JMR vs. Newsweek

I don't know if anyone reads this blog anymore, but I wanted to share two articles with you, if you're still out there. The first is an article Newsweek ran last week, entitled "Our Mutual Joy," that argued that the Bible supports gay marriage:

"Our Mutual Joy"

I was so frustrated as I read the article because of how grossly the authors misunderstood and twisted Scripture. I was close to commenting on the article, but decided not to because there was just too much to respond to. And (interestingly enough) the article received so many comments from both sides that they actually had to disable comments for a while because the volume was too large.

Fortunately for me, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, a professor in the Biola Torrey Honors Institute and a brilliant writer, has written a terrific response to the article. I would highly suggest it to all my readers:

"An Obvious Truth: The Bible Supports Traditional Marriage

As always, JMR's essay is brilliant and clearly shows up the false assumptions and claims of the Newsweek article while also touching on principles of biblical interpretation and even how to read old books in general. JMR vs. Newsweek: JMR wins with a knock-out in the first round!


Bathroom Vandals At Work

Men's bathroom sign:

Women's bathroom sign:

My caption: "You... complete me."


An Awesome Video

I know I've been posting a lot of stuff of other people's lately, and not so much stuff from my life, but this is too good to resist. (And hey, maybe you, my few but faithful readers, enjoy that more anyway.) This is an awesome video. Watch the subtitles. And if Eleanor and/or Mrs. C still read this blog, we'll have to get their input regarding Louisiana and Texas.

(Credit: I saw this on a blog I read, from a blogger who has [with this post] returned from a long blogging absence: Imprimis.)


The Word Origin Calendar Strikes Again

For Christmas this past year, my mom got me a desktop calendar called "The Word Origin Calendar." Every day it provides me with the origin of a word or a phrase, and it's been very interesting thus far. This one was of particular interest, as I'd never heard it before, and I thought y'all (all, what, three of my readers) might be interested as well.

"okay, O.K. • Efforts have been made to trace this term to an African original, okeh, but this all-American term comes from President Martin Van Buren, who served from 1837 to 1841. He approved documents with the initials 'O.K.,' which stood for his nickname, Old Kinderhook, after the New York town where he was born."

Fascinating! I'll have to keep this in mind for the next useless fact competition that comes up at work....


An Awesome Comic I Just Had To Share

This one's for Courtney. And for what Mark will learn soon.

(Credits: I saw it on the Language Log, and it's originally from xkcd.com.)


Official Music Video for DW's "A Savior On Capital Hill"

(As seen on derekwebb.net.)

I may not agree with all the points that Derek makes in this song or video, but this is pretty clever and pretty well done. Worth a watch.


An Awesome John Piper Quote

A terrific quote by one of my favorite pastors ever:

"The end of it all: the display of the fullness of His glory, magnified in the white-hot worship of a blood-bought people." - John Piper