Monday, September 15, 2014


The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

* 5 ways America changed God -- "Our making God into our own image isn’t a new trend. We’ve been changing God since Anglo Saxons first stepped foot onto these shores."
* 10 Foods to Eat for Healthier Hair -- "Add these tasty foods to your diet and fight everything from dullness to hair loss."
* 49ers suspend broadcaster Ted Robinson for insensitive Ray Rice comments -- "The San Francisco 49ers suspended Ted Robinson for two games in response to comments the radio broadcaster made regarding domestic violence, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The suspension is the same Ray Rice initially received for knocking his wife unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator."
* Christian group sanctioned at two dozen college campuses -- "A well-established international Christian student group is being denied recognition at almost two dozen California college campuses because it requires leaders to adhere to Christian beliefs..."
* Christian Modesty: The Public Undressing of America -- "The fashion industry does not believe that the principle purpose of clothing is to cover the body; it believes that the principle purpose of clothing is sexual attraction. This is the very opposite of Christian modesty."
* Common Core Teaches Kids New Way To Add 9 + 6 That Takes 54 Seconds -- "Perhaps the best example of Common Core’s sharp focus on “why” in math came last summer when The Daily Caller exposed a video showing a curriculum coordinator in suburban Chicago perkily explaining that Common Core allows students to be totally right if they say 3 x 4 = 11 as long as they spout something about the necessarily faulty reasoning they used to get to that wrong answer."
* Google Says Not To Worry About 5 Million 'Gmail Passwords' Leaked -- "Google itself says less than 2% of the leaked address-password pairs were current for Gmail. That sounds small but it means nearly 100,000 people need to change their Gmail passwords ASAP. If you’re one of them, Google should have already notified you."
* Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US -- "Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts."
* The Church and Violence Against Women -- "We must train up men, through godly mentoring as well as through biblical instruction, who will know that the model of a husband is a man who crucifies his selfish materialism, his libidinal fantasies, and his wrathful temper tantrums in order to care lovingly for a wife."
* The future of the church isn't youth -- "...youth ministry isn't about setting aside a special place for young people in the church but about moving them into the center of the church community..."
* Why so many Christians won't back down on gay marriage -- "...the history of Christian ethics actually shows that the faith has been surprisingly consistent on the topic of sexuality."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Old Prospect Church Anniversary

On Sunday October 5, Old Prospect Baptist Church -- of the Sand Flat Community in southern Rusk County -- will celebrate its 40th anniversary. Find information about  Old Prospect Anniversary on Facebook by clicking the link.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

In memory 1926-2014

Today all that was mortal of Gladys Velma Seaton Woolverton was laid to rest at the Holleman Cemetery. Gladys was one of the people I've known all my life. Dad and her husband Bill were cousins, lived in the same community, went to the same church -- Dad and Bill even worked for the same contractor for a number of years. In addition their son Joe and I were born only one day apart. Growing up, we were always trying to be at one another's house.

Gladys loved gospel singing and loved to sing. She had a beautiful and distinctive alto voice. Up to the end she was concerned that the third Saturday night singing at her church would go on. Now she is where she can sing on forever!

"I want to meet you by that beautiful river
On that eternal morning in the sky;
Where we will live in peace thru endless ages,
Where we will never say goodbye." (Albert E. Brumley)

Monday, September 08, 2014

Hurrah for Common Core (not)

* Common Core Teaches Kids New Way To Add 9 + 6 That Takes 54 Seconds

"Perhaps the best example of Common Core’s sharp focus on “why” in math came last summer when The Daily Caller exposed a video showing a curriculum coordinator in suburban Chicago perkily explaining that Common Core allows students to be totally right if they say 3 x 4 = 11 as long as they spout something about the necessarily faulty reasoning they used to get to that wrong answer.

"Earlier this month, Canada’s National Post reported that a group of neuroscientists has issued a study finding that rote memorization of discrete math facts plays a critical role in mathematical development in young children.

"In short, the study found, memorizing multiplication tables and answers to basic arithmetic problems is cognitively vital because, without such memorization, children will have a much harder time later on with complex math problems."

