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John Piper wrote this on Sunday for an upcoming marriage book:

“The most fundamental task of a mother and father is to show God to the children. Children know their parents before they know God. This is a huge responsibility and should cause every parent to be desperate for God-like transformation. The children will have years of exposure to what the universe is like before they know there is a universe. They will experience the kind of authority there is in the universe and the kind of justice there is in the universe and the kind of love there is in the universe before they meet the God of authority and justice and love who created and rules of the universe. Children are absorbing from dad his strength and leadership and protection and justice and love; and they are absorbing from mother her care and nurture and warmth and intimacy and justice and love—and, of course, all these overlap.

“And all this is happening before the child knows anything about God, but it is profoundly all about God. Will the child be able to recognize God for who he really is in his authority and love and justice because mom and dad have together shown the child what God is like. The chief task of parenting is to know God for who he is in his many attributes, and then to live in such a way with our children that we help them see and know this multi-faceted God. And, of course, that will involve directing them always to the infallible portrait of God in the Bible.”

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I’m looking for a picture I took of an overcrowded subway car in NYC a year or two ago. That was nothing.

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Thomas Chalmers got me thinking that everyone should have at least one friend to turn to who always speaks important, well-considered, hopeful, God-besought thoughts to you. God keep me chock full of hope.

“Regardless of how large, your vision is too small.”

HT: George Grant

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This oil painting is a special gift to our family from good friends (the artist and her family). The paint is still not dry but it’s cherished already.

Here is more of Alyssa’s work. Check out this incredible 24′ x 7′ mural she painted for an upcoming school program.

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Coffee Art

I have never tasted coffee. Really. No, really! I did have coffee cake once though. I even married a wife who says the same thing. I was thinking I would try it when I turned 30, but am looking toward 35 now. I understand there is a value in social drinking. I might give it a whack in a while.

Despite my severity, I can appreciate parts of it. Here are some neat coffee art photos.

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Happy Earth Day!

The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof.

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A good article by Tim Challies.

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And did you notice that all the drivers were dressed up as characters from the Wizard of Oz?

I’m back, and I’m trying to remount into the saddle again. When I can, I need to get caught up on my blog reading. When I was gone I missed more than 700 posts from the 61 blogs and news outlets to which I am subscribed. Instead of me going to all of those blogs they come to me.

You need to get a blog reader (technically called an RSS feeder or reader) yourself. It’s super easy and it saves a ton of time; it is especially helpful when you keep checking over and over at blogs that have not been updated. Basically you check one website and it shows you all of the updated postings that your friends have posted all in one place.

I use Google Reader. It’s completely free and brings all the news to me. I’m recommending it to you. Save time. Use it or another one.

Here is a video summary. Ask if you need help setting it up.

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Knox is prepping for his two week trip. He is especially eager for the USS Constitution, Plimoth Plantation and Mike’s Pastry. This is him practicing some advanced trip techniques this morning.

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I’m going to be gone for two weeks (see below) beginning Monday. Here is a special gift for you–a video you will want to watch over and over while I am away to maintain your cultural acumen. Enjoy.

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Hiatus

hi·a·tus // [hahy-ey-tuhs] –noun, plural -tus·es, -tus.

1.a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.

While there may be a post or two in the coming days, TBAP is going on a two week hiatus. There will likely be little activity during that time as Chrissy and I take our senior class on their trip.

Senior trip should be more than a week at Disney World. Disney World is great [I live in MI and I've been there six times--thanks mostly to my grandparents], but a senior trip is not a release valve. For my senior trip, I went golfing.

Instead of that, a senior trip is an excellent opportunity to add a capstone to an education. The philosophy that I have been implementing at Prairie is that senior trip should be important by being full of religious and American history. It should teach the students that the world is a lot bigger than their little sliver of routine. The goal is not to impart wanderlust; it’s to promote vision and depth and to peel away some of the egotism around our lives. Getting away from our routines is a huge help, walking in history steps is another, sitting in Whitefield’s church is another.

Four years ago, I started this big vision by taking the class to England and Paris for two weeks. It was really neat, and I have a lot to say about that experience. Metropolitan Tabernacle, Sacre Coeur, Blickling Hall and Castle Rising Castle were amazing and that is a great trip, but partly due to the value of the dollar and partly due to the fact that I had a great opportunity to reinforce the American genesis, the trip has become a two-week American history trip. The first week is all New-England and the second week is NYC and Philadelphia.

