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In Depreciation of Your Efforts

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‘Surely vexation kills the fool, and jealousy slays the simple.’ ~ Job 5:2  

 

 

 

 

  • I once ate a 4 ½ pound steak and a Super Monster burrito from Freebird’s on dares. The first challenge took three hours and the second nearly killed me. I have since sworn off all challenges involving food. Sadly, it is too late for this guy.

 

 

 

  • Regardless of how you feel about the Bailout Bill that failed (THANKFULLY) in Congress yesterday, it should be pointed out how duplicitous and dishonest our representatives can be. The bill that has been touted as a critical rescue plan to prevent our economy from imploding (but would actually accomplish the opposite) was entitled thus:  ‘To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide earnings assistance and tax relief to members of the uniformed services, volunteer firefighters, and Peace Corps volunteers, and for other purposes.’  I’m speechless. Are you mad yet?

 

 

 

  • From 1813 to 1907, the U.S. dollar appreciated in value. What cost one dollar in 1813 cost only 48 cents in 1907. In 1913, the Federal Reserve was formed, ostensibly to provide financial stability and “fight inflation.” Since then, the value of a dollar has all but vanished, as what cost one dollar in 1913 cost $20.73 in 2007; the dollar has lost 95.2 percent of its value under management of the Fed.’

 

 

 

  • When Taysir Saada served as a trained assassin for Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization in the late 1960s, he admits he hated Christians. If he found a home belonging to followers of Jesus, he would sometimes throw a grenade inside and shoot it up with bursts of machine-gun fire. Today a non-uniformed Saada, now known as Tass, patrols the dangerous Hamas-dominated streets of the Gaza Strip – no longer hunting down Christians or bearing arms; the Palestinian-American has traded in his automatic weapons and grenades for the Bible, humanitarian service and apologies to Arab Christians he once persecuted.’

  • It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … Metal Mass!—‘ In Finland, heavy metal music is already part of mainstream culture.  But it seems its growing popularity knows no bounds. One metal band has taken to touring the country’s churches, giving concerts during services. And the pastors are loving it, as more and more young people are flocking to churches.’

 

 

 

  • Here is a short synopsis of how the Federal government’s Community Reinvestment Act is the primary contributor to the current credit crisis.

 

 

 

  • New research has added three more victims to the previous count of 133 people who are said to have lost their lives at the cold war boundary that once divided [Berlin] into four sectors that were controlled by the American, French, British and Russians respectively.’

 

 

 

Friedrich Hayek’s words about the failed economic policies which led to and exacerbated the Great Depression in 1932 are just as relevant to-day:

‘Instead of furthering the inevitable liquidation of the maladjustments brought about by the boom during the last three years, all conceivable means have been used to prevent that readjustment from taking place; and one of these means, which has been repeatedly tried though without success, from the earliest to the most recent stages of depression, has been this deliberate policy of credit expansion. … To combat the depression by a forced credit expansion is to attempt to cure the evil by the very means which brought it about…’ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • One of the more prominent ‘Lesser of Two Evils’ arguments used for voting for (bad) Republicans is the emphasis on Supreme Court judge nominations. However, the historical evidence shows that some (most?) of the worst judges on the court were appointed by Republicans.

 

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It’s Debatable

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After watching the debates last night–do you still think there is a difference between the two major candidates/ parties?

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September 27, 2008 at 7:23 am

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Don’t Flip Your Whig

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‘When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you?’ ~ Acts 3:12a

 

  • According to conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, it appears that the bloom is off the Palin Rose: ‘Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who is clearly out of her league.’

 

Case in point: This is what I have labelled the Moose-in-the-Headlights Interview.

(It’s just plain painful to watch.)

