Twenty Items of Interest (v.41)



I just checked and the last Twenty Items post I did was back on 11/24/08.  So much for doing them on a weekly basis.  I’m pretty sure I’ve picked up some subscribers and readers since then so let me explain what this is.

These are items that catch my interest as I read that I think should catch yours.  I hope.  Maybe?  Well anyway it is random miscellany of news, politics, theology, apologetics, life, links to interesting posts my friends have done, etc.  Just a mish mash of stuff, so if this is your first time reading one of these posts – enjoy!

1.  Home Schooling surges, but the evangelical percentage of families doing this drops.  HT: Family Research Council Blog

2.  Hang on to your wallets, the 111th Senate session looks like it’s going to be pretty expensive based on the first ten bills coming down the pipe.  HT: Right Wing News

3.  Obama Administration “prepared to talk to Hamas” – can anybody think of another administration have talks with a terrorist organization?  Nope, because they don’t.  So much for a foundational bedrock principle for how our government deals with terrorists.  HT: Smart Girl Politics

4.  Apparently the EPA believes that cow flatulence contributes to global warming, so introducing, the cow tax!  HT: The Enlightened Redneck

5.  The New Deal Never Solved the Unemployment Crisis.

6.  What are you willing to give for a hope-n-change?  President-Elect Obama on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos:

“Everybody’s going to have to give… Everybody is going to have to have some skin in the game.”

HT: Amanda Carpenter

7.  Apparently I’m a religious zealot who is more committed to tradition than sacred text (which I am not).  Thank you Scot McKnight for your “evenhanded” comment regarding how N.T. Wright is straightening those who disagree with his position on justification out.

8.  Theology – Calvin & Hobbes style – HT: Bill Kinnon

9.  Great Commission Companies – somehow that seems to be an oxymoron, but apparently they do exist.

10.  30 Recession Surviving Dating Ideas – having no money is not an excuse not to date your spouse!

11.  The 40 Most Obnoxious Quotes For 2008 – My “favorite”:

“I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech. My, I felt this thrill going up my leg.” — “Journalist” Chris Matthews

HT: Ft. Hard Knox

12.  Got to love this media bias cartoon:

HT: Nuke

13.  Thinking about full-time vocational ministry?  You’d better go over and take the Stuff Christians Like self-evaluation first.

14.  Abstinence is on the rise.  HT: Writing on the Wall

15.  Steve Brown is excited about 2009, he may be the only one (just kidding).

16.  Huck PAC started a  National Volunteer Team, and they are nearing 2,000 people already.  You can join here.

17.  Tim Challies – A Word about Free Will

18.  Ever want to read through John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion in a year?  I can’t say I’ve thought about doing that, but probably will give it a shot (by the way not to replace reading through the Bible in a year – that is far more important to do).

19.  The Dead Theologians Society on Biblical (Mis)Interpretation.

20.  Conor Friedersdorf isn’t very enthused about Joe the Plumber turned “Joe the Journalist“.

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  • http://thesimplepastor.blogspot.com Phil Whittall

    Shane, certainly Hamas currently hold an extreme position – the question is will talking encourage them to move from that position or will ignoring them just make them harden their position. There was peace in Northern Ireland for years before the IRA actually declared an end to their war. It’s not an easy question but we should be careful in why we decide not to talk to some democratically elected governments but talk to non-democratically elected governments. We talk with N.Korea, China, the old Soviet Union – it’s just a murky old world. And you have to say that not talking to them isn’t exactly getting us anywhere is it…there’s no question for deals to be done Hamas will have to give up some hardline grounds. But if we don’t talk that will never happen

    Phil Whittalls last blog post..Getting things done

  • http://thesimplepastor.blogspot.com Phil Whittall

    Shane, certainly Hamas currently hold an extreme position – the question is will talking encourage them to move from that position or will ignoring them just make them harden their position. There was peace in Northern Ireland for years before the IRA actually declared an end to their war. It’s not an easy question but we should be careful in why we decide not to talk to some democratically elected governments but talk to non-democratically elected governments. We talk with N.Korea, China, the old Soviet Union – it’s just a murky old world. And you have to say that not talking to them isn’t exactly getting us anywhere is it…there’s no question for deals to be done Hamas will have to give up some hardline grounds. But if we don’t talk that will never happen

    Phil Whittalls last blog post..Getting things done