Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.

Midweek Meeting January 18 2016

I forgot to put up a note about our last midweek meeting. Numbers are quite low at present (seven I think we were last Wednesday). I am carrying on through the Songs of Ascent (Psalm 125 it was last time) which are quite short s I am being quite brief. At least this leaves adequate time for prayer, although that is briefer with so few there. I took my title this time from the new book by Steve Nicholls "A time for confidence". My points were  - 1. Be confident and believe this promise of strength and safety for all who trust in the Lord 2. Be confident and believe this promise of escape for the oppressed people of God 3. Be confident and believe this promise of good for all who do good and are upright in heart

Gloves L Lint Free Cotton Gloves

Gloves K Kid Leather Gloves

10 US Presidents who died before their predecessor (s)

1. 3rd President Thomas Jefferson (died 12:45 PM on July 4, 1826)
Five hours and fifteen minutes before 2nd President John Adams (died 6:00 PM on July 4, 1826)
2. 5th President James Monroe (died July 4, 1831)
4 years, 360 days before 4th President James Madison (died June 28, 1836)
3. 7th President Andrew Jackson (died June 8, 1845)
2 years, 260 days before 6th President John Quincy Adams (died February 23, 1848)
4. 9th President William Henry Harrison (died April 4, 1841)
4 years, 65 days before 7th President Andrew Jackson (died June 8, 1845)
6 years, 325 days before 6th President John Quincy Adams (died February 23, 1848)
21 years, 111 days before 8th President Martin Van Buren (died July 24, 1862)
5. 10th President John Tyler (died January 18, 1862)
187 days before 8th President Martin Van Buren (died July 24, 1862)
6. 11th President James K. Polk (died June 15, 1849)
12 years, 217 days before 10th President John Tyler (died January 18, 1862)
13 years, 39 days before 8th President Martin Van Buren (died July 24, 1862)
7. 12th President Zachary Taylor (died July 9, 1850)
11 years, 193 days before 10th President John Tyler (died January 18, 1862)
12 years, 15 days before 8th President Martin Van Buren (died July 24, 1862)
8. 14th President Franklin Pierce (died October 8, 1869)
4 years, 151 days before 13th President Millard Fillmore (died March 8, 1874)
9. 15th President James Buchanan (died June 1, 1868)
1 year, 129 days before 14th President Franklin Pierce (died October 8, 1869)
5 years, 280 days before 13th President Millard Fillmore (died March 8, 1874)
10. 16th President Abraham Lincoln (died April 15, 1865)
3 years, 17 days before 15th President James Buchanan (died June 1, 1868)
4 years, 146 days before 14th President Franklin Pierce (died October 8, 1869)
8 years, 297 days before 13th President Millard Fillmore (died March 8, 1874)
(Also 40th President Ronald Reagan (died June 5, 2004)
2 years, 204 days before 38th President Gerald Ford (died December 26, 2006)
12 years, 229 days before 39th President Jimmy Carter (still living))

Gloves J Jigging Gloves

Jigging is the practice of fishing with a jig, a type of fishing lure. A jig consists of a lead sinker with a hook moulded into it and usually covered by a soft body to attract fish. Jigs are intended to create a jerky, vertical motion, as opposed to spinnerbaits which move through the water horizontally. The jig is very versatile and can be used in both salt and fresh water. Many species are attracted to the lure which has made it popular among anglers for years.

