A Marriage Leaning on Jesus and Longing for Heaven | Desiring God
A short update on Ian and Larissa. See Kindle book offer below.

Why the Race Conversation Is So Hard | 9Marks
Jonathan Leeman highlights a number of political and spiritual difficulties with discussing race issues.

The Sgt. Schultz generation | World Magazine: Marvin Olasky
“We’re certainly not the greatest generation. We’re not even a pretty good generation. We’re the Sgt. Schultz generation.”

Helicopter parents are not the only problem. Colleges coddle students, too. | The Washington Post
“In the past decade, college campuses have turned into one big danger-free zone, where students live in a bubble and are asked to take few, if any, risks in their education.”

The Best Colleges for Low Income Students | Lifehacker
“College is an insanely expensive endeavor, and for low income students there are all kinds of factors to consider. Priceonomics crunched some numbers to attempt to come up with the best schools for low income students.”

Insomnia – The Non-Sleeping Giant | The Aquila Report
“All of a sudden, out of the blue, as if the Lord needed to teach me to be more humble and compassionate with others, I found that I had insomnia.”

Gospel Conversation in an Age of Texting, Tweeting, and Distraction | Randy Newman
“I expected a revolt. Instead, I got gratitude. I anticipated accusations of being a crotchety old man, but students told me they felt a sense of relief. I had just announced my decision to no longer allow computers or cell phones (or other tools of technology) in my classroom. ”

Recommended Resources from ACBC on Homosexuality | Biblical Counseling Coalition Blogs

Recommended New Book

A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John Frame.  So glad for this book, especially as I’ve been using older books of a similar nature for the past six months. A modern cataloging and analysis is most welcome.

Kindle Books

Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up by Ian and Larissa Murphy $2.99.

Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and be More Productive by memory world champion Kevin Horsley $4.99. Worth a try! It’s fascinating even to see the potential of the human mind.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently  by John Maxwell $3.99.


For education not edification. If you want to know where our culture is at regarding that most important of influences – motherhood – have a look at this video. You’ll weep when one mom describes her desire to raise a gender-neutral child. What’s so painful is to see this being equated with the “evil” of judging someone for not breastfeeding.

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  • Harley Jake Schwartz

    I use the techniques in “Unlimited Memory” almost without fail in my personal studies. It’s not the typical way we learn, memorize and recall in our culture (in fact we effectively don’t memorize at all), but its historical precedence goes back to the Grecian scholars and perhaps even further back. My guess is that this method of learning has fallen out of practice in part because we have such easy access to printed publications, and so it’s not important to remember anymore. I don’t know a more effective way to memorize quickly and retain longer than the techniques mentioned in the book. In fact, you become capable of memorizing at a level that most think is impossible.

    I have always wondered if the command to bind God’s Word to the hand or forehead, or to inscribe it on your doorposts or your gates were an allusion to the peg method and loci method, except in Scripture you are using physical reminders rather than mental. You might even say the same about the command to fix blue tassels to your cloak. Adam Clarke believed the passages alluded to the ancient practice of attaching physical reminders to yourself (eg. knot on the finger) to aid your memory. “Unlimited Memory” varies by instructing you on the use of mental–not physical–reminders.

    “God, who knows how slow of heart we are to understand, graciously orders us to make use of every help, and through the means of things sensible, to rise to things spiritual.” – Adam Clarke