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Sphere, Sphere!

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‘But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’  ~ Luke 18:13

 

Every now and again an invention comes along that causes me to think, ‘Now, why didn’t I think of that?!’  This is just such an invention: The Disappearing Car Door.  (Link via Lew Rockwell.)

 

 

‘Democracy is three wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for supper.’  ~ Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

As a certified Hair Band Freak back in the day, I cut my teeth on rock music from the likes of Poison.  Now comes the news (thanks, John Ferguson) that the band’s lead axe man, C. C. DeVille, has been converted to Christianity and is seeking and receiving pastoral care and guidance (from Pete Wilson of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee).  After having shaken the shock of reading about such an unexpected turn of events, I have been hit by a couple of (hopefully) important thoughts.  The first is that I pray that God will use a man of such talents and popularity—who stands before myriad captive audiences almost nightly—to glorify and draw more people to Himself.  Secondly, I have to admit to being a bit humbled.  My first reaction was, with no small air of self-congratulation and magnanimity, to ‘cheer’ God’s ability and willingness to draw such a ‘sinner’ as DeVille out of the darkness.  ‘It just goes to show that God can save anybody!’ I thought to myself.  And then it hit me: I most certainly ain’t any better than your average hedonistic guitar playing rock and roller.  (Pharisee, meet Tax Collector.)   All praise be to God that He saved me in spite of myself.

 

 

 

  • A few weeks ago I commented upon why I no longer use Google; though there are many ideological reasons, my primary concern was that the monolithic search goliath records and stores your searches and provides them—no warrant needed—to police and government authorities.  However, let not your heart be troubled for there is now a viable alternative!  A few former Google engineers have launched their new—and vastly superior—search engine, Cuil (pronounced ‘cool’). 

 

 

 

  • I am a fervent advocate of the Biblical teaching regarding the spheres of influence among the individual, the family, the State, and the Church and where they should—and should not—overlap.  That is why I am so uncomfortable with the display of a U.S. or State flag (or any civil/ secular banner) within the walls of the church. 

 

 

 

‘The Christian family, church, state, and other spheres of human life should be independent but cooperative institutions–all Christian, all operating under God’s authority.’  ~ Andrew Sandlin

 

 

 

  • The next time you are having a bad day, read this story to remind you that it ain’t all that bad. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Desensitisation to Violence + Voyeurism = War ‘Porn‘. 

 

 

 

  • Last week one of the world’s leading climate experts announced new research that could change our understanding of global warming and suggests we can stop worrying about climate change. Strangely, this wonderful development has been ignored by the media.’ 

 

 

 

  • The lack of historical perspective in society leaves us open to the dangers of both being surprised by and unprepared for cyclical events and, as George Santayana warned against, repeating the mistakes of the past.  As a student of history, this provides no small measure of frustration for me.  Emblematic of our historical shortsightedness is the article listing the Top 25 Political Speeches of All Time.  The choices provide no shortage of fodder for discussion—and disagreement—but the telling aspect of the selections is that they are, to the last, twentieth century orations.  The oldest was given by FDR in 1933. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Some folks are still under the illusion that we enjoy religious freedom in this country.  

The Quotable Spouse

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‘He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.’  ~ Job 8:21

 

Sometimes when the wife and I are having discussions one (or both) of us will say something that completely disarms the other.  Such a moment ocurred earlier to-day.  I won’t boor you with the details but I will leave you with a quote from the woman that God gave me, which should be just enough to make you wonder what in the world was going on:

‘First of all, midgets are not poisonous.’

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July 26, 2008 at 6:32 pm

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You Gotta Have (A) Sole

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‘I am a man of peace; but when I speak, they are for war.’  ~ Psalm 120:70

  • The man who awarded my son’s namesake his nom de guerre died on yesterday’s date in 1861. 

 

 

 

  • How do some folks reconcile Christianity with such things as advocacy of abortion on demand?—with bad theology: ‘“Theologically, we believe that in the greatest decision of our entire lives – whether to follow God or not – God allows us to choose,” she said. “If God is big enough to allow that choice, then who are we to dictate choices to other people? Your choices have consequences, but you should be allowed to make those choices.”’  However, a proper understanding of the monergistic work of the Holy Ghost would show the fault in such reasoning. 

