What I’m Reading Wednesday

Here’s the sitch: Millions of federal dollars each year go to subsidize the cost of certain American agricultural products, ostensibly so producers can make more money while charging consumers less. Meanwhile, agribusiness lobbying agencies squeeze out small family farms and launch huge marketing campaigns with their millions, to persuade Americans that cows pumped full of hormones, steroids, and antibiotics, and fed a diet their bodies weren’t designed to process, give milk that’s healthy, safe, and natural after being cooked. But they also want you to believe that cows raised naturally on pesticide-free pasture land give milk that WILL KILL YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN if it’s not cooked. Despite modern sanitation and refrigeration, despite scrupulous testing processes, despite the absence of widespread harm done to consumers by real milk, and despite the many “approved” big-ag products that actually have killed or sickened many Americans (including pasteurized dairy products), the FDA and most state regulatory agencies would have you believe that uncooked milk in its freshest state is as dangerous now as it sometimes was in the days before refrigeration and modern sanitation practices. NOW. That’s the long way around the barn to say, read this article. And if you’re convinced that consumers should be able to choose to purchase and consume milk in its natural form, check out your state’s Real Milk providers or advocacy groups.

No long intro on this one: a thought-provoking article on what “bad art” says about the Good.

Another one from The Gospel Coalition, this one by Thabiti Anyabwile whose blog you definitely need to be reading. Think that the Word-of-Faith/Prosperity movement is really not so bad? Or have friends and family involved in WoF/Prosperity churches? Read this article for just one of countless stories of the very real damage this heretical doctrine causes.

This account of Eric Metaxas’s electrifying address at the National Prayer Breakfast gave me chills. Here’s World Magazine’s take on it, and Metaxas’s own summary on his blog. Dear Eric Metaxas, ❤ u.

This article really nails my discomfort with the ubiquitous Pink Ribbon brand identity and how it’s trivialized the scourge of breast cancer.

Now, in memory of one of the greatest voices of all time, a woman with a deeply troubled life, especially in her final years, a couple of my favorite tunes by the inimitable Whitney Houston:

And:

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One thought on “What I’m Reading Wednesday

  1. I spent a summer with my grandparents when I was young. They only served raw milk they picked up at the dairy. Amazing taste. I survived.

    On a similar note, did you hear the NPR report this morning about organic food? Apparently the US and European standards differ slightly, so what passed for organic here could not be sold under that label there and vice versa. The two agricultural authorities have now agreed that the differences are so minor that they will consider the two regimes equivalent for marketing purposes. The only major restriction that remains is that European organic standards allow sick animals to be treated with antibiotics while US standards do not, so animals treated that way still cannot be marketed here as organic.

    Thanks for Thabiti Anyabwile’s article. I love his stuff. T.D. Jakes and his modalism is a major stumbling block for those desiring to know God. I hope he stumbles himself, on the truth of Christ crucified (1 Cor. 1:23 and 1 Peter 2:8). Otherwise he might find that his actions have led to another type of block, one that Jesus said is tied around the neck (Matt. 18:6).

    Cheers,
    Tim

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