May 26, 2019

Saturday Ramblings 8.3.13

RamblerSo I walk into my local Hobby Lobby this last week and see they have Christmas decorations stacked to the ceiling. I see the manager, and tell him just how wrong this is. He agrees. But there you have it. Christmas in July, indeed. And now it is August. Next thing you know, people will be camped outside of Best Buy stores for Black Friday specials. Sigh … Do you know that I haven’t sent anyone a Christmas card in three years now, and my feelings of guilt are almost gone? I’m just sayin’… But one thing I would never miss is our weekly opportunity to tiptoe thru the TULIPs with you. And that parade is something we call Saturday Ramblings.

Roving Rambler Andrew Zook was scratching his head this week, wondering if an entire nation can be “saved” in one day. That was the plan this last Tuesday as a a group of 2,000 missionaries led by Missions.me attempted to reached every person in Honduras in one day. Good idea? Western hubris? Discuss.

If you were in Honduras this last week, you could stop in Orlando on your way home for the biannual hootenanny known as the Assemblies of God General Council.  Insert your own A of G joke here. (My friend Mike’s father was an Assemblies of God pastor who claimed “AG” stood for “Against God.” Ok then …)

Archaeologists (defined as “grown men and women who play in the dirt”) have discovered a 3,000 year old piece of pottery that “proves the Bible is true.” Question: Is it important to God to prove the Bible is true? Can of worms has duly been opened. Go at it.

Other archaeologists playing in other dirt found what might be a piece of a cross. THE cross. Ok …

Talk about opening a can of red wigglers. Pope Francis did just that during an in-flight press conference this last week as he returned from World Youth Day in Brazil. If you didn’t already hear what he said about gays, and gay priests in particular, let’s just say not everyone was jumping for joy. Yet Paul Raushenbush credits this pope with making being a Christian cool again. Follow-up question to the above: Is it important to God that we be considered cool?

I’ll bet you didn’t know this about John Lennon. Oh, and I have talked with someone who has personally seen the original letter Lennon wrote to Oral Roberts, and that person confirms what this article says is in that letter. Just so you know. (Yet whatever Lennon said or wrote, his song Imagine has no place being sung in a Christian church as a song of worship. Ever. Period. End of discussion.)

You know how we read when Moses threw his rod down in front of Pharaoh and it became a snake, the magicians did the same? We often see that what can be attributed as a miracle of God can also be replicated by man. Here comes resurrecting the dead. Even the very dead. So, do we still need God, or is science good enough? (You didn’t know there would be so many questions today, did you? You should have studied in anticipation of this pop quiz …)

Rachel Held Evans wrote this last week on why Millennials are leaving the church. That brought about this response, and then this response. Your response?

Who in the world would want the job of a judge? You do your best to render the right verdict, but you know the losing party is going to appeal and try to have it overturned. That’s what a Kenyan lawyer is doing … concerning a trial in Israel 2,000 years ago. Yep. Really.

You won’t be singing the modern hymn In Christ Alone from a Presbyterian hymnal anytime soon. The hymnal committee wanted to change a line in the song, and the songwriters said no way. Theological dispute.

You also won’t be reading about Nessie as an example of a modern dinosaur in a Christian textbook used by many homeschoolers any more. Answers in Genesis is cool with the change. After all, we still have the dragon in Beowulf as proof dinosaurs walked with man. Really. Do you think I make this stuff up?

One thing I know is you don’t want to p*$$ off Greek monks. All I could think of while reading this was “bring out the Holy Hand Grenade.”

What? You don’t know about the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch? Ok, ok, I’ll show you after we wish happy birthdays to Leo Durocher; Jerry Van Dyke; Bugs Bunny; Sally Struthers; Peter Jennings; Geddy Lee; Henry Ford; Casey Stengel; Joe Nuxhall; Buddy Guy; Bob Welch; Francis Scott Key; Jerry Garcia; and Carroll O’Connor.

