Weekend Reading: February 6, 2016

Welcome to another cold and frosty February weekend! This is the weekend reading, an listing (with some commentary) of the most interesting and relevant articles, videos, blogs and more from this past week. So in case you were leading a normal life this week, you may have missed some of this, so enjoy a quick catch up…

A very interesting interview from December of 1970 with Martyn Llyod-Jones was sent my way this week, and is still pertinent today. He is addressing the “modern image of man” by a secular reporter. What follows is brilliance. (h/t to my mom!)

A very odd news story from the AP cropped up this week that had several of my friends shaking their heads – turns out that the government will pay you thousands of dollars to stay out of jail! (h/t Marty G.)

The Wall Street Journal has a helpful travel article on ‘The Surprisingly Easy Way to Score a Year of Free Flying’. 

On immigration…The Washington Examiner says, ‘We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether’. 

For all of you Downton Abby lovers, you’ll enjoy – Downton Abby meets Star Wars

FYI – this month’s FREE Christianaudio.com title is ‘I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist’.  I haven’t read this book, but I have heard its very good. Although, theologically, I believe Geisler is soteriology backwards, I respect his apologetic abilities, and I hear this books is really interesting.

The one story I wanted to read but didn’t have time: Inside the Sneaker Industry: How NBA Shoe Deals Work. 

Now to the Presidential election, where there was plenty of activity…

HILARIOUS: Colbert has Donald Trump debate himself

NOT Colbert: Donald Trump rolls out the expletives at Portsmouth rally (this is the guy Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed…still want to send your kids to Liberty?)

Big to-do over Ted Cruz’s “dirty” tactics in Iowa…this is rather unfortunate, it looks like the Cruz campaign deliberately deceived Carson supporters.  Cruz ended up winning the Caucus – results HERE.  I’m not sure how much his tactics really hurt Carson, who ended up actually over-performing his polling expectations.  Besides the Carson issue, Cruz sent controversial mailers in an effort to “shame” voters into turning out to vote on caucus day. 

The week already wasn’t going well for Carson: Ben Carson slashes staff as funds dry up

Turns out that Jeb Bush spent about $2,884 per vote that he received in Iowa...not a great ROI.

Pretty Funny: Top 10 Political Cliches 

Even Funnier –  Poor, Awkward Jeb Bush Is Giving People Secondhand Embarrassment

In the lead up to the New Hampshire primary election on Tuesday, Trump is resisting staff pleas for increased ground forces and data. Sort of an industry process story, but interesting.

And ‘Candidates try to avoid knockout in N.H.’ 

If you’re living in somewhere NOT named New Hampshire, then you may not have seen the candidate ads (I know, you’re missing out, right?!).  Here’s the best Bush ad (really good), here’s Kasich’s closing argument, Tim Scott on Rubio.  New Carson video on Cruz voicemails in Iowa…

Other items you may have missed…Kasich SNOWBALL FIGHT! AND…Rubio Iowa speech…AND this guy can’t stand Chris Christie!  Kasich: I’d be the worst VP ever!

And finally, some levity thanks to friends in Montana who sent this along earlier in the week:

text me those codes!

Weekend Reading: January 30, 2016

Good Saturday morning! This email is a weekly compilation of the most pertinent and interesting stories, videos, blogs, and (occasionally) books that I’ve enjoyed throughout the course of the week. Honestly, “enjoyed” may be a strong word, but some thing you just simply must be aware of. Don’t linger on everything, but scan and scroll and see what you need to catch up on!

As a follow up to the Hollywood outrage over the lack of black actors winning awards at a recent award ceremony, Thomas Sowell writes on Hollywood’s racism and their “demand for villains” (h/t Ben F!). Here’s the best excerpt: With all the heated and bitter debates between those who believe in heredity and those who believe in environment as explanations of group differences in outcomes, both seem to ignore the possibility that some groups just do not want to do the same things as other groups.

I don’t always listen to it, but Al Mohler’s Briefing can be an excellent source of commentary on the latest news and events from a Christian worldview. On Thursday, his briefing was pretty interesting. He talks about America’s obsession with political polling, and addresses the NY Times editorial about how Planned Parenthood was “vindicated” recently – to be quite honest I had the editorial in my clips and deleted it out of disgust.

