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Metábasis eis állo génos (3-19)

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In his lectures on the Marrow controversy, Sinclair Ferguson shared this quote from Scottish minister Robert Traill:

That which concerneth our case is that the middle way betwixt the Arminians and the orthodox had been espoused and strenuously defended and promoted by some nonconformists of great note for piety and parts; and usually such men that are for middleways in points of doctrine, have a greater kindness for that extreme to which they halfway go, than for that from which they halfway come.

I think about this from time to time. It is obvious that this is true in the case of compromise, even among many who have no conscious intention to compromise but are simply drawn or carried along. But this is also true of those who are making a genuine shift in their convictions. It generally represents a temptation that must be guarded against even if we are not remaining in the “middleway;” it is possible for us to be over-enthusiastic and cover more ground than we ought. Christians ought to have great aplomb, to be complacent in the good sense of the word; very like ents. It is rare that we ought to despise our beginnings or purposely scandalize the normies.

When Logres really dominates Britain, when the goddess Reason, the divine clearness, is really enthroned in France, when the order of Heaven is really followed in China—why, then it will be spring. But in the meantime, our concern is with Logres. (C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength)

How very postmillennial of him! I look admiringly at Logres and Holland and other places in my patchwork family tree, but me and my house must work to establish—I don’t know, what shall we call it? Roanoke?

Every time I reread THS I’m freshly impressed by how prophetic it is. This time I’m struck by the presence of depopulation and homosexuality. But I’m also surprised that abortion is relatively absent.

Wendell Berry is suspicious of movements.

Institutions in any sphere can easily stray from their purposes if they are not constantly renewed in repentance. As Ken Myers says, it is possible to institutionalize rebellion against Jesus. This seems especially true for big institutions. If big banks come to take on the job of money laundering, then surely big media comes to take on the job of news laundering.

Is there a better indicator against investment than ESG? Look at this list of companies that are not gonna make it if they don’t repent.

Herman Dooyeweerd developed Kuyper’s idea of sphere sovereignty, suggesting the presence of many additional spheres. The idea is helpful; as is his insistence on irreducibility, even though I think his taxonomy of modes is a little too precise. I think of it this way: if you can imagine its developing a guild, then it’s likely a kind of sphere.

It strikes me how often God gathers his enemies in one place. He likes to tempt them with a great victory and then deal with them decisively.

The deer are after our tomatoes. I’ve tried garlic spray and fencing to compartmentalize our garden into smaller sections, to no avail. I’m working on a 7-foot fence now.

In college I played in our orchestra and our symphonic wind band. We recorded two albums during my time there: Crosswinds and At the Strongholds.

From Jon:

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August 6, 2022 at 7:02 am

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Metábasis eis állo génos (3-18)

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Do not give your strength to women,
​​Nor your ways to that which destroys kings. (Proverbs 31:3, NKJV)

It struck me reading this today: how much more and greater could Solomon have accomplished if he had but one wife?

And, how much is the one-woman-man who is greater than Solomon going to accomplish?!

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July 30, 2022 at 11:19 am

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Metábasis eis állo génos (3-17)

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Ken Meyers describes culture as “a system that has the power to make you feel guilty.” Although this is partly tongue in cheek, I think he is right. Culture is the cultivation of a standard of goodness, truth, and beauty, and it is inescapable. This means that Girardian systems are inescapable. It is not a question of whether there is guilt or even a question of whether you deal with it by scapegoat, but who is your scapegoat.

My friend Dave notes that premillennialism makes the exact same error as second temple Judaism: it expects that the mission of God’s people will fail but Jesus will make up the difference by means of the physical sword.

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July 24, 2022 at 7:49 am

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A blessing in disguise

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  1. Vehicle engine is throbbing badly, bring to shop
  2. Sorry, sir, you need a replacement engine, something broke badly inside; this is understandable at 290k miles. Authorize repair.
  3. Repair completed. I’m very sorry, sir, we made a bad mistake, it was not the engine but the catalytic converter.
  4. Free engine! Catalytic converter back ordered indefinitely but go ahead and pay for it.
  5. Inspection and registration due; failed inspection. (I live in one of the 22% of counties in my state that require an emissions test.)
  6. DMV website allows for cases of (1) part not available and (2) repair attempted, but I do not quite fit either case.
  7. Show up at license office, sorry sir, we can’t help you until your registration is overdue (?!)
  8. Return to license office, sorry sir, I don’t know why they told you that, but you need to talk to the license and theft bureau
  9. Sorry sir, you need a second failed inspection to get the attempted repair waiver, even though we all know nothing has changed with your vehicle since your last inspection
  10. Second failed inspection
  11. Meet officer and receive waiver code
  12. Bring waiver code to inspection station; code does not work
  13. Delays waiting for DMV to return calls to inspection station
  14. License and theft officer works with inspection station and advises them I should take vehicle to license office
  15. License and theft officer advises me that I should work with inspection station
  16. License and theft officer advises inspection station that I should take vehicle to license office
  17. License office — sorry, sir, we can’t help you with a waiver code, you need to work with inspection station
  18. License office confirms with license and theft officer this is the case
  19. License and theft officer advises me to work with inspection station . . . oh, wait, that inspection station? You are good to go, I overrode your inspection manually.
  20. Pay registration at license office

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April 30, 2022 at 6:35 pm

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Metábasis eis állo génos (3-16)

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Had this year’s first swarm this week, from the hive that survived over-winter. It is a beautiful thing to see and hear! They were a good 40-50 feet up in a tree, so we made no attempt to catch them.