I don’t take the students to NYC for the history (although we do talk about what happened there in 1776 when Washington and his troops occupied the city, go to Ground Zero, go to some old sites). We go to NYC to see the great swath of humanity. Souls! Souls! Souls! Scurrying to nothing.

This is the fourth year for this New England/NYC/Philly trip. It’s not Disney, but you couldn’t tell from talking to the kids…or me.

Here is our itinerary (the PDF conversion wasn’t perfect): Sr. Trip 2008

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D.H. Lawrence…

“[Americans] are always busy “about” something. But truly immersed in doing something, with… deep blood-consciousness active…they never are.”

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A really good short article (and inset quotation) prompting me to do the important things and not despise them because they don’t seem important and they are REALLY hard at first.  .  I’m reminded of Salter’s admonition that education makes us more fully human.

Apprehending Beauty on Gene Veith’s site.

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This summer Yale Divinity School is offering a week-long course on Jonathan Edwards:

The staff of the Jonathan Edwards Center will present a week-long summer course at the Yale Divinity School examining the life, thought, and legacies of Jonathan Edwards, one of the great theologians in the Christian tradition and one of the most significant figures in American religious history.

The classroom portion of the course will feature lectures and discussions of common readings. There will be ample time allowed for questions and dialogue. Common readings will include selections from printed collections of Edwards’s writings and secondary sources. Also, the course will be integrated with the use of materials located in The Works of Jonathan Edwards Online.

Special features of the course will be a viewing of Edwards’s manuscripts at Yale’s Beinecke Library, and a day-long tour of sites in the Connecticut River Valley relating to Edwards and the Great Awakening. These sites include East Windsor (Edwards’s birthplace) and Enfield, Connecticut (where he preached Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God), and Northampton and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the towns where he ministered for most of his career.

See here for more information.

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You Need to Know…

About America’s newest and biggest church and beware of it’s winsome, generous and loveable leader.

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John Calvin…

“We are nowhere forbidden to laugh.”

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This is nothing new, but it’s interesting and kind of amazing, to see the similarities all laid out on one page.

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both lost a child while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot in the head, on a Friday, in the presence of their wives.

Lincoln‘s secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy’s Secretary was named
Lincoln.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln , was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939

Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.

Lincoln was shot at the Ford’s Theater.

Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln made by ‘Ford.

Lincoln was shot in a theater and his assassin ran and hid in a warehouse.
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and his assassin ran and hid in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

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On April 8th, Michael Monsoor will get his posthumous Medal of Honor. Here’s what he did:

“That September morning, Monsoor and a group of SEAL snipers took up position on a residential rooftop as part of an operation to push into a dangerous section of southern Ramadi. Four insurgents armed with AK-47 rifles came into view, and the SEAL snipers opened fire, killing one and wounding another. Loudspeakers from a mosque broadcast calls for insurgents to rally, and residents blocked off nearby roads with rocks.

“Insurgents shot back at the SEAL position with automatic weapons from a moving vehicle and fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the building. The SEALs knew that more attacks were inevitable but continued their mission of protecting the troops clearing the area below, according to an official account.

“Monsoor’s commander repositioned him in a small hidden location between two SEAL snipers on an outcropping of the roof, facing the most likely route of another insurgent attack. As Monsoor manned his gun, an insurgent lobbed up a hand grenade, which hit Monsoor in the chest and bounced onto the roof.

“Grenade!” Monsoor shouted. But the two snipers and another SEAL on the roof had no time to escape, as Monsoor was closest to the only exit. Monsoor dropped onto the grenade, smothering it with his body. It detonated, and Monsoor died about 30 minutes later from his wounds.

“He made an instantaneous decision to save our teammates. I immediately understood what happened, and tragically it made sense to me in keeping with the man I know, Mike Monsoor,” said Lt. Cmdr. Seth Stone, Monsoor’s platoon leader in Ramadi.”

Here’s the fuller article.

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Maybe I should have just watched this video instead…

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Sure it’s a little sneaky and a lot unethical, but hey, check out Gmail’s newest feature!

Gmail Custom Time

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