As you probably know, there was a GOP debate this week. This one was only 2 hours as opposed to previous marathons which tacked on an additional hour. Donald Trump wasn’t there (out of protest), and it actually made things easier to watch.  A lot less ad hominem attacks, and perhaps the best line of the night came from Ted Cruz at the very beginning when he said:

“I’m a maniac, and everyone else on this stage is stupid, fat, and ugly, and Ben,” — he gestured toward Ben Carson — “you’re a terrible surgeon,” he deadpanned. After a pause, he added, “Now that we’ve gotten the Donald Trump portion out of the way, I want to thank everyone here.”

Here’s Politico’s Top 10 Moments from the debate…

Fox News’ response to Donald Trump not participating… 

Trump was going to hold a charity fundraiser for wounded warriors (nice prop, don’t you think?), but as the Weekly Standard writes, for years he’s never given much money to these organizations. Furthermore, later in the week many of those organizations announced that they didn’t want his money.

Equally disgusting was the Cruz proposal to give $1.5million to a wounded warriors charity if Trump went one on one with him in a debate. 1. He’s ALSO using these vets as props and 2. It was clearly a politically motivated way to elevate him as the clear alternative to Trump.

Of course, like the child left out of the fun, Carly raise her hand “me too! me too!” agreeing to match the $1.5m, but then decided to “up the ante” to $2m.

Trump’s response to Cruz was actually pretty funny…I missed if he bothered to respond to Carly.

This set of stories literally turned my stomach. Besides the fact that the whole thing was so childish, anyone who has known vets personally, appreciates their service and the amazing sacrifice they’ve made for their country and countrymen. We have to be careful not to make them a political football with which to score points with the electorate.

More on the Presidential Campaign…

Some friends have asked me questions relating to 1. how the Iowa Caucuses work, and 2. When does all this voting begin?  Here is a link to the Wall Street Journal Calendar of events (including debates), and here is the Republican Party’s explanation of how each state works.

John Kasich is “wooing Iowa voters” from New Hampshire. Nice little insight (with video) of how the Governor’s campaign is going.

The Wall Street Journal says its time to start taking Bernie Sanders seriously.  And if you have to read one article on the presidential, this is the one I’d recommend you read. What does it mean when we say that Sanders is a “socialist”? Find out some specifics about what he’s proposing here, and what that means.

IJ Review produced a pretty funny little video with Marco Rubio that plays off his past football miscue.

Predictable: “Evangelical” “leader” Jerry Fallwell (Jr.) endorses Donald Trump

Recap: Erickson on Pastors for Trump

Challies linked to this article from the Cato Institute that argues ‘Christians should Vote for Good Governance over Good Theology’.  I sort of agree here with what he’s saying, though its not a very complete argument. The basics of what he is saying are sort of undermined by the argument’s shallowness. I think that if someone has the character qualities and integrity necessary to provide good leadership in office, then we should vote for them. If they are a Christian, then those qualities ought to be there, and therefore its a definite plus to have a Christian running for office (this is a line of argument Rubio has used recently, and one that Kasich has used for a long time now). However, what the heart of this article is getting at is this: if you are down to two options, one is an incompetent Christian, and the other is a competent man/woman of integrity who isn’t a Christian, then you should vote for the latter. This I agree with. I’ve met many bumbling Christians running for office, and I wouldn’t want them anywhere near the levers of power!  Still, there is a balance here. It would be a mistake to think that leadership doesn’t come with severe tests of character, and it is my belief that while every man on this earth is fallible and fallen, the men and women who have built their lives upon the “rock” (Matthew 7:24-27) will be much more likely not to make bad decisions in times of crisis.

Now for a few NON-PRESIDENTIAL stories (finally, right?)

Fascinating article my brother Alex sent along about how “nanowire” is being “grown” to make solar power more effective.

A sad ending to the Bundy standoff in Oregon. 

That’s it for this weekend!  As I was laying in bed last night, I appreciated some verses that came to mind from the past. They reminded me of the sovereign hand of God on all of history, and that the end goal of all history is his glory. This is what Paul says:

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36 ESV)

Weekend Reading: January 23, 2016

Good morning – and welcome to the weekend!  Here’s what I read this week, what happened that you may have missed, and what I found most interesting…

First I wanted to start with a reminder of how thankful I am. There are a lot of negative headlines, and stories that might make you shake your head this morning, but its at times like these when I find a dose of gratitude soothes my soul, and adds much needed perspective. This is how the author of Hebrews put it:

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:28-29 ESV)

On to the weekend clips!