PCR test for chickens, ha! I will keep laughing until you tell me the cycle threshold. And I will fall off my chair when you tell me later this summer that they are testing the cows.

The Gray Havens were in town touring for their latest album. We enjoyed them!

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April 15, 2022 at 3:16 pm

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Metábasis eis állo génos (3-15)

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Unless and until evangelicalism brings its little ones to the table, it is NGMI:

Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:27-32, NKJV)

I’ve been reflecting on the use of instruments like non-disclosure agreements and security clearances. In many cases, these are not so much invitations to greater participation and responsibility as they are a simple form of protection and documented liability. Not so with Jesus:

No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. (John 15:15-16, NKJV)

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April 9, 2022 at 9:32 am

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Metábasis eis állo génos (3-14)

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What I really want to know is: can you provide a definition of biologist?

EVERYONE KNOWS that the risk to grandma’s driving on the roads is so great that the ONLY SOLUTION is to drive 15mph OR you now have the option of dressing in bubble wrap. You could not possibly be loving your neighbor by attempting to deprive him of the soft despotism that will keep him “fixed irrevocably in childhood” (Tocqueville).

You heard it here first: Tony Faucyy.

We saw the head of Lenin about to speak, now we see the directors all speaking unintelligible babble. You know that:

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April 2, 2022 at 9:02 am

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Metábasis eis állo génos (3-13)

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Leading up to 2020, Asher was seeking something to own and do beyond keeping chickens, which he shared with Charlotte but was largely her domain. I rejected backyard goat–keeping, but bees were an intriguing option as our town allows you to keep bees provided you have taken a class. So we took a class (online, sadly) from our county beekeeping association over the winter of 2020-2021. We spent about 8 hours in class, and later in the spring several hours at a practical exam and a paper exam. Of all our time in class, the practical exam was the most beneficial. Several of the seasoned beekeepers conveyed to us a vision of what I call “low-anxiety” beekeeping. Excessive anxiety over questions such as whether and when you need to feed your bees, or whether and how you can head them off from swarming, is generally counter–productive and can steal a lot of the joy of beekeeping.

Late in winter we ordered all of our equipment. We spent a little more money on the nice–looking Hoover hives, got our initial frames, nails, foundation wax, and other equipment (feeders, hats, gloves, smoker, hive tool, wire embedder) from the local Bailey Bee Supply, and ultimately found cheaper frames (deep, medium) and foundation (medium) from Western Bee Supplies. By the end of the year we had the materials to equip three hives each with two deep bodies and two medium supers, and had spent about $1700 on the trio including supplies from Home Depot to make an elevated stand. Assembling frames is a time–consuming but satisfying task.

Deep frame and foundation

Placement of the hives was tricky! Our property has a lot of shade, but we found some space in the back of our garden that was relatively sunny, open, and also faced towards the south. This worked fairly well, although it is sometimes a little nerve-wracking to work in the garden. Generally the bees have kept to themselves; only twice have we had innocent bystanders standing near the garden get stung.

Starter hives

We started out with two nucleuses from our friendly local Garden Supply Company, at the time each costing $195. We had a much more exciting ride with our two hives than I ever expected for first–year beekeeping. Over the course of six months, we had: (1) one hive send off a swarm high in a tree, which Asher captured in the face of a coming rainstorm to form a third hive; (2) evidently we failed to capture the queen, or she later died, so we recombined this hive with the other hive; (3) which later sent off a swarm that we failed to capture; (4) a friend found a feral swarm in an abandoned hive of his, which we brought back to our house; but (5) in the dearth of fall I believe this hive robbed both of our other two hives, resulting in only one hive entering into winter. We purchased another nucleus this spring ($215) and are starting out our second year once again with two hives.

I remember remarking that it would be good for Asher to experience husbandry, to be responsible for something which was under his influence but not completely under his control. It turned out to be a great lesson for me as well!

Another thing that I didn’t expect as a first–year beekeeper was the degree to which we had to wrestle with varroa mites. Twice in our first year we had to treat our hives for varroa mites ($100 for two formic acid treatments and personal protection equipment) when at least one hive had extremely high mite load.

Some of the most interesting bee behaviors we observed were swarming, washboarding, bearding, and orienting flights.


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March 26, 2022 at 8:29 am

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Metábasis eis állo génos (3-12)

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We need to be laughing:

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
​​The Lord shall hold them in derision. (Psalm 2:4, NKJV)

From the archives: my review of Greg Gilbert’s little book on the gospel.

Alex Berenson writes: “The only question left is not how much good but how much damage those miracle shots have done.”

You gotta raise your kids to become your curators of music. This week I’ve really enjoyed Sarah Sparks (thank you, Charlotte!):

and David Francey (thank you, Ivy!):

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March 18, 2022 at 5:03 pm

Metábasis eis állo génos (3-11)

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March 12, 2022 at 9:37 am