1. Just incase you haven’t had enough already… another political ad asking questions about Senator Barack Obama.
2. Because I didn’t do any political items in the last edition of Twenty Items of Interest. I present to you… the many faces of Hillary Clinton.
HT: Kevin Stilley
I hope you enjoyed this picture as much as I did. Ahem, moving along…
3. I discovered, thanks to Brent Thomas, a blog called Stuff Christians Like. It is a strange mix of the serious and the humorous. One serious blog post is on “Lying because I love you” He said many Christians do it, but if we are to be honest with ourselves we lie to protect ourselves not the other person involved. The non-serious post is “turning ushers into the Secret Service” it made me laugh out loud.
4. Brooke Bouma blogged about Einstein videos – are they bad or not? I think every once in awhile they are fine, but I swear it seems like some people raise their kids on these things. So the end result will likely be a bunch of people with like two-second attention spans (ok I’m exaggerating). Seriously though, have you noticed that the number of cases of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) increased with the number of children’s TV shows increasing? Do we not think there is some correlation?
5. it drives me nuts when people don’t use caps in e-mails and blogs. like it is some hip, cool postmodern thing to do. what do you think? use caps or not? is it really that burdensome to use caps? are they too sexy for capitalization? are we afraid that we will pull a pinkie to reach over and press that shift key? the chicago tribune talks about using caps versus not using caps.
it is a pet peeve of mine along with the e-mails i get THAT ARE IN ALL CAPS LIKE THAT PERSON IS SCREAMING AT ME, but i digress.
6. A dad has been jailed for six months for daughter (now 19) skipping school and not graduating. A judge ordered her father to be responsible for her education when she was 17. Apparently he will be in jail until she passes her G.E.D. which apparently she is unable to do. Crazy… while I think parents need to be held accountable when the kids are younger – I think a 17-year-old needs to take responsibility for her actions. My thoughts are why are we, as taxpayers, footing the bill for a kid’s education when that kid clearly has no desire or motivation to be there? That is why I am, in principle, against raising the compulsory age of education to 18. (Source: Alisyn Camerota)
7. Hey NEWS flash!!!!!! Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons are vastly different than born-again Christians! Duh. Somebody actually paid to have this survey done?
8. Bible names top the list for newborn boys. Names like… Jacob, Michael, Joshua, and Matthew were the favorites. I think that is awesome. My wife and I have been kicking around having a fourth child, and I think if we do and the baby is a boy we should name him Nimrod, a great Biblical name. We like being different. I also think that Ham is a good name. I am also partial to Riphatgh, Togarmah, Dodanim and Methuselah.
9. Apparently there is a Jedi Church, and Darth Vader was spared jail time for attacking its founder. To my readers from Great Britain… I thought the U.S. religious scene could be pretty weird, but I have to say this is one of the strangest things I’ve seen in some time. May the force be with you!
10. One of our mentors, Darin Wogen, shared his testimony at our banquet last week. He did an awesome job!
11. My friend Eric is concerned about Evangelicals who seem to be grasping for political influence and power. Particularly with the Evangelical Climate Initiative and their seemingly quick embrace of the global warming rhetoric. I won’t use the word he used for these Evangelicals actions because I try to keep my blog family friendly ;).
13. John Edwards endorses Barack Obama… gee I’m shocked (please read sarcasm)! You can read a first hand account of this earth-shattering news at One Mom’s blog. Why exactly is Hillary Clinton still in this?
14. Bob Barr announces his candidacy for President of the United States on the Libertarian ticket. He is taking an anti-Iraq stance. This may slow a flow of conservatives who don’t want to vote for McCain from going to him, but may garner support for Blue Dog Democrats who are against the war.
HT: Kevin Tracy
15. Pistol Pete blogs on mysterious love letters found that could possibly be between Judas and Mary Magdalene. It made me laugh out loud.
16. I love this cartoon… Appreciation by David Hayward
17. Interesting post by Velvet Hammer about the connection between Nazism and Islam.
18. It’s official… Californians no longer live in a democracy, but an oligarchy.
19. This commercial reminds me of when my son was born. The nurse took him over to clean him up and while he on the table she had to jump to miss this nice arch of pee. Yep… that’s my boy. This kid has a great future putting out campfires.
HT: Joe Carter
McLaren answers a question about truth:
Obviously that’s a challenge. The flip side of that question is look at the Catholic Church: For all of its orthodoxy, it could have bishops covering up for molesting priests. And evangelicals, for all their claims of orthodoxy, can be barbaric to gay people and can blindly support a rush to war in Iraq and can be, as we speak, fomenting for war with Iran. … Obviously, I have a lot of critics and they often say, ‘You’re wanting to water down the Gospel to accommodate to post-modernity.’ I say, ‘No, I really don’t want to do that. But what I do want to do is acknowledge first the ways we’ve already watered down the Gospel to accommodate modernity.’ … I think the naivete of some of those critics is that they’re starting with a pure pristine understanding of the Gospel. It seems to me we’re all in danger of screwing up.
Melinda at Stand to Reason points out that a common mistake that emergent types tend to make regarding absolute truth – that it is taken to mean that we are infallible in our knowledge of the truth. That isn’t what it means though. Absolute defines the truth, not our knowledge. She suggests that we should refer to absolute truth (which Josh McDowell defines as “something that is true for all people, in all places, at all times.”) as objective truth.