ornament 25 March 2008 ornament

[Link] No Sissies Allowed

No sissies allowed: the relatively new blog The Art of Manliness is refreshingly masculine—in a “gentleman’s wager” sort of way.

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ornament 24 March 2008 ornament

[Link] You Called?

You Called? My friend Colby Willen takes a look at the mystical (or not so…) phenomenon known as a “call to the ministry.”

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[Link] Lost: How, What, and Why

Lost: How, What, and Why Peter Suderman observes that Lost misses an important question.

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[Link] Photography and The Law: Know Your Rights

The Ten Legal Commandments of Photography: Should I be taking a photo of my neighbor’s leg lamp? This list tells you what will and what won’t get you thrown behind bars with your camera.

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ornament 21 March 2008 ornament

The good in Good Friday

[I don’t normally do re-postings here, but this from a few years ago is still appropriate today.]

What is so good about Good Friday?

Long before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah had this to say about him:

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:4-6, ESV

The good, of course, is found in the grace of God in putting the wrath which we deserved upon his undeserving son. The crucifixion—an act of extreme violence—turns out to be the act of extreme mercy. I deserve wrath. You deserve wrath. Christ took it upon himself. Let us reflect upon the mercy of the cross today.

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ornament 20 March 2008 ornament

[Link] Swastika-shaped retirement home

Bummer of a building design: aerial photo of a uniquely-shaped retirement home.

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