Quick Takes – 10/27/2007

eBay is selling an unopened can of Bernard Dehydrated Water. “Empty contents of can into one gallon water. Stir until dissolved. Chill and serve.” You better hurry. The auction ends Monday, Oct-29-07.

Andrew Jackson unveils the Table of Contents to his upcoming book, “Mormonism Explained: What Latter-Day Saints Teach and Practice.” The book will be released by Crossway Books in early 2008.

Joanne Jacobs reports on the growing tend of educators requiring students to declare majors in high school. “To persuade teens that school matters, some states and districts are requiring them to choose a high school ‘major’ that will lead toward a college major or a career.”

Thomas Sowell explains why students may get a better education at a smaller college than at a big-name (and expensive) Ivy League school. “What you really want is not the ‘best’ college but the college that fits you best. For that, you need in-depth information, not statistical rankings.” (HT: Between Two Worlds)

Dan Edelen shares 100 things he has learned in his 30 years as a Christian. “1. Love God. Love people. It’s that simple. 2. Anytime we interact with another person, we should ask the Lord, ‘In what ways can I help this person grow closer to You?’ 3. Christians who take time to observe the world around them see God and gain wisdom.” Visit Dan’s site for the other 97.

Richard Barcellos shares his lecture notes on the Puritans. “Though the Puritans would be the first to say that they were not perfect . . . we learn that they were very theologically orthodox Christians, very passionate about the church, and, in many ways, provide us with an example of the serious-minded Christianity (so desperately needed today!) which seeks to live all of life for the glory of God and according to the Book – the Bible.”

David Brooks opines on the outsourced brain. “I had thought that the magic of the information age was that it allowed us to know more, but then I realized the magic of the information age is that it allows us to know less . . . A third of the people under 30 can’t remember their own phone number. Their smartphones are smart, so they don’t need to be. Today’s young people are forgoing memory before they even have a chance to lose it.”

Ken Fields shares five reasons why every Christian should be a student of church history (from RTS President Frank James). “Through studying Church History, we are granted the opportunity to sit at the feet of some of the greatest men and women God has given to the Church. There is great wisdom in the past, and we can benefit from yesterday’s wisdom. Don’t let a little thing like a thousand years get in the way!” Ken also lists some helpful online resources for those who would like to learn more.

Ben Shpigel discusses the role of Christian faith for many on the Colorado Rockies baseball team. “When you have as many people who believe in God as we do, it creates a humbleness about what we do,” [pitcher Jeremy] Affeldt said. “I don’t see arrogance here, I see confidence. We’re all very humbled about where this franchise has been and where it is now, and we know that what’s happening now is a very special thing.” I enjoyed reading about the Rockies’ faith, but I am still rooting for Boston. Go Sox! (I mean, “Go Soox!”)


  1. DLE says:


    Thank you for linking to my post at Cerulean Sanctum on the 100 truths. I pray it blesses your readers.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Your welcome, Dan. I really enjoyed your list and trust others will as well.

  3. eclexia says:

    Bingo! with the “Outsourced Brain” article. That was well said and would-be-funny if it weren’t so real.
    Also, “don’t let a little thing like a thousand years get in the way” 🙂 That’s great! I love hearing people’s stories and history is certainly full of those! Right now, I’m “getting to know” Martin Luther a little better.
    I appreciate this collection of gatherings from around the web–all very interesting things to think about.

  4. Ray Fowler says:

    Thanks eclexia,

    I also got a kick out of the “brain” article. Of course, my short term memory is so bad, I would be lost without my PDA and voice recorder. I think I outsourced my brain a long time ago!

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