Here it is. From the Book of Armaments. Enjoy.

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Comments

  1. And Happy Birthday to Kate Bush.

  2. People have played “Imagine” as part of a worship service? That’s even worse than sloppy wet kiss.

    Do you think I make this stuff up?

    Jeff, you should make something up sometime on these ramblings just to see if people catch it… 🙂

  3. 1. Hubris
    2. Using archaeology or any other method to “prove” the Bible is true or God exists conveys to me an anxiety about the faith and an Enlightenment-style approach. Same with the search for the cross, the sword, Noah’s ark, all that stuff. As if THIS is going to “convince” atheists to be believers. Just more “apologetics” and wasted effort.
    3. Yes, I’ve known for years about the Lennon/Roberts story, and apparently it is probably true. But for the life of me I cannot understand why Lennon would approach Roberts rather than the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool.
    4. Science is scary these days. So is Rachel Held Evans, Brett McCracken, Ken Ham, and the PCUSA.

    • I’m sure that Lennon considered the state Church of England a spiritually dead institution, representing all the English national values that he despised. To him the C of E was a probably a symbol of oppression, class bigotry and English parochialism where he would never dream of being able to find the real Jesus; an extension of Buckingham palace and Parliament, nothing more.

    • That Other Jean says

      Eilat Mazar: “I work with the Bible in one hand and the tools of excavation in the other.”

      There’s your problem, right there. You take, as one of my professors said long ago, what the ground gives you. You can use whatever it is to indicate what MIGHT have been, hedged about with appropriate caveats, speculate about what it might mean, and construct a narrative that covers all the facts you have; but you can NOT use it to “prove” anything, because someone may dig up something tomorrow, or next year, or fifty years from now, that will force you to change your narrative. Getting from a clay jar with lettering around the rim to “proving” that the Biblical accounts of David and Solomon are true is a huge, and unjustified, leap. Mr. Mazar should put down the Bible and work with what he actually has.

      By the way, Jeff–grown women dig in the dirt, too.

      • It’s called “methodological atheism,” and there is no other way to practice honest science.

      • hmmm…not sure I agree. His next sentence was, “the Bible is the most important historical source”. That implies he holds the bible in hand not to prove it but in order to know where to dig.

      • Marcus Johnson says

        He would probably finish the dig a lot faster if he put the Bible down and focused on digging. Just a suggestion…

    • I disagree that such archeological findings are pointless, although I do wish the headline more prosaically simply pointed out that this finding seems to be evidence that the sources for the bible were written at the time of the events that are recorded.

      Also, such findings *are* useful for the sake of proclaiming the gospel. They don’t provide proof that one must believe the bible, but they *do* counter intellectual arguments that are used to justify disbelieving it. An unbeliever can (if the article reads the evidence correctly) no longer say that the compiler of the book of Kings in the Tanakh had no reliable sources for his accounts in that book.

  4. Interesting ramblings for a Saturday…you can send me a Christmas card! now that’s random…

  5. Richard McNeeley says

    “Imagine has no place being sung in a Christian church as a song of worship. Ever. Period”

    I would have to agree, I don’t think my heart could take hearing good music in church.

    • flatrocker says

      Actually.read.the.lyrics.

      If “Imagine” is a worship song, then bring on Sinatra and let’s all raise our voices with “My Way” while we are at it.

      • Richard Hershberger says

        On the other hand, I recently found myself at the UMC service where one of the hymns was “I Come to the Garden Alone.” To me this was always one of those vaguely familiar American hymns that Lutherans never took to, so I had never actually read the words. Having read them, I see why the Lutherans never took to this one: they are quite appalling.

        • Agreed. That song should be long forgotten.

        • Headless Unicorn Guy says

          I remember that “And He walks with me, And He talks with me…” chorus from Seventies Christianese AM radio — one of the local radio preachers used the refrain portion as his sign-on theme.

