Saturday Summary

Here's some of what I enjoyed this week on the Web.

There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
— Blaise Pascal

Saturday Summary

Highlights from my weekly webscavations:

American Morality — This classic gem from G. K. Chesterton is right on the money about the weird American tendency to mistake tribal values for abstract morals.

If you're not paranoid, you're crazy — A brilliantly written article from the Atlantic on national and corporate spying, and how we are crazy if we pretend it isn't happening.

German pastor pays price for his faith (video) — A good reminder to have perspective about the cost of discipleship in an increasing hostile West.

My Share in the Pastor's Study — A woman's reflections on sharing in her husband's pastoral.

Saturday Summary

Here's what I found most interesting this week.

Self-Driving Cars Must Be programmed to Kill — To minimize death tolls, cars are programmed to steer into the lesser of two groups of people when avoiding one is only possible by hitting the other..

What is the Earliest List of the NT Canon? — Michael Kruger answers. (HT: Challies)

The Sad Truth About Airfares — Basically, complex algorithms have done away with predicting the lowest airlines fares, or even if it will be cheaper to buy a roung-trip instead of two one-ways. (HT: Challies)

The Value of a Well-Trained Clergy — Al Mohler explains the need for carefully equipped pastors.

Saturday Summary: Craigslist Writing Gold

I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972. — A Craigslist "Missed Connections" post worthy of a Pulitzer. God writing lives in weird places.

Does Heb 12:4 teach sanctification through works? — Dr. Clark gives a cogent biblical and confessional voice to this important subject. He says, "The power of faith is its object. The object of faith is Christ. It is by faith that we have Christ and all of his benefits (justification, sanctification, and glorification). Works are necessary, as the Reformed writers repeatedly said as the necessary fruit and evidence or the necessary consequence of our salvation. We are not saved through them or by them."

Building a hut from scratch (video) — A fascinating demonstration of primitive technology, and a testament to one man's patience and hard work.

The Saturday Summary

Here are some articles and links I found worthwhile this week.

The Victims of Pompeii — New research based on CT scans says Pompeii's victims had great teeth and died of head injuries rather than asphyxiation, as was previously thought. This confirms ancient accounts of covering their heads with pillows as the volcano rained down. (HT: The Verge)

The Really Big One — A lengthy but gripping article on the latest research related to the Cascadia subduction zone. Scientific consensus suggests a one-in-three odds of the fault line slipping catastrophically within our lifetime. (HT: Dan York)

Private Sin, Public Fallout — Clint Archer discusses the very real consequences of sin, and how we tell ourselves we are exceptions to that rule.

What the Pill Has Wrought — A fascinating Roman Catholic perspective on the social consequences of introducing "cheap sex" to a culture.

Seb Lester's Hand Drawn Calligraphy (video) — I'm always a sucker for genuine craft, and this man has it in spades. (HT: Devour)

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All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
— 1 Pet 1:24-25