 

 

 

  • ‘One of history’s oldest copies of the Bible will be accessible to millions of people around the world soon – 1,600 years after it was first penned on calfskin parchment by early Christians in Egypt.’ 

 

CHOOSE WISELY!

  • We often hear folks around us mention (no doubt with a certain degree of hyperbole) how ‘poor’ they are when, in fact, they really mean that they don’t have as much money as they wish they had.  If you are interested to see what real poverty looks like, watch this

 

 

 

  • When you hear that one of the most shocking (and disgusting) rock ‘n rollers of all time—Alice Cooper—say something like this, ‘[T]he most rebellious thing I ever did was to become a Christian’, it is quite encouraging.  Yet, although he attends church and Bible study regularly, Cooper has not shed his horror show vocation.  This article brings to mind the important question raised by Frances Schaeffer: ‘How then should we live?

 

 

 

  • There is legitimate reason to believe that neither John McCain nor Barack Obama are constitutionally eligible to serve as President of the United States.  This raises a pivotal question: If a Constitutional requirement can be disregarded with such brazeness, are any of our rights enumerated in that document really protected?  And should we not be very concerned—or scared

 

 

 

  • ‘Politicians and celebrities with an urge to see black poverty only need to visit the Mississippi Delta or some of the neighborhoods in American cities. If they yearn for more exotic poverty, all they have to do is visit the Indian reservations that do not have casinos. Any disease they are hot to trot to cure can be found right here in the good old U.S.A.’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘Fashion experts [whatever that means, ed.] believe that the trend, which started on the catwalks and has now reached the high street, strengthens the theory that flush times mean higher hemlines, while the tightening of belts sends skirts to the floor.’ 

 

 

 

  • Had there been no World War II, thousands of Jewish lives probably would have been spared: ‘In February 1942, for example, Goebbels wrote in his diaries, “World Jewry will suffer a great catastrophe. … The Führer realizes the full implications of the great opportunity offered by this war.” A month later, after describing the deportations from Poland’s ghettos, Goebbels observed, “Fortunately, a whole series of possibilities presents itself for us in wartime that would be denied us in peacetime. We shall have to profit by this.”’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Can you tell that this motel is owned by one of the members of The B-52’s? 

You ever get the feeling somebody’s watching you?

Pop Goes the Wedding

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‘Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.’  ~ Ecclesiastes 4:11, 12

 

We returned this evening from what can best be described as the most interesting non-religious, religious wedding I have ever attended.  The entire outdoor ceremony lasted a mere 17 minutes from the appearance of the first groomsman and bridesmaid until the last of the recessional.  To be sure, I prefer short/ Protestant weddings as a rule (ours clocked in at just under 20 minutes) but the issue was of special import this evening as the event was held outdoors under the constant threat of rain.  (We remained dry during the nuptuals but ran for cover to the reception as the skies opened after the I Do’s.)

The first indication that the ceremony would be, shall we say, ‘different’ was atop the programme handed out as we took our seats.  The processional of the wedding party would take place to the soothing sounds of a Norah Jones song (played by the celloist who performed at our wedding, as it happened).  Points were awarded, however, for keeping with tradition (or is it a law now?) and playing Pachelbel’s Canon in D at one point (we did it, too!).  The next bit of ‘unorthodoxy’ took place during the ceremony itself.  The extremely young looking pastor (of an unknown denomination) spent no time speaking of the Gospel and barely more than nothing in reading from Scripture.  His performance included two fleeting references to Solomon and Paul of Tarsus but was chock full of pop culture with a quote from Homer Simpson (on marriage) and no fewer than three songs: ‘All Out of Love‘ by Air Supply, ‘Cherish‘ by Kool and the Gang, and–I kid you not–an Adam Sandler ditty featured (alongside Billy Idol) in ‘The Wedding Singer.’  The specific verse from the last song quoted went thus:

So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed if you’ve had too much to drink
I could be the man who grows old with you
I wanna grow old with you

The ceremony spent a great deal of time centered around ‘Love.’  While, obviously, love is a very important ingredient in a marriage and I am a staunch advocate of it, yet it is not the glue that holds a couple together (that would be God) nor is it the end-all-be-all of marriage.  In fact, the manner in which the pastor spoke of it, he would have been better served substituting the term ‘infatuation.’