          But this is the first time I looked up the full lyrics — not only is that “hymn” a real lightweight, it is a type example of “Jesus Is My Boyfriend” theology. It reads like a gush over some romance-novel hero, sensitive metrosexual sub-type.

      • How about XTC’s “Dear God” as worship music, too?

        • Although I think I would prefer to hear an energetic chorus of the Rolling Stones “Sympathy for the Devil” in church than the somber, melancholy “Imagine.” Getting the aisles rocking!

          • I was a part of a band that actually used “Sympathy for the Devil” as an opening song one Sunday–the sermon was on the devil and hell (odd for a UMC, I know).

          • But did you get to sing the coolest part, “OOO who who”?

          • Headless Unicorn Guy says

            Best “Sympathy for the Devil” story was at an SF con during the heyday of Babylon-5. They were screening the episode with the death of the Centauri Emperor and the start of the Centauri/Narn war. And its catalyst “Mr Morden”, agent of the Shadows and basically a Mephistopheles figure.

            Well, first time Mr Morden came on-screen with the opening question from “his Associates” — “What Do you Want?” — someone in the audience started singing a little Rolling Stones:
            “Let me introduce myself;
            I’m a man of wealth and taste…”

            And more joined in at each appearance of Mr Morden, and the promises of His Associates. By the end of the episode, every time Morden’s mug came on-screen the whole audience was chorusing
            “PLEASED TA MEET CHOO,
            HOPE YOU GUESSED MY NAME!
            ‘CAUSE HUSTLING YOU
            IS DA NATURE O” MY GAME!”

    • Big Daddy Weave can sing “There is a place where religion finally dies”, and that’s ok.

      Jesus had a little ditty he sang quite often. It went something like ths:
      SNAKES!
      DEN OF VIPERS!
      HYPOCRITES!
      WHITE WASHED TOMBS!

      It’s really quite catchy after you’ve heard it a few times.

      • Is that one that you like to sing?

        and

        Who is Big Daddy Weave? Sounds like a hair style.

        • Headless Unicorn Guy says

          According to my result set from Yahoosearch, it’s a CCM band.
          Still sounds like a hairstyle, though.

  6. Since you brought up Python… and unapproved hymns…

    O Lord, please don’t burn usDon’t grill or toast Your flockDon’t put us on the barbecueOr simmer us in stockDon’t braise or bake or boil usOr stir-fry us in a wok

    Oh please don’t lightly poach usOr baste us with hot fatDon’t fricassee or roast usOr boil us in a vatAnd please don’t stick Thy servants, LordIn a Rotissomat

    • (Guess WordPress doesn’t do line-break tags. Well, live and learn.)

    • Chaplain: Let us praise God. O Lord…

      Congregation: O Lord…

      Chaplain: …Ooh, You are so big…

      Congregation: …ooh, You are so big…

      Chaplain: …So absolutely huge.

      Congregation: …So absolutely huge.

      Chaplain: Gosh, we’re all really impressed down here, I can tell You.

      Congregation: Gosh, we’re all really impressed down here, I can tell You.

      Chaplain: Forgive us, O Lord, for this, our dreadful toadying, and…

      Congregation: And barefaced flattery.

      Chaplain: But You are so strong and, well, just so super.

      Congregation: Fantastic.

      Humphrey: Amen.

      Congregation: Amen.

      • Marcus Johnson says

        MTDave, your post could be the lead song for the next Hillsong album.

        • Both KW’s and my post are from the same scene in that well known theologian’s masterpiece, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

          As much as I’d like to take credit for it!

      • You left out the word “awesome”.

        • Headless Unicorn Guy says

          You left out the word “awesome”.

          This isn’t Scootaloo leading a hymn to Rainbow Dash…

  7. More credit for inspiring the lyric, “…the wrath of God was satisfied” belongs to St. Anselm rather than scriptural teaching on the atonement itself. I have to admit that I wince more than a little when I sing that song. I am obviously not a theologian let alone a doctor of the church like Anselm; however, either his defense of atonement against heretical ransom theology teachings went to far, or his analogy of “satisfaction” has been misused.

