Friday, September 25, 2009

Elliot Smith, According to Elijah Smith

Eloquent post on the pop/folk songwriting genius Elliot Smith by Elijah Smith (no relation...). If you've only heard a little bit of Elliot Smith's music, the post is a good introduction. If you're a seasoned Elliot Smith veteran, it's a good reminder of why you like him so much.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Obama the Jedi Knight

Holy crap. I knew there was at least something I liked about him:

Eat it North Korea, Iran, and Germany (hey, you never know with them...). The next four years are not the time to mess with us.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Exxon Valdez of Hall of Fame Speeches

The first line of Rick Reilly's piece on Air Jordan's Hall of Fame speech: "Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame talk was the Exxon Valdez of speeches."

As usual, incisive and insightful stuff from Mr. Reilly, even if it becomes clear by the end of the article that he has an axe to grind. Go read it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Minister's Prayer

From Valley of Vision (emphasis mine):

O My Lord,
Let not my ministry be approved only by men,
or merely win the esteem and affections of people;
But do the work of grace in their hearts,
call in thy elect,
seal and edify the regenerate ones,
and command eternal blessings on their souls.
Save me from self-opinion and self-seeking;
Water the hearts of those who hear thy Word,
that seed sown in weakness may be raised in power;
Cause me and those that hear me
to behold thee here in the light of special faith,
and hereafter in the blaze of endless glory;
Make my every sermon a means of grace to myself,
and help me to experience the power of thy dying love,
for thy blood is balm,
thy presence bliss,
thy smile heaven,
thy cross the place where truth and mercy meet.
Look upon the doubts and discouragements of my ministry
and keep me from self-importance;
I beg pardon for my many sins, omissions, infirmities,
as a man, as a minister;
Command thy blessing on my weak, unworthy labours,
and on the message of salvation given;
Stay with thy people,
and may thy presence be their portion and mine.
When I preach to others let not my words be merely elegant and masterly,
my reasoning polished and refined,
my performance powerless and tasteless,
but may I exalt thee and humble sinners.
O Lord of power and grace,
all hearts are in thy hands, all events at thy disposal,
set the seal of thy almighty will upon my ministry.