Saturday, March 15, 2014

All Around the Web - March 15, 2014

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Everyday Theology - Some Advice on Studying Theology

Eric MetaxasNorth Korea's Unspeakable Atrocities
I wanted to jump for joy when I read the New York Times the other day—not something I typically feel when I read the Times, by the way. Finally, the editorial board was embracing a cause dear to my heart.

Last Tuesday, the Times threw its considerable weight behind the conclusions of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in [North Korea]. The commission's report cites hundreds of witnesses who testified to “unspeakable atrocities.”

As the Times notes, these atrocities include “murder, enslavement, torture, rape, forced abortions and persecution on political, racial and religious grounds.” The report also describes “the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation.”

And it gets worse. Some 120,000 political prisoners live in four large prison camps. The North Korean government uses starvation “to control and punish both in the camps and in the general population.” Witnesses told of “guards clubbing starving children to death for stealing rice.”

The North Korean Freedom Coalition also reported on the Commission's findings, especially the fact that “the vast political and security apparatus . . . strategically uses surveillance, coercion, fear and punishment to preclude the expression of any dissent.”

Justin Taylor - A Complete Classical Christian School Reading List: Grades 1-8
First Grade Reading List

Read aloud by teacher in class:
Leaf, Munro. How to Behave and Why
Leaf, Munro. How to Speak Politely and Why
Lloyd-Jones, Sally. The Jesus Storybook Bible
Taylor, Helen. Little Pilgrim’s Progress
Leithart, Peter. Wise Words: Family Stories that Bring the Proverbs to Life
Brown, Jeff. Flat Stanley
Dalgliesh, Alice. The Courage of Sarah Noble
Silverstein, Shel. A Light in the Attic

Outside Reading

Level 1
Bulla, Clyde. Daniel’s Duck
Changler, Edna. Cowboy Sam +
Frasconi, Antonio. The House that Jack Built
Graham, Margaret. Benjy’s Dog House +
Hoff, Syd. Sammy the Seal
Hoff, Syd. Danny and the Dinosaur+
Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed
Lionni, Leo. Inch by Inch
Littledale, Freya. The Magic Fish
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends +
Offen, Hilda. A Treasury of Mother Goose
Seuss, Dr. Beginner Books +
Seuss, Dr. Bright and Early Books +
Tabak, Simms. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Wood, Audrey. Quick as a Cricket

Level 2
Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar +
Davoll, Barbara. The Potluck Supper +
Daugherty, James. Andy and the Lion
Duvoisin, Roger. Petunia
Flack, Marjorie. Angus and the Ducks
Freeman, Don. Corduroy +
Galdone, Paul. The Little Red Hen
Galdone, Paul. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Hoban, Russell. Bedtime for Frances +
Hunt, Angela. A Gift for Grandpa
Keats, Ezra. Peter’s Chair
Marshall, James. George and Martha +
McGovern, Ann. Stone Soup
Minarik, Else. Little Bear +
Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie+
Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia +
Rey, Margaret & H.A. Curious George +
Richardson, Arleta. A Day at the Fair
Sharmat, Marjorie. Nate the Great +
Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog +

Level 3
Buckley, Helen. Grandmother and I
Burton, Virginia. Maybelle the Cable Car
Coerr, Eleanor. The Josefina Story Quilt
De Regniers, Beatrice. May I Bring a Friend?
Ets, Marie. Just Me
Gramatky, Hardie. Little Toot +
Hader, Berta. The Big Snow
Keats, Ezra. Whistle for Willie
Lewis, Kim. Floss +
Lowry, Jannette. The Poky Little Puppy
McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine that Could
Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit +
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are
Turkle, Brinton. Thy Friend, Obadiah +
Ward, Lynd. The Biggest Bear
Wilder, Laura. My First Little House Books +
Williams, Vera. A Chair for My Mother

World Magazine - A prolific author describes his writing day
You’re a prolific author: What’s your workday like? I’m easily distracted, very visual, and I can’t do probably what other wonderful authors do: write for a few hours, go to lunch, come back, write for an hour, then take a meeting. My productivity is a result of tyrannically ruling my schedule. When a book comes up, I start blocking off entire days. When I write, I write for an entire day. Get up in the morning, work out, have breakfast with my wife, hide away and write all day. Probably 5 or 6 o’clock I smell dinner cooking and know that God is speaking—it’s time to stop.

Eight or so hours straight writing? So I’ll write eight, nine, 10 hours straight, for three or four days, then I get tired and go do something else. I’ll take a trip to speak, or do whatever work I need to do, and then I’ll come back around—three or four days altogether. That’s how it works for me. I know people who write in every possible way. Some write in bars.

Real Clear Politics - Chris Christie: Don't Like Obamacare? Elect A New President

Bible Gateway - Interview: Bible Scholar Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible

Has archaeology confirmed the existence of any of the people mentioned in the Bible? In his article “Archaeology Confirms 50 Real People in the Bible” in the March/April 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR), Purdue University scholar Lawrence Mykytiuk identifies 50 figures from the Old Testament that he says have been confirmed archaeologically. An accompanying chart lists Israelite kings, Mesopotamian monarchs, and lesser-known figures who are both mentioned in the Bible and present in the archaeological data.

Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Mykytiuk about his findings:

. . .

Bible Gateway: Summarize the essence of your findings.
Dr. Mykytiuk: Between King David (ca. 1000 BCE) and Darius II of Persia (ca. 400 BCE), I found 50 strong identifications of people mentioned in the Bible in inscriptions of their times. (Actually, at least 52 persons are eventually to be included.) Another 7 are not certain but quite reasonable.

Bible Gateway: What was the most startling finding in your investigation?
Dr. Mykytiuk: To my knowledge, no one in biblical or classical studies ever formulated standard procedures or widely applicable criteria for establishing potential identifications of ancient figures in ancient inscriptions, until a 1987 essay in modern Hebrew by Nahman Avigad (Eretz-Israel 19 (1987): 235–237).

Bible Gateway: Why is confirming the reality of these biblical figures important?
Dr. Mykytiuk: Because we need to love truth. Simple respect for honest history, fairly presented—as opposed to propaganda, lies, rumors, prejudiced portrayals, and lazily accepted impressions that go unchallenged—is a strong motivation to marshal the evidence for real persons of the past.
Also, many Jews, Christians, and Muslims consider the historical reality of biblical figures an important or even essential aspect of their faith. In view of this subjective wish for persons in the Bible to be historical, if any investigation is to be scholarly, it is crucial to formulate and use objective standards of historicity. I have tried to do that.

The Hobbit Blog - New video: Bringing Smaug to life

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