There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

Archive for July, 2007

using now what you’ll never have again

When you’re young…when, statistically-speaking, you likely have more days ahead than behind you…you tend not to think of the end of your days. time.jpg

That’s a phenomenon to be dispensed with as soon as possible.

Here’s a few words that might help.  (If you’d like to download a printer-friendly copy, click here.) They’re not a morbid, joy-killing, despairing collection of thoughts.  If anything they’re meant to catalyze a better use of what you cannot recover once it’s gone: time.

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why art is important

as a follow-up to the post from a few days ago on why we read, here’s a transcript of a commencement address at Stanford University this last June given by Director of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia. (It’s a man with a name I can’t pronounce).

It’s a call to renew one’s interest in the arts, not to be confused with pure entertainment. While he isn’t dismissive of things on the boob-tube, he laments the sheer ignorance of the expressions not given to commercial interruption or season finales.

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may you not kowtow to the culture’s feckless attention to its lexicon….er somethin’ like that..

American Heritage Dictionary has published what they think to be essential words for your vocabulary–and this for high-school students!

so…what words would you add?

leave this out and you will always be spinning your wheels….

we’ve just begun our consideration of a two-fold priority for the Christian life: what the path toward maturity looks and feels41w3k1jjz3l_aa240_.jpg like, and what giving counsel to one another out of reverence for God and love for one another looks and feels like.

if it were all a matter of technique, though–mere application of principles–one might wonder why God put so much emphasis on the presence and work of the Spirit. If He is intimately involved in renewing us and spurring us on to spurring one another on to love and good works (Heb 10), then there must be something not of this world–not of simple technique–indissolubly linked to our maturity and ministering. Read the rest of this entry »

His Will and our work, part 1 of many…

As alluded to on the July calendar, in October (yes, an announcement in July about an October thing), we’ll devote some time in October (perhaps on retreat, perhaps here at home–still deciding) to a discussion of faith and work–i.e. profession. Chuck Garriott will be here. Letters are going out within the week to several PCPC members in various professions to see if they might join us and corral those of you in the same or similar professions into a discussion of faithfulness in the marketplace. Even if you’re still in training for your profession, aspiring to that profession, or still not sure on what profession you might one day land, our time together will speak broadly enough to how to live and work for the glory of God, a la Colossians 3:15. Read the rest of this entry »

C.S. Lewis on why we read:

Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realise the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors. We realise it best when we talk with an unliterary friend. He may be full of goodness and good sense but he inhabits a tiny world. In it, we should be suffocated. The man who is contented to be only himself, and therefore less a self, is in prison. My own eyes are not enough for me, I will see through those of others. Reality, even seen through the eyes of many, is not enough. I will see what others have invented…. [I]n reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.

If you’d like to see the essay in which C.S. Lewis is cited here, an essay on the mandate for Christians to be reading, click here

and, if you need to be cajoled into reading, may I do so with this witty video, the Medieval Help Desk

this just in from China….

Here’s an update from Erika in China….makes you glad there are diapers in the world

Daily Schedule:


Our days start at 7am with breakfast in the cafeteria.  I usually make a cup of coffee in our community kitchen in the dorm, then walk across campus to breakfast (a very American thing…walking with coffee that is).  I usually eat an egg mcmuffin type sandwich, but they also offer a rice porridge with vegetables.  After breakfast we head to a large room in the library that is reserved for the program.  We have training on various topics from 8-12.  We are being trained by year-long teachers who have decided to stay after and support the program, most will return home this week.

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