Flotsam and jetsam (8/4)
- Jared Wilson, Don’t Waste Your Calvinism
I have discussed with other Calvinists just where the (well-earned) stereotype of the graceless Calvinist comes from. Shouldn’t belief in total depravity necessitate profound humility? Shouldn’t belief in unconditional election preclude a spirit of superiority? And yet there is a doctrinal arrogance infecting Calvinist Christianity. This culture then produces doctrinaires like Baum’s man of tin: squeaky and heartless.
- Alan Jacobs, We Can’t Teach Students to Love Reading
…it has to be admitted that much of the anxiety about American reading habits, and those in other developed nations to a lesser degree, arises from frustration at not being able to sustain a permanent expansion of “the reading class” beyond what may be its natural limits.
- Matthew Barrett, Martin Luther on Marriage as a School of Character
Life was hard. Family life was hard. Marriage was hard. And yet, Martin and Katie loved each other tremendously. They viewed marriage as a school of character, whereby God uses the hardships of daily family life to sanctify us.
- Harvard Business Review, Learning Not to Compete
But what if beating the competition was no longer the most significant key to success? How could we turn off our competitive nature, or use it only at the right times? And how would we know that we are on the right track if we couldn’t define ourselves largely in terms of being better than others?
- Jeremy Thompson has generously posted his dissertation on Biblical Hebrew vocabulary learning.
- The study claiming to prove that Internet Explorer users were dumber than other browser users was a massive hoax.
- And, here’s a great list of 5 characters from Winnie the Pooh and the drugs they should be on.