Flotsam & Jetsam (8/9)

PC Comics and the Homosexual Agenda [Caution: Mature] – Three words: disturbing, disgusting, disappointing.

99.99% – Good thoughts from Challies: “… God is not 99.99% pure and neither does he allow us to be ‘only’ that pure. God is perfect – not mostly perfect, not almost entirely perfect, but absolutely, fully, purely perfect.”

Smackdown! – Truly funny stuff.

August Book Giveaway – Hosted by Persis at Tried With Fire. She’s giving away a copy of John Flavel’s Triumphing Over Sinful Fear. Sounds good to me. Hop over and take a look!

Age of Shames and Counterfeits – From the Reformed Traveler.

Reel Quick – Click here to read my review of the Japanese film 13 Assassins (2010) – a historically-based action film with one of the longest, most impressive battle sequences ever featured in a motion picture. Awesome stuff.

“Here, then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.” ~ R.C. Sproul

Stirring Up Apathy

“Big government depends on going around the country stirring up apathy – creating the sense that problems are so big, so complex, so intractable that even attempting to think about them for yourself gives you such a splitting headache it’s easier to shrug and accept as given the proposition that only government can deal with them.”

~ Mark Steyn, After America: Get Ready for Armageddon (Ch. 2, pg. 51)

Pottery Barn’s Large Collector Shelf: Knock-Off Style

Sometimes it’s good for an aspiring writer to do something with his hands other than sling ink all over the place. So…

For my first serious excursion into woodworking and carpentry – skills which I hope to pursue – I wanted a project that was fairly straightforward, yet not too easy.

Enter Pottery Barn’s Large Collector Shelf (top, above photo). This slick piece of wall-mounted decor is priced at $62.00 on the PB website. Cool, but rather on the expensive side, if you ask me.

Which is why we decided to make one instead.

My cut list included two 1×6 @ 36″ (back/bottom), two 1×6 @ 9″ (sides), and two 1×2 @ 37 1/2″ (ledge/rail). The primary tools I used in building the shelf were pretty basic: a cordless drill, handsaw, clamps, measuring tape, wood glue, a sanding block, wood putty, and a handful of screws.  Of course, it was nice to have Dad’s Skil-saw and dremmel tool on hand, too.

After the pieces were measured and cut to length, pilot holes were drilled and the screws put in (along with some wood glue and putty). Then I used the dremmel tool and some sandpaper to soften the edges and even things up a bit. The half-finished result was…

Two coats of fresh white paint resulted in…

Enter Pottery Barn’s Large Collector Shelf: Knock-Off Style. Total cost? $10.00 worth of materials and 4 hrs. of my time (plus multiple splinters). Not bad. Not bad at all.

I’m not sure which project is up next, but Dad just informed me that he wants a tie-rack. I’ll take it as a hint.

Wondrous It Truly Is

“Scripture speaks of ‘the multitude of His loving kindnesses!’ (Isaiah 63:7). And who is capable of numbering them?

“Said the Psalmist, ‘How excellent is your loving-kindness, O God!” (Psalm 36:7). No pen of man, no tongue of angel, can adequately express it.

“We read of God’s ‘marvelous loving-kindness!’ (Psalm 17:7). And surely it truly is!

“David prayed, ‘Display the wonders of Your loving-kindness!’ Wondrous it truly is – that One so infinitely above us, so inconceivably glorious, so ineffably holy, should not only deign to notice such worms of the earth – but set His heart upon them, give His Son for them, send His Spirit to indwell them, and so bear with all their imperfections and waywardness as never to remove His loving-kindness from them!

“Well then, may we exclaim, ‘Your loving-kindness is better than life!’ (Psalm 63:3).”