Archive for January, 2010

On January, 29, 1950, Roger and Yuvon Boomershine were married in Grand Rapids, MI. The fallout has been great. Today we gather together to recognize their faithfulness.

January 29, 2010

Dear Grandpa and Grandma Boomershine,

Sixty years is no trifle!

And no one should pretend it is. Nor should they think it was easy either.

Kingdoms have been conquered, rebuilt and then lost in less time! Alexander annexed the whole known world in only half that time. You could have walked around the earth 84 times in 60 years! You’ve been married through 12 U.S. Presidents. But then, some things are worth waiting for. Some species of oak don’t begin producing acorns until their 60th year. The pyramids took 60 years to build by hand. It takes a lot of gumption and grace to stay put.

Roger and Yuvon - January 29, 1950

In 1950, the world was vastly different (wasn’t everything still black and white then?). The big wars were over and rebuilding was in full swing. The moon was still unlittered. Sheep were still uncloned. Telephones were anchored to walls. You went to work offering service to the community, showing them how to make a living with the labor of their hands, having turned their swords into printing presses. You were part of what was maybe that last generation of Americans that didn’t have that permanent swath of skepticism slathered all over their faces, the last generation that did not invariably question authority. And you did it all without Google, iPhones, blogs and Facebook which our generation thinks is really impressive.

You dabbled in many, many, many entrepreneurial ventures together. We’ve only been around about one-half your married life, but the first few that come to mind are beauty salons, cookbooks, house renovations, house-flipping, and a retirement community. Who knows how varied it got back when you were young and impulsive!

You two became eight and from eight there are just over 100 of us now (103 at last count)–all carrying your name and likeness in some way. Thank you for handing us a heritage that is not about violence, corruption, and broken paroles. But instead…we like to explore, we love taking drives to nowhere, we enjoy first-rate food at out-of-the-way locations, a lot of us enjoy singing, we enjoying sitting through classes as well as standing in front of them, we are enormously funny, we are far too sarcastic, we put cottage cheese in our chili for goodness sake!, and, most importantly, almost all of us are faithful believers and worshipers of God. We are not perfect, we are quirky, we mess up, but we have found the Gospel true, and we seek to live it and be approved by it.

Thank you for being the doers of it. Thank you for being so welcoming and excited to see us when we walk through the door, even if we just sit and don’t have much to say. Thank you for always being generous and available. Thank you for adoring our kids. It always feels like Grandpa and Grandma’s house when we walk in the door.

Thank you for showing us–showing all of us–what a steady, quiet, day-upon-day, permanent, loving relationship looks like in humble action. We admire and love you for doing it like you’ve been doing it for so many years. We, too, aspire to the joy of a full and happy 60 married years.

We thank God upon our every remembrance of you,

Ryan and Christie Boomershine
Nashville, TN

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Want to get rid of those uninteresting, offensive, repetitive, misleading, irrelevant, ads on FaceBook. You can.

If you have Internet Explorer, it’s tedious and hard. You can click the “X” next to the ad, and manually reject each ad individually. This takes an enormous amount of energy, and you will never win (but you could probably keep up with the Mobsters advertisements with about 30 minutes of clicking per day).

If you use Firefox, which is an immensely safer program and is the world’s most popular web browser, then it is a super-simple process.

1. Go to Tools > Add-ons > click on the Browse All Ad-Ons link >

2. From there you have entered the magnificent world of add-ons. Ways to very easily customize your internet browsing experience. Everything becomes much simpler in your life from this point on.

3. Search for AdBlock Plus (or click here to skip straight to it).

4. Click Add to Firefox, and the program automatically installs and then will ask you to restart Firefox. When it comes back up, you will need to subscribe to the USA filter list. It’s a one-click, free, process. There is no registration. There is no mess. It just runs.

And it will block almost all advertisements, pop-ups and banners on every website you go to NOT JUST FACEBOOK.

A word about add-ons: There are 10,000+ of them. A few dozen of them are truly useful. Some just waste your life. Some of the add-ons I find most useful and use frequently are:

  • Fast Dial
  • AdBlock Plus
  • Shorten URL
  • XMarks
  • ScreenGrab

If you don’t use Firefox. Do so.

