Kashmir by elementary kids…Music teachers, take note!

I haven’t linked to Nate Claiborne in awhile, but his music blog for this Monday delighted me. It’s a video of a group of children aged 7-12 years playing a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir almost exclusively on percussion instruments such as xylophones and glockenspiels.More music teachers should do this!


Why Obstacles Matter

Chris Horst, one of the authors of Mission Drift, has some good thought in his Monthly Musings this month, about how challenges, and struggling/working to overcome them, are important to our growth and development. Isn’t this also

Links of the Week March 16-22

A bit late this week, again, but better late than never. I’ve been a bit busy reading Raising Steam, and visiting friends today. Here’s our weekly link roundup, including a free book:


I haven’t seen this yet, and I don’t know if I will. However, I more or less agree with Cooke. I posted about this here but Cooke makes some very valid points.


C.S. Lewis: On a Flat Earth Theory

Yay for the non-round earth!

Bible on Tap

This comes in addition to my recent post on “Myths” associated with the Middle Ages. An era of ignorance and superstition imposed upon Europe by the influence of Christianity.

flat_earthThe commonly held myth is that Medieval Christendom believed in a flat earth. The origin of these myths can be traced back to intentional slants against Christianity. It was the effort of ‘Enlightened” men to make a break with the past. To discredit useful information intentionally in order to over turn the foundations of the Medieval world and create new foundations for the coming modern age.

Along with intentional historical error are many misconceptions about the Medieval period. It takes the work of experts really to determine that the literature of the ancient world, though it is filled with seemingly barbaric beliefs, they are anything but barbaric. C. S. Lewis had a lot to say about this in his lectures…

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10 Myths Scientists Believe

Excellent. I do love myth exploding.

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from Re-Boot Christianity

I saw a tweet today from @DiscoveryCSC regarding thisarticle. The tweet said it would be nice if there was a list of myths most scientists believe.
Ask, and you shall receive.
With no further ado, Reboot Christianity’s 10 myths scientists believe:

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Two Historical Myths – Two Historical Revisions: Part 2

The second installment of this article on historical myths that I posted yesterday. Interesting reading – love reading about the compatability of science and Christianity!

Bible on Tap

498px-Christopher_Columbus Andrew Dickson (1832-1918) is responsible for one of the most influential books every written on “the conflict between science and theology”. His summary that has been copied in almost all common textbooks is as follows;

“The warfare of Columbus [with religion] the world knows well: how the Bishop of Ceuta worsted him in Portugal; how sundry wise men of Spain confronted him with the usual quotation from Psalms, from St. Paul, and from St. Augustine; how, even after he was triumphant, and after his voyage had greatly strengthened the theory of the earth’s sphericity… the church by its highest authority solemnly stumbled and persisted in going astray… the theological barriers to this geographical truth yielded but slowly.”

I remember hearing this from a young age. Even as most of my curriculum was christian because of my home schooling. The problem is that most accounts such as these are almost completely…

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It’s all Greek to me, except where it’s Hebrew

Came across an article by Joey Dodson “Ain’t No Testament Like the Greek Old Testament Cause the Greek Old Testament Rocks” about the Septuagint (the Greek version of the Old Testament), which is about the oldest text of the Old Testament that we have. It’s interesting. Particularly so when we consider that many Bibles (including the KJV) are based on a much younger text, the Masoretic Text, which although it is in Hebrew, dates to around thd year 1000 A.D. Compare this with the Septuagint, dating from 2-300 years before Jesus, and quoted by Him in the New Testament.

I’m not arguing for one over the other, nor for a particular English translation, I just find it interesting. I think we should take both into consideration when translating (see the comments on the article). Like Sprinkle comments “I think we need to at least allow for the LXX representing the original inspired Hebrew text over against the MT” especially where it agrees with thd Dead Sea Scrolls, for example, over the Masoretic Text (MT).
I might do some reading in the English translations of the Septuagint, comparing it to the KJV (or more likely NKJV for me) version of the Psalms,  like Dodson writes about.

Two Historical Myths – Two Historical Revisions: Part 1

I enjoyed reading this. It’s good to see one of the more interesting eras of European history starting to escape its “Dark” and wasted reputation. Also good to see thoughtful Christian historical scholarship 🙂

I also found this other article, also from Bible on Tap very worth the read: The Myth of the “Dark Ages” – Discovering Christian Heritage

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For centuries it has been commonly held that after the fall of Rome came the “Dark Ages” -many centuries of ignorance and superstition imposed across Europe by Christianity.

“a dark, dismal patch, a sort of dull and dirty chunk of some ten centuries, wedged between the shinning days of the golden Greeks… and the brilliant galaxy of light given out jointly by those twin luminaries, the Renaissance and the Reformation.”-Anne Fremantle

Also Voltaire (1694-1778) described the long era as when “barbarism, superstition, and ignorance covered the face of the world”. These same sentiments were carried on by Edward Gibbon, and Rousseau. Likewise popular historian Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) agreed that “it is not inappropriate to call these centuries dark, especially if they are set against what came before and what came after.”

The term Renaissance and Enlightenment often appear simultaneously, at times along with the word…

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Winter Olympics 2014: Are high-tech suits to blame for As U.S. speed skaters’ struggles? – CBS News

I understand asking the question here, but what I’ve seen in the media and on social media is a lot of people lambasting these high tech suits, and making just about any excuse for the US speed skaters not winning all the medals except that they might simply have been beat.
It’s sadly something I see a lot here. Not everyone, obviously,  but it seems fairly common to expect one’s sports team, even down to the elementary school level, to win. And to not accept anything less.
It’s kinda sad, and takes a lot if fun out of the sport to me. When my son plays sport, it’s to have fun. If it’s all about winning, well, he’s not going to be playing anymore. It can get that serious when he’s older, like an adult, maybe. But if it’s only about winning, at the expense of a love of the sport itself and of competing, then, no.

I mean, sure, I expect Australia to beat America at cricket, if they were to play.  Australia has long been a dominant force in the sport. If the ‘states began to develop a team, and got good, that might be less of an assumption. I’m not always going to expect Australia to win, but I do expect them to be competitive.
That’s what seems to be the difference here, there’s not an hope and satisfaction with America being competitive – it seems to me to be an expectation of success, and ultimate success, with no less than winning acceptable.

And that filters back down in to even small children’s competition. It’s kinda sad.
It lacks sportsmanship.
And it teaches children to lack the same. And that’s not cool.

I have to say I am glad that the team, and some media have come out and said, “no it’s not the suits, it’s us” – because maybe that’s a sign if things changing. But it should be the first reaction, not the response to a blame game, right?

Review: Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches

Well, it’s been a very busy month, and I’ve not read nearly as much as I’d hoped, but I have written more than I had expected. Admittedly later than intended, here is my review of Mission Drift: The Unspoken Crisis Facing Leaders, Charities, and Churches by: Peter Greer. Chris Horst, with Anna Haggard.

We’ve all done it – you start out burning some scrap wood and wind up with a bonfire. You planned to share a link, and wrote a lengthy post about it. You started cleaning the living room and wound up redecorating. (more…)