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Athanasius Press is coming out with a new “Answers in an Hour” book by Doug Wilson, Why Ministers Must be Men.

Get ready to get one . . . or a dozen.

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Yum

Ok, take a good, long look at that stuff the guy in the picture to the left is holding in his hand.

It’s called “huitlacoche” (we-la-ko-chee) . . . or “corn smut.” A fungus that grows on ears of corn.

Here’s the question: Does that look nourishing to you? no wait. Does that look delicious to you?

Well, sounds like you’d better get used to seeing it around. Scientists say this stuff is almost unrivaled for its nutritional value. Mexicans say it is delicious and view it as a delicacy and so do many other people whose taste is classified by those who know as “refined.”

Steve Sando, who is identified in this story as an “epicurean” says this about it: “Who cares about the nutritional value? The flavors are amazing!”

Yeah.

Ok, sorry Steve, but I’m just not up to putting what looks like 3 week-old cows’ brains in my mouth right now.

Nope. Can’t do it.

[HT: George Shubin]

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I take back every snide remark I’ve made about the Apple “Ipad” — concert pianist Lang Lang finally has found a good use for it. And, I have to admit, this is pretty nice.

This was his encore in a concert in San Francisco the other night: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

Now if he’ll do this on a bus, we got something.

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Happy Earth Day!

I saw a note that the date for Earth Day (April 22) was chosen because it was V. I. Lenin’s birthday.

Well, interesting, but that is probably not correct, given the stated rationale of the founder of Earth Day, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (Wisconsin) — but still, it is a fun thought isn’t it?

Note this hilarious entry in Wikipedia:

April 22, 1970 was the 100th birthday of Vladimir Lenin. Time reported that some suspected the date was not a coincidence, but a clue that the event was “a Communist trick,” and quoted a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as saying, “Subversive elements plan to make American children live in an environment that is good for them.” J. Edgar Hoover, director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, may have found the Lenin connection intriguing; it was alleged the FBI conducted surveillance at the 1970 demonstrations. The idea that the date was chosen to celebrate Lenin’s centenary still persists in some quarters, although Lenin was never noted as an environmentalist.

“Lenin was never noted as an environmentalist.”

Uh . . . yeah . . . . I think that’s accurate.

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Mark Horne’s post titled “Who has kept the Law” reminded me that just as many misunderstand what it means to “keep the law” so many misunderstand the term “righteousness.”

We assume that “righteousness” is “sinless perfection.” Thus, we when we see the word “righteousness” we think “sinlessness.” Luther speaks of trembling in terror over the thought of having to stand before a “righteous” God as a sinful man. “Righteousness” was a terrifying concept to him and historically, Protestants have taken the same view. To most, God’s “righteousness” is something to be dreaded and feared.

But this attitude toward God’s righteousness is not the attitude toward God’s righteousness that we find in Scripture. Surely, the wicked ought to be in terror over the thought of standing before a righteous God. But the faithful view God’s righteousness as a great comfort and the source of great joy. Note what we read in the Bible:

God assures Isaiah that it is His righteousness that insures His deliverance of His people (Isaiah 45:21). Thus, when His righteousness draws near, His salvation is going forth (Isaiah 51:5-6). God’s salvation is founded upon His unfailing righteousness. Thus, when salvation comes it is a revelation of God’s righteousness (Isaiah 56:1).

God’s righteousness is expressed in His lovingkindness — His covenant love — indeed, the psalmist effectively equates the two (Psalm 36:10; 103:17-18). Because of this God’s righteousness is always good news to His people (Psalm 40:9-10). Proclaiming the gospel is, therefore, the revelation of God’s righteousness (Rom. 1:16-17).

God’s righteousness, therefore, is the basis for praise rather than terror (Psalm 35:28). It is the foundation for hope rather than despair (Psalm 71:14-15). This is so because His righteousness is His faithfulness to His covenant purposes. He is righteous in all His ways (Psalm 145:17) and because He is righteous, the faithful will be preserved and the wicked destroyed (Psalm 145:18-20).

As His image-bearers, we are to be like Him. We are to be righteous sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, citizens and neighbors. Righteousness is expressed within covenant bonds of love and thus, it is never merely a matter of keeping to the rules, staying within the boundaries, or refusing to stray outside the lines. Righteousness is living in fidelity to God’s Word in the context of trust, loyalty, and love.

To be righteous then, is to be faithful to the God of righteousness. Job is an upright man (Job 1:1). He not only refused to rebel against God (shunning evil) but feared Him. This is righteousness. (more…)

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Well, just ask me if I’m fired up about this — and I’ll say “yes!”

The European Union commissioner for enterprise and industry, Antonio Tajani, has stated that getting to take a vacation to a foreign country is a basic human right. He put it thisaway:

Traveling for tourism today is a right. The way we spend our holidays is a formidable indicator of our quality of life,

Brussels has agreed, declaring that “tourism is a human right and pensioners, youths and those too poor to afford it should have their travel subsidised by the taxpayer…” It is expected that the European Union will subsidize about 30% of the cost.

NOW we are talking, eh?

If we can only get President Obama to agree with this (and why wouldn’t he?) — we’ll be packing our bags! Me and Momma are going to Milan or maybe Athens or Paris or someplace really exotic. And maybe, by the time we get there, housing will be a basic human right and they’ll give us a house to live in too!

Wow. VA-CA-SHUN! I’m sayin.

Is this a great time to be alive or what?

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The Pope nods off during mass in Malta.

The guy to his left apparently is his official “waker-uper” (or “Pope-poker”).

At least he didn’t fall out of his chair . . . ex cathedra . . . as it were.

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