November 19, 2007

My son-in-law from Australia led the Bible Study at church. He is studying for his doctorate at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and he wants to write a dissertation on kingship in the Old Testament and how that speaks of Christ. He is doing some work on 1&2 Chronicles, so our pastor asked him to teach us about those profound but little-known books of history. One detail he mentioned struck me in particular. He said that when Jeroboam split the… Read more

November 19, 2007

Well, we finally bought a house and, after a year of upheaval, are settling into our new location in Virginia. Our pastor offered to do a house blessing for us, so we had that this weekend. We had some people over, and the rite had everyone traipsing through the house, with Bible readings and prayers appropriate for each room: the entryway (hospitality), the living room (positive conversations), the bedroom (rest and peace), the study (wisdom), the family room (the “whatevers”… Read more

November 16, 2007

I hope some of you see the Beowulf movie this weekend and post a comment about how it was.  A critic I really like, Stephen Hunter, has a good take on how the animation/real-life combo prevents any real acting or human emotions from happening. The same people who made this movie made “Polar Express,” which utterly creeped me out. Our faithful reader and commenter tODD usefully explained why, pointing us to this article about the “uncanny.” Animation does make possible,… Read more

November 16, 2007

In my continuing series, we turn to the Democrats.  Barack Obama, it seems to me, has conducted himself very well in this campaign, which is free of the vitriol of pretty much every one else.  Alone of all the Democrats, he is not demonizing conservatives.  He is not even demonizing opponents of abortion.  In his book, he writes about how he understands and appreciates their points, though he depicts himself as reluctantly “pro-choice” anyway.  That book also tells about his… Read more

November 15, 2007

Some great composers create music so aesthetically complex that hardly anyone can play them.  For example, hardly any pianist has hands big enough to reach some of Rachmaninoff’s chords. But where there is a will, there is a way.  HT:  C. R. Biggs Read more

November 15, 2007

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Mormon, has been reaching out to conservative Christians. In doing so, some conservative Mormons think he is compromising his faith. From an article in The New Republic: specially irksome to some Mormons are Romney’s efforts to minimize the differences between their religion and traditional Christianity–differences that, in some cases, define the very essence of the Mormon faith. In a cover story last month in Newsweek, Romney was asked whether he had ever performed baptisms for… Read more

November 14, 2007

One of our Patrick Henry College students scored an internship at Slate, the big and influential online magazine. Recently, he actually wrote the lead, front-page story. I’ll link it to his byline: David Sessions. First of all, how good does an openly conservative Christian have to be to get an internship with “Slate”? Second, how good of an intern does he have to be to write a lead story? Third, how good does the college have to be to prepare… Read more

November 14, 2007

David Brooks argues that John McCain has the best character of all the candidates. Indeed, he is a war hero, a POW who was never broken, a man of integrity who stands by his principles even when they go against the grain in Washington. He has been said to have the strongest pro-life credentials of any of the other candidates. He is wobbly, though, on stem cell research. And the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill is an assault on the most… Read more

November 13, 2007

So which should be our priority, defending democracy or fighting terrorists, and what do we do if a democratic country votes in the terrorists? That is only one of the issues in the chaos that is Pakistan. Raising the ante is that this particular country, now thrown into political chaos, ALREADY has nuclear weapons that the jihadists would love to get their hands on. Unfortunately, our man, President Musharraf, is repressing moderate secularists as well as Islamic extremists, and maybe… Read more

November 13, 2007

The “Washington Post” published a fascinating story on the latest findings in DNA research, which finds that genetic replication is far more complex than anyone dreamed just a few years ago. What struck me in the article were the descriptions of genetic processes as language, with the article full of terms such as “code,” “letters,” “transcription,” “translation,” “read,” “instruction,” “message” and even references to what can only be sentences and punctuation marks. I’d like to hear even a conceptual explanation… Read more

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