A Swift Friday Linkage

Started a new job that has required me to adjust my sleeping patterns, hence we roll out a Lilliputian Friday linkage:

Because Jerr-o just oozes credibility.

A relegated story about the fall of Saigon reaches a new generation, thanks NPR.

Stephen Hawking believes in something far more incredible than spontaneous generation. Takes some serious “wisdom” to make that leap… On a related note, the last sentence of this piece is as sad as it is erroneous.

Your Texas Longhorns kick off the season tomorrow, to quote Dietrich, “I’m as happy as a little girl”.

Et tu, Brute?

A very sensible take on Glenn Beck’s farcical gathering.  Albert Pujols, what were you thinking?

Man encourages 8-year-old to cuss and thus is charged for “impairing the morals of a child”. Not shocked that this happened but I am shocked that the authorities of the Connecticut town have such a charge available to them.

That’s right, he said it. lt had to be said. Somebody got to say it. The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson took a swipe at Taylor Swift’s talent or lack thereof. Here’s a picture of her from the archives, Kanye is fark’d in, Toth’s son is not,

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Thank You God

My wife and I have much to be thankful to God for not just on this day but every day. For our salvation, for our wonderful marriage, for the opportunity to raise our son. We recognize that these blessings are not to be taken for granted but are gifts from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

Professor Marvin Olasky (University of Texas, Hook ’em Horns!) pretty much sums it up in this column,
“Thank vs. Thank You”

A sample,

That thanking God, for a Christian, is also bound up with trusting God. Christians (I’m one) are thanking God for grace, unmerited favor. Especially because we have not earned such compassion, we thank God for seeing exactly who we are and giving us what we need to change.

We love God not as equals, but as recipients of his kindness and respecters of his omnipotence. That’s why the Bible tells us he is our Father in heaven and why the Apostles’ Creed begins, “I believe in one God, the Father almighty.” And so when God tells us in the Bible to believe or do something and we don’t fully understand why, we still try to do it; God has done so much for us that we give him the benefit of the doubt.

Thanks to all of you who read and/or comment on this blog. May ya’ll have much to be thankful for to He who is the giver of such blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mike Libecki and an old RAF officer

Mike Libecki is a rock climber who according to this story, “is on a one-man quest to conquer remote lands untouched by humans.”

Caught the piece on Nightline a few minutes ago and was fascinated by the incredible footage Mr. Libecki filmed as he climbs.

From the report,

He is drawn to extreme climbing not only as a way of discovering the unknown but also for the intensity of living in the moment and being totally consumed by the wilderness around him. “I’ve explained it as living in the ultimate now,” said Libecki. “Experiencing the ultimate moment of reality, where you’re so involved, you’re so entwined in what you’re doing, it’s so exotic that you’re not thinking in the past or the future. It’s just a ride of ultimate reality.”

After hearing this quote I was reminded of the words an “old, hard-bitten officer” in the Royal Air Force whom CS Lewis encountered after giving a talk. The officer’s words Lewis recorded for posterity in his classic, Mere Christianity,

I’ve no use for all that stuff [theology]. But, mind you, I’m a religious man too. I know there’s a God. I’ve felt Him: out alone in the desert at night: the tremendous mystery. And that’s just why I don’t believe all your neat little dogmas and formulas about Him. To anyone who’s met the real thing they all seem so petty and pedantic and unreal!

Wonder if they truly felt the presence of the God who is there? Wonder if they would concur with the words of the Apostle,

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20