Around the horn (9/14 – 9/20)

To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the Church of England will offer an apology for criticizing his theory of natural selection:

In related news, the Roman Catholic church says evolution is compatible with the Bible but offers no apology:

“The Vatican said on Tuesday the theory of evolution was compatible with the Bible but planned no posthumous apology to Charles Darwin for the cold reception it gave him 150 years ago.”

Dr. Moore asks, “Should ministers preach the funerals of unbelievers?” The answer is slightly different from last week’s article on weddings:

Incredible pictures of the devastation of hurricane Ike:

Video of the Week: “Jesus is My Friend”

Mohler on the power outage in Louisville:

“Nevertheless, we learned a lot in the dark.  For one thing, we were forced to face the reality that electrical power is so woven into our lives that being without it is not only inconvenient, but potentially life threatening.  Food quickly spoils, medicines go bad, systems start to fail, and evildoers have the cover of darkness.”

“The usual entertainments of the digital age go dead, and the elegant pleasure of reading a book becomes difficult.  Reading by candlelight is nostalgic, but not easy.  The legacy of scholars, readers, and writers of previous eras — all before the electric light — grows more impressive.”

“The Lord, as the Bible says, causes it to rain on both the just and the unjust.  Churches and taverns are both dark.  Darkness fell on those doing good and those doing evil.  The difference may not be evident again until the lights come back on. In John 9:4, Jesus tells his disciples, ‘We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.’ This week, that verse has taken on a whole new meaning.”

A really helpful interview with David Kotter (Executive Director for CBMW) on “Thinking Biblically About the Banking Crisis”:

“Last night the federal government committed to lend $85 billion to the insurer American International Group (AIG), on top of the $200 billion of capital promised to keep Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac solvent in July and $30 billion for Bear Stearns in March. In other words, more than $1,000 for every man woman and child in the country has been directed in various ways to resolve the present banking crisis. At this point, you might be wondering why this happened and what benefit you can expect to receive from your thousand-dollar share.”

Josh Harris talks about the dumb new Microsoft commercials with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates:

“Have you seen the Microsoft ads with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates? Is it just me or should whoever is responsible for these commercials be fired? Now Microsoft has just launched a new series of ads that will respond to the popular ‘I’m a PC/I’m a Mac’ ads that Apple has done. (You can watch all these ads on Microsoft’s Video Page.) Microsoft’s new ads include a guy saying, ‘I’m a PC and I’ve been stereotyped.’ I think the new ads are better than the Seinfeld ones (though that’s not saying much). But isn’t there some rule in marketing that you don’t respond to somebody else’s ad mocking you? Does it work or is it desperate? And don’t we already know that most of the world uses Windows? That’s what makes using a Mac fun.”

Check out the various “Gospel definitions” that Trevin Wax has compiled, some of which are very revealing:

By the way, Jenn and I saw Vince Vaughn yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago:

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