08 January 2016

This 'n' That

So, I've started a new annual practice: changing the batteries in the smoke alarms. Apparently this is supposed to be done every 6 months or so. At least that's what I'm told. All I know is I once lived in a condo for about 5 years before the smoke alarm started beeping its low-battery warning, so I'm not entirely convinced of this 6 month figure. I mean, if the smoke alarms aren't actually going off, then the battery use is minimal, right? Ergo, only a yearly check and/or replacement of them is required. How's that for logic?

I discovered two things while carrying the step ladder from room to room: 1. there are too many smoke alarms in my house, and 2. whoever designed smoke alarms clearly must have failed basic geometry. Now, trust me, I am a fan of smoke alarms in general. But think through this with me: most smoke alarms require 9 volt batteries. These batteries are a rectangular shape, and yet, for some mysterious reason unknown to the general public, smoke alarms are circular. Now, this does not have to be problematic in and of itself except that the designer of the smoke alarm apparently decided that a rectangular battery should be able to fit into a crescent-shaped tray. Hm. Interesting. If I were a young child, and you gave me one of those toys where you match a specifically shaped block to its corresponding, identically-shaped hole, and I tried to shove a rectangular block into a crescent-shaped hole, you'd probably be a little worried. And yet, I have a hunch that whoever designed these circular smoke alarms is probably quite wealthy.

The moral of the story? Changing the batteries in your smoke alarms might be one of those everyday tasks that God uses to sanctify us, because it requires a lot more patience than is probably necessary for such a simple endeavor.

With that, I know some of you may be itching to get out your step ladder and change a few batteries of your own. If so, that's fantastic, but before you do, take a few minutes to first enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Some people are in a tizzy over Marco Rubio's selection of Rick Warren and Wayne Grudem as members of his spiritual advisory team. If I cared, I'd be more worried about the inclusion of Samuel Rodriguez, who is a fairly significant name in the New Apostolic Reformation movement. 
  • This concept is strange and a little unnerving, but I'm happy these kitties now have homes.
  • I don't actually like Nutella, but I find it kind of amazing that there's a whole festival dedicated to the spread.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable (ignore the leash).
  • I'm glad Wheaton College has taken these steps, but it will be interesting to see what the final outcome is. 
  • Please listen to this two-part series on evangelism from Pastor Don Green. Here's Part 1 and Part 2.
  • I've enjoyed this series of No Compromise Radio episodes teaching about the rainbow. Pastor Mike starts with a general discussion of symbols and then moves into more detail about the significance of the rainbow. Don't miss Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3.
  • Good thoughts  from Aimee Byrd on complementarianism, the Passion conference, and the role of women.
  • Good thoughts from Lyndon Unger on reporting with integrity.
  • And good thoughts from Tom Chantry on John Piper's discernment.
  • As if the airports in Chicago weren't already scary enough.
  • Ten reminders for preachers that will also benefit the rest of us.
  • I absolutely love this, and I resonate with everything that is said in this article.
  • Steve Lawson on Jonathan Edwards:

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