 

 

 

‘This [Federal Reserve Act] establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the president [Woodrow Wilson] signs this bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalised… [T]he worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill… From now on, depressions will be scientifically created.’ ~ Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. (1913)

 

 

 

 

 

‘[Economic conquest] … takes place when nations are placed under “tribute” without the use of visible force or coercion, so that the victims do not realize they have been conquered. “Tribute” is collected from them in the form of “legal” debts and taxes, and they believe they are paying it for their own good, for the good of others, or to protect all from some enemy. Their captors become their “benefactors” and “protectors”… The government will own nothing, the people will own nothing, and the banks will own everything.’

 

 

  • I almost fell out from underneath my tinfoil hat this morning when I read the following headline: ‘China Fakes Report from Space.’ Wait a minute! I thought that kind of talk was just conspiracy theory gobbledy-gook?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The world no longer has the capacity to absorb fake U.S. dollars.’  ~  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

 

 

I think NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway and Tom Petty were twins who were separated at birth.

 

John Elway

 

Tom Petty

 

See what I mean?!

 

Don or Dawn? Pt. 2

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 ‘A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.’  ~ Deuteronomy 22:5

 

Per my previous post (which was unintentionally cryptic), here are some images that have brought the topic of the culture’s rampant androgyny to mind of late.  There are, of course, numerous others, but they should suffice.

 

 Rachel Maddow, MSNBC Hostess

 

Nick Lachey (The Former Mr Jessica Simpson)

 

Samantha Ronson (Left)

 

 

Sanjaya (Famous for Fifteen Minutes)

 

David Cassidy

 

Poison (Of 1980’s Hair Band fame.  And, yes–they’re all men.)

 

Joan Jett (Of ‘I Love Rock ‘n Roll fame)

 

The pictures above are but a small sample to illustrate my point of the tacit–and often overt–approval of androgyny in our culture.  In addition, we live in a time when Christianity is ofen spoken of almost explicity in internal terms–‘it is only what is in your heart that matters’.  I happen to think that externals are important in the life of a Christian, as well; they are certainly not equally important to internals, but certainly very important nonetheless.

So, I would ask again: If we desire to live biblically, what role do outward appearances play and what are some examples of distinctive Christian externals?

 

 

It’s Pat!  (What’s a guy/gal to do?)

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September 26, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Don or Dawn?

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‘Haven’t you read,’ [Jesus] replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator “made them male and female[?] …”‘  ~ Matthew 19:4

 

Question: If the entire world were to be converted to Christianity to-morrow and everyone sought to live their lives in accordance with biblical principles (both morally and practically)–how would we be able to recognise the difference between men and women?

In other words, if everyone were living a biblical/ Christian life, how would you recognise a man from a women on the street? 

I look forward to your thoughts…

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September 25, 2008 at 6:12 pm

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The Gospel According to Kris Kristofferson

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‘But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.’  ~ Deuteronomy 29:4

 

Often when I hear a song with even a remote or pseudo-theological aspect to it I try to explain to myself (or anyone nearby willing to listen) why what the singer is or is not singing is biblical (or not).  One such song is that listed below; I ruminated on it off and on for many years with the following conclusions (my thoughts/ references are in red).

 

Why Me, Lord? – by Kris Kristofferson

 

Why me Lord?

So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. (Romans 9:18)

What have I ever done

Because it pleases God to call (or not) whomever he will–‘This effectual call is of God’s free and special grace alone, not from anything at all foreseen in man…’ (Westminster Confession of Faith, 10.2)

To deserve even one

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

Of the pleasures I’ve known?

[Jesus] I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  (John 10:10)

 

Tell me Lord,

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!  (Psalm 31:24)

What did I ever do

That was worth love from you

Or the kindness you’ve shown?

…though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—(Romans 9:11)

 

Lord, help me Jesus, I’ve wasted it so

Help me Jesus I know what I am.

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  (I Timothy 1:15)

Now that I know that I’ve needed you so

Help me Jesus, my soul’s in your hand.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  (John 3:16)

 

Tell me Lord,

If you think there’s a way

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  (John 14:6)

I can try to repay

The Debtor’s Ethic: We will never get out of debt to grace. And so the thought of gratitude ethic as a kind of payback ethic is devastating to increasing the glory of God’s grace in our lives. We go deeper into debt in grace, not pay it off.  ~ John Piper

All I’ve taken from you

…What do you have that you did not receive?… (I Corinthians 4:7)

 

Maybe Lord,

I can show someone else

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  (Matthew 28:19)

What I’ve been through myself

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,(Romans 3:23)

On my way back to you.

