Then the next day, BANG! a very competent contractor I'd trained was let go.
What is up with doing all these layoffs and salary-cuts just before Christmas? Seriously, I know the "Grinch" meme is overused, but... dude! Well, for the nonce at least, we can turn our eyes together to our weekly assortment.
But before the mixture of frivolity and sobriety, we will note sadly the death — or, to use the unintentionally more sobering word, passing (Heb. 9:27) — of Christopher Hitchens, famous for atheism and general contrarianism. Everyone will be linking to Douglas Wilson's reflections, ironically including those whose hearts beat with that very lust for respectability that Wilson criticizes in passing.
For my part, I doubt that I will produce an additional essay; but I might refer you to my reflections on the death of Hunter Thompson, and — given the inevitable praises that will be lavished on Hitchens for "bravely" facing the end, resolute in his atheism — the then-impending death of Senator Ted Kennedy. They are analogous.
- To warm up, you will stare and stare at this:
- The week featured some nice World-Tilting Gospel developments. Pastor Phil Siefkes finished his seven part review, saying:
This is a book that I will continue to recommend to the members of our congregation. This is a book that I will turn to again and again as the leading book on the Gospel message. This is one of the rare books that I can recommend without a caveat. This is a must read book, and you will do yourself a serious disservice for not reading it.
- Sheldon Clowdus also reviewed the book, saying that it "addresses the single biggest need in evangelicalism today," and that it "will show you that God and His gospel clearly, sufficiently, and eloquently."
- British pastor Andrew Roycroft offered a marvelous, full review, saying that deep and central Biblical "issues are handled in astonishing detail for a popular book, but the truths are expressed in terms that are at once orthodox and freshly phrased." In fact, I now see that the Banner of Truth site has published Andrew's review. May God use that to spread the book's ministry.
- Finally, among those who read it, TWTG did well in year-end book-lists, such as those of Stan McCullars and Kim Shay. And though it wasn't exactly a list, Nathan Machel says that TWTG and God's Wisdom in Proverbs are his top two favorite books of the year.
- For the geek in your life, here are 26 sci-fi weapon replicas. I actually have one of these, thanks to a generous gift from my parents-in-law some years back. It's in a (relatively) famous profile-picture of mine that shows up now and again.
- Possibly even cooler: 21 steampunk gifts. I think the steampunk fingernails are possibly the coolest... but when would you wear them, sister? Church pot luck? Mm... if that's the theme, I guess.
- Kerry Allen found us some famous bacon art: van Gogh's Starry Night.
- And if you buy it framed, Kerry knows just what you can wrap it in.
- While you're wrapping, Fred has picked his gift.
- It is nice to be able to say something true and positive about an A-list Hollywood actor. Christian Bale actually got himself roughed up attempting to visit and raise visibility of the plight of Chinese anti-forced-abortion activist Chen Guangcheng.
- For our younger readers, Kerry also brings the Star Wars alphabet:
- Reader Jack Wickwire found a family that makes massive secular Christmas Lego projects, of which the latest is a "Christmas" Dalek!
- From Sacred Sandwich:
- Your life. You think it's missing something. I do too. And I know what it is. It's... THIS.
- So, what's the semantic opposite of "Christian anti-Semitism"? Would it be Jewish anti-Christianism? Well, whatever it is, this rabbi's got it bad. He's afraid, he's very afraid, of... of... of TIM TEBOW! AHHHHHH! (UPDATE: the Jewish Week just disappeared the column without a word. Classy... not. So I updated the link to the cached version being hosted by Human Events.)
- ...and Seth Mandel finds the column silly, offensive, and shameful to Jews.
- UPDATE: reader jmb alerted me that Jewish Week and the rabbi apologized. More or less.
- Hobbies are nice. But there is such a thing as overcommitment.
- Well, you can't even turn around without bumping into Tim Tebow, so why should HT abstain? Thanks to reader Susan, here's a deft touch of autotuning: All he does is win.
- Dear wife might like this a little too much:
- At this festive time of year, it is customary for MSM outlets to scrape bottoms of barrels and elevate "scholars" with names like Philobilius G. Steinkraut to explain why the virgin conception is pious nonsense best left with fairies and cave trolls. So it's nice for Al Mohler to ask and correctly answer the question of whether Christians must believe the Virgin Birth.
- More briefly: if you believe Gen. 1:1, there is no reason not to believe Isa. 7:14/Matt. 1:18-25.
- Then there's this from Triablogue:
- Substitute "Peet's" for "the coffeeshop" in the following, and my Josiah will love it:
- Chris Carney may have found one of our coming robot overlords being demo'd.
- In this week's Search for the Perfect Food... is this a nacho cheese smoothie in a bacon mug?
- So, still with the Perfect Food category, my DAOD notes sadly the passing of a number of potential candidates. (Warning: one bad word a few times.)
- Randy Talley found the place you could find my wife and DAOD:
- ...perhaps eating these:
- Um... is this true?
- Randy also found what we hope is a satire; or a serious parent FAIL.
- I've saved what I have to say is probably the best bacon feature for last. Reader Keith Lamborn found a gent who designed himself a bacon Viking helmet.
- Well, so... buh-bye!