Combing the Net – 7/17/2012

9 Really Strange Sports That Are No Longer in the Olympics — Probably a good thing they went back to using clay pigeons for shooting events, rather than live ones…

“The Vertue of the Coffee Drink”: An ad from the 1650’s — This incredible new beverage sounds like a magical elixir that can cure anything! I’m a believer.

A Man Is Punctual: The Importance of Being on Time — This is a tremendous (and convicting) list of reasons why it is so important to be on time. The summary:

Being late takes a toll on your life. Always running behind simply hurts you in all areas of your life. It results in lost opportunities: missing a plane, missing a meeting, missing an important part of a lecture, missing a wedding. It creates stress and can lead to car accidents and traffic tickets. It results in embarrassment and forces you to come up with excuses for why you’re late, putting a strain on your honesty. Basically, it makes your life more complicated; for men seeking to simplify their lives, cultivating punctuality is an essential part of that path.

Two Classes in America, Divided By “I Do” — A thought-provoking article on how members of different income brackets approach marriage and family differently.

Estimates vary widely, but scholars have said that changes in marriage patterns — as opposed to changes in individual earnings — may account for as much as 40 percent of the growth in certain measures of inequality. Long a nation of economic extremes, the United States is also becoming a society of family haves and family have-nots, with marriage and its rewards evermore confined to the fortunate classes.

Is Your Church Unified in These 5 Ways? — Mark Driscoll on why churches should strive for theological, relational, philosophical, missional, and organizational unity.

What Is the Rapture? — One of things which would fall under the category of “open-handed issues” in the previous article is eschatology. Christians can have differing interpretations of how and when Christ will return, while remaining unified on the fact that He will return to put an end to sin forever, and that believers will spend eternity with the Lord. I, for one, share R.C. Sproul’s interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, which is the passage most commonly referred to as describing the “rapture” (though I wish he’d left out the paragraph where he describes an encounter with a “leading representative” of an opposing viewpoint, which is a fallacious argument; I know plenty of Dispensationalists who do “get [their] theology from the Bible rather than from Sunday School lessons [they] heard years and years ago).

One of the reasons I love the guitar is it’s versatility. People are always finding new techniques to make this instrument sound amazing! (HT: Z)

2 comments on “Combing the Net – 7/17/2012

  1. Enoch says:

    I assume that you’ve seen Walk Off the Earth’s version of “Somebody I Used to Know” with all five of them playing on one guitar. It’s been making the rounds for a while now, but always an interesting watch.

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