I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.  (Jeremiah 24:7)

 

 

 

  • Lesbian Feminist—and abortion zealot—Camille Paglia calls a spade a spade: ‘I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful which results in the annihilation of concrete individuals and not just clumps of insensate tissue.’

 

 

 

  • This [economic] crisis is largely external to the current scope of American politics, so it isn’t something that George Bush, John McCain or Barack Obama can even theoretically fix; it’s quite clear that they don’t even begin to understand what is happening, much less why, to say nothing of how they should respond. The only presidential candidate who understood the situation – he has condemned it for decades – was the candidate that the vast majority of the American people thought was too outlandish and too out of touch to support, Dr. Ron Paul.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proper hermeneutics are very important. Otherwise, you get items like this from author Thomas Horn: ‘New experiments in genetic engineering could open the doors for the return of fearsome “giants” described in the Bible – the offspring of human women and fallen angels.’ [ed. – Riiiiight.]

 

The Largest Flag in the World (and Beautiful to Boot!)

  

Beer’d

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‘So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.”‘ ~ II Samuel 10:4, 5

 

Last evening witnessed the inaugural meeting of what I have christened Luther’s League of Gentlemen, which consists primarily (but not necessarily exclusively) of WPC men spending time over a beer or two at a local pub discussing (or is it arguing?) life, football, politics, and religion–not necessarily in that order. I can’t decide which topic elicits greater passion–whether women should participate in political leadership or just how good the Dallas Cowboys are or aren’t this year.

As it was, we had a great time and look forward to reconvening the League on a monthly basis. Stand by.

 

‘I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept [cf. Mark 4:26-29], or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it.’ ~ Martin Luther

 

 

 

  • As my daddy always said, ‘Free advice is worth what it costs.’ Still, we at Metallic Pea offer some of our own, which you may take or leave as is your wont: During these tumultuous economic times, it would be wise to have some cash on hand in case of a run on the banks or an Executive Order from the President temporarily halting withdrawal of funds from your bank (both scenarios have happened in the past). To be sure, we urge our friends not to panic–but we do urge you to be wise. Ask the folks at Indy Mac Bank who stood in line for days to get their money when that institution failed if they wished they had some ‘walking around’ money when it went down. We’re just saying.

  • A silver lining to the depreciation of the dollar—the drug pandemic declines in the U.S.: ‘The European cocaine market is even more attractive than the American one because of robust demand and a strong euro, said Russell Benson, the regional director of the DEA in Europe and Africa. The euro has gained 16 percent against the dollar in the past three years and one euro today buys more than $1.40.’

  • In the They Are Coming for Us Report: ‘A scientist who suggested creationism be discussed in school science classes as a “worldview” if students raise questions has been banished from his UK Royal Society job for advocating the open exchange of information.’

  • Unlike our political ‘leaders’, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has offered to publicly debate the issues facing our respective countries before the media and the world at the next meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Our leaders refuse to talk with him but we have to ask—what is the harm in talking?

  • Two unknown fragments of music by Mozart are believed to have turned up in a library in Nantes in western France. If authenticated by musical scholars, at least one of the pieces may be performed in a festival in the city next year.’

  • An Oklahoma City mother was charged Monday with child neglect after neighbors found her 3-year-old son wandering around the parking lot of their apartment complex with beer in his bottle.’

  • So Chasin, along with six Muslims and Nazarene Christians, filed suit, charging that they should be [allowed to keep their beards] on grounds of religious freedom.’ [ed. – Ooh, snap!]

 

‘But He has adorned man, like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him as an attribute of manhood, with a hairy chest – a sign of strength and rule.’ ~ Clement of Alex., 2.275