  8. There are many legends about the existence of unicorns; therefore unicorns must exist.

  9. I just read the lyrics to John Lennon’s “Talking With Jesus.” It certainly doesn’t sound like it was written as part of his expression of being a Christian. Don’t read it if you are offended by the F word, but that is not the only thing that would offend readers.

    • Hardly the work of a “genius” — more like the snarky rant of a teenage Reddit atheist. After reading it, I’m more convinced than ever that McCartney carried him right up to the breakup.

      • Yes, I read recently that on analysis, even though Lennon was popularly touted as the “poet” of the Beatles, McCartney in fact used a much wider vocabulary, more imagery and many more of the techniques associated with literary construction than Lennon did. In a word, McCartney was more literate.

        But our idea of what constitutes a truly literary and poetic mien was hijacked by that brilliant brat Arthur Rimbaud, and our critical literary establishment, forever trying to ride the crest of “cool,” continues to swoon over adolescent petulance, provocation and rebellion, as if there is something religious and profound in such a pose. Style presides over substance.

        Having said that, we should go easy on the dead; “Imagine” is a pretty melody, and Lennon was a tortured soul.

      • Headless Unicorn Guy says

        I’ve heard it said that “Lennon was a lyricist; Harrison was a songwriter; McCartney was a Composer.”

  10. 1) I wonder if the American missionaries will have as much success in poaching Catholics in Honduras as the Orthodox have had in neighboring Guatemala. I had heard that 500,000 Mayan converted to Orthodoxy, now that turns out to be two groups of roughly 150,000 apiece converting to Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Orthodoxy. (Spanish link)

    Look out! Here we come!

    4) Already been found, thank you. Sheesh, don’t the heterodox remember anything?

    6) I didn’t know about John Lennon, but I di know about Bob Marley Memory Eternal.

    8) I’m surprised YECers don’t use St. George’s dragon as evidence. Oops, spoke too soon. I’m glad you believe in St. George’s dragon, guys. How about believing in St. George? He appears to be popular among Muslims.

    9) The Esphigmenou monks are our contribution to the Museum of Fundamentalist Curiosities.

  11. I understand Hobby Lobby having Christmas things out early as “craft people” need to start working now. When I worked in the Christian Bookstore we put the boxed Christmas cards out in July as churches needed them to send to missionaries and for some of them it took forever for them to rec’v mail. Some customers would always “chew us out” about having the cards out too early and then buy an armful of them. You build it and they will come. Retail is nuts.

    • These things are market driven, and the market is vicious these days. A local Mennonite family-owned supermarket in my area recently started opening their store on Sunday to compete with the big chain supermarkets; if they don’t do it, they might not survive since they would lose so much business to the big 24/7 places.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      And wasn’t Hobby Lobby recently all over the news having something to do with Obamacare?
      And the Prop 8 overturn, though I don’t think they’re actually in California.

  12. Why is it that there is such a failure to communicate between people who have left a dogmatic denomination (or non-denomination) and people who are running headlong into it?

    Sigh.

  13. MelissatheRagamuffin says

    I used to like Rachel Held Evens – even if I disagreed with her on certain issues, but she has become entirely too full of herself. She seems like she thinks she is some all-knowing oracle and infallible pope.

    “… too political, too exclusive, old-fashioned, unconcerned with social justice and hostile to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

    I am tired of a group of people who don’t even make up 10% of the population taking up 90% of our time. Jesus never – not once – said, “I was a homosexual and you advocated for my right to commit sodomy.” Sorry. It just didn’t happen. If Christians spent even half the energy we spend on the gay issue on caring for the least (people Jesus commanded us to care for) we could change the world.