The pastor ended with a prayer that, in its hyper-ecumenical nature, left me asking the Mrs., ‘Who–or what–did we just pray too?’  In the end, it seemed a waste of time and money to have such an elaborate ceremony that was only nominally religious at all.  One would think that they may have been better served having a Justice of the Peace marry them and spend the balance of the funds on a honeymoon in Australia.

Am I a stick in the mud?  Perhaps.  (Probably.)  But I feel deeply that a wedding is a religious ceremony and a marriage is an institution ordained by God that calls for a great deal of reverence and serious reflection.  In addition, it also seems a shame to me that one would not use the opportunity of having a captive audience to share the Gospel, which is central to our lives (including the marriage).

Oh, yeah.  The recessional?: ‘All You Need Is Love‘ by the Beatles.

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July 18, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Don’t Tear Down Your Storehouse

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‘A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.’  ~ Proverbs 11:25

 

Funny search engine terms used to find my blog:

  • reo speedwagon occult symbolism  [Riding the cult out…]

  • iranian fried chicken  [May I have some yardbird with my couscous?]

  • the ayers family korea  [I always knew Kevin had a lot of Seoul.]

 

 

  • A suggestion for the moms: A friend of mine returned from taking her grandchildren to the children’s museum at Baylor University and could not stop singing its praises. Perhaps a WPC Moms group field trip should be planned?

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much of the rise in gas prices is attributable to the overall rise in prices caused by dollar inflation? One way of finding out is to measure the price of gasoline in terms of “constant” dollars instead of nominal dollars. For instance, in 1971 – the year is significant because that was when President Richard Nixon took us totally off the gold standard – a gallon of gasoline that cost 50 cents a gallon would cost $2.66 today in 1971 dollars, as calculated by the Consumer Price Index. … [C]omparing the cost of a gallon of gas to “real money” like silver – the value of a gallon of gas is relatively unchanged. The cost of a gallon of gas in terms of the fake, inflation-roasted dollars we all must use, well, that’s another story.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The U.S. national debt ‘has reached $455,000 per U.S. household. As that debt grows, the United States increasingly relies on foreigners, including China and Middle East oil producers, for financing.’

 

 

 

  • Glenn Beck used to ridicule Ron Paul’s economic warnings. Now, like others who have the courage to face the truth, Beck is singing the good doctor’s praises:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Reduce your standard of living now (while the situation is still under control), greatly increase your savings (in gold, which is real money) and rig for greatly changed patterns of production, consumption, employment and business for a considerable time. The hurricane that’s just starting to hit the economy will both trigger and worsen problems in other areas. Starting with politics, because nearly everyone today believes the ridiculous notion that the government should guide the economy.’

 

To-day’s 1980’s Moment is brought to you by: Texas’ own Christpher Cross (and his sweet Earl Campbell Houston Oilers jersey!) 

 

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Have You Seen This Child?

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‘At that time Moses was born—a beautiful child in God’s eyes.’  ~ Acts 7:20a

I saw this advertisement banner to-day and could not get over how much the baby in the photograph resembles Cara Beth.  What say you?

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July 15, 2008 at 7:01 pm

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Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven–But Nobody Wants to Die

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‘And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?’ ~ I Kings 9:8

 

  • Do you think it is mere ‘coincidence’ that the Colemans are back home in Tennessee when reading this story from Knoxville?: ‘A man says he was so consumed by the spirit of God that he fell and hit his head while at a Knoxville church.  Now he wants Lakewind Church to pay $2.5 million for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering he says he’s endured from his injuries.’ 

 

  • Still think steroids don’t affect sports?  Watch what happened at the All Drug Olympics. 

 

 

 

The men that worked for England

They have their graves at home:

And birds and bees of England

About the cross can roam.

 

But they that fought for England,

Following a falling star,

Alas, alas for England

They have their graves afar.

 

And they that rule in England,

In stately conclave met,

Alas, alas for England

They have no graves as yet.   ~ G. K. Chesterton, Elegy in a Country Churchyard

 

 

 

  • The Vendeans fought on their home soil on behalf of their kinfolk, their neighbors, and those with whom they shared a religious communion. This is true patriotism, whether or not one approves of it.’ 

