Archive for April, 2010

One of the most profound things I learned this month was the introduction to and then meditation on this hymn by John Newton. It’s a wholly uncomfortable lesson of being a pilgrim. (I couldn’t find a tune online to commend to you, though I learned it to the tune “Appalachia,” aka “The Water is Wide” .)

I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow

I asked the Lord, that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know;
And seek more earnestly His face.

Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust has answered prayer;
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair!

I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining power,
Subdue my sins–and give me rest!

Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part!

Yes more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe!
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds–and laid me low!

“Lord, why is this!” I trembling cried,
“Will you pursue your worm to death?”
“This is the way,” the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.”

“These inward trials I employ,
From self and pride to set you free;
And break your schemes of earthly joy,
That you may seek your all in Me!”

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The World Adult Kickball Association is Now Hiring!

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Christians are a race of dragon fighters. Our sons are born to this. Someone ought to tell them.

— Douglas Wilson, Future Men

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Here is a fun sequence of three (in-a-row) botched throws back to the pitcher from Monday’s night’s Brewers/Pirates game in Milwaukee. Gregg Zaun was having spasms through the inning that kept the infielders hopping.

Watch the three throws here.

More from Big League Stew

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Attic Books has reprinted this classic fold-out Bible chart (29″ x 34″) that was originally published in approximately 1860. It’s a good resource of biblical chronology and sequence, facts, genealogy, history and measurements. It has a beautiful, antique look and is abundantly important.

I commend it to you for framing in your office.

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I’m new to this controversy, but was Shakespeare Shakespeare?

George Grant says no, in his Christian Almanac: A Book Of Days Celebrating History’s Most Significant People & Events. Today is the Shakespear’s/Shakspar’s birthday and Grant says,

Three is no evidence that Shakspar was ever actually literate–there are no extant manuscripts of his writing and the only evidence we have of his hand are two barely legible “X-marks-the-spot” signatures. He had no formal education, owned no books, never traveled abroad as far as we know, and never claimed authorship of the works attributed to him. His parents were illiterate, his wife was illiterate, and his children were illiterate–hardly what you might expect from the undisputed “single greatest author of English prose.”

The same was poted today on his blog. Read it here on Grantian Florilegium.

If you wish to delve in further, let me know how it goes in the pool of controversy.

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TBAP’s 1000th Post

In honor of 1,000 posts, this video was produced especially for you TBAP readers to commemorate the significance that this blog makes on your mind and heart. I think the idea of culture-making is not too big of a word to use for something like this, and I trust you will continue your happy and loyal reading as we progress onward.

Please do not be put off as you wait for this video to load, this is a culmination video of great import. Really.

….oh, and grab the tissue.

In Honor of 1000 Posts

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