26 July 2013

This 'n' That

I'm thinking about taking a cue from Pope Francis. In light of the pontiff's recent initiative to award indulgences and absolution to devout social media aficionados and fans, I thought I might try something similar. Here is what I propose:

Those who have followed this blog via email or RSS for more than 3 years will receive 3 'Get Out of Jail Free' cards. Those who have followed for less than 3 years will only receive one. Sorry, but longtime loyalty pays off.

Twitter followers also will benefit and will receive 2 cards apiece. Anyone who frequently 'Favorites' or 'Retweets' my mundane Twitter ponderings may receive upwards of 5 cards depending upon frequency and, of course, depending upon how many followers they themselves have on the social media site.

Now, it's true that these cards are absolutely worthless, both in this life and in the next. But hey, what's good enough for the Pope is good enough for me!

Before you start calculating how many useless cards you've racked up, take a few minutes to enjoy your week in review:
  • Religious 'progressives' are more appealing to Millennials. Not at all surprising.
  • I've heard of the 'duck lady'. And the 'snake guy'. Here's the Geese Police. It's not what you think.
  • Conrad Mbewe explains why the Charismatic movement is thriving in Africa, and, I'd argue, why this movement thrives anywhere.
  • Americans born in Jerusalem can't list Israel as their birthplace.
  • Women aren't safe in taxi cabs.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This history of social media may bring back some memories.
  • Grace to You responds to some criticism that already is being leveled at the upcoming Strange Fire conference.
  • I've had the book, Growing Up Amish sitting on my bookshelf for awhile, but have yet to read it. Julia at Steak and a Bible read it and discusses it here.
  • In lieu of our usual edifying sermon, I'm sharing with you today this documentary of Vissarion, a man who claims to be Jesus. Extreme? Yes. But the people who follow this man are no different than those who have concocted a false Jesus of their own imagination.


  1. Oh no! It looks like you didn't forget the adorableness link after all. Love your Friday posts EXCEPT for that. But hey, it's your blog and I remain a loyal reader.

    Does that earn me one of those Get Out of Jail cards?

  2. Also for the first time I've ever seen you didn't write "sort of" as before: "...here's your week in review (sort of)" I'm not sure of the significance. Are you testing us to see if we're paying attention?

    The "Get Out Of Jail Free" card is a cute incentive, and as you say just as phony as indulgences. What's next, indulgences at the bottom of your Cracker Jack box? The marketing possibilities are endless. How about as a prize in your breakfast cereal packages? I think that the appropriate product for that promotion would be Froot Loops.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Also for the first time I've ever seen you didn't write "sort of" as before: "...here's your week in review (sort of)" I'm not sure of the significance. Are you testing us to see if we're paying attention?

      You noticed! No significance, I just thought I'd try it without. Glad to see you're paying attention, though!

  3. I totally got you on a cheetah kick didn't I? haha

    Great posts this week. Looking forward to streaming GCC's evening service tonight, Phil Johnson will be doing the Q and A with MacArthur on the Strange Fire topic. Be sure to stream it! They have been soo good. This will be part 3.

    Blessings friend!
    Lori Williams

  4. As with all the common board games of antiquity (or 20 years ago), all have moved into an IPad app. Playing monopoly via bluetooth is not the same, but it still gets the job done in a quarter of the time. So get with the times, your get out of jail cards have to be an apple application for IPad. But why limit it there? We could have an application for worship, just one touch and your IPad (or other device) is worshipping while you are cooking dinner or yelling at your spouse. How about a community application. With just one touch, you can be connected with a million people who want to be your closest friends even if they don't know a thing about you. Church is so easily done from the comfort and isolation of your own home. Such for my digression.

    I like your get out of jail free card, but it does nothing for me. I have decided to compete with yours. Mine is better because of the authority it carries with it... my authority.


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