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G.K. Chesterton’s 134th birthday was yesterday.  Here are some of his education quotes compiled by Dana Gage:

According to Chesterton, understanding the facts is more important than knowing the facts.

  • Histories seem to have completely forgotten two things—first, that men act from ideas; and second, that it might, therefore, be as well to discover which ideas.

  • If you forget far-off things, your sons and grandsons will remember them and rise up against you. – 1935

  • The one thing that is never taught by any chance in the atmosphere of public schools is this: that there is a whole truth of things, and that in knowing it and speaking it we are happy.

Schools should give us an eternal standard by which to judge every standard.

  • Every education teaches a philosophy; if not by dogma then by suggestion, by implication, by atmosphere. Every part of that education has a connection with every other part. If it does not all combine to convey some general view of life, it is not an education at all.

  • Teach, to the young, men’s enduring truth, and let the learned amuse themselves with their passing errors.

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…and have really fine-tuned the process, perhaps you find parenting boring. Perhaps you are looking for a new challenge. It’s for real. Some of you may want this to prepare for parenting.  Be sure to watch the video.

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I’ve lost almost all contact with old friends AC and Keri Caincross. I was AC’s best man years ago. I just found out that they lost their little two-year-old girl Cheyenne this weekend to complications from Sandhoff disease. This is their second child to die as a toddler from this disease.

AC is the pastor of Greenbush Community Baptist Church in Greenbush, MI. Here is an obituary and here is Cheyenne’s CaringBridge site. The two remaining children do not have the disease. Thank you for praying.

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Michael P. V. Barrett on What is the Gospel?

“In simplest terms, the gospel is Christ. Too often the gospel is defined in terms of its benefits, results, and attendant circumstances without placing the essentially necessary focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ. The gospel is not ‘come to Jesus and be saved.’ The gospel, the good news, is that God gave His Son to be the only Savior of sinners. As the God/Man, Christ vicariously lived to fulfill the law, vicariously died to pay the penalty of the broken law–appeasing God’s wrath and providing cleansing from guilt–victoriously rose to evidence the death of death, and triumphantly ascended into glory where He now sits ruling and interceding until He comes again in all His glory. Because of all this, men everywhere ought to come to Jesus in order to be saved. Being saved is the wonderful and sure consequence of the gospel. This is why John summarizes salvation simply in terms of Christ: “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (I John 5:12).

HT: Matthew Hoskinson

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Our God is in the heavens doing whatsoever He pleases. He’s probably roaring at what He did on the Christmas Islands. It gets even crazier at about the 2:00 min. mark.

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Hold Your Breath

Tonight’s after-dinner conversation…

Me:  Haddon, are you ready to move to Tennessee?

Haddon:  Yes, but it kind of makes me sad.

Me:  Why?

Haddon:  Because they don’t have snow!

Me:  Right.  That’s kind of sad.

Haddon (walking away from the conversation):  At least they have air there.

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We have been watching a nest of four killdeer eggs for serveral weeks. Two of them opened or cracked prematurely, so we were waiting on the two. This morning Karsten called me from home and excitedly announced that the remaining two had hatched. I was there in minutes. They get cuter as they fluff out, but we had a few fun moments (at mama killdeer’s expense–in background of lower pic). Haddon and Lincoln are pictured.

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Grab some tissues. Have a good sob.  Celebrate the sacrifice by going to a parade on Monday.

Soldier Surprises His Son

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A fellow Nashvillian talks about how he’s starting to “get it” this Memorial Day.

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It’s an intercontinental telescope–a Telectroscope–that allows viewers in NY and London to view each other in real time.

Here’s the website.  Here’s what the Times wrote.

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It is just usually a lot less temporal than this.

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Narnia is too important a story to mess up by watching the director’s impressions of the thoroughly God-soaked themes. Read it first.

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I quoted this thought from John Adams in SS on Sunday without remembering who said it.

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

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Jim Leyland, manager of the Detroit Tigers on baseball’s new directive to managers to jog out to the mound to help increase the speed of the game.

“They want me to run to the mound. I smoke three packs a day and they want me to run back and forth to the mound? What the heck is going on?

“They’re going to enforce a lot of this stuff. You can quote me, it’s silly stuff. But I will honor it and I’ll jog to the mound, and if I have a heart attack, my wife will sue Bud Selig. Just kidding about that, but I think they’re messing with the game and they don’t need to mess with the game.

“I never hear anyone complain about the time of the game. But I’ll honor whatever the commissioner does.

“If he wants me to do jumping jacks to the mound, I’ll do them. A cartwheel? I’ll be glad to do it. But I’ll look like a fool.”

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Comedian Brian Regan

HT: Justin Taylor

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Louis Pasteur…

“The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”

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That’s their slogan. This commercial is from a British fishery.

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I will be in Nashville Monday and Tuesday since we still have not secured housing (and we are moving there June 2). Please pray that God would go before me and lay out His plan for us–God has mercifully kept us from two separate houses that we called “pretty sure things” and would have taken if He hadn’t interceded. I also would like to find some summer employment. Please pray I will be responsive to His promptings.

We love to delight in waiting. We love it maybe a little less when waiting really means waiting until the very last.

Thank you for your supplications. Thank you. Thank you.

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C.S. Lewis…

“The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while conditions are still unfavorable.  Favorable conditions never come.”

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TBAP is turning two, and I forgot to buy a TBAP cake. We know we’ve been around a long time because when we started gas was $2.80/gallon. Actually that’s not saying much since it moves so quickly, but you can see how everyone is starting to mark the passing of time by the history of gas prices…which reminds me of a story about a guy who’s blog turned two.

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how Edison handled his assistant who broke the important light bulb, then I wouldn’t have asked Haddon to go back to the basement frig to get some more eggs this morning.

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Sweetest Little Kid

This morning I went in to take a picture of the sweetest little baby in the world.  He was still sleeping; it was low light; I was using my camera phone; I was trying to be still and quiet.  Right as I was positioning myself…he smiled.  Then here’s another picture of Knox and Chrissy.

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George Burns…

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

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This Chilean volcano got in the way of a magnificent thunderstorm.  Here’s the story.  Here are three pictures.

HT: Buffy Moody

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Aristotle says what hopefully is true for your kid’s teacher:

“Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.”

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This is what they used to look like (and maybe how it will be again soon).

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about oil.

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The Duggars are serious about kids being a reward…and they want more.  Discovery even built them a cool website.

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Some churches/individuals have real issues amongst the families who chose different educational options, and it’s a great idea for pastors to address the big idea.

Josh Harris did.

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I just read the books, tell you and leave the summaries to others. Here is a book review of Marsden’s great biography.

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