Wonderful blog here by Meg Meeker on why daughters need their dads (h/t to my buddy Derek who passed this along). Some great stuff here. When I first became a dad, the first book my dad bought me was by Meg Meeker, and it was great.

I read two helpful and edifying blogs from Desiring God this week, both were from Dieudonne Tamfu, whom I had never read before. The first is called ‘Suffering is Our Story’ and though I found it basic, I also thought it a wonderful string of truth after truth that will reorient your day if you’ve been suffering. It caused me to look at past posts, and he’s got one that was good from a while back called ‘What Does the Rainbow Mean for Gays?’ this is also worth skimming.  The best scripture he quotes:

Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face. (Ezekiel 1:28)

…On to the HILARIOUS: ‘Undercover Boss Episode: Starkiller Base’

Tim Challies had a great blog post this week about parenting called ‘Before the Birds and the Bees’. He always provides a helpful perspective – especially as it concerns technology and children.

Speaking of Challies, he had a post about going “all in with E-books” that was probably way too long, but if you’ve ever thought about the pluses and minuses of e-books versus hardcover books, then you’ll find this interesting. Lot’s of pros, cons, and opinions offered that may help (or may just leave you where I am…using both).

There’s some notable controversy going on at Wheaton College about whether ‘Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God’ – get the full download from Justin Taylor here. 

Almost everything else I have is on the Presidential race, and the characters running for the highest office in the land. Here’s what happened this week…

In perhaps one of the most embarrassing speeches of her career, Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican nomination. I actually like Palin, but this exposed a side of her that is not very praiseworthy.

Speaking of Trump, Matt Walsh has written what can only be described as a withering warning to Christians entitled, ‘Dear Christians, If You Vote for a Godless Man, You are Asking for Tyranny’.  I appreciated my dear friend Matt P. sending this along for consideration this week, and while the piece could have been written a little more succinctly, Walsh raises some valid points of consideration. This is a must read.

On the same topic, here’s a story from the Washington Times (warning: their website is so littered with ads that I apologize in advance for any frustration) about Donald Trump’s speech at Liberty University. What got lost this week amid people making fun of Trump for mispronouncing “second” Corinthians as “two corinthians” were the words of Jerry Falwell Jr.  Falwell is the son of the late Jerry Falwell (Sr.), who spearheaded a Christian cultural movement often referred to as ‘The Moral Majority’. What bothered me most about the liberty speech was not Trump’s complete lack of understanding Biblical references, it was the fawning words of Falwell, who held Mr. Trump up as the paragon of Christlikeness and virtue. If you read Walsh (above), you’ll recognize the implicit irony of these statements. While Walsh trained his fire on Trump, I want to bring to attention the words of Falwell, and make sure Christians contemplate the full weight of their praise, and the character of the man they are praising.  Falwell is the head of what may be the largest Christian university in the world, and he’s giving more than an endorsement to Trump, he’s practically nominating him for sainthood.  Given the character of the candidate, Falwell’s words are misleading, foolish, and even dangerous. At the very least, no Christian ought to ever consider this man’s words worthy of trust. He has tarnished whatever legacy his father had as an influence for good in the culture. He has shown himself a fool, and unworthy of the influential position he holds. If I were in any way associated with Liberty University, I would be calling for his resignation, and if I were a member of his church, I would be asking whether church discipline was a necessary next step. I cannot contemplate a more reprehensible comparison than Falwell’s – that of a man like Donald Trump who says seeking forgiveness is unnecessary, embodies the virtues of the Lord Jesus Christ, who died to ensure forgiveness could even be made available.

Trump took advantage of the moment, releasing a new radio spot here. This one was was blooper free – but this one wasn’t…

While we’re on the topic of the GOP nomination, and faith, Ted Cruz has been staking a lot of his candidacy on his faith – the Dallas News has a story about that. It’s the Dallas News though, so don’t expect a glowing write up. Similarly, Marco Rubio was confronted by an atheist in Iowa this week, and here’s how he responded. “I’m more interested in eternity…I believe that God, our creator, became a man…and then he died, and he died to remove sins that we couldn’t remove up to that point. They could only be covered, but they couldn’t be removed. And as a result I now have the free gift of the opportunity to live forever with my creator and I believe that passionately…” (h/t to my well-informed grammy for posting on FB!) NOTE to Jerry Falwell Jr.:  Since discernment isn’t your forte, these are the words of a Christian candidate.

