Quick Hits (8/12/08)

Here are some miscellaneous thoughts and links for your consideration, including bits about Matt Hoskinson, The Solid Rock, homeschooling, how sanctification is like building boats, and a crazy YouTube link:

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Pray for Matt Hoskinson…and Grow with Him

Matt Hoskinson’s cancer journal has been extremely encouraging to me. Matt has been intentionally devotional, focusing more on spiritual than medical matters. I commend it to you, and I encourage you to pray consistently for Matt and his family.

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Michael Bird on George Ladd

Michael Bird’s synopsis and review of a new biography on George Ladd is a fascinating read. Give it a look.

(HT: Joe T)

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Teach People to Long for the Sea!

David Powlison recently cited the following quote from French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery, which I believe is very germane to believers provoking one another to godliness:

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

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A Cabinetmaker and a Hymnwriter

After enjoying singing “The Solid Rock” with the TCBC family during Sunday night’s Communion service, I wondered out loud who its author, Edward Mote, was. Who was this man who spoke so beautifully and accurately about our hope being based only in Jesus’ passive and active righteousness—His “blood and righteousness”? Who was the one who spoke with such certainty about appearing before God “dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne”? Who penned such a masterfully cross-focused hymn? Well, the answer surprised me.

Edward Mote was a simple man born to pubkeepers in London. He wasn’t saved until adulthood. At the time he wrote the hymn he was a 37-year-old cabinetmaker (though he later entered pastoral ministry). So one of the finest hymns of the last 2 centuries was written by a “Joseph,” a craftsman with dirty fingernails and calloused hands. Wow. I love that.

Learn more about Mote and his writing of “The Solid Rock” here.

(HT: Joe T)

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Homeschooling Is Not the Gospel

This critique of the not-uncommon “homeschooling-is-the-answer-to-the-world’s-problems” ideology of many homeschooling families is quite helpful. And lest any play the martyrdom card, it’s written by a homeschooling dad (and linked to by another homeschooling dad). Here’s a sample:

“Furthermore, the problem [with society] is not bad education, it is bad character (sin). The solution is not homeschooling, it is the gospel of Jesus Christ and participating in the growing kingdom of God. The utopian society is not homeschool grads in power, but the consummation of the kingdom of God which will only occur at the second coming of the Lord in glory. I fear that many in the Christian homeschooling movement have a false understanding of the problem, the solution, and the ultimate goal. And smooth-talking, eloquent, yet misguided speakers that give vision and encouragement to homeschooling parents are not helping build the kingdom of God.”

Read this worthwhile post. And if you homeschool, read it twice. :)

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Minute Art

As usual, I’ll end with something utterly-worthless-but-still-cool. Here’s some art more instant than bad-tasting rice:

(HT: Jessica Pf)

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2 Responses

  1. Um … wow … nice artwork, if not (as you say) totally worthless. I am always fascinated by art and perspective, amazed at how simple it is when you see someone else do it, though I could never do it myself.

  2. Loved the art thing too, Chris.

    I took the plunge and read the review on Ladd. I got to the last paragraph and then read this:

    “This volume is necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand how evangelicalism emerged from the separatist shadows of the 1950s in America and how it eventually won a place at the table of modern academia.”

    Quite a path to the table, eh? Drunkenness, alleged-infidelity, etc?

    “The separatist shadows” indeed.

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