Saturday, March 28, 2015

Baptist Autographs, and other reviews

The posting of book reviews does not constitute endorsement of the books or book reviews that are linked.

Friday, March 27, 2015


Too often, we make prayer showy, shallow and self-centered. It ought to be simple, sincere and spiritual. Here are some things people have said about prayer that you might enjoy and find helpful.

"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart." -- John Bunyan

"We tend to use prayer as a last resort, but God wants it to be our first line of defense. We pray when there's nothing else we can do, but God wants us to pray before we do anything at all." -- Oswald Chambers

"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" -- Corrie ten Boom

"I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer." -- Martin Luther

"God can pick sense out of a confused prayer." -- Richard Sibbes

"When at night you cannot sleep,
Talk to the Shepherd and stop counting sheep." (Author unknown)

"Saying one's prayers isn't exactly the same thing as praying." -- Lucy M. Montgomery (in Anne of Green Gables

"Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed;
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast." (James Montgomery)

Lord, teach us to pray.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Surprised by Joy

By William Wordsworth

Surprised by joy—impatient as the Wind
I turned to share the transport—Oh! with whom
But Thee, long buried in the silent Tomb,
That spot which no vicissitude can find?
Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind—
But how could I forget thee?—Through what power,
Even for the least division of an hour,
Have I been so beguiled as to be blind
To my most grievous loss!—That thought’s return
Was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore,
Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn,
Knowing my heart’s best treasure was no more;
That neither present time, nor years unborn
Could to my sight that heavenly face restore.

Source: Poems (1815)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adams' Apples of Gold

"It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation." -- John Adams

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dear Gay Community, and other links

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Brobdingnagian   \ brob-ding-NAG-ee-uhn \ ,  an adjective meaning "of huge size; gigantic; tremendous."

"Brobdingnagian  entered English in the mid-1700s by way of Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels , in which Brobdingnag is the name of a region where everything is of enormous size."

Monday, March 23, 2015

Normal life and other quotes

The posting of quotes by human authors does not constitute agreement with either the quotes or their sources.

Doc Holliday to Wyatt Earp in Tombstone: "There's no normal life, Wyatt, it's just life. Get on with it."

"The man who knows himself least is likely to have a cheerful if groundless confidence in his own moral worth." -- A. W. Tozer

"Is it not true that we can see the work of GOD in others more easily than we can see the same in ourselves? If this were not so we would soon be lifted up and destroyed in our pride. That man who rejoices and speaks constantly of the work of the SPIRIT in himself is probably devoid of the same." -- Mike McInnis

"Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late." -- Benjamin Franklin 

"He who laughs, lasts!" -- (published by) Mary Pettibone Poole (though perhaps from an earlier source)

"Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due." -- often attributed to William Ralph Inge, but has been found to predate his saying it

"If you want to change the public's perceptions of this or that, attack their understanding of history and revise it. Most people today are so ignorant of history (and so unwilling to study it for themselves) that they will take your word for it and revise their views." -- Robert Hughes

"Truth is the same through all generations." -- Tom Fillinger

Helvetica and Times New Roman walk into a bar.
"Get out of here!" shouts the bartender. "We don't serve your type."

Sacred Harp Book Company web site

The Sacred Harp Book Company now has a web site. The web site can be found HERE. From the "store" page you can order The Sacred Harp, 2012 Revised Cooper Edition per each or by the case (20). It's pretty basic, but it is a new convenience for ordering online that was not previously available.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Christ's human nature

"What is Christ's human nature? That is the rock on which many gallant ships have struck. It is not a person, having a distinct existence apart from the Deity of Christ; but it is a nature: what the Holy Ghost calls a "Holy Thing" (Luke 1:35); "a body that God had prepared for him" (Heb. 10:5), taken into intimate, mysterious, and inexplicable union with the Person of the Son of God. So that, whatever that human nature did and suffered, from its intimacy and union with the Son of God, the Son of God did and suffered." -- J. C. Philpot

"Mr. Philpot used the correct terminology in describing this union when he said it was an “inexplicable union”.  We often spend too much time trying to explain the unexplainable and simply wind up where Job did, with our mouths closed in wondrous amazement." -- Mike McInnis

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jonquil Festival Singing in Arkansas

Last year we had our first Sacred Harp Singing in Washington, Arkansas. The singing was a reintroduction of Sacred Harp to this area. This Sunday, March 22, 2015, we will meet for the "second annual" singing. The singing is at the Washington State Park's conclusion of the Jonquil Festival, and will be held in the historic Washington Methodist Church. The church building is on Hwy 195, just off U.S. Hwy 278. We will begin at 3:30 p.m. and sing till about 5:30. Please join us.

The Best Chinese Food Restaurant in Texas

In the online article The Best Chinese Food Restaurant in Every State, Yahoo Editor Jeff O'Heir tells us that the best Chinese food in state of Texas is found at the Chicken Lollypop in Austin. Chicken Lollypop is located at 1005 E. Braker Lane, Austin, TX 78753. O'Heir notes us that you initially find yourself in East Braker Lane Food Mart and that the restaurant is toward the back of the store. Phone is (512) 909-9826.
The "best" rating in this piece comes through Yelp. It is based on "the number of stars and amount of reviews each restaurant received from Yelpers. The higher the combined number, the better the ranking." (For the Chicken Lollypop it was 4.5 stars and 208 reviews.) I hope to give it a try the next time I’m in Austin.