    • +1

    • +2

    • Marcus Johnson says

      I’m not sure who the 10-percenters are in your post, but I do know that not only did Jesus not state the phrase, as you clearly pointed out, but he also never–not once–referred to homosexuality. He was nowhere near concerned about that issue as the majority of Christian traditions are today. And yet church communities rage against LGBT folk, and support political initiatives that have nothing to do with the advancement of the gospel. Christians have lost focus. That’s what Evans was advocating for, a return to a Christ-centered gospel that doesn’t treat gays, liberals, atheists, Muslims, etc. as enemies of the gospel. I agree that her rants get to be a little pretentious at times, but there is some truth to her tirades.

      Take care of the poor. Take care of the underserved and the abused and marginalized. As you stated, that is what the gospel is about.

      • Not only are “gays, liberals, atheists, and Muslims” not enemies of the gospel, they are among the people (all) for whom the gospel is indeed good news. We need to get out of the Christian ghetto and be the salt and light we are supposed to be. Hard to do when you are judging and alienating whole swaths of the public.

        • Marcus Johnson says

          +1

        • +4

        • MelissatheRagamuffin says

          I agree, but that does not mean that we condone wrong/sinful behavior which is what too many people think reaching out to these groups means. Jesus made very high demands of people. He left nobody unchanged. He was not the fluffy hug bunny we like to pretend he was.

          Read the book of Jude and 2 Peter 2 and tell me they’re not talking about this very issue. They don’t come right out and say “homosexual” because they were writing to Jews. An observant Jew would have just known that is what they were talking about. Coming out and saying “homosexual” would have been like saying “sex” in a conservative Quaker meeting. Everyone would have gone all a flutter over it.

          Paul had to come out and say the word because he was talking to non-Jews who really didn’t know any better.

          • Marcus Johnson says

            Jude and Peter didn’t say “homosexuals” because they weren’t discussing homosexuals; that is an inference that you drew, and there is no immediate evidence that Jude or Peter’s audience read those epistles and saw a condemnation of homosexuality, either direct or indirect. In addition, none of these epistle writers seemed especially concerned with being as politically correct as you’re suggesting. Everyone, from Paul to Peter to John, was more than comfortable with making a complacent church community uncomfortable. Their goal was to encourage an embattled church community that was suffering under real persecution (hence the second half of Jude and 2 Peter 3). It was to say, “Look, I know it’s bad right now, but it’s always been this bad, and it’s going to get better.”

            So, yes, I can tell you they were not talking about that very issue.

          • +1 (for Marcus’ comment)

          • +2 (for Marcus’ comment)

          • Well, Melissa the ragamuffin, I have read those books (in Greek, fwiw), and I think your interpretation is wrong. That being said, I agree that we shouldn’t condone sin. But, you see, the problem is that the law shuts us all up under sin. To call out one particular accidens misses the big picture of the curse which we are all under, and the grace of Christ which reaches not only the blatant sins of the sexually immoral, but can even wash away the silent stains of hatred and self-righteousness, should we care to repent. Or do you think that righteousness comes from keeping the law? If we could just get those homosexuals to do sex right, would the world be a better place? Would they know Jesus? And why so quick to erect a Hegelian scarecrow? I cannot judge others without judging myself, which is why acknowledgement of sin and the need for salvation need not include ostracization, but must certainly embody the very humility and grace which Christ showed toward my own sin.

      • yes and yes again!

  14. I think your definition of archeologists is a little sexist.

    • You’re right. Girls can play in the dirt, too.

      • Elizabeth says

        Before I had children, I actually was one of them. I prefered my brother’s teasing definition ‘archaeologists wash rocks for a living’, because once you get them out of the dirt, there is a LOT more work to do. 🙂

      • I know it’s just a playful definition, but thanks for adjustment– I was just on a walk where my little girl sat in the dirt to play and my little boy cried when he got dirt on his hand.

  15. First Things makes some interesting points about RHE’s article:

    http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/07/30/millennial-religion-and-the-sovereign-self/

  16. “I used to like Rachel Held Evens – even if I disagreed with her on certain issues, but she has become entirely too full of herself. She seems like she thinks she is some all-knowing oracle and infallible pope.”

