Spurgeon on Prayer

I know of no better thermometer to your spiritual temperature than this, the measure of the intensity of your prayer. The ship of prayer may sail through all temptations, doubts and fears, straight up to the throne of God; and though she may be outward bound with only griefs, and groans, and sighs, she shall return freighted with a wealth …

London Eats and Treats

1. Pret a Manger: Charing Cross 2. Nero’s Coffee: St. James Piccadilly  3. Barbacoa: St. Paul’s 4. Wagamama’s: Tower of London 5. Jamie’s Italian: Covent Garden 6. The Eagle: Cambridge 7. The Borough Market: Southwark 8. West Cornwall Pasty: Victoria 9. Nando’s Peri-Peri: Brighton 10. Maoz Falafel: Leicester Square 11. Jamie Oliver’s Diner Picadilly

Must Read List (Among the Living)

There are only a very few living authors that I find I will try to read everything they write–even if I don’t always agree with them. And of course, that is no mean feat given the fact that each of them is so astonishingly prolific: 1. R.C. Sproul2. John Frame3. Paul Johnson4. Umberto Eco5. Colin Thubron6. Daniel Silva7. Tim Powers8. …

My Favorite Infidel: H.L. Mencken

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” “Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.” “There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.” “It is the misfortune of humanity that its history is chiefly written by third‑rate men.” “A good politician is quite …

A C.S. Lewis Eleventary

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” “The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will …

A Bum Eleventary: Bum Phillips (1923-2013)

“Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half.”  “The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline.” “You don’t know a ladder has splinters until you slide down.” “Two kinds of ballplayers aren’t worth a darn: One that never does what he’s told, and one who does nothin’ except what he’s told.” “How do you win? By getting …

Nathan Clark George’s Double Eleventary

Psalms 1. Alleluia! Sing for Joy—Psalm 33            2. Lord, Protect Your People—Psalm 14            3. Gently, Gently—Psalm 6            4. I Love You Lord—Psalm 18                        5. Bless the Lord O My Soul—Psalm 104            6. O Lord Most High—Psalm 9                        7. My Soul Waits—Psalm 62                        8. Blessed Are All They—Psalm 1                        9. Incarnate God—Psalm 91                        10. Answer Father …

June Florilegium: Gleanings from My Readings

1. “If there is no God, everything is permitted.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky 2. “We do not need a censorship of the press. We already have a censorship by the press.” G.K. Chesterton 3. “If I will take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself.” D.L. Moody 4. “Some theological expressions, just as some prayerful petitions, are too …

Why Even Attempt the Uttermost?

Why would any sane person attempt to run 500 miles, bike 1500 miles, and swim 13 miles this summer?  Perhaps, the simplest eleventary answer is:1. A mile more or a mile less just wouldn’t add up (at least not this year).2. A great cause warrants a great challenge.3. It’s more than a marathon, more than an ultra, more than a …

Ultimately

Ultimately—is a very fine word          For a more than rarified notion; Ultimately—though it seems absurd,          It might even be quaffed in a potion: Surreptitiously with soda or nog, Or serendipitously on someone’s blog. Ultimately—it’s an eleventary aside, For a band that’s not twelve or ten or seven; It’s not either three or five—but eleven. Mattie, …

Moral Philosophy Lessons from Modernity

1. Ideas have consequences.  2. Worldviews matter.  3. Right and wrong are not adjustable in accord with clock and calendar.  4. There is no virtue in celebrating vice.  5. Just as there are no victimless crimes, there are no victimless sins.  6. Principled opposition to the reigning shibboleths is not hate or fear.  7. Advocacy is not tolerance.  8. Insults …