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  • Drew shared from At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
    It would be hard to imagine two more improbable founders for a movement as ascetic as communism. While earnestly desiring the downfall of capitalism, Engels made himself rich and comfortable from all its benefits. He kept a stable of fine horses, rode to hounds at weekends, enjoyed the best wines, maintained a mistress, hobnobbed with the elite of Manchester at the fashionable Albert Club—in short, did everything one would expect of a successful member of the gentry. Marx, meanwhile, constantly denounced the bourgeoisie but lived as bourgeois a life as he could manage, sending his daughters...
    Note: Marx, sounds like malema
  • Drew shared from At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
    There can be few more telling facts about life in nineteenth-century Britain than that the founding of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals preceded by sixty years the founding of a similar organization for the protection of children. It is perhaps no less notable that the first named was made Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1840, a little more than a decade and a half after its founding. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children remains to this day regally unblessed.
    Note: Victorian Britain was no place for children
  • Drew shared from At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
    The French were also commonly accused of relieving themselves on staircases, “a practice which was still to be found at Versailles in the eighteenth century,” writes Mark Girouard in Life in the French Country House.
    Note: Naughty Frenchies
  • Drew shared from At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
    Altogether, disease and slaughter reduced the native population of Mesoamerica by an estimated 90 percent in the first century of European contact. In return, the natives gave Columbus’s men syphilis.*
    Note: The brutal face of imperialism
  • Drew shared from Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great Advertising (Adweek Magazine) by Luke Sullivan
    You decide to go viral about as much as the Beatles decided to "go famous."
    Note: clients and 'suits' take note
  • Drew shared from a Personal Document
    And if you are married to a believer, you can add this: As the Lord counts you righteous in Christ, though you are not righteous in actual behavior and attitude, so count your spouse righteous in Christ, though he or she is not righteous. In other words, Colossians 3:12–13 says, take the vertical grace of forgiveness and justification and bend them out horizontally to your spouse. Marriage is meant to be a unique matrix for this display of God’s grace. This is what marriage is for ultimately—the display of Christ’s covenant-keeping grace.
    Note: Incredible for those married
  • Drew shared from a Personal Document
    Brand as Guardian Angel: One of our strongest emotions is fear. Carrying the “silver bullet” of protection is a powerful brand position. Brands like Allstate (“You’re in good hands with Allstate”)
  • Drew shared from Note to Self (Foreword by Sam Storms): The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself (Re:Lit) by Joe Thorn
    PREACHING LAW AND GOSPEL TOGETHER Neither the law nor the gospel can stand on its own in our preaching. The law is given to show us God’s way and our brokenness, so that we will see our need for redemption. In the gospel we find our redemption, but we are then eager to look afresh at the law. Now we see it as a delight to carry out, because even though we cannot keep the law perfectly, Jesus has kept it perfectly for us.
    Note: The need to preach law and gospel together!
  • Drew shared from The Pilgrim's Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come by John Bunyan, C. J. Lovik
    “But as for footmen like you and me, let us never desire to meet with the enemy or presume ourselves able to do better when we hear about the struggles of others. When we hear of others who have been sorely tested, let’s not be deluded by thoughts of our own manhood, for those who do so are often the ones who have the worst time of it when they are tested.
(Cape Town)
Drew Murphy