    This. I don’t dislike her, but have reached saturation level.

    +2 for the Holy Hand Grenade. The Greek monks are showing us how it’s done. Eminent domain, indeed!

    The Orthodox see the cross as more of a rescue mission of humanity rather than satisfaction of God’s wrath. But I applaud the hymn writers for not capitulating to the PCUSA.

    Very interesting about John Lennon. I read his bio years ago and mainly remember he and Yoko living in bed and taking drugs for months on end. I hope he truly made a conversion in his heart. But I still don’t like Imagine.

    • Bella – I think you’re referring to John and Yoko’s Bed-In, which was rather different than your description of it…

      • Headless Unicorn Guy says

        Speaking of “Bed-Ins”, anyone remember Grinning Ed Young doing a John & Yoko plus 24-hour reality show cameras on his megachurch roof?

      • Re: Bella & numo- Yeah, I don’t think it was drugs for months on end but eating chocolate cake in a bag.

  17. Oh, my! For a while Mount Athos seemed like Tibet in 1959!

  18. I’ve always hated that line from “In Christ Alone” as well, so good on the PCUSA for sticking to its guns. As one of the commenters at the bottom of the article mentioned, no one is necessarily denying that the wrath of God is a real thing. But I have understood why people say the cross was about the satisfaction of that wrath. I’ve also said many times when talking about atonement theories, if God wrath was satisfied on the cross, than why are people so convinced that there will be more poured out in the future? His wrath was only a little satisfied, I guess.

  19. But has any relic ever outdone the Shroud of Turin for inordinate attention?

  20. *sigh* I don’t know why AIG continues to embarrass themselves. I suppose it has something to do with “in God we trust”.

  21. Headless Unicorn Guy says

    So I walk into my local Hobby Lobby this last week and see they have Christmas decorations stacked to the ceiling. I see the manager, and tell him just how wrong this is. He agrees. But there you have it.

    Jeff, one day I expect to go into a store on December 26 and see “ONLY 364 SHOPPING DAYS TILL XMAS!”

    Roving Rambler Andrew Zook was scratching his head this week, wondering if an entire nation can be “saved” in one day. That was the plan this last Tuesday as a a group of 2,000 missionaries led by Missions.me attempted to reached every person in Honduras in one day. Good idea? Western hubris? Discuss.

    I shall let John Fischer speak for me:

    Even some people making missionary appeals have the audacity to motivate Christians to go to the mission field because Christ is not going to return until the Gospel has been preached to every nation. There are groups right now calculating which nations are left and are hard at work getting people to those nations who haven’t heard so Christ can hurry back. The American Christian Church is pumping large sums of money into the nation of Israel under the presumption that it will fulfill prophecy and speed Christ’s return.

    This attitude translates to: “Okay, you guys, we want you to sit down and pay attention to the Gospel. We don’t really care what you do with it (nor do we care about your physical condition, which, by the way, looks pretty bad right now); we just need to fulfill our obligation to preach the Gospel to every nation so that Christ can come and get us out of here. Did everybody hear? Good . . . Now, how many does that leave us, Joe? Hurry, the helicopter is waiting to take us back to the roof.” — John Fischer, Real Christians Don’t Dance, Chapter 34

    Insert your own A of G joke here.

    Only one I know is the off-color contraction “Ass of God”.

    Answers in Genesis is cool with the change. After all, we still have the dragon in Beowulf as proof dinosaurs walked with man. Really. Do you think I make this stuff up?

    1) “You think I could make up $**t like this?” — Gallagher (the sledgehammer comedian)

    2) “The difference between reality and fiction is fiction has to make sense.” — attr to Mark Twain

    • Does John Fischer say more interesting things like your quote? That does sum up it well.

