Being the random thoughts of a middle aged overeducated physician, father, and citizen. James M. Small MD PhD. Send me a reply to jmsmall @ mycap.org.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Recommendation from afar 

He recommended Breakpoint as a good site to visit. No time today but will take a look some time.

Another global warming statement 

31,000 scientists say no consensus.

Resources for Seekers 

I asked one of my lists for suggestions on resources for a seeker. They came up with a lot!
Dorothy Sayers.
N. T. Wright's The Resurrection of the Son of God
Chesterton: Father Brown, *Orthodoxy, Everlasting Man
C. S. Lewis, *Mere Christianity, *Screwtape Letters, *Surprised by Joy, etc.
Anything by George McDonald and Charles Williams

Charles Colson, especially "How Now Shall We Live"
"*Evidence that Demands a Verdict" by Josh McDowell

*The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief" by Francis Collins
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism" by Tim Keller
The Case for Faith" and "The Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel
poetry? How about Donne? Or Hopkins? Or Eliot?

How about the Fathers? Or the Philokalia?
How about the latest series by Ann Rice? We are reading the first, and find it very good.
*some of the stuff by Michael O'Brien, which deals with post modernism..
Dostoevsky? Or Solzhenitsyn? Or St. Francis by Kazantzakis? Or some of Franz Werfel's stuff?
O'Connor? Frank or Flannery.
J.F. Powers?

Quite a list! I've read some of these but certainly far from all. (I put a * by the ones I've read.)

Some more: Bishop Fulton Sheen.
Christian Book website abunga.com (weird name. From Sean.) Must be good, CS Lewis is their top selling author.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Four important trends article by Meyer 

I had not heard of Meyer before, but he has written a fascinating analysis of major trends in the US today. They are:
1. Iraq
2. China
3. Demographic changes
4. Restructuring of business

Worth a read. Sounds like a bright guy.

The Rebelution 

Two teens started "The Rebelution." Their motto seems to be "Do hard things." (It's a rebellion against low expectations.) Now my Father told me he thought the secret of his success was that whenever he came to a decision point, he just naturally always took the more difficult path. He would love these kids!

By the way, they are having a conference at Colorado Community Church for teens and parents! Worth considering.

Irena Sendler, rest in peace 

This polish woman defied the Nazi's and saved 2000 Jewish children. A heroine.

Two quotes from Prager on this:
Rarely are the famous significant, or the significant famous.
"Good" is more of a mystery than evil. I understand the Nazi's more than a great woman like Irena Sendler.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Throw me like a blazing torch... 

“I am Your Message, Lord. Throw me like a blazing torch into the night so that all may see and understand what it means to be a disciple.”
Maria Skobstsova, from the CMDA Practice by the Book. She died trying to help the Jews in WWII in Paris.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Marry Him! an article extolling settling for women... 

Interesting article, heard her interviewed. She's definitely not an antifeminist but does like men. She has a book deal and even maybe a movie coming.

Prager's comment: "People who look in a sober manner are more likely to find romance, than people who look only for romance."

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

On Marriage 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:

Marriage is more than your love for each other. It has a higher dignity and power, for it is God's holy ordinance, through which he wills to perpetuate the human race till the end of time. In your love you see only your two selves in the world, but in marriage you are a link in the chain of the generations, which God causes to come and to pass away to his glory, and calls into his kingdom.
In your love, you see only the heaven of your own happiness, but in marriage you are placed at a post of responsibility towards the world and mankind. Your love is your own private possession, but marriage is more than something personal—it is a status, an office. Just as it is the crown, and not merely the will to rule, that makes the king, so it is marriage, and not merely your love for each other, that joins you together in the sight of God and man.
As high as God is above man, so high are the sanctity, the rights, and the promise of marriage above the sanctity, the rights, and the promise of love. It is not your love that sustains the marriage, but from now on, the marriage that sustains your love.

A Wedding Sermon from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A Commonplace Book 

First Things, May, 2008, Alan Jacobs discusses his Commonplace Book on line. This sounds like an interesting idea to me and perhaps I'll play a bit with it.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

A Baptist scientist on Global Warming 

This one came across an Email discussion list I attend. He is a climate scientist in Alabama. He has several fears in regards to the Global Warming debate. First, he fears for science; science should be about measurements, not egos, or grants, or fame. Second, he fears for the poor. Cutting carbon-based energy now will harm the world's poor far more than the wealthy. Third, he fears for our faith, saying that the Global Warming acolytes are taking on the appearance of a new religion seeking converts, and that we Christians risk losing our principles. Interesting reading.

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