Worth Reading - 12/31

It sounds innocent enough. Everybody wants life to be fair, right? But this is an insidious phrase, revealing a sin so bankrupt it goes back to the beginning—back to the Fall of Man. It’s essentially what Eve was told by the serpent:

“You’re getting a raw deal. You’re entitled to more. God is holding out on you.”

If you read Paul’s account of the Fall in Romans, you’ll discover that it was this attitude—ingratitude and entitlement—that lit the match of sin, plunging Creation into darkness. And it’s a surefire way to test your own heart and find out where the idols are.
Dragoons officer Rochereau died at age 22 inside an English field ambulance after a battle in Belgium on April 26, 1918. According to the Guardian, the officer’s parents decided to keep his room exactly as he left it — even after selling the house under the poignant, if legally unenforceable condition the room should not be changed for 500 years.

3. A blogger admits he probably nicked an idea from someone else, even if he didn't mean to. This is a classy post by Jordan Ballor at Acton Institute:

There is, however, a notable correspondence between an Acton Commentary that I wrote earlier this month, “The Worst Christmas Song Ever,” and a piece that appeared weeks earlier at The Federalist. In “‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ Is The Worst Christmas Song Ever,” Leslie Loftis takes down this miserable tune in devastating fashion. Loftis points out that the song “has a little of everything to loathe. Condescension. Inane inaccuracies. Smugness. Mullets.”

4. Impressive photography, but a catalog of lostness in this short photo collection by The Huffington Post. Still, it is worth a look.

5. Snowflakes may be unique, but their shapes can be described by a mere 35 different categories according to a recent study. This is a bit whimsical, but interesting, nonetheless:

The stunning diversity of snowflakes gives rise to the idea that every single one is unique. While “no two flakes alike” might be an attractive metaphor, it isn’t entirely true. Yet that doesn’t stop us from peering at the intricate crystal structures caught on our mittens. It also doesn’t stop researchers from painstakingly cataloguing each and every type of crystal that might form.