Quick Takes – 3/29/2008

D. Roller quotes C.S. Lewis on three ways of writing for children. “There are three ways of writing for children … the third way, which is the only one I could ever use myself, consists in writing a children’s story because a children’s story is the best art-form for something you have to say.” (C. S. Lewis)

Wheatstone Academy. “Wheatstone Academy transforms the lives of Christian students by engaging their minds and hearts in an unparalleled week-long experience. This summer, young men and women will be challenged by world-class Christian teachers with the vision of a life that sees the truth of Christianity and discerns the ideas that shape our culture.”

David Kotter asks: Is a woman just an egg factory? “‘Egg Donors Wanted’ ads [are] increasingly [being] seen on the Internet, in college newspapers and on city trains … Prices are especially high for fertile college women with top test scores and picture-perfect looks. Many websites exhibit pictures of potential donors sorted by hair color, height, dress size, education and SAT scores.”

Darrell Bock reminds us that the gospel is about relationship with God. “So the gospel is not about avoiding hell or getting to heaven; it is about coming back into a healthy relationship with the living God, on His initiative and grace. It is not about going or not going somewhere; it is about … what God has done for us. So when we discuss it or present it, we should make the ongoing relationship the key topic. Otherwise people think a decision is all there is to the gospel, when it is far more.”

Eric Carpenter shares what he feels is the #1 blessing of homeschooling. “One great benefit for our children is the integration of their studies around Jesus Christ. In other words, as they are learning about math, they see that it is God who created math to be the way it is. As they study literature, they see what great gifts God has given to us to be able to read and write prose and poetry. As they study science, God’s hand in creation becomes more apparent to them. As they look at world history, they can see God’s providential care over his people and world.”

Josh Sowin quotes economist Thomas Sowell on the real minimum wage. “Unfortunately, the real minimum wage is always zero, regardless of the laws, and that is the wage that many workers receive in the wake of the creation or escalation of a government-mandated minimum wage, because they lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force. Making it illegal to pay less than a given amount does not make a worker’s productivity worth that amount—and, if it is not, that worker is unlikely to be employed.” (Sowell, Basic Economics; 3rd Edition, Basic Books, 2007, p. 211.)

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