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So much to learn, so little time.

That’s how I feel when I peruse Dan Colman’s Open Culture site.  Colman scours the web for the best open-source, educational media (see links below).  I found myself saying again and again, “Oh, I would love to do that!” “Oh, I want to listen to all of these!”  “Oh, I want to read about that or watch this or learn about that!”

Then just yesterday I was alerted to free lectures and courses being offered by Westminster Theological Seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary via ITunes.  If I were home schooling older children, I would certainly access some of these courses.  A look at some of the lecturers and course offerings made me wish that I could just squirrel away for a week with no other obligations and just feast at this rich table.

We truly live in a wonderful time when learning does not have to stop once we leave high school or college.  Neither does it have to cost an arm and a leg.  Any subject that engages our minds can be explored from the comfort of our own dens.  Benjamin Franklin said, “Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”


Enjoy the journey!


OpenCulture.com offerings include:

Computer Science
Political Science

  • Language Studies – German, French, Spanish and English but also Gaelic, Greek, Catalan and many others
  • Textbooks – arranged by subject
  • Intelligent Video links – the top cultural & educational video sites
  • Movies online — great classics, Indies, noir, classic sci fi, and westerns, etc; includes subsections of John Wayne Westerns and Charlie Chaplin movies, Alfred Hitchcock and Andrei Tarkovsky films, and Oscar Winners
  • Science Videos – from astronomy to physics & psychology

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The five-petaled acronym TULIP is often used to enumerate the main tenets of reformed theology or Calvinism (after John Calvin).  However in his message on the Sovereign Joy in the Life and Thought of St. Augustine (and recounted in The Legacy of Sovereign Joy, Crossway, 2006), Pastor John Piper would warn us that too often what is missing in this five point illustration is the “sap of delight.”

Piper would encourage us to make plain that

[T] total depravity is not just badness, but blindness to beauty and deadness to joy; and

[U] unconditional election means that the completeness of our joy in Jesus was planned for us before we ever existed; and that

[L] limited atonement is the assurance that indestructible joy in God is infallibly secured for us by the blood of the covenant; and

[I] irresistible grace is the commitment and power of God’s love to make sure we don’t hold on to suicidal pleasures, and to set us free by the sovereign power of superior delights; and that the

[P] perseverance of the saints is the almighty work of God to keep us, through all affliction and suffering, for an inheritance of pleasures at God’s right hand forever.

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