Gloves I Idiot Mittens

Factor List

1. The B-factor or Debye–Waller factor (DWF), named after Peter Debye and Ivar Waller, is used in condensed matter physics to describe the attenuation of x-ray scattering or coherent neutron scattering caused by thermal motion.It has also been called the B factor or the temperature factor. Often, "Debye-Waller factor" is used as a generic term that comprises the Lamb-Mössbauer factor of incoherent neutron scattering and Mössbauer spectroscopy.
2. The F-factor, in diagnostic radiology, is the conversion factor between exposure and absorbed dose. In other words, it converts between the amount of ionisation in air (roentgens or coulombs/kg) and the absorbed dose in tissue (rads or grays). The Fertility factor (first named F by one of its discoverers Esther Lederberg) allows genes to be transferred from one bacterium carrying the factor to another bacterium lacking the factor by conjugation.
3. The g-factor (also called g value or dimensionless magnetic moment) in Physics is a dimensionless quantity that characterises the magnetic moment and gyromagnetic ratio of an atom, particle or nucleus. It is essentially a proportionality constant that relates the observed magnetic moment μ of a particle to its angular momentum quantum number and a unit of magnetic moment, usually the Bohr magneton or nuclear magneton.
4. The K-factor can refer to many different thing but in transportation engineering it refers to the proportion of annual average daily traffic occurring in an hour.
5. The P-factor, also known as asymmetric blade effect and asymmetric disc effect, is an aerodynamic phenomenon experienced by a moving propeller that is responsible for the asymmetrical relocation of the propeller's centre of thrust when an aircraft is at a high angle of attack. This shift in the location of the centre of thrust will exert a yawing moment on the aircraft, causing it to yaw slightly to one side. A rudder input is required to counteract the yawing tendency.
6. The Q Factor of a bicycle is the distance between the pedal attachment points on the crank arms, when measured parallel to the bottom bracket axle.
7. The U-factor or U-value is the overall heat transfer coefficient that describes how well a building element conducts heat or the rate of transfer of heat (in watts) through one square metre of a structure divided by the difference in temperature across the structure.
8. The X-factor is now a hard-to-describe influence or quality; an important element with unknown consequences. Originally it referred to the dangers for people in the military that civilians do not face, for which they receive payment,
9. The Y-factor method is a widely used technique for measuring the gain and noise temperature of an amplifier. It is based on the Johnson-Nyquist noise of a resistor at two different, known temperatures.
10. The Z-factor is a measure of statistical effect size. It has been proposed for use in high-throughput screening (where it is also known as Z-prime and commonly written as Z') to judge whether the response in a particular assay is large enough to warrant further attention.

10 words that are more or less the same in every language

1. Mama
2. Coffee
3. Banana
4. Taxi
5. Telephone
6. Okay
7. Spam (as in unwanted email)
8. Huh
9. Hallelujah
10. Amen

Simply Good News

We had another session of the Theological Study Group at the John Owen Centre on Monday. The book was Tom Wright's Simply Good News (not to be confused with another work of his with the word simple in the title). I have read very little N T Wright but know enough to have approached the book cautiously. 
Apparently this work is a good introduction. Ideas such as that "the kingdom of God is for earth now," "the gospel is the key moment in a story," "resurrection is about bodies," "something has happened," and "fundamentalists and liberals are both missing the point" are well known themes. The book has many good features - nicely written, broad brush strokes opposed to over-simplification. However, there were one or two oddities in there and a tendency to caricature those he attacks (chiefly fundamentalists but evangelicals too). The style leads to unsustainable generalisations and is rather light on sin.
It is not a book one could recommend to most people. It was interesting in our group that the more people had read of Wright the more against him they appeared to be. We could not really think of an alternative book doing the same sort of thing.
Next time we are going for something by another Tom - Tom Schreiner's Faith Alone - The Doctrine of Justification: What the Reformers Taught ... and Why It Still Matters in The Five Solas series. Do think about coming along if you can.

Gloves F Fingerless Gloves and Mittens

Gloves E Evening Gloves

All's up for Tommy Allsup

Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly, Tommy Allsup
Tommy Allsup, the American guitarist best known for losing a coin toss that kept him off the plane that crashed killing rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP "Big Bopper" Richardson, has died at 85.
Singer and musician Austin Allsup said his father died on Wednesday at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri, due to complications from a hernia operation.Tommy Allsup was the first guitarist to play solo on a Buddy Holly recording and has been previously hailed by Sir Paul McCartney as one of the finest guitarists in the world.Tommy Allsup was part of Buddy Holly's band when the Texan singer died in the 1959 plane crash near Iowa. Allsup flipped a coin to see if he or Valens would get a seat on the plane, and lost.Austin Allsup said his father took losing the coin toss as a blessing and was humbled to be connected to "such a monumental moment in music history"."I know my dad has talked about that many times and knew that he was very lucky to be here. It could have been the other way around," his son said.
In a 1987 interview, Tommy Allsup recalled flipping the coin backstage after playing a concert. "A couple of people were standing there," he said. "I flipped it. (Valens) called, 'Heads'. He got his stuff off the bus." Another entertainer who was left off the plane was the country music star Waylon Jennings, who was also playing with Holly's band at the time. Jennings died in 2002.
An obituary in The Time said a silver dollar was used for the coin toss. Allsup's first wife had it made into a belt buckle.