Ah, it feels good to be back blogging again. I feel a little out of practice, and I’m sure it shows in my posts, but never fear! The ReaderSis is determined to regain her erstwhile effluence! (That’s a word. Look it up.)
Anyhow, my poor Internet browser was getting slow, so here you’re treated to the first-ever weekday edition of the Compendium. I’ll likely have another passel of links for you this Saturday.
Blessedly Peculiar – My friend Wesleigh has recently launched yet another great blog. And no, she didn’t pay/bribe/beg me to recommend it. I did it all by myself. Aren’t I such a big girl? *grin* But, a summary of why the blog exists:
As Christians we’re called to be in the world, not of the world, meaning that we should be a part of the society around us, but not let it define who we are. Hence the founding verse, Romans 12:2. In other words: be peculiar. Don’t be like everyone else; be the person God wants you to be. For when you do, you will be blessed. This blog is all about examining the world around you and finding God in every crevasse.
Next: We’re all gonna die from the Sun. Or at least are electronics are, if you believe the cautionary article published this month on National Geographic’s website.
That Morning-After Pill that many of us Christians are concerned about? You know, the one that causes a (very) early-term abortion? Or maybe it doesn’t. I hope these studies are not simply attempts to justify acceptance of a prevalent (and profitable) drug. I also hope researchers come up with some conclusive answer.
I recently started listening to The White Horse Inn podcast: Theology and philosophy from a Reformed perspective. Pretty interesting stuff, enough to provoke thought and get me to pursue deeper study of the Bible.
Welcome to America, Please Be on Time: What an Atlantic associate editor took away from reading guidebooks for foreign visitors to the U.S. Fascinating! I love this!
An argument against the “locavore” diet: Eating local doesn’t necessarily improve the economy (or even make you healthier)--
Let’s say the same quality tomato is grown for $1 in Florida and $1.50 in Ontario. If you push the local one, you create tomato-growing jobs in Ontario. But consumers have 50 cents less to spend on other local services or goods, which destroys jobs. There’s a lot more consumers than producers. To create a few jobs you’re penalizing millions and the overall economic effect is detrimental.
Evangelize, Not Indoctrinate: I rather like this guy’s approach to teaching children. Both information and free discussion (both at age-appropriate levels) are necessary, otherwise… yeah, the kid will simply keep what he thinks to himself. And that’s where you get all the teenagers who suddenly “stray from the church” once they head off to college.
Pastor John Piper wants you to pray for your pastor – and says it’s the best thing you can do for pastors.
And your weekly video awaits, courtesy of Challies….