The big story out of New Hampshire this week was that John Kasich has been making a lot of headway with voters. In 6 of the last 7 publicly released polls Kasich is in second place. I must have read 30 news articles about this over the course of the week, and the theme of most is that Kasich’s style is more of the “happy warrior” who presents a different viewpoint to the anger many pundits see in the GOP primary electorate. This is largely driven by his faith, and a sense that he’s not the be-all end-all and if he doesn’t win, “life goes on”! (Full disclosure, I am working for Gov. Kasich). NOTE to Jerry Falwell Jr.:  These are the words of a Christian candidate.

The other big story on the campaign trail this week came on the Democratic side of the nominating contest. Hillary Clinton is in some real trouble. Serious trouble. I thought Joe Carter did a wonderful job summarizing the latest email developments in a Facebook post earlier this week. (thanks to Derek S. for reminding me of his post).  Fox News story 1 and Fox News story 2. Here’s the liberal Washington Post story (even they can’t hide their concern).  This is serious stuff, and ought to be the biggest scandal since Watergate (there’s where I agree with Joe Carter).

That’s all I have!  Remember that even though we live in a fallen, corrupt world, we can be grateful for the fact that Christ reigns and will one day come back again to end the suffering and misery and waywardness of our leaders, our nations, and ourselves. Have a wonderful weekend!

PJW

 

Weekend Reading: January 16, 2016

Welcome to the weekend!  Lot’s happened this week, so let’s get to it!

First, Rev. Russell Moore wrote a must-read column called, ‘Sorry, the Bible Doesn’t Promise to Make America Great Again’.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard 2 Chronicles 7:14 wrongly applied to America. And in light of all that the Presidential candidates are saying right now, this is a good reminder/perspective.

The big things that happened this week: Obama gave his final (thank goodness) State of the Union address, The GOP had a rather nasty  (but entertaining) debate, the stock market continued to plunge, Christ continued His reign.

What else? Well…

Walmart said its closing a lot of stores – here’s the list.

Jeb Bush continued to hemorrhage support (donors can’t wait to jump ship). And Chris Cillizza says its pretty hard to imagine him winning the nomination. 

Marco Rubio was endorsed by a “Controversial Theologian” (I couldn’t be laughing harder right now at Time Mag’s definition of “controversial”!)

Ted Cruz (born in the home of Maple Leafs) and his citizenship continued to persist as a topic of debate (thanks to Donald Trump who tweeted about it even this morning!). Here’s the controversial WaPo article discussing the matter.

Other interesting items…

Sean Penn stirred up his share of controversy when Rolling Stone released an interview he conducted of El Chapo (mexican drug scumbag). The only thing I can say about this article is that it was so disgustingly self-righteous and so disgustingly long, that I couldn’t even make it to the interview part. I’m only posting as an FYI so you know what’s going on in the world…I’m not advocating you spend time reading the whole thing!

More controversy…super swimmers!  This is definitely a sign of the times. What bothers me is that we see similar issues invading the church today.

Nice little blip about how John Kasich still attends (or tries to) a bi-weekly Bible Study.

And, did anyone else see this?? Kinda sad…

Shrill: Ann Coulter says “Deport Nickki Haley” 

Best blog of the week! Challies on ‘Amusing 1-Star Reviews of Great Books’

Another MUST READ for people trying to figure out the difference between Cruz and Rubio – look at the type of evangelicals who are supporting these two men. From my own observation, Cruz is probably a more devout or at least educated Christian. But I still can’t help but wince when I read articles like this…

Under the Radar: More Hillary email issues – looking like a Smoking Gun

Unfortunate reality setting in: J.I. Packer can no longer read or write. This is a man whose books have moved generations to their knees, and to a better understanding of their Creator. If you’ve never read any of his books, you owe it to yourself to pickup a copy of ‘Knowing God’

TECHNOLOGY: How to Use Snapchat (for those of us over 30). I found this pretty funny – and helpful (sadly)

Perspective: ‘Istanbul Suicide Bomber Entered Turkey as Syrian Refugee, Officials Say’.  Not the type of article that makes the case for letting in a mass of Syrian refugees to America.

