Category Archives: Flotsam & Jetsam

Flotsam & Jetsam (11/5)

When Pigs Fly, Thomas Aquinas, Humility, and Us – “My father gave me in one fell swoop a rebuke and a challenge. He said to me, ‘Son, the cheapest way to develop the reputation as an intellectual is to adopt the posture of a cynic.'”An excellent reminder from R.C. Sproul, Jr.

Old Paths New Feet – Brother Down’s new album is now up on Spotify. So go listen to it. Like, now. It’s very, very good.

Gloriously Ordinary – “He doesn’t only stoop. He joys in the stooping. He joys in His being birthed into our messy little world. This. This is what we are missing from Milton. In his book, we don’t see our scarred and holy God burning away pain. We see only the guaranteed victory. We don’t see the very ordinary bits of the Story. But Christ loves the ordinary things.”

Why the Sandwich is the King of Food-Engineering – Well. If that isn’t a compelling case, I don’t know what is.

Dear Daughter, You’re Beautiful – Matt Walsh: “Hollywood and the fashion industry have concocted a ‘beauty’ that is separate and apart from reality. What they sell is a marketing ploy. It’s assembly line sexy. It’s about as beautiful as the canned food aisle at Walmart.”

The Left Is Trying to Rehabilitate Karl Marx – So let’s remind them of the millions who died in his name. As this chap points out, “you’d have to be a pretty lacking in moral sensitivity to defend a thinker whose work sent millions of people to an early grave.”

Snatching Them from the Cradle – This sounds familiar. All too familiar.

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein

Flotsam & Jetsam (10/24)

Postmodern Jargon – This passage from Nancy Pearcey’s Saving Leonardo is hilarious, disturbing, and downright sad.

Seek Ye First… – “Young people are not turning into adults. They’re not getting jobs or getting married. They are, instead, traipsing in aimless circles, not growing up, not maturing, not living life. We are a culture of everlasting Peter Pans.”

Bultitude Records and Brother Down – Well, this looks like all kinds of cool.

Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear of Children and Fertile Women – “The media remind us regularly that the most important cultural value relative to family life is what’s euphemistically called ‘choice.’ The choice of whether to have kids or not is held so sacrosanct that our laws permit the decision to be made many months after a new human life begins. Some even advocate extending the choice to a period of time after birth. So why the weird reaction to people receiving children as a blessing instead of fighting them tooth and nail with hormones, chemicals, surgery and scissors? Do we need some remedial courses in how babies are made?”

Why We Should Legalize Murder for Hire – A scathing bit of satire from Betsy Childs. After all, murder for hire is an uncomfortable subject, but “this is not a decision that anyone else can make for a woman.”

Professor Accent – Two thumbs way up.

Four Legacies of Feminism – Dennis Prager writes, “In sum, thanks to feminism, very many women slept with too many men for their own happiness; postponed marriage too long to find the right man to marry; are having hired hands do much of the raising of their children; and find they are dating boy-men because manly men are so rare.”

We Are Going to Home School Our Kids – “… but only because we hate education.” Walsh takes government education for a walk. And shoots it in the head.

Twelve Questions to Ask Your Pro-Choice Friends –  A fantastic piece from Matt.

“The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.” – Martin Luther

Flotsam & Jetsam (10/10)

What the Pro-Obama BBC Won’t Explain – Leave it to a doughty Englishman to say what most American politicians will not.

Making Us Better – “Those artists believed that truth could only be found by peeling away interpretation. But by taking out all the interpretation, they also took out the vision. And where there is no vision, we know the people will perish.”

A Flat and Inexplicable World – Barrett nails it.

JUST a Mom – “Yes, she is just a mother. Which is sort of like looking at the sky and saying, ‘hey, look, it’s just the sun.'”

The Man With 59,000 Books… In His House – “Many rooms didn’t have furniture; they had books, stacks of books. But it wasn’t like you walked into the house and thought, ‘Holy crap, he’s a hoarder!’ The books were very well cared for — lots of dehumidifiers running all the time — and extremely organized. He listed the books in spiral notebooks with entries like, ‘blue room, northeast wall, northernmost stack, fourth book from the bottom.'”

MovieByte Review: Gravity – I can’t remember the last time TJ gave anything four and a half stars. I need to see this film.

Evangelicalism’s Last Taboo – A gem from Todd Pruitt: “In an age when being nice is the highest virtue, publicly confronting error from a well-known Christian is perhaps the last taboo in contemporary evangelicalism.”

The Walking Dead, Season 4 – TWD returns October 13th. Get your bats and handguns ready. If the first three seasons were any indication, this one’s gonna rock.

“There is one thing, Emma, which a man can always do, if he chuses, and that is, his duty; not by manoevering and finessing, but by vigour and resolution.” – Jane Austen, Emma

Flotsam & Jetsam (10/1)

The Blah -“We dumb down our messages, erase the judgement, and amp up the ‘love’. We’re being tolerant instead of truthful. And, sorry, that is not love. This hyper-cautious side-stepping will prevent us from trampling on others’ toes, but is that really what we’re called to do? To avoid toes?” (That noise you’re hearing is thousands of CCM recordings simultaneously exploding.)

#Hashtag – Yeah. #ThisIsPrettyFunny.

7 Pursuasive Pro-Choice Arguments from a Rational, Thoughtful Progressive – In which said “rational, thoughtful progressive” gets absolutely shredded. Matt Walsh, you’re one of my heroes.

The Counselor – With a director like Scott, a writer like McCarthy, and a cast featuring Fassbender, Pitt, and Bardem, I have high hopes for this film. (Don’t watch the preview with youngsters around, by the by; the movie is aimed at adult audiences only.)

Rooted in the Heavens – A good reminder from Pastor Wilson.

Books I Wish I Had Time to Read – Hey, more books for the TBR pile! That’s always a good thing, right? Right? Geez, guys, a fat lot of encouragement you are.

Commodification – “To use a punchy phrase from John Kavanaugh, ‘commodification splits sexuality fromself-hood.’ Sexuality is treated not as the embodied expression of our full self-hood, but merely as an instrument for physical release and recreation.”

Tea for Two – I like this song. It reminds me of Up.

“A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.” – Tom Bissell

Flotsam & Jetsam (9/19)

To Curvet and Simper in the Pulpit – “To curvet and simper in the pulpit is a travesty. Emo-preaching is not preaching at all. To spend a bunch of time up there worrying about how unbelievers might be ‘turned off’ if we say this, do that, or intimate the other is to be a faithless herald. And our current system of theological education produces this kind of pretty boy preacher by the metric ton. One of the reasons we don’t preach repentance is that we might have to go first.”

One Small Baby – Bravo, indeed.

Putting Hollywood to Shame – “It certainly says something about the state of Hollywood today that a three minute ad produced at a fraction of the cost of most movies is more moving and poignant than almost anything the big studios have to offer.”

Please Pass This One Around… – You heard the man. Pass it around.

Theological Primer – A short but extremely helpful piece by Kevin DeYoung on the differences between supralapsarianism and infralapsarianism.

Confused? You Ain’t Seen Nuthin’ Yet! – Trueman nails it: “In his poem Marmion, Sir Walter Scott famously commented on lying as follows: ‘Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive.’ It seems that this line was never more apposite than when it comes to the plastic politics of contemporary sexual identity.”

Dear Parents, You Need to Control Your Kids. Sincerely, Non-Parents – Love it.

“Seize the day, whatever’s in it to seize, before something comes along
and seizes you.” – Lloyd Alexander