Metallic Pea

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Sphere, Sphere!

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‘But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’  ~ Luke 18:13


Every now and again an invention comes along that causes me to think, ‘Now, why didn’t I think of that?!’  This is just such an invention: The Disappearing Car Door.  (Link via Lew Rockwell.)



‘Democracy is three wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for supper.’  ~ Thomas Jefferson




As a certified Hair Band Freak back in the day, I cut my teeth on rock music from the likes of Poison.  Now comes the news (thanks, John Ferguson) that the band’s lead axe man, C. C. DeVille, has been converted to Christianity and is seeking and receiving pastoral care and guidance (from Pete Wilson of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee).  After having shaken the shock of reading about such an unexpected turn of events, I have been hit by a couple of (hopefully) important thoughts.  The first is that I pray that God will use a man of such talents and popularity—who stands before myriad captive audiences almost nightly—to glorify and draw more people to Himself.  Secondly, I have to admit to being a bit humbled.  My first reaction was, with no small air of self-congratulation and magnanimity, to ‘cheer’ God’s ability and willingness to draw such a ‘sinner’ as DeVille out of the darkness.  ‘It just goes to show that God can save anybody!’ I thought to myself.  And then it hit me: I most certainly ain’t any better than your average hedonistic guitar playing rock and roller.  (Pharisee, meet Tax Collector.)   All praise be to God that He saved me in spite of myself.




  • A few weeks ago I commented upon why I no longer use Google; though there are many ideological reasons, my primary concern was that the monolithic search goliath records and stores your searches and provides them—no warrant needed—to police and government authorities.  However, let not your heart be troubled for there is now a viable alternative!  A few former Google engineers have launched their new—and vastly superior—search engine, Cuil (pronounced ‘cool’). 




  • I am a fervent advocate of the Biblical teaching regarding the spheres of influence among the individual, the family, the State, and the Church and where they should—and should not—overlap.  That is why I am so uncomfortable with the display of a U.S. or State flag (or any civil/ secular banner) within the walls of the church. 




‘The Christian family, church, state, and other spheres of human life should be independent but cooperative institutions–all Christian, all operating under God’s authority.’  ~ Andrew Sandlin




  • The next time you are having a bad day, read this story to remind you that it ain’t all that bad. 







  • Desensitisation to Violence + Voyeurism = War ‘Porn‘. 




  • Last week one of the world’s leading climate experts announced new research that could change our understanding of global warming and suggests we can stop worrying about climate change. Strangely, this wonderful development has been ignored by the media.’ 




  • The lack of historical perspective in society leaves us open to the dangers of both being surprised by and unprepared for cyclical events and, as George Santayana warned against, repeating the mistakes of the past.  As a student of history, this provides no small measure of frustration for me.  Emblematic of our historical shortsightedness is the article listing the Top 25 Political Speeches of All Time.  The choices provide no shortage of fodder for discussion—and disagreement—but the telling aspect of the selections is that they are, to the last, twentieth century orations.  The oldest was given by FDR in 1933. 







  • Some folks are still under the illusion that we enjoy religious freedom in this country.  

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    July 29, 2008 at 11:56 pm

  2. well, i’m glad to know that about midgets now. what a relief!


    August 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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