Only two of them are really working. The third is making faces at the ball in his hand, in which he has discovered his own reflection.Things like this, stimulated by secular celebration of the season should cause Christians to notice
...the holy spark that smolders underneath all this gratuitous tinsel and voltage. ... While true believers lament the crass commercialization of Christmas and the loss of Jesus as the reason for the season, the Holy Spirit haunts the most secular ceremonies:She admits:
There are all kinds of things wrong with the way we celebrate Christmas. We eat too much, we spend too much, we sentimentalize too much, we worry too much. Those excesses cannot douse the holy instincts that underlie them. We really are hungry. We really do want to give and receive. We really do want to feel deeply, live peaceably, sleep soundly and rise renewed.And concludes:
God is in the midst of it, after all, still hunting new flesh in which to be born.Or to put it the way Yancey does, in the book I've been reading for the last few months, at this time of year much that ordinary people do offers rumors of Another World.
Thanks to Mirabilis.ca for pointing me to this too!I see that there is also a site on New Kingdom Egypt, that would be even more relevant for Hebrew Bible students, I must explore that too, but first back to the marking...
What's the most offensive TV cooking show?Amen, on both counts!
There's one [in the US] by Sandra Lee. She seems to suggest that you can make good food easily, in minutes, using Cheez Whiz and chopped-up Pringles and packaged chili mix. It inspires people to have low expectations and to settle for less, and I think that's not doing God's work.
Being a chef is God's work?
Oh, yeah. What better profession? We feed people. We nuture them. We provide a real service. We're the salt of the earth. We may be the backstairs help but we do something useful, and, once in a while, transcendent and inspiring.
...is yet another example of how the Internet can turn a traditional industry on its head in a flash.He argues that the crisis in monograph economics is a consequence (in part) of journal prices:
The reason being that as journal prices rise, libraries are forced to cut back on purchasing books and other materials so that they can maintain a journal subscription that is needed by a certain department (which might have only a handful of readers per year). Journal prices rise much more rapidly than book prices. Therefore the percentage of a library budget going to research journals expands yearly to the detriment of the book budget.Currently even the big aggregators each only cover some of the relevant journals. By aggregating at the search level Google Scholar changes this, and offers:
..an inexpensive means for scholars and scientists to make sure that their papers and articles are distributed inexpensively and throrougly.It may help bypass one of the main causes for the failure of many electronic publishing ventures:
...the difficulty of making sure that these materials are easily findable and then readable.By turning electronic scholarship into a "vertical industry", and offering a centralised search of only scholarly (quality assured) material, Google Scholar opens the possibility of:
...a cottage industry developing (both for profits and non-profits) who can use Google's reach to rapidly and efficiently find wide circulation.
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