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Denim for pansies...

Our long-lost friend, BikeBubba, just posted on Nordstrom's latest fashion statement for men. Baracuda Straight Leg Jeans come muddy and stained and the ad copy reads:

Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty.

Mike Rowe says Nordstrom's $450 jeans are "a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic."

By the way, give me two wishes and the first will be that I never again have to listen to a woman say anything is her "passion." The second will be that I never again have to listen to a man say anything is "ironic."

Every son's dream...

Yesterday, our family got texted this pic of son Taylor cutting grass with his own son, Jackson. The caption was "suburban version of the farmer and son with pails."

Beautiful. Here's the section from Daddy Tried:

THERE’S A PICTURE I saw in the farmhouses of my first churches(a yoked parish of two congregations eight miles apart) in Wisconsin’s dairy land. Two farmers have finished chores and are walking from the barn to the house. Each is dressed in bib overalls, each wears the same cap, each has...


Men at work taking down Seattle's largest hardwood tree...

Prior to enrolling in Clearnote Pastors College, Pastor David Abu-Sara of Clearnote Church, Indianapolis, worked in Chicago as a treeman ("certified aborist"). I watched this video about a year ago, then again this past week. This time Dave was in the loop of those the link was forwarded to and he sent out an e-mail giving a little explanation of the work here recorded.

I've watched Dave take down trees that were leaning forty-five degrees in the opposite direction from where he set them down, and it's stupendous. Have a look at the video, then read Dave's commentary.

Urban Hardwoods / Seattle's Largest Hardwood Tree from Ron Hansen on Vimeo.

Dave writes...

Last chance for Clearnote Summer Conference 2014...

We've now gone over 400 registrants, adults and children, for our Clearnote Summer Conference July 11th & 12th here in Bloomington, Indiana. The conference is titled,"Salt and Light: Confessing Christ in the Public Square." Are you coming?

We have a few spots left so go on over to the registration page and snag one. We'll look forward to seeing you.

The joy of work...

At the top of Google news just now is the headline, "Long-term Unemployment Benefit Expires for 1 Million."

Good. What a horrible existence to be paid not to work.

No one should benefit from unemployment. The fact such a headline can top the Google news page is an indication our nation is deep into her dotage. We're talking "long-term unemployment" here, good buddies. Long, long periods of time when men get paid not to work.

There are so many commands of Scripture we are ashamed of today. For instance:

For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If any one will not work, let him not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living. (2Thessalonians 3:10-12)

"But the men and women getting unemployment benefits want to work; they just can't find a job," you say?

Right now there are 1.3 million men and women you and I have been paying for 26 weeks for not working, and in the next couple of months...