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(Yesterday on the blog: Sonnet To My Mother)

My Father-in-law’s Advice to Me

“One of the most common things that fathers regret before they die is this: ‘I worked too much and did not spend enough time with my family.’ God wants us to work diligently to provide for our family. But when we work at the expense of our relationship with our family, our work becomes harmful rather than helpful.” There’s a good challenge here.

Baseball Records That Will Never be Broken

Here is one for baseball fans.

The Doomed Cleveland Balloonfest of ’86 (Video)

I enjoyed the retelling of this bizarre event. “In September 1986, the city of Cleveland attempted to set a special record: the simultaneous launch of 1.5 million balloons. But fate intervened, and the result was both crazier and more tragic than anyone could have imagined.”

Canada’s Supreme Court Rejects Country’s Only Christian Law School

This is big and important news in Canada. “Trinity Western University has lost a years-long legal fight to launch what would be the only Christian law school in Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada considered a pair of appeals cases involving regional law societies that refused to accredit the Trinity Western program due to the evangelical institution’s student covenant, which prohibits sex outside of traditional marriage.”

Her Name Is Monroe Christine

This is truly appalling. “Her name is Monroe Christine. She is a little girl who was paid for by two men. Her mother was picked out of a catalogue; the woman who gave birth to her was a contractually obligated guest star on a television show who was publicly humiliated by her father.” (See also Rod Dreher’s comments.)

Finding the Formula for Team Chemistry

Alright, here’s a second one for the baseball fans.

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How to Spot a Perfect Fake

Not only was this article interesting, but it was also stuffed full of potential sermon illustrations. “In lockstep, the incentive to be a proficient forger has soared; a single, expertly executed old master knockoff can finance a long, comfortable retirement. The technologies available to abet the aspiring forger have also improved. Naturally, then, the frauds are getting better, touching off a crisis of authentication for the institutions of the art world: the museums and galleries and auction houses and experts who are expected to know the real thing from its imitation.”

Flashback: Heaven Tourism

How do I respond to those who say they have been to heaven? When a Christian, or a person who claims to be a Christian, tells me that he has been to heaven, am I obliged to believe him or at least to give him the benefit of the doubt?

God does not exist for us; we exist for God. —Michael Horton