This is just Gross! 

Finally, this is a long, but interesting read: ’50 years later, disagreements over young Trump’s military academy record’

That’s it! Have a great weekend!

PJW

Weekend Reading: January 9, 2016

Happy Weekend and Happy New Year to you!  After a brief holiday break, the Weekend Reading is back. So here are the most interesting articles, videos and blogs I collected throughout the last few weeks.

As you know there’s sort of standoff right now between the Bundy’s and the federal government out in the desert in OR. One of the most interesting articles I read was on how these guys are Mormons – militant Mormons! Which led me to wonder more about Captain Moroni, which led me to wonder more about these so-called ‘Nephites‘.  Enjoy the rabbit trail!

King….errr….President Obama recently issued an executive order having to do with gun control. Breitbart gives the rundown on why its a constitutional overreach.

Speaking of guns and gun control, The Donald recently had an interesting proposal for Hillary Clinton to consider.  

And there was a bit of a dust-up in the wake of John Piper’s article on whether or not Christians should carry guns – which itself was a reaction to the President of Liberty University encouraging students to “arm themselves.” I may have posted Tim Challies’ article on this a while back (which is an excellent summary of the matter), but just recently I was sent James White’s post on these matters and thought it worth passing along as a follow up. (h/t my Kate).

Back to the POTUS race, I thought this Presidential candidate tracker for 2015 was pretty cool. And this was my favorite Politico piece over the holidays: the 2015 Holiday Gif Guide!

I must have read the most random stuff during the holiday break, because here’s a hilarious story about how one guy several years back went home for the holidays only to realize that his bedding/sleeping setup looked, well ridiculous. He took some pictures, posted them online, and in the U.K. its become a sort of hilarious holiday tradition to do this…

Funny: College Students are Renting out their Dorm Rooms on AIRBNB: What Could Go Wrong?

If you’re like me, then you may have taken the family to the movie theater over Christmas to see the new Star Wars movie. My opinion? It was excellent!  But in follow up to that, Buzzfeed did what they do best, organized a list of 30 things you “definitely missed” in the movie (h/t Parris P. — and of course there are spoilers here).

And…if you’re like me, you used some of your free time over the holiday season to do some fun things – like draw BB-8!  I enjoyed this tutorial video…

Kind of an odd story that peaked my interest this week: This Robot Suit is Designed to Make You Feel 100 Years Old. 

And this is depressing…the cake bakers in OR who refused to make a cake for a lesbian wedding are being “silenced” by a judge and fined etc etc.  The hits just keep on coming for these guys.

Random: This was the Christmas music (lists) played by the Obama’s. This is probably the most secular list of Christmas songs I’ve seen in a long time. I mean, its hard to avoid good Christmas hymns since they makeup the bulk of the Christmas music montage, but boy to the Obama’s do a good job of it! (at least they kept on Silent Night and Away in a Manger).

Speaking of the holidays at the White House, here’s a nifty little feature you may have missed about the gingerbread cakes they made…

Now that its the new year, there are all kinds of challenges being issued, and expectations to live up to. I like the 100 book challenge that Tim Challies put out, and this follow up article on how to achieve it. John Piper makes the point, however, that there’s only one must-read book this year…

Lastly, here’s an article I haven’t been able to read yet but looks fascinating. It’s from 2013 and was mentioned in a recent seminary lecture of mine this week: From Hitler’s Wolves to Christ’s Lambs. 

Have a great weekend!  I’ll leave you with a great verse for the new year – a “restoring” reminder of God’s care and joyful love for His people:

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 ESV)

 

Weekend Reading: December 19, 2015

Welcome to the weekend!!!  Here’s a quick roundup of my favorite stories, blogs, videos and more from the week that was.

