31 August 2012

This 'n' That

This picture has nothing to do with the topic at hand. 
I just thought it was really cute.
If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know that politics aren't really my thing. I admit, I did attend a Palin rally back in 2008, but that's as active as I've ever been or ever will be again. At the risk of some religious right-ers thinking that I'm not actually saved, I have to say...I don't even watch Fox News on a regular basis. I know, I know, that's a sin in the eyes of some professing Christians in America.

As such, I did not initially intend to watch any of the Republican National Convention last night, but ended up catching a few moments. Unfortunately, I happened to tune in right before Clint Eastwood spoke. Now, I don't know whose idea it was to book Clint Eastwood, but I have to wonder if that person still has a job today. That was painful. Honestly, I think I'd rather watch this. The Romney home movies were pleasant enough to watch, though. And yes, there is a lot that could be said regarding Romney's Mormon faith and religion and the many references to "God" throughout the evening but...well, perhaps another time. If you're under the impression that Mormonism is a form of Christianity, then I suggest taking a look at this.

Okay, enough of my political commentary. I hope that this week's list makes your day (bad pun intended). Go ahead, please enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Michael Kruger has completed his series on 10 misconceptions about the New Testament canon.
  • Last weekend, Perry Noble and his Newspring Church were praying for 3,000 salvations. The final number of "salvations" only totaled around 1,300, however. Perhaps if they'd opened the service by covering the Rolling Stones instead of Kiss the numbers would have been larger.
  • Owners of a bed and breakfast in Vermont have been fined $10,000 and must pay a lesbian couple an additional $20,000 in settlement funds for objecting to same-sex civil union ceremonies being held on their property.
  • I'm not one to watch movies, and I have not nor do I plan to see the latest Batman film. I am even less an advocate of getting too introspective with anything created by Hollywood. Yet, I have to admit that I found this scene from the newest Batman movie to be rather thought-provoking. Surely there is not one among us who has not wrestled with the same inner conflict and turmoil with which we see Batman struggling in these brief moments.
  • Okay, okay, I can't leave you with that for the week! Here's Steve Lawson on preaching Christ crucified:


  1. How are the Amish a "mission field"? They are Christians.

    1. There are some (not all!) Amish who are bound in a faith of works-righteousness, believing that they must earn their way to Heaven. In this way, just as we might meet a professing evangelical who, upon conversation, does not have a grasp of true salvation and would share the true Gospel with them, so are those Amish bound by legalism and works-righteousness an oft-ignored mission field.

    2. Especially those Amish who engage in beard-cutting attacks or sleep around with women and married at that to "counsel" them and to "cleanse them of the devil:.

    3. I have a cousin who lived as/with the Amish. She finally left because of legalism. Thing is when I met her later in life after not seeing her for many years (that's when we were teens), I talked about Jesus. she made the comment later that she thought I used to be more fun before. Well before I was not a Christian so that's kinda concerning and confusing. I thought all Christians enjoyed talking with other Christians about Christ because are like-minded. it is (fun) or lack of a better word- exciting to share in Christ and God's word-(fellowship).. I thought that since she was a Christian,(so I assumed) why would she make such a comment? Well that comment was a bit of an enigma in my mind because now I don't know where she truly stands. Only God does

    4. All Amish are bound by legalism. Their whole system is based on the idea that old-fashioned things are more "holy," and less "vain." Each community actually has slightly different rules based on the particular leadership. Just the headcovering issue alone is a huge legalistic burden. There are many testimonies written by those who have come out of the Amish society which clearly tell of the legalistic and often abusive and cultic nature of their family relationships. Things like owning a phone is forbidden because the leads to gossip, and yet they have phone booths for use. Driving a car is worldly, but you can hire out people to drive you where you need to go, etc. I live near a huge Amish and Mennonite community, and watching these people in daily bondage is heart-breaking. They may be believers who are saved, but they are bound to so many rules for "holiness" that they are as bad as Catholics.

  2. Ok i usually don't do beady eyes but that animal is pretty cute :3

    1. he's pretty cute in a picture, but in real life I've come across one at nite time that looked like a big rat and it scared the living daylights outta me. That's a baby possum. God has made some incredible creatures including the possum. Down in Florida in a town called Wausau, they have what's called the possum festival. I don't think I'd ever wanna eat one myself.

  3. meant to place this here.

    M,mm,M! Powerful! Love listening to Steven Lawson

    Thanks Ebenz for all your hard work in Christ. You are so appreciated


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