There is at least also one other add-on that will block the ads only on FaceBook.

These directions are overkill for some readers (you’ve been using this forever), and some of you think this is too high-tech. If this overwhelms you, please ask for help. Any other recommendations from the pros?

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Had Alfred only delivered his people from the plundering Danes whom he defeated at Edington, then his contribution would have been significant and worthy of rememberance, but he would not have been worthy of the legendary status the the name King Alfred has acquired over the years. He would not have been King Alfred the Great.

Benjamin Merkle’s first book, The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great was released last November and is a great first deposit into the publication pool. I am, after reading it, fully endeared-to and thankful-for the man who was only English king to ever be called “the Great.” This story is a readable, action-packed, probing look at the man who played an enormous role in defending, stabilizing and then civilizing a fragmented kingdom that would later become what we call England, which would later play a crucial role in the democratic and orderly governments of many other major countries, including the one most of my readers call home.

The bulk of the book is the story of Alfred’s attempts to rid his land of innumerable waves of marauding Vikings who pillaged and ravaged wherever they went. They were a formidable and constant enemy to Alfred for almost every bit of his 50 years. But the story of how Alfred turned them to flight was also an evolution of thought (changing the mind and pattern of a nation) and also the story of the value of righteousness and honoring Christ in pattern and traditions. It was no easy process, but in his end, he was honored with this inscription on a statue that stands in Wantage:

Alfred found learning dead and he restored it, education neglected and he revived it, the laws powerless and he gave them force, the church debased and he raised it, the land ravaged by a fearful enemy from which he delivered it. Alfred’s name shall live as long as mankind shall respect the past.

And so, 1,111 years after his death, King Alfred’s name and deeds are remembered again–this time here in Nashville, TN. His name will be promoted on this blog, in my memory, to my 5 little ones and wife, and to those with whom I can muster an opportunity to bring this story to note. The great ring-giver will live on in this way.

(Also, you will love the redemptive story of the man who was called Guthrum.)

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Sin Hoarders

Shannon parallels the A&E show to the situation of her [our] hearts. “But, the more I thought about it….the more I realized that I hoard my sin. I don’t let anyone see the clutter of my heart and the blackness of my sin. I have rotting sin that is so filthy and rancid, yet I don’t smell the nastiness of it. I hold it tight to my chest like it’s a treasure.”

“Ministry isn’t everything. Jesus is.”

Ray Ortlund writes about his father’s last hours.

State by State Abortion Rates and Totals

The numbers are from 2006. A lot more babies are killed every year in a sterile room than by earthquakes.

This Week’s Sign that the Apocalypse is Upon Us

British Holiday Inns are going to begin offering human bed-warming service to combat icy sheets.

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Our family this week watched the first of the six episodes of Ken Burn’s National Parks: America’s Best Idea. It’s a beautiful and moving history, tribute and call to the value and nature of the National Park System. I’m hungry for more and sure I’ll bring you deeper in as we go. The first disc (“The Scripture of Nature”) begins with this quote by John Muir:

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.”

and ends with this stirring piece that you should spend some time chewing on:

The tendency nowadays to wander in wildernesses is delightful to see. Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life. Awakening from the stupefying effects of the vice of over-industry and the deadly apathy of luxury, they are trying as best they can to mix and enrich their own little ongoings with those of Nature, and to get rid of rust and disease. Briskly venturing and roaming, some are … jumping from rock to rock, feeling the life of them, learning the songs of them, panting in whole-souled exercise and rejoicing in deep, long-drawn breaths of pure wildness.

John Muir, Atlantic Monthly, 1898

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  • What happened to the Poe toaster? Poe’s birthday just came and went (his 201st), and his mystery visitor didn’t show up for the first time in 60 years? Hmmm.
  • I like the live version better, but this is another way of hearing Taylor Mali’s Totally, Like, Whatever, You Know? rant.
  • AP and Co. are working hidden away working long hours in a studio in WA St. Here’s proof they aren’t sleeping all day.

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Those who are quick to promise are generally slow to perform. They promise mountains and perform molehills. He who gives you fair words and nothing more feeds you with an empty spoon. People don’t think much a man’s piety when his promises are like pie crust: made to be broken.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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