Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Romans 14

I plan to continue my series of posts that I previously began when I get the time. (Which is not now.)

But for now, I really wanted to post this link for everyone. Our pastor has been preaching through the book of Romans. Of course, it's about time. He's been pastoring this church for six years and is just now getting around to it. And he calls himself Reformed... Heh...just like one of those FV guys.

Anyway a couple of weeks ago the passage was Romans 14, and it was an extremely humbling and powerful message. I encourage anyone who has a few minutes (running, or driving, or wherever else you can listen to mp3s) to listen to it.