Quick Takes – 3/15/2008

Nicole at 168 Hours ran a nice series on hospitality last month. You can find a roundup of the links to her series here: Hospitality Posts

Abraham Piper shares 22 words about believing you’re right. “Everyone always thinks they’re right. The moment we discover we’re wrong, we’ve already changed our mind, and we think we’re right again.”

Tony Kummer at Ministry-to-Children.com provides a great Children’s Easter Crafts Resource Page. “Easter is a Christian holiday that almost demands special treatment in your children’s church and Sunday school. Here are some craft ideas online that can help you get started.”

Maeve at Daily Writing Tips examines the roots of the words Good Friday and Easter. “Among the many meanings of ‘good’ are virtuous, moral, and wise. One of the meanings of the word holy is ‘infinitely good.’ From such meanings come the expressions ‘the Good Book’ and ‘Good Friday.'”

Justin Childers at CROSS-eyed quotes Bryan Chapell on the Christ-focus of every passage of Scripture: “In its context, every passage possesses one or more of four redemptive foci. The text may be:
    1) predictive of the work of Christ,
    2) preparatory for the work of Christ,
    3) reflective of the work of Christ, and/or
    4) resultant of the work of Christ.”
(Bryan Chapell, Christ-Centered Preaching, p. 282)

Bob Krumm raises four questions that must be answered before taking actions to negate global warming and its effects:

  1. Is the climate warming outside of the range of normal variation?
  2. If so, is the climate change due to man’s influence?
  3. Is the net effect of the climate change more negative than positive?
  4. Is there a reasonable expectation that the recommended changes will reverse the negative effects without introducing more negative effects?

“We need a ‘yes’ answer to all four questions before taking any actions or we risk either wasting money or making the situation worse.”

Stephen Altrogge asks the question: Does God care about Exercise?

“Nowhere in the Bible will you find a scripture that says, ‘You must exercise three times a week ( and make sure one of those days is a good cardio work out).’ But we do read in 1 Corinthians 10:31, ‘So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.’ Every minute of our lives is to be lived for the glory of God, and exercise is a wonderful means of helping us live for the glory of God. How? By extending our years of service to God, and by making us more effective in serving the Lord.” (HT: Semper Reformanda)

Steven D. Greydanus offers up a fun rhyming review of the new Dr. Seuss movie: Horton Hears a Who.

But the last time Who-ville came to the screen
Seuss-ian magic was not to be seen.
Jim Carrey’s Grinch was nothing to relish
And Mike Myer’s Hat Cat was no more Geisel-ish.

Could La-La Land ever give Horton his due?
A pro-life pachyderm who’s trusty and true?
And with Jim Carrey back! As Horton’s own voice!
The Grinch! Could there be a peculiarer choice?

But… what’s this? From Blue Sky? Creators of Manny
The Mammoth, Ice Age’s pachyderm nanny?
The makers of Robots? Could they get it right?
Could they pull off Horton? You know, they just might…

And they have! Their Horton’s playful and kind
Responsible, long-suffering, stout in a bind.
And, as if atoning, even Jim Carrey…
He’s not at all grinchy! He’s Horton-y! Very!

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