Priming the Tastebuds for Our UK Trip

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. Nandos Peri-Peri: Brighton 10. Maoz Falafel: Leicester Square 11. Recipease: Bighton

Thus Saith the Iron Lady

“I am not a consensus politician. I’m a conviction politician.” “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” “Being democratic is not enough; a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the …

The Wisdom of Chalmers

1. “The wider a man’s knowledge becomes, the deeper should be his humility; for the more he knows the more he sees of what remains unknown. The wider the diameter of light, the larger the circumference of darkness.” 2. “Regardless of how large, your vision is too small.” 3. “It is only through faith that we can find our way …

The Ascension

1. Prophecies and types: Ps 24:7; 68:18; Eph 4:7,8, Le 16:15; Heb 6:20; 9:7,9,12 2. Foretold by Jesus: Jn 6:62; 7:33; 14:28; 16:5; 20:17 3. Forty days after His resurrection fortelling His return: Acts 1:3, 1:10,11 4. From Mount Olivet: Lk 24:50; Mk 11:1; Acts 1:12 5. While blessing and instructing His disciples: Lk 24:50, Acts 1:6-11 6. After he …

Calvinism: My Favorite Coolidge Quotes

1. “I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm.” 2. “No man ever listened himself out of a job.” 3. “The ideas expressed in progressive, big government schemes are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Founding Fathers.” 4. “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” 5. “Don’t expect …

Favorite Churchillisms

“We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average …

Favorite Architecture Sites

1. dpz.com 2. beauxartsatelier.org 3. patternlanguage.com 4. classicist.org 5. qftarchitects.com 6. fosterandpartners.com 7. hopeforarchitecture.com 8. newurbanism.org 9. michaelgraves.com 10. cnu.org 11. sacredarchitecture.org

Bah Humbug! As Far As The Curse Is Found

  1. Humbug is an old word of indeterminate etymology meaning “spectacle” or “hoax” or “jest,” often referring to some unjustified reputation or publicity. 2. Of course, the word is most often associated with Ebenezer Scrooge, a character created by Charles Dickens in The Christmas Carol. He famously dismissed Christmas declaring, “Bah! Humbug!” Interestingly, variations of the term make appearances in any number of …

Bah! Humbug! As Far As the Curse Is Found

1. Humbug is an old word of indeterminate etymology meaning “spectacle” or “hoax” or “jest,” often referring to some unjustified reputation or publicity.2. Of course, the word is most often associated with Ebenezer Scrooge, a char…

Merry Eleventary X3

Gëzuar Krishtlindja–Albanian Een Plesierige Kerfees–Afrikaans Schenorhavor Dzenount–Armenian Chestita Koleda, весела коледа–Bulgarian Felices Pascuas–Catalonian Srecan Bozic–Croatian Vesele Vanoce–Czech Glaedelig Jul–Danish Zalig Kerstfeest–Dutch Roomsaid Joulu Puhi–Estonian Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah–Farsi Hauskaa Joulu–Finnish Vrolijke Kerstmis–Flemish Joyeux Noel–French Nodlaig Nait Cugat–Gaelic Frohliche Weihnachten–German Kala Christooyenna, Καλά Χριστούγεννα–Greek Mele Kalikimaka–Hawaiian Khag Same’ach, חג שמח–Hebrew Boldog Karacsony–Hungarian Buon Natale–Italian Meri Kurisumasu–Japanese Selamat Hari Krismas–Malay Kung …

Why I Won’t Be Shopping on Black Friday

1. I just don’t believe shopping should be a contact sport. 2. I don’t do crowds. 3. Nothing I want is ever on sale (Have you ever actually seen a first edition Chalmers book at WalMart? Nope, me either). 4. I don’t do lines. 5. Turkey sandwiches await at home. 6. I don’t do malls. 7. I’d rather read. 8. …

The “Solas” of Chalmers

Thinking about the “Five Solas of the Reformation,” on this eve of Reformation Sunday, I couldn’t help but also think of the reformational way Thomas Chalmers has shaped my thinking about life, grace, mercy, the Scriptures, and the beauty of the faith that the magisterial reformers bequeathed to us. It struck me that like them, Chalmers’ influence has also produced …

The “Solas” of Chalmers

Thinking about the “Five Solas of the Reformation,” on this eve of Reformation Sunday, I couldn’t help but also think of the reformational way Thomas Chalmers has shaped my thinking about life, grace, mercy, the Scriptures, and the beauty of the faith …

Essential Political Maxims

“The greatest political storm flutters only a fringe of humanity.” G.K. Chesterton “Almost nothing is as important as almost everything in Washington is made to appear. And the importance of a Washington event is apt to be inversely proportional to the attention it receives.” George Will “Being in politics is like being a football coach; you have to be smart …