Quick Takes – 10/4/2008

Howard Shore discusses working on the score for the upcoming Hobbit film. “It’s fantastic guide for me to be able to go back to Middle Earth and create more music , ’cause these films, the films, are placed before Fellowship of the Ring, so I have to go back into Middle Earth a little earlier and pick up my writing, and write a piece that would grow and take you right into Fellowship of the Ring.”

Ray Pritchard talks about the center of God’s will. “Are you in the center of God’s will for your life? The answer is no because there is no such thing as the ‘center’ of God’s will … That’s an expression we’ve made up to describe a perfectionistic view of life that no one this side of heaven can ever truly attain. The real question is, are you willing to do God’s will as it is revealed to you, one step at a time?”

Tim Etherington blogs about not being a blogger. “I think ‘blogger’ has become something more than it once was. The most ‘successful’ blogs have daily updates, big followings and a lot of comment activity. That isn’t me and frankly, I’m not interested in that kind of a blog. I don’t want to be Justin Taylor or Tim Challies. I enjoy reading their blogs but don’t want to duplicate their success. So I’m just a guy with a blog, I’m not a blogger.”

Mark Shead suggests making a Not To Do List. “Your not to do list should contain the activities that you consistently find yourself doing that don’t contribute to your life in a productive way … By intentionally making a list of things that you are not going to do, you are better able to focus on tasks that add value … The point of a Not To Do list is to prioritize not just from the top down, but from the bottom up as well. What you don’t do is important because what you leave out makes way for things that are more important.”

Phil Ryken comments on the big and the small of the universe in relation to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the Higgs particle: “No matter how small we go — and we are already at the point of almost unbelievably infinitesimal discovery — there is still something smaller to discover. Contrast this with the platform for an electronic game or other computer simulation. No matter how sophisticated the graphics, eventually you bump up against the limits of the program … But the world that God has made constantly opens out into new discoveries, both in the far reaches of space and in the inner sanctum of the atom. Whether we go big or small, the universe that God has made continues to defy our full comprehension or scrutiny — a testimony to the infinitely perfect mind of our maker.”

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