Thursday, June 20, 2013

All Around the Web - June 20, 2013

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The Telegraph - Melvyn Bragg on William Tyndale: his genius matched that of Shakespeare |

The words of William Tyndale rang out in London in May, when Islamic extremists tried to behead a soldier on the streets of Woolwich. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” shouted one of the attackers, unheedingly quoting from Tyndale’s 1526 translation of the New Testament (Matthew 5:38).

Tyndale’s verses were not intended to justify barbaric acts. They read: “Ye have heard how it is said, an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

After almost 500 years, Tyndale continues to command our language and when we reach for the clinching phrase, we still reach out for him.

Tyndale was burned alive in a small town in Belgium in 1536. His crime was to have translated the Bible into English. He was effectively martyred after fighting against cruel and eventually overwhelming forces, which tried for more than a dozen years to prevent him from putting the Word of God into his native language. He succeeded but he was murdered before he could complete his self-set task of translating the whole of the Old Testament as he had translated the whole of the New Testament. 
More than any other man he laid the foundation of our modern language which became by degrees a world language. “He was very frugal and spare of body”, according to a messenger of Thomas Cromwell, but with an unbreakable will. Tyndale, one of the greatest scholars of his age, had a gift for mastering languages, ancient and modern, and a genius for translation. His legacy matches that other pillar of our language – Shakespeare, whose genius was in imagination.

9Marks - Is She Up for This? Questions for a Potential Pastor’s Wife |

1. How territorial is she?
2. Does she really love others?
3. Is she high maintenance?
4. Is she insecure?
5. Is she controlling?
6. Is she discreet?
7. Is she willing to ask forgiveness?
8. Is she willing to be honest with you?

Dr. R. Albert Mohler - Books for a Summer Season — Some Recommended Reading |

1. Richard Rubin, The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and their Forgotten World War (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2013).
2. Nathaniel Philbrick, Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, a Revolution (Viking, 2013).
3. Lee Sandlin, Storm Kings: The Untold Story of America’s First Tornado Chasers (Pantheon, 2013).
4. Bob Thompson, Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier (Crown Trade Group).
5. Rick Atkinson, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945. Volume Three of The Liberation Trilogy (Henry Holt).
6. Terry Mort, The Wrath of Cochise: The Bascom Affair and the Origins of the Apache Wars (Pegasus Books).
7. Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (Knopf).
8. Dean King, The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys, The True Story (Little, Brown).
9. Adam Makos, A Higher Call (Berkley Calibre).
10. Robert M. Utley, Geronimo (Yale University Press).

Breitbart - Report: Homeschooling Growing Seven Times Faster than Public School Enrollment |

As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.

A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.

As homeschooling has become increasingly popular, common myths that have long been associated with the practice of homeschooling have been debunked

Dr. Denny Burk - 12 obsolete technologies Americans still use |

1. Dial-up internet
2. Pagers
3. Dot matrix printers
4. PDA’s
5. Pay phones
6. VHS and cassette tapes
7. Landline phones
8. CRT televisions
9. Film cameras
10. Windows 98 and 2000
11. Fax machines
12. Vinyl records

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