15 March 2013

This 'n' That

Okay, I admit it, I'm a little disappointed today. I've not told many people, but a little part of me really was hoping that maybe, just maybe, I'd be selected as the new pope. I know, I know, I can hear what you're thinking:
"But, EBenz, you're a girl!"
"And, um, EBenz, you're not Roman Catholic!"
Nice hat.
Minor details. After all, if some of these men and women can parade around a stage calling themselves evangelical Christian pastors when they are so clearly unqualified, why shouldn't a simple blogger be able to be pope? Besides, I really like the hats. And just think how such a development would have totally messed up those people who are talking about the 'Malachy Prophecy.'

Yes, it would have been fun. But alas, it was not meant to be. Too bad, too, because my first two actions as pope would be to call for a new reformation and to abolish the office of pope. So, in the end, I guess I wouldn't even be able to wear those hats for very long, would I? Oh well, there's always Halloween.

I'd love to offer you a break from the papal mania that has overtaken everything this week, but because of the madness, many (but not all) of this week's articles are papacy-related. Nevertheless, I invite you to sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • This week, John MacArthur has been sharing some of the marks of an excellent shepherd. Here's an important one: integrity.
  • If there ever is going to be any semblance of a new reformation, we need to regain a high view of Scripture, a high view of God and a high view of the pulpit. So says Steve Lawson.
  • Speaking of Steve Lawson, check out the website for his ministry, One Passion.
  • Kevin DeYoung has written a great article about true revival.
  • You can't really avoid using or perusing some form of social media these days. So how can we do this to the glory of God? Jeremy Walker has been writing a helpful series on the topic at Reformation 21. Start here.
  • So, Google is shutting down Google Reader. In the midst of my mourning, I'm trying to remember how much I've been annoyed by Reader since its last update. But it's still a tough pill to swallow, and now I only have until July to find an alternative RSS feed service.
  • A performing arts school in Massachusetts will be moving forward with their presentation of "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told," a so-called "gay-friendly biblical spoof."
  • Looks like there may be one atheist who is starting to get it: "I must believe in God because I can't be angry at what I don't believe."
  • Whew. This article about battling sinful sarcasm really must have struck a chord with some people. Thank goodness I'm never sarcastic. (Yes, you caught me. I was being sarcastic).
  • If you have enough time to play 'The Bible' game on Facebook, then you may want to consider using that time to instead read the actual Bible. Just a thought.
  • Pastor Don Green asks, "Will you be confident at God's Judgment?"


  1. Wow! you're right about that Pope hat. Pippa Middleton, eat your heart out.

  2. Matthew 6:7-15

    What did I miss? Did Jesus forget to mention Honi and circles?....What about the chalk?

  3. About " a master at ambiguity" new pope:

    "However dozens of documents and statements of witnesses purportedly show that instead of defending the two priests, the same "man" only futher incriminated them. Yorio had related a similar story at the end of the 1970s. At the time, the "man" had a name: Bergoglio."

    ~ Der Spiegel: http://tinyurl.com/czh7qup


  4. "The BBC will air an Easter message that compares the crucifixion of Christ to. . . wait for it. . . the plight of the gay community."

    Romans 1:29-32 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they (INVENT) ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death they not only continue to do these very things but also (approve of) those who practice them."-emphasis mine

    But there's still HOPE. God is a very gracious and patient God. I pray the Repent.


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