How can you make instant coffee expensive and elitist? Starbucks knows how

Times are tough. I’m sure you’ve heard about it on the news and all. And, if you’re a suddenly-out-of-work executive, how do you get through the day and still maintain your level of pretention and self esteem? Easy. Starbucks Via instant coffee, coming soon to a store near you.

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Christopher Hitchens acknowledges the supernatural

At least, in a way. This, from Lawrence Osborne in Forbes.com:

But later that night, three of our “scoop” brigade–Jonathan Foreman, Michael Totten and Christopher Hitchens–got involved in a street brawl with some thugs of a Syria-loving skinhead party called the SSNP after Hitchens rather gallantly insulted their swastika flag. On our way to a meeting with Minister of State Nassib Lahoud, Hitchens showed me the gashed knuckles and bruises suffered during the punch up. The attackers had apparently come out of nowhere on posh Hamra Street, where they had gone to buy shoes. “I was on the ground,” Hitchens said, “and getting it in the head.” It was a miracle they didn’t pull Kalashnikovs.

As James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web speculates about the author of “God Is Not Great”:  If Osborne’s account is accurate, God intervened to save the hide (though presumably not the soul) of a professional atheist. The Lord does work in mysterious ways. Maybe he just figures there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

What are the basics for the gospel?

For those in protestant circles, many have had the opportunity to share their testimony before they were baptized. When you think about it and, if you’ve ever heard one given, it often starts with the person and how they came to faith. But that isn’t the whole story, whether they realize it or not.

In this message to a Children’s Desiring God conference, John Piper explains that it goes much further than an individual’s own life if you want to explain how they were saved. It’s obvious, really, if you believe what the Bible says. Since no one saves himself, you can’t tell your story without going back to the Person who saved you, namely Jesus Christ. And, if you do that, it effects what kind of person you will be and how you live your faith.