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Feldman decision on homosexual marriage

* String of gay marriage victories broken in Louisiana -- "A federal judge in Louisiana upheld that state's prohibition on gay marriage Wednesday and belittled a string of 20-plus federal court decisions striking down state bans as 'a pageant of empathy'."

I use for e-mail, so I often check its home page for news items. Of late the site has followed every judicial decision against states laws banning homosexual with numerous articles. Unless I missed it, the above news was ignored by Yahoo News. Perhaps it did not fit their agenda? Here's a few excerpts from the USA Today article.

"Since the justices ruled in U.S. v. Windsor that the federal government must recognize legal gay marriages and provide appropriate benefits, no federal judge had upheld a statewide ban. Feldman not only did so — he cited both Windsor and the flurry of federal rulings that have followed for helping to make his case:

"• The Windsor decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, 'references an amorphous but alluring 'evolving understanding of the meaning of equality,'" Feldman said. Nevertheless, he noted, it upheld states' rights to regulate marriage.

"'Louisiana's laws and Constitution are directly related to achieving marriage's historically preeminent purpose of linking children to their biological parents,' he said."

"If states can't do that, Feldman said, they may not be able to prohibit marriage among minors, groups of people or members of the same family. After all, he said, 'all such unions would undeniably be equally committed to love and caring for one another.'"

Saturday, September 06, 2014

1 quotata, 2 quotata, 3 quotata, four

"Desperate people think they hear God's voice where there is silence and make terrible decisions." -- William Thornton

"When your child spills milk, he doesn't need a lecture -- he needs a rag." -- Kevin Lehman

"Many men have tried to become God, but only one God became man!" -- copied

"I know nothing, Madam. I am a journalist." -- G. K. Chesterton

Friday, September 05, 2014

Sacred Harp in Ringgold

We're singing from The Sacred Harp tomorrow at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Ringgold, Louisiana. Click the link for the information, and come and be with us.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Eden Foods and Obamacare

* Two Months On From Hobby Lobby Ruling, Grocery Co-ops Dump Eden Foods Products From Shelves

Most everyone has heard of Hobby Lobby (and its legal case). Probably fewer of Conestoga, and even less of Eden Foods. Eden is organic food company, owned by Michael Potter, who is opposed to some things "Obamacare" was going to require his company to pay for. The company sued the U.S. Government over the Affordable Care Act’s employee birth control mandate.

Eden Foods choice, however, has created a backlash among some of this country’s regional grocery co-ops. For example:

"Madison, Wisconsin’s two-store Willy Street co-op this week announced it’d be removing nine of Eden Foods’ popular products from its shelves after a comment period."

"San Francisco’s 40-year-old Other Avenues co-op has opted to remove all traces of Eden Foods from its store..."

Kirstin Moore, of Willy Street, stated that Eden Foods “ought to understand how some of our consumers may draw the conclusion that today’s Eden Foods — the Eden Foods that filed suit to retain control over how certain employees may use the healthcare compensation Eden Foods provides — has fallen short of our cooperative values.”

Other Avenues wrote to its customers, “While we appreciate Eden Foods commitment to other political causes such as the non-GMO movement, we are saddened by their decision to fight against providing basic reproductive health services to their own employees, and cannot in good conscience continue to carry their products so long as they continue to oppose this fundamental right.”

These co-ops (and others) interestingly use their political leanings as a reason to punish Eden Foods for their political leanings. And that is well within their rights. A few, like Bob Bejesky, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, fight boycotting for such reasons with their own actions: "I go out of my way to buy Eden products because of their stand, which I don't necessarily believe in but I respect their belief."

It sounds like Eden is in it for the long haul and sticking to their guns. Founder and CEO Michael Potter "is a devout Catholic who does not believe companies should be forced to fund insurance that includes that coverage." The company's statement stands by doing what they believe is the right thing regardless of the consequences. "We realized in making our objection that it would give rise to grotesque mischaracterizations and fallacious arguments. We did not fully anticipate the degree of maliciousness and corruption that would visit us. Nevertheless, we believe we did what we should have."