Thursday, 25 September 2014

How Christianity overcomes terrorism

Only a joyous people can sustain pointless activity, festivity, and rest. Only a people who can sustain pointless activity, festivity, and rest can be joyous. And only a joyous people can finally resist the culture of death, because only through the embrace of pointless activity and the repose in finite forms can we resist this culture’s evacuation of substance.

In simple words, without Christ, we are without God and without hope in this world. One vivid illustration and outworking of this, is the grotesque Islamic terrorism we are currently witnessing in the Middle East. Now, because I know that's not entirely convincing on it's own, here is a very well-read & extremely clever chap saying the same things. Read him here

Sunday, 31 August 2014

8 tips for talking about sex with your kids

Super fantastic article here. And yes those superlatives are justified. Here are the 8 points in brief:

1) Don't have "the talk"

2) Partly be proactive, partly be responsive

3) Sometimes it's good to ask them why the want to know something

4) Mechanics aren't the hard part. Neither is the emotional part. Transmitting your morals is.

5) Love your spouse. View sex as a blessing.

6) Note how you talk about babies. NOT LIKE OBAMA

7) Be positive about sex

8) Consider whether your own confusion is the cause of your own troubles

Can't tell you how many aha moments I had reading the full article - check it out here. As for dealing with kiplings, me thinks I'm ready J

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Overcoming boredom in young boys

Next time a lad you know complains of boredom with their school-work (or some such) remember this anecdote from a former American president John Adam, and then seek to apply it (appropriately) to their situation. 

As a boy, John Adams found the study of Latin to be boring and grew to hate it. He went to his father to see if there was not something else he could do instead. Deacon John, who had been a labourer, told his son, ‘You might try ditching; my meadow yonder needs a ditch.’ So young John went about the task of digging the ditch and soon found it to be arduous work. By the end of the day, he was ready to return to the study of Latin; but being too proud to admit it, he spent one more day in digging the ditch before admitting he preferred the study of Latin. Adams said ‘toil conquered my pride’ and ever after claimed ‘ditching’ had played an important part in building his character.” 

– Paul Boller, Presidential Anecdotes.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Why pastors should have a library

Because...  “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

- Cicero (106-43 BC)

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Abortion breast cancer link

This from Dr Joel Brind, a research biochemist and biology professor in the US:
To those of us who have been studying the Abortion Breast Cancer (ABC) link for years, the growing breast cancer epidemic in communist China was an entirely predictable result of the "one-child policy". But the aggressive promotion of abortion has hardly been limited to China, and a veritable tsunami of peer-reviewed, published reports of the predictable epidemic elsewhere is starting to surface from all over Asia. In South Asia alone, at least a dozen studies have appeared (that I know about) just since 2008: nine in India and one each in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Read the full thing here

Monday, 18 August 2014

Next time you're stressed on London transport!

Remember the joys of travel that exist elsewhere such as these pics showing the all new/happening form of public transport in Kenya! Helmet + full body kevlar armour optional!

This man decided that under whatever circumstances, his calf must get home.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Calvin on Christian courage

It often happens that not only censure, but open condemnation, is pronounced on godly men who are convinced in their own consciences that what they do is agreeable to the command of God. Furthermore, they are accused of pride if they ignore the false judgments of the world and rest satisfied with being approved by God alone. Since this is a difficult temptation and it is scarcely possible not to be shaken by the agreement of many people against us, even when they are wrong, we ought to maintain this truth that none will ever be courageous and steady in acting properly unless they depend solely on the will of God.”

- John Calvin, Commentary on the harmony of the Gospels, Volume 3