 

 

 

  • I don’t know where these guys get the audacity to take our money, taxpayer money, and buy stock in Fannie Mae,” Rogers, 65, said in an interview from Singapore. “So we’re going to bail out everybody else in the world. And it ruins the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet and it makes the dollar more vulnerable and it increases inflation“.’ 

 

 

 

  • John McCain’s brand of ‘patriotism’: ‘Patriotism is deeper than its symbolic expressions, than sentiments about place and kinship that move us to hold our hands over our hearts during the national anthem. It is putting the country first, before party or personal ambition, before anything.’

 

 

 

  • In other news, I hear that McCain is having a telephone machine installed in his horseless carriage any day now: ‘Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, has admitted that he never uses email and that his staff has to show him websites because he is only just “learning to get online myself”.’  

 

 

 

  • In the I Can’t Understand Why They Don’t Like Us Report: ‘[Presidential Candidate John] McCain, who once sang in jest about bombing Iran, on Tuesday reacted to a report of rising U.S. cigarette exports to the Islamic Republic by saying it may be “a way of killing ’em.”’ 

 

  • McCain and Obama recently flew to California to speak to the national gathering of The Race.   

 

  •  A common thread amongst those most publicly hostile to the visible church is the charge of hypocrisy.  A great deal of their ire is the result of their ignorance or misunderstanding of true doctrine; however, such a charge is, sadly, often right on the mark.  That is why it is so very important for professing Christians to keep themselves at heel and bear in mind that the world is watching.  Don’t just talk the talk—walk the walk.  Still, if I woke up to-morrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I could not be more surprised than I am by this article insinuating that John Lennon was a follower of Christ.

 

Way up on old Linville Mountain

Where the bear and the catamount reign
A strange ghostly light appears every night
Which no scientist or hunter can explain.

In the days of the old covered wagon
When they camped on the flats for the night
With the moon shinin’ dim o’er the old canyon rim
They watched for that brown mountain light.

 

 

High on the mountain
And down in the valley below
It shines like the crown of an angel
And fades as the mists come and goWay over yonder
Night after night until dawn
A faithful old slave comes back from the grave
Is searching for his master who’s long gone.

Many years ago a southern planter
Came huntin’ in this wide world alone
Then so they say the hunter lost his way
And never returned to his home.

His trusting ol’ slave brought a lantern
And searched but in vain day and night
Now the ol’ slave is gone
but his spirit lingers on 

And the lantern it still casts it’s light.  ~  The Hillmen, Brown Mountain Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ‘During its recent meeting in San Jose, California, the highest governing body of the PCUSA [Presbyterian Church in the United States of America) voted in favor of a proposal that would allow for the ordination of non-celibate homosexual men and women. The General Assembly also initiated a process to revise the Heidelberg Catechism to delete the Bible’s prohibition against homosexuality.’ … The Executive Director of the Presbyterian Lay Committee said, ‘Some churches and presbyteries are looking for ways to get out of the denomination.’  (Uh, do you think?) 

 

 

 

  • My premise is that the U.S. economy is going to collapse, that this process has already begun, and will run its course over a decade or more, with ups and downs here and there, but a consistent overall downward direction. I neither prognosticate nor wish for such an outcome; I just happen to see it as very likely. Furthermore, I do not see it as altogether bad. There are some terrible aspects to the current state of affairs, and some wonderful aspects to the post-collapse environment. For example, the air will be much cleaner, there will be no traffic jams, and people will have plenty of time to devote to their children and to people within their immediate community. Wildlife will rebound. Local culture will make a comeback. People will get plenty of exercise walking around, carrying things, and performing manual labor. They will eat smaller and healthier diets. I could go on and on, but that is not the point.’ 

 

 

 

 

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  • ‘Everybody wants to have a gun to stick legally in the belly of the other person, in order to force that person to pay his “fair share” — higher than the voter’s — to bail out the system, which is the joint product of (1) the central banks of several countries, (2) the United States Congress, (3) the present Presidential administration, (4) the fractional reserve banking system, and (5) tens of millions of American voters who demanded something for nothing and now face getting nothing for something.’  ~  Gary North 

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July 15, 2008 at 11:59 am