Quick Takes – 6/21/2008

Lori Mehmen of Orchard, Iowa took the following photo of a tornado from outside her front door. Mehmen said the funnel cloud came near the ground and then went back up into the clouds. Besides tree and crop damage, no human injuries were reported. (Click here for more photos of the Mississippi Floodwaters in Iowa.)

Tornado | Orchard, Iowa | June 10, 2008 | Lori Mehmen

Marc and Angel compile a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do. Here are the first five: 1) Build a fire, 2) Operate a computer, 3) Use Google effectively, 4) Perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, 5) Drive a manual transmission vehicle.

Ray Ortlund is cutting back on his blogging. “I need to make some adjustments in my own life. My oxygen is daily communion with Christ through the Bible and prayer. I need to protect my capacity for concentration there. From now on, I will blog on Friday afternoons only … Blogging is good. But my soul at rest in Christ is better.”

Nancy Beach wants to learn how to text message this summer. “One of my primary goals this summer is to learn how to text with my cell phone. I realize this does not sound like a significant goal, but for a mom of teens, it’s apparent to me that if I hope to communicate efficiently with my daughters, in a language they will respond to and much prefer, then it’s time to get with the program.”

Colin Adams quotes Billy Graham on his first time preaching. “When the moment came to walk to the pulpit in the tiny Bostwick Baptist Church, my knees shook and perspiration glistened on my hands. I launched into sermon number one. It seemed to be over almost as soon as I got started, so I added number two. And number three. And eventually number four. Then I sat down. Eight minutes – that was all it took to preach all four of my sermons!”

Ross Perot presents a series of charts examining government spending and the national debt, the 2007 federal budget, and the possible consequences of continued deficit spending. “The United States faces large and growing budget deficits mostly due to an aging population and rising healthcare costs. Unless we solve the problems caused by entitlement spending, there will be little money left to do anything else in the future.” (HT: Amy’s Humble Musings)

Frank and Anita Milford celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary (Oak) on May 26th. Anita said: “Couples these days don’t last long because they don’t take enough time for each other. There just isn’t enough respect. Our advice to young couples would be to make time for a little romance every day.” Retired dock worker Frank added: “We’re very proud of what we have achieved. When we started we had low wages and worked very hard. The war years were tough — a bomb even dropped on our house. But we have come through it. Young people today want it all too fast.”

Veggie-Tales creator Phil Vischer advises churches on how they can be more relevant for kids in the media/information age. “Focus on the things you can do that Nickelodeon and Disney can’t. You can tell a story – with eye contact and audience participation. You can hug. You can take kids on adventures outside – parks, pools, etc. You can make things together. Never assume that because kids sit in front of a screen at home, they should sit in front of a screen at church. Get up and move around. Sing. Years from now, those kids won’t remember what shows they watched or what video games they played. But they’ll remember the church worker that loved them.”

John Piper expresses gratitude for power restraints in the United States. “The Supreme Court rendered a decision last week concerning Guantanamo Bay … [which] was considered a rebuke to the Bush administration … Here is what amazes me and awakens thankfulness in my heart to God. I heard the president from Rome speak these words: ‘We will abide by the Court’s decision. That doesn’t mean that I have to agree with it.’ Don’t let this go by without wonder and gratitude. Here is the most powerful leader in the world standing in public in the middle of Europe and saying for the whole world to hear that some of his decisions are nullified and his authority is curtailed and that he will submit to it. Imagine such a thing in Myanmar or North Korea or China or Vietnam or in a half a dozen African regimes. Unthinkable.”

1 Comment

  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    Good grief! Shouldn’t Lori have been hiding in a cellar somewhere with a tornado that close??? It’s a magnificent, frightening, eerie shot. Glad she survived it!

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