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Denny Hartford recommends An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming, by Nigel Lawson, and says it’s available in paperback with an updated afterword. I haven’t seen the book, but anything that injects reason into the ‘global warming’ needless hysteria fest is welcome, in my view.

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then and now.

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I just stumbled across a blog where a pastor is hoping to host a million prayers for President Obama. That’s not a bad goal, I’d say. Do read the guidelines before you join in, please.

Added: There’s a pro-lifer in Minnesota who needs our prayers now. Update May 6, 2009: Good news!

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Please note the reaction of the audience to this Christian ballad sung by Alison Krauss.

America’s jaded, did you say?

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Via This time last year…, Jennifer F. at Conversion Diary discusses the problems she’s had in her life with the gods of other people’s opinions.

A taste of Jennifer’s post (emphasis mine):

At a young age, I think pretty much every human begins to notice two fundamental things within themselves:

  • a yearning to know where we currently stand in relation to the best version of ourselves we could possibly be, and
  • an understanding that we are not very good at evaluating this ourselves.

That second point caused me a fair amount of angst when I was an atheist. I had this vague, unspoken sense that lingered in my subconscious of somehow wanting “approval” for what I was doing with my life, and even for who I was as a person. Years of half-hearted dabbling in various secular, introspection-based self-help techniques made one thing pretty clear: giving myself a thumbs-up didn’t cut it. Though I felt reasonably sure that I was meeting my own general standards of being a “good person,” my ideas about the details of rights and wrongs and the best way to live life were forever in flux. Relying on myself for my sense of self was like trying to moor a ship by dropping the anchor on the deck. It wasn’t working.

This is where having a website got tricky…

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What Barbara Curtis and her family learned from a paper route… 🙂

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Joseph Bottum, while writing about the future of the journal First Things, touches eloquently on many of the moral problems of our day – amongst them, life issues – and how sometimes it looks as if people in power are trying to pretend that the last thirty years never happened.

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