First off, this is Star Wars opening weekend and I got to see the ‘Force Awakens‘ with my daughter Chloe last night. I won’t post any spoilers here, but it looks like the film will break a lot of records. Here are some fan reactions from CNet (there ARE spoilers here).  All I will say is that our experience was really enjoyable, and that comparatively this may be the best Star Wars movie ever made – and that’s coming from someone who has been enjoying these movies since I was a kid. It left the prequels in the dust, corrected any of the problems that fans had with Ep.’s 1-3, took the best of Ep.’s 4-6 and enhanced the experience with better acting, well timed comedy, endearing new characters, and (of course) great fighting scenes.

There was another GOP debate this week, and I got to watch this one with my grandparents, in Portland, which was a lot of fun! In the days after the debate polling showed that Trump remained on top of the field. Politico has a rundown with the 13 biggest moments of the debate here. I enjoyed some parts of the debate – the parts I found most interesting were the exchanges on foreign policy between Sen. Rubio and Sen. Cruz – and the most annoying part of the debate for me was Gov. Christie bursting in with a dismissive word for ‘American viewers’ re: the Rubio/Cruz exchange. To him (and he supposed to us) these policy exchanges were just a bunch of boring Senate debate – In other words we had hit a moment in the debate where people were actually debating substance and Big Boy didn’t think Americans wanted to hear that. Overall I felt like it was an informative event though.

There’s some bad lip reading out...but not of the debate…(h/t Alex W.)

Kate told me she really enjoyed this new Rain for Roots album for Advent. I listened to some of it, and its worth checking out.

Maybe you caught this already, but the other night Jason Day and his wife were attending a Cavs game when LeBron James ‘plowed into her’.  She seems to be doing okay though. I was really impressed by James’ response, and frankly all parties public comms on this one were very dignified. Was trying to imagine what Tiger Woods would have said…(that would make a great Mad Lib wouldn’t it!?).

Speaking of Woods, apparently he’s making an effort to be human these days. According to a featurette I read in Time Magazine whilst I traveled to the left coast this week, he’s sounding pretty compassionate…almost…humble, actually.

Did you know: C.S. Lewis was a Secret Agent? (h/t Tim Challies)

Challies also posted a few articles about Circle, which I may have mentioned before. It looks very interesting and worthy of checking out. Circle is a device that sits in your home and governs the internet – protecting your family, and providing analytics, and even the ability to “pause” the internet for certain users. Interview with the founder here. Challies’ review here. It is worth scrolling through and reading what this can do and what they have coming up in the future – for $99, this is a worthy investment.

Speaking of Challies, he had an original post called ‘You Don’t Need a Date Night’ which was fantastic. I really agree with him on this one.

Now…a series of the best videos from the week…

Finally, I really enjoyed Joel Miller’s blog, ‘What we’re missing when it comes to nativity scenes‘ – I actually learned something new about nativity scenes in this one!, and appreciated his historical perspective.

That’s it! Have a great weekend!

PJW

Weekend Reading: December 12, 2015

Good morning!  Today’s weekend reading will be an abbreviated version with just the crème de la crème of what I read this week. Here goes…

Really cool website where kids can learn the fundamentals of coding using Star Wars characters for practice. I’m not that much of a geek, but I think it could be a really neat exercise for your kids.

This is creepy – either our watch list is messed up, or we have something funky going on over at DHS (or both).

Never seen Star Wars eh? Don’t be that guy…(h/t Parris) I seriously died laughing when I saw this!

Important story that didn’t get a lot of coverage: Justice turns a mine accident into a crime but loses on its biggest charges

Liberty President Urges Students to Arm Themselves (h/t Rod K.)

Ex-Guantanamo detainee now an al Qaeda leader in Yemen (need I say more?)

Challies issued a 2016 reading challenge…I’m not sure I could do 100 next year, but that is on the bucket list!

Speaking of reading, here are the books I just completed that you might find worth checking out: Flashboys (has profanity, yet fascinating), The Aviators (great stories, hit or miss on the writing style though), Talk Like Ted (arrogantly written, but some good tips worth scanning, but not worth buying into every bit of “science” cited), Star Wars Aftermath (if you have the patience for manifold interludes, then you’ll enjoy), The Princess and the Goblin (kids classic, hilarious at parts and downright strange in others, but worth reading to them), Rescuing Ambition (a great read with some wise perspective, represents the best of what I’d term ‘christian living’ books). Ones I thought were just okay: Killing Patton, The Five Families, Fox Tossing.

That’s it! Enjoy your Saturday!

PJW