Ten Items of Interest (v. 3)

Here is this week’s addition of random miscellany that I at least find interesting.  Hopefully you like my list.  If you don’t well then start your own blog Smile

1. The day the Twinkie died.  Hostess declared it is going out of business.


I haven’t had one of these for 11-12 years, but it was still fun watching the meme progress yesterday.

2.  Who is the most popular contenders to be Antichrist?

I’ve thought this before, but the thought that people spend way, way too much time thinking about end-times stuff was reinforced yesterday after reading this.  I didn’t realize we had a ranking system.

3.  How then should we advocate?


My friend Eric is a lobbyist here in Des Moines, and he has a great post on his blog about how Christians should go about grassroots lobbying at their state capitol building (and elsewhere).

4.  The next novel I’m reading.  The Last Man by Vince Flynn.


5. Sex Is cheap, but we’re not.

From Collin Hansen

We knew Redeemer Community Church meets in a tough neighborhood. In fact, that’s why we’re here. So the sting itself didn’t catch our attention. But you could hear the gasps in the congregation when Joel told us the going rate for a prostitute in our neighborhood. Sex is cheap in Birmingham. You can get pretty much whatever you want for between $5 and $15. Our neighbors are selling their bodies for less than they could earn a couple blocks away working at McDonalds. Lord have mercy.

6.  What Marriage Is.

A good summary by Ryan Anderson as to why we should not change the legal definition of marriage.

Our marriage law should reflect the truth about what marriage is: a pre-political institution springing from human nature itself. Government should not redefine or recreate marriage, nor should it obscure the truth about what marriage is. Recognizing same-sex relationships as marriages would weaken marriage as a social institution. It would redefine marriage as essentially an emotional bond, thus rendering marital norms arbitrary and less intelligible. It would further delink childbearing from marriage and deny, as a matter of law, the importance of a mother or a father in a child’s life. The outcomes associated with such absence are far from promising.

HT: Stand to Reason

7.  Textual Criticism in a nutshell

Michael Patton discusses answers questions his readers have had about textual criticism.  An excerpt:

Textual criticism is the art and science of reconstructing the original text of the Scripture. A “text critic” is one who examines the available evidence and makes important decisions as to how the Bible we hold two thousand years later should read. There are not many text critics who are trained and skilled enough to make these type of decisions. It is both time consuming and expensive to devote yourself to this field. One has to be highly trained in the language in which he or she is working, they have to devote much time to tedious examination of ancient texts, and they have to travel—a lot! This all gets expensive.

8. Common Core State Standards explained.

I work with American Principles Project and one of the issues we tackle is the Common Core State Standards.  One of my colleagues, Jane Robbins, did a five part series on the subject.  I’ve embedded the first one here, but you can watch the rest here.  It’s been an issue I’ve been passionate about, and Jane does a great job explaining why I’m against it.


9. Are people reading your email?

Yes, the CIA, FBI, NSA and other three letter acronym agencies monitor online activity, including reading email.  Here is a good explanation of how they do it.

10.  How your church can grow in evangelism.

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