Combing the Net – 9/24/2010

Top 10 New Foods at 2010 State Fairs — Mmm…. corn dog pizza….

Breakthrough Technology That Changes Everything — Two funny videos introducing the Bio-Optically Organized Knowledge Center (BOOK).

Wall Street Journal on Adoption — The WSJ published an article yesterday about the resurgence of Christian orphan care and adoption, led by Dr. Russell Moore. (HT: Denny Burk)

Jesus Paid Taxes — Mark Dever’s sermon from this past Sunday has been described by several great pastors and theologians as “one of the best sermons ever preached on Christianity and the state”. I’ve not listened to enough sermons on the topic to offer such superlatives, but it is quite good. Collin Hansen has written a great reflection/summary of the sermon, which is available here.

Patriots in Babylon — A thoughtful post on the role of patriotism in the Church.

“We should avoid the excess and impoverishment of patriotism. Beware those who use religion to rally believers to serve a political cause. A sanctified patriotism is dangerous—both for sane politics and for the integrity of religious faith. But avoid overcompensating and thus stymieing the patriotic impulse. We should encourage the innate human tendency toward social solidarity, for it can lead us to overcome our selfishness and motivate us to serve the common good.”

I recently purchased “The Valley of Vision“, a collection of Puritan prayers & devotions edited by Arthur Bennett. I never cease to be amazed by the thoughtfulness and the writings of the Puritans!  A few years ago, Sovereign Grace Music put out a CD of songs based on prayers based on this book. Here’s a recording of the first song, based on the first prayer in the book:

And here’s the prayer:

THE VALLEY OF VISION

Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly
Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heard,
that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit
that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
that to have nothing is to possess all,
that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
that to give is to receive,
that the valley is the place of vision.
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;
Let me find thy light in my darkness,
thy life in my death,
thy joy in my sorrow,
thy grace in my sin,
thy riches in my poverty,
thy glory in my valley.

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