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What’s a Finsuk?

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Q. 127. What is the honour that inferiors owe to their superiors?

A. The honour which inferiors owe to their superiors is, all due reverence in heart, word, and behaviour; prayer and thanksgiving for them; imitation of their virtues and graces; willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels; due submission to their corrections; fidelity to, defence, and maintenance of their persons and authority, according to their several ranks, and the nature of their places; bearing with their infirmities, and covering them in love,that so they may be an honour to them and to their government.  (Westminster Larger Catechism)


My recent post regarding what the Bible has to say about the institution of slavery reminded me of some other difficult passages of Scripture.  Blessedly, Pastors Coleman and Anderson employ the Expository method of preaching in order to best bring the Word of God to His people (and I would agree with that path). However, it might be fun to challenge either or both of them to prepare a textual  sermon based upon some of the passages below. 

II King 2:23, 24:

‘He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.’ 

I Samuel 18:25-27:

Then Saul said, “Thus shall you say to David, ‘The king desires no bride-price except a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, that he may be avenged of the king’s enemies.”  Now Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son-in-law. Before the time had expired, David arose and went, along with his men, and killed two hundred of the Philistines. And David brought their foreskins, which were given in full number to the king, that he might become the king’s son-in-law. And Saul gave him his daughter Michal for a wife.’  Deuteronomy 25:11, 12:

‘When men fight with one another and the wife of the one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him and puts out her hand and seizes him by the private parts, then you shall cut off her hand. Your eye shall have no pity.’ 

Matthew 22:27:

‘Finally, the woman died.’


I don’t think there is anything funnier than what I am doing right now: Watching Gracie Mae GET DOWN to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song.’  Let me tell you–she can get of on the Good Foot, now!


Elly May: ‘Granny, what was the Civil War?’

Granny:  ‘That’s when the Yankees invaded America!’

~ The Beverly Hillbillies


‘Matt, what was the most rocking song during your senior year of high school (1989)?’  I’m glad you asked! 

This 1980’s Moment is brought to you by Living Colour:



‘Any time a slave worked over time or cut mo’ wood dan he s’pose to, Massa pay him money for it, ‘cauze when ever one of us slaves see somp’n we lak, we did jus lak de white folks does now.  Us bought it.  Massa never whupped none of his slaves. … No’m none of our slaves ever tried to run away.  Dey all knowed dey was well off … dey [Yankees] offered me a hoss iffen I would go nawth wid dem, but I jus’ couldn’t leave de Massa even dough I did want dat hoss mighty bad.’  ~ Isaam Morgan, a former slave from Mobile, Alabama (Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Workers’ Project, 1936-1938)  


I have always hated the fact that we are forced to receive cable channels we do not want and have no intention of supporting with our dollars (which is why I dumped my cable a few years ago).  In keeping with a more capitalistic method, I advocate a buffet-style subscription in which you can pick and choose the channels you do—and do not—want.  Well, that may be on the horizon.


The first concert I ever attended was (gulp) to see Madonna at the Astrodome in 1986.  (Pause for hysterical laughter.)  Anyway, the opening band was a short-lived, but catchy, ensemble from South Africa named Level 42.  I dare you to watch this video without bobbing your head or snapping your fingers.  I dare you.


‘I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix.  ~ Dan Quayle, former U.S. Vice President


Although I have never been convinced to buy one of their albums, Everclear has put out a few tunes that I like a great deal–‘Santa Monica’, ‘AM Radio’, and ‘Wonderful’ primarily.  In addition, as much as I hate to admit it, that band has produced the only song that has ever actually made me cry.  That’s right–cry.  Now, I know full well that a Karate Man bruises on the inside; still, I get a bit misty-eyed to this day when I hear the lyrics to ‘Father of Mine,’ a heart-wrenching confession of the pain caused–and still felt–by lead singer Art Alexakis due to his abandonment by his father at a young age.

Here is a sample of the searing lyrics:

I was ten years old
Doing all that I could
It wasn’t easy for me
To be a scared white boy
In a black neighborhood

Sometimes you would send me a birthday card
With a five dollar bill
I never understood you then
And I guess I never will  

[The TEAR JERKER lines:]

My Daddy gave me a name—

And then he walked away

My Daddy gave me a name—

And then he walked away

Wow.  Those words hit me hard the first time I heard them–and the impact has only increased since the birth of my own child.  I simply cannot fathom walking away from her.  Ever.



NB: The title of this blog post refers to an incident with Mrs Krajca (Kierstyn for those of you playing the home game).  She was–slyly, I might add–making an attempt to persuade me to do something (I can’t remember what exactly) that I had no intention of doing when, as a method of parying the blow, I used a metaphor from our friend Mark Twain: ‘Hey, you wanna have fun and paint this fence, Huck?’

Kierstyn, with a very puzzled look on her face asked me, ‘What is a finsuk?’ 🙂


I can definately see Gracie Mae doing this!   

 Pig Kiss


Written by ninepoundhammer

October 3, 2007 at 7:02 am

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  1. II King 2:23, 24

    When I was about Elizabeth’s age, my Sunday school teacher taught on this passage. Gave me nightmares! My parents couldn’t figure out what I was talking about in the middle of the night, “The girl bears are going to get me!”


    October 3, 2007 at 8:26 am

  2. so what are you going to do when Ron loses in the primaries? I’m sure it will be a day of mourning, will you have to break out the aluminum hats and hid from the black choppers?

    Just razing you Matt, your a fun target.

    I find it odd thought, for someone who is so idividualist that you work for the feds. isn’t that some sort of conscience violation?

    I’ll post up my thoughts on slavery in another post.


    October 3, 2007 at 9:21 pm

  3. I don’t believe in radical individualism; we have obligations and responsibilities within our communities which me must meet. We must remember that we have been bought with a price; we are not our own.

    Also, I have no problem working for the Feds in an area which I think is a legitimate function of the government. I would not want to work for Social Security, Medicaire, or another of the un- or extra-Constitutional areas of the Federal (or State, for that matter) government. But maintaining government records and providing access to them for the People is no problem for me.


    October 4, 2007 at 7:16 am

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