A lot of links today. And probably something for everyone. Enjoy (preferably with a cup of non-lethal joe).
Engaging Scripture Through the Spirit
Brad Stanford shares his thoughts on allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our study of scripture. How do we know we’re hearing God and not something or someone else? Are we able to receive more information from God than what is actually contained in scripture?
Our Disconnected Families
One of the greatest benefits of living in Africa is that there are less distractions. I’m able to spend a great deal of quality time with both my wife and my daughter. And quality time with one’s family seems to be going the way of split pants and cup ball. This essay is a snapshot of four dads and what they do when given time to eat lunch with their children — a true story. And a sad one at that.
The Secret of Great Men: Deliberate Practice
More and more these days, the idea is coming under fire that natural talent and ability is the determining factor in success and achievement. Here is one more article that suggests as much. It is not genetics, but deliberate practice, that is the key to success.
5 Thing You Didn’t Know About a Guy of Whom You’ve Never Heard
Have you ever heard of Nolan Bushnell? Me either. But the guy invented Pong, Atari, AND Chuck E. Cheese. Can you believe that?! One guy. One incredibly amazing and completely genius man with whom I’d like to share a meal… or a bank account.
A Man Dies of Caffeine Overdose
From the title I thought this article was going to be really bad news to me (6-8 cups of coffee every morning). But then I read Dr. Braverman’s statement — that a lethal dose of caffeine would be about 10,000 milligrams — or 100 cups of coffee. So I’m only 7-8% dead after my morning binge.
This gift just in time for the holidays is from none other than Jones Soda Co. You guys know how much I love bacon. So much so, in fact, that this link was sent to me in an email from one of my top five blog readers, knowing that I’d enjoy it. Thanks, JMF (who probably calls it Bacon Pop — where I come from it’d be Bacon Coke).
Barefoot Running — Anatomy of Foot Skin
From Dr. Daniel Howell, one of the guys most intelligently promoting the barefoot running movement. Our feet are designed to work barefoot.
An Alabama Fan Crying About the Football Season
I love listening to Alabama fans whine and cry about a poor season (not that this one is really poor from them — just sub-perfect). But it’s especially fun when it’s Jay Guin, of progressive Church of Christ fame. Jay says (among other things):
I’m inconsolable. And, yes, I have a son at Auburn. And, no, that doesn’t make it any easier. Now I have to live with the whole thing. Life has lost all meaning. There is no hope. There is no balm in Tampa or wherever we wind up playing. Oh, the pain of dashed high expectations!
But Wait, Jay — There is Hope. There is a Balm. There is a Chance.
Jay, your beloved Crimson Tide can still win the SEC Championship. It’s still remains a possibility. This article says so. All you need to happen is the following (incredibly complicated and difficult-to-comprehend scenario):
Alabama needs to defeat Mississippi State and Auburn. The Crimson Tide needs Auburn to lose to Georgia this week at home and LSU to lose to Ole Miss on Nov. 20 at Baton Rouge, La., or to Arkansas on Nov. 27 at Little Rock, Ark.
In a three-way tie with LSU losing to Arkansas, the three teams would be 1-1 against each other, both Alabama and Auburn defeated Arkansas while LSU lost to Arkansas. That would eliminate LSU. Alabama would go to the championship game by virtue of beating Auburn head-to-head.
In a three-way tie with LSU losing to Ole Miss, the three teams would be 1-1 against each other and 2-0 against Arkansas and Mississippi State, both Alabama and Auburn defeated Ole Miss while LSU lost to Ole Miss. That would eliminate LSU. Alabama would go to the championship game by virtue of beating Auburn head-to-head.
Alabama also would represent the Western Division in a four-team tiebreaker between itself, Arkansas, Auburn and LSU (if it loses to Arkansas). In the head-to-head against the four teams, Alabama and Auburn would be 2-1 (both defeated Arkansas, Alabama defeated Auburn and Auburn defeated LSU; LSU lost to Arkansas and Auburn; Arkansas lost to Alabama and Auburn). Alabama would get the tiebreaker by virtue of a victory over Auburn.
So you’re saying there’s a chance…?