08 February 2013

This 'n' That

There are some things in life I just don't understand. For instance, I do not understand the need or desire to stare at a television screen while in the gym. Let's think about this: isn't too much television a primary reason why so many people are in need of going to the gym in the first place? Yet even in an age of iPods, we still somehow feel an attraction to stare at a screen of moving pictures. Amid all of the machines and noise, the television cannot even be heard, yet there it is, blaring away.
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If I find myself stuck running next to someone who insists on watching the news, it's not so bad. I'm usually lost in whatever I'm listening to on my iPod and don't mind glancing up to catch the weather report. In the days when I used to go to the gym on my lunch break, though, it was far, far worse. I found myself subjected to either soap operas or those Hollywood news shows or, horror of horrors...both. I don't know which is more torturous: the treadmill or Days of Our Lives. And the combination of the two potentially is deadly.

In spite of my silly grumbling, however, I am nevertheless thankful for all of this technology. Without it, we never would have come to the point of creating iPods and iPhones, and podcasts and online sermons never would have been available. So while my gym companions gape at E! News, I can enjoy an edifying sermon by one of my favorite preachers, or can catch up on one of my favorite radio shows. Now that is a great way to avoid merely suffering through a workout.

Of course, before you hit the gym yourself for today, take a couple of minutes to stretch and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • I failed this week to explain to some women the difference between Christ's active and passive obedience as clearly as I could have. Here's a good summary article that articulates it better than I could have anyway.
  • Feminism in the church, it's running rampant. Sarah Bessey says Jesus made her a feminist. Ah, that must make it okay, then.
  • The world's longest cat has died. I'm thinking my cat might now be in the running for the title.
  • The Message "bible" is just straight-up cringeworthy. I still think the church at large should enact some sort of discipline of Eugene Peterson for that dangerous work.
  • William Tapley tells us the hidden meaning of the Super Bowl and its commercials. 
  • Remember that creepy pro-abortion ad that was released on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade? It's disappeared without announcement or apology.
  • If you were Carl Trueman, you would have written this weighing in on this week's Driscoll/Osteen hullabaloo. But since you're not Trueman, just read it instead.
  • Kevin DeYoung weighs in on Christianity Today's praise of the Muslim "Insider Movement."
  • Jeremy Walker writes at Reformation 21 about 'losing Adam.' Read this.
  • 27-year-old Megan Phelps-Roper was a key member of Westboro Baptist "Church." That is, until she left last November.
  • You are what you think:


  1. William Tapley is the "Third Eagle of the Apocalypse"? What does that mean? Who are the first two eagles? Seriously.

  2. It's encouraging to see that not everyone in the Reformed blogosphere is circling the wagons around C.J. Mahaney.

  3. I just don't see any good coming out of this with C.J. Mahaney. Everywhere I read people's comments it's like I'm watching a soap opera. I just don't care for the drama and it is from Christians.

    The worst of all are the people who were abused. Do they know Christ? These people can get their justice but are they seeking revenge? Is there unforgiveness and a bitter root in their hearts because maybe they've never been forgiven by the Lord?

    These people who were abused and C.J. Mahaney need our prayers because only the LORD is good and only HE can make something beautiful out of these ashes. We want justice served but we also want mercy shown because we always deserved God's justice but he showed us MERCY!

  4. Don't quite understand what's going on with the SGM situation, but if there was indeed a crime (abuse), earthly justice is appropriate for the perpetrator, and also anyone who engaged in covering it up may need to be held accountable. One can choose both forgiveness and prosecution of the offender(s).


  5. "How can you not call that a person?"

    Unbelievable! Just when I thought we can't get any worse, we have now sunken to an all time low.

    The ASPCA can run a commercial showing cruelty to animals but people will not even flinch at the unjustifiable and inexcusable drunkard who just committed manslaughter when he hit and killed unborn babies?? This is just indefensible. 2 days before they were to be born? What do people think they are?
    I can testify that they ARE HUMAN BEINGS. I had my son 2 months early and he was every bit a human being made by God then as he is now!

    Exd 21:22 "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely [fn] but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows.

    Exd 21:23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.


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