good – From Ray Ortlund: “True dependence on the Lord, because of the magnitude of who he is, will hurl us into experiences which evoke the psychological intensity of effort, more than ever before.”

The Gospel and the Gay Moral Revolution [Caution: Mature] – Superb. I especially appreciated John Piper’s thoughts on the subject.

Book Review: John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock – Michael’s verdict? “Most the biographies we have are ones written by people who have lived long ago in days gone by, and their writings and legacies are passed down to us over a long period of time. This time, however, we have a very good biography on a living subject: Pastor and teacher, John MacArthur.

In the Oncology Waiting Room– A beautiful post by Mike Pohlman.

Apologetic Apologetics – A must-read post from Dan Phillips. He writes, “It all boils down to whether we actually believe what we say we believe. If we do, the truth is where everything starts (Prov. 1:7), all other attempts at knowledge or truth or meaning are doomed, and it’s the world that has some ‘splainin’ to do. Not we. In our apologetic, we should make that clear.”

The Definition of an Athiest – From Ray Comfort’s blog: “The Word of God says the atheist is a fool. I agree wholeheartedly. There’s no ‘raw hate.’ It’s simply raw common sense.”

Oh, Lord, I’ll Do Anything – A word from Joel Garner that is both humorous and thought-provoking.

The Gospel and Our Relationship with God, Pt. II – From the Reformed Traveler’s blog: “So are you Christ’s friend? Then believe the truth as He tells it! Believe what He says about you and says about Himself. And above all else, tell the truth about Him.”

“It is far more important, and will do you far more good, to read a smaller number of Christian books which have been well-tried and have proved their value than to develop the Athenian spirit which is attracted to anything so long as it is new.”
~ Sinclair B. Ferguson

11 Ways to Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse

1. If you happen to reside in a big city like New York, Atlanta, or Denver… clear out as soon as you possibly can. When the dead rise, the last place you want to be on God’s green earth is in a densely-populated area, stuck in traffic, with infected neighbors crawling all over your flimsy little Hybrid .

2. Purchase – or better yet, build – a house high up in the mountains, perferrably in a wooded area. Zombies will have a harder time getting at you, and huntable game will be more abundant.

3. Rig your yard with plenty of pitfalls, booby-traps, and barbed wire. Explosives are handy, too, if you can find some. Just be sure to warn guests, lest they be impaled, crushed, eviscerated, or otherwise harmed when they set foot on your property.

4. Clear the ground closest to your house of all trees and brushwood; if the undead get past your gauntlet of death, you’ll want to have a clear shot at them.

5. Seek out and establish a secondary place of residence to which you may retreat should your first abode be overrun. A concrete bunker sunk deep in a hillside is not a bad idea.

6. Stock up on canned and dehydrated foods, clean water, and medical supplies. Be sure to distribute these supplies wisely between your primary and secondary hideaways.

7. Don’t forget your private cache of weapons and ammo. There will be times when running simply isn’t an option. Grab up rifles, assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns, handguns, flamethrowers, bazookas, and grenades – anything that flings lead, fire, or shrapnel. Chainsaws are overrated: if it comes to close quarter combat with the undead – and trust me, you don’t want that – machetes, baseball bats, axes, and shovels are your best bet.

8. Hunting will likely become your primary way of getting food, so hone your ability to find and track game. Get used to shooting a bow: it allows the hunter to kill game silently and you can reuse the arrows. Only use guns as a last resort. Zombies are attracted to loud noises.

9. If there are other people living in your neck of the woods, get to know them. Learn their habits and personality traits. Most important of all, be friendly. Work together, if possible. If your neighbor has a bone to pick with you and then has the misfortune to be infected, he may go after your brains with especial zeal.

10. Small cars have no place in a world swarming with brain-crunching zombies. Ditch the  Beetle and get yourself a big ol’ truck with fourwheel drive – the type of vehicle that will permit you to run over zombies and rapidly traverse harsh, mountainous terrain. Something like this would fit the specifications perfectly.

11. Read, read, read. Study fiction like Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend and non-fiction like Max Brook’s The Zombie Survival Guide. Besides that, devour as much good literature as you can. Experts suggest that zombies will most likely avoid bibliophiles.

The Writer’s Declaration of Independence

by Robert Bruce

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal, but not all can write.

The course of recent technological events has made the separation of those who can write from their contracts, exploitations, and fears – which keep them from independence and prosperity – complete.

We have been endowed with absolute possibility, and the tools to pursue it.

If any individual or organization becomes an enemy of this possibility, we can… leave.

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