      This Honduras thing got my attention because some at my work (mostly 100% evangelical/christian owned/run) were unquestioningly gushing how wonderful this was that a whole country would turn to God… in the space of a few days or less! Jesus couldn’t save more than a handful of his nation – in 3 yrs… yet people were buying this bs hoopla completely… – sigh –
      I don’t fault the good intentions… but the false advertising is downright immoral…
      The other thing that bothered me of course was the open collusion with the rich and powerful in order to ‘pull’ this off. Again nobody questions this…Have we been so conditioned by the cultural warriors to believe that God only moves through huge, ‘official’, state-run, top-down ways? What ‘gospels’ are these people reading? It’s morally and intellectually insulting and yet I know that if I asked questions like this out-loud, that most people around me would start looking at me cross-eyed and with furrowed, concerned brow… I would be the bad guy – the unchristian guy – the guy who doesn’t want to see God working in the world – sigh –

      • Headless Unicorn Guy says

        Does John Fischer say more interesting things like your quote?

        See for yourself:
        http://www.ccel.us/dance.toc.html
        That quote came from Chapter 34, “Up on the Roof”.

        The other thing that bothered me of course was the open collusion with the rich and powerful in order to ‘pull’ this off. Again nobody questions this…Have we been so conditioned by the cultural warriors to believe that God only moves through huge, ‘official’, state-run, top-down ways?

        Not only “open collusion with the rich and powerful”, but that in a Central American country which (like many others in the area) incorporated and absorbed the WORST parts of Spanish Imperial Colonial culture and attitudes. Where rich and poor are a permanent caste system with a chasm in between the two and the church through much of history sided with the Dons and Hidalgos True and Pure to keep the peons in line.

        In the Eighties, I was listening to Christianese media, and Honduras was in the news. Something about it’s Presidente being a Evangelico and this being a Godly Good thing for the country. All the Christianese media I heard backed this Born-Again Presidente like God Hath Spoken.

        I found later that under this Evangelico Presidente that Honduras, like its neighbors Nicaragua and El Salvador, was neck-deep in the Nicaraguan theater of the Late Cold War. You know, the Dirty War, Death Squads, Contras funded under-the-table, and the like? Just another dirty little proxy war theater of the Cold War, USA supporting the Dons and Hidalgos and Death Squads and USSR backing the insurgents/revolutionaries through Cuba, just with a “Praise God!” coat of paint.

  22. “Yet Paul Raushenbush credits this pope with making being a Christian cool again. Follow-up question to the above: Is it important to God that we be considered cool?”

    I just saw an article stating the way stop the youth from leaving the church is to make it UN-cool once again. If I can find it, I’ll post the link here. Basically, stop making church into a cool hipster show and focus on transcendence and big-picture. The world is full of shallowness; why must the church be also?

    • The article in question is on the side bar to the right — (“How to Keep Millennials in the Church – Let’s Keep Church Un-Cool”, by Brett McCracken at the Washington Post.)

  23. “Look, that rabbits got a vicious streak a mile wide!”

  24. Jon D Fitzgerald’s response to the RHE and Brett at patrolmag.com should be added to your list of hullabaloo over millennials…

  25. BREAKING NEWS: FRAGMENT OF CROSS UNEARTHED BY ARCHAEOLOGISTS BEARS INSCRIPTION THAT READS “THIS CROSS BELONGS TO JESUS”.

  26. Wait, wait, wait… the PCUSA cares about theology?

  27. Headless Unicorn Guy says

    But one thing I would never miss is our weekly opportunity to tiptoe thru the TULIPs with you.

    Doesn’t that require a Calvinist ukulele?

  28. Good for Keith Getty. If he wasn’t my hero already, he is now. Stick it to the man!

  29. Apparently “Doctor resurrection” studies walking distance from where I currently life. Good to know, in case I have a heart attack. 😛

  30. Concerning the hymn, In Christ Alone, the scriptures speak about the wrath of God on unbelievers.

    John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

    Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

    According to Romans 5:8-9, we are saved from wrath by Jesus, and are justified by His blood.