Weekly roundup

Testifying to God’s sovereignity – This gentleman has a profound understanding of God and his control over all things.  What a witness.

Vance offers some thoughtful ideas on Caring for the Elderly.

Predefined orders such as these have the potential to save thousands of dollars while simultaneously giving people the dignified care they say they want when they are healthy and thinking clearly. The orders will allow the system to let people pass in peace in a manner more to their choosing. 

20 Timeless Money Rules – these are easy to understand and wise investment tips.  Here’s a sample.

Average is the new best

The best way to own common stocks is through an index fund.
Warren Buffett

Here’s the logic behind index funds, which aim simply to match the return of a market index: The average fund in any market will always earn that market’s return (because in aggregate investors are the market) minus expenses. Since index funds match the market but have much smaller expenses than other funds, they will always beat the average fund in the long run. It’s hard to argue with the math, and history bears it out (see the performance stat at right). Besides, if the Greatest Investor of Our Time believes that index funds are superior for most investors, shouldn’t you?

The resurrection of the Peppered Moth – this debunked “proof” of Darwinian evolution is back, even after the textbooks finally took the pictures out due to embarrassment.  It is still a flawed example, and would be irrelevant even if it wasn’t flawed.  Some excerpts from the article:

Soon after 2000, however, the peppered myth succumbed to mounting scientific criticisms. The most embarrassing was that peppered moths in the wild don’t normally rest on tree trunks, and the textbook photos had been staged – as The New York Times pointed out in an article on scientific fakery in 2002.3 Darwinists trying to save the peppered myth turned what should have been a quick and merciful death into a long and painful demise, but it expired anyway. Most biology textbooks have now dropped it entirely.

Then, on August 23, 2007, Cambridge University biologist Michael Majerus disinterred the corpse. In a lecture in Sweden, Majerus announced he had found new evidence that peppered moths are “proof of Darwinian evolution.” The “fact of Darwinian evolution,” in turn, shows that humans invented God and that there will be “no second coming; no helping hand from on high.”

Note how he giddy he was in taking a faulty and misinterpreted experiment to jump to the conclusion that there is no God – and more specifically, no Christian God (e.g., the “no second coming” comment).  But really, I’m sure he is just after scientific truths and isn’t trying to make religious statements.

The question is not whether natural selection happens (it obviously does), but how much it can accomplish. The available evidence indicates that natural selection is no more powerful than artificial selection. In centuries of domestic breeding and decades of laboratory experiments, artificial selection has never been observed to produce a new species, much less the new organs and body plans required by Darwin’s theory. If Darwin had written a book titled How Existing Species Change Over Time, evidence of artificial and natural selection would be relevant – but Darwin’s ideas would also be utterly uncontroversial.

Even if the classic peppered moth story were 100% true, it would demonstrate only a reversible shift in the proportions of two varieties in a preexisting species. It would tell us nothing about the origin of those varieties, much less of Biston betularia, moths, insects, or animals in the first place.

Psalm 26


David was not claiming to be sinless (note how in v. 11 he asks God for redemption and mercy).  He was emphasizing his faith in God and how he exercised that.  When we have faith it is imputed to us as righteousness. 

May our faith be displayed today in all we say and do.

Of David.

1 Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.

2 Test me, O Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind;

3 for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.

4 I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites;

5 I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.

6 I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O Lord,

7 proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

8 I love the house where you live, O Lord, the place where your glory dwells.

9 Do not take away my soul along with sinners, my life with bloodthirsty men,

10 in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose right hands are full of bribes.

11 But I lead a blameless life; redeem me and be merciful to me.

12 My feet stand on level ground; in the great assembly I will praise the Lord.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.