11 October 2013

This 'n' That

Photo: Wikimedia
How do you eat your M&Ms? I want you to think carefully about this, because it is a crucial question. Do you shove an entire handful (or bagful) into your mouth at once? Do you eat them one at a time? Must you separate them by color before eating them?

How you consume these candy-coated chocolatey treats says a lot about you. Perhaps you eat your M&Ms two at a time so that you can chew one on each side of your mouth, letting them melt just enough so that the shell can be cracked away and eaten first, followed quickly by the chocolatey goodness inside. If so, then this is the correct way.

The next all-important question is, of course, what kind of M&M is your favorite? Do you prefer the original milk chocolate, peanut, dark chocolate, dark chocolate peanut or almond? Perhaps you like to wait for the seasonal flavors, like Winter's white chocolate mint M&Ms or Autumn's pumpkin spice (I just bought a bag of these and they are disappointing. If you're a fan of pumpkin, don't waste your money or the calories). The flavor of M&M to which you gravitate also says a lot about you.

These are the important things to ponder in life, and here at Escalator Church, we are determined to do so in light of the Bible. So don't miss our upcoming sermon series beginning November 3: Breaking through Your Candy-Coated Shell. Pastor Bobby's first message, "How to Be a Peanut in a Plain Milk Chocolate World" will be off the hook amazing. And there's a reason we aren't starting this until after Halloween. That's right, since the stores will all have their candy 50% off by then, we'll be handing out free fun size bags of M&Ms to every person who walks in the door. Don't miss it!

Okay, for those of you who are newer to the blog and are completely confused right now, please see hereherehere and here. Oh, and here, herehere and most recently here to learn more about Escalator Church. Once you've caught up on all of that silliness, please sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Tony Miano examines the hymn "It Is Well with My Soul." Make sure you read Part 1 and Part 2.
  • By sharing some beautiful photos, Elizabeth Prata reminds us of the amazing creativity of our God.
  • "Indeed, we have not truly repented until we have recognized 'and felt the filthiness and odiousness' of our depraved nature and turned away from it 'to God with a full purpose of being hereafter more conformed to his image as revealed in the face of Jesus Christ,' who alone never needed repentance."
  • I can't really blame this mother for her crippling fear of Muppets. They are kind of creepy. Don't tell anybody, but I have a small fear of certain cartoon characters. In some older cartoons, there is a disturbing mad scientist-type character with large eyes and lips that can pretty much send me whimpering into the corner.
  • Tom Chantry with a post on church polity that the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel may want to read.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Al Mohler comments on former president George H.W. Bush and his attendance at a same-sex 'wedding'.
  • Does Bill Johnson teach that 'the anointing' is a person? If so, it sounds like the Trinity could be getting a little crowded over there at Bethel.
  • The 'Worthy Is the Lamb' conference was held this past weekend at Bethlehem Bible Church. Listen to Pastor Pat Abendroth's message on the irrationality of unbelief.
  • Looks like there may be some interesting audio here.
  • Jesus is the divine Word:


  1. Poor Steven Furtick. I guess that's what happens when your mentor is James MacDonald.

  2. Did you see the video of Tullian Tchividjian on Morning Joe that's being featured on The Gospel Coalition website today? He was discussing his new book on grace and unless I missed it, talked for several minutes on the topic without a mention of the Gospel or the role of Jesus Christ in making grace possible. It was so sad to me. One of the people asking questions even gave him a perfect set up to explain the gospel, and Tullian didn't get anywhere close!


  3. Thank you Ms Benziger, for the link. Our Lord is an incredible creator and artist. Just think of what heaven looks like!!!!!

    "But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9

  4. I eat my M&Ms decently and in order.

    1 Corinthians 14:40


  5. Great job Al! Thanks for posting that article

    Gorgeous pics of God's creation! So true on the fall foliage...its such a joy to me!

    Cannot wait to hear Mike's brother's sermon. Thanks for posting that!

    And....lastly. I laughed so hard at the Muppet link. The Muppets are just.....well.....either super creepy, super funny, or super cute.
    Example: the mad scientist muppet and the count are creepy. Beeker is bizarre but you can't help but laugh. And if you haven't seen Bean Bunny.......google him and then you can appreciate Muppets if only for the sake of him saying "Be Serious!" ....its the funniest thing to just crack up at!

    Blessings to my fellow friend who makes my days better with your This and That!

    Lori :)

  6. Thanks to Carl Truman for his short review of John Owen. There is another book by Owen not mentioned: "The death of death in the death of Christ" in which Owen totally dismantles the heresies of man's "free will" and it's companion "universal" salvation for all. This is not a Sunday afternoon book, rather one that requires slow digestion.

    Thanks to Tony Miano for digging up "dirt" that does not exist on Horatio Spafford. The poem that became the song "It is well with my soul" was penned prior to his sinking off into the depths of despair and his foray into bad doctrine. His late in life mental illness has been described as the effects of "replacement theology" in which the Church and Israel are interchangeable in the Scriptures [if this is the case, many of the modern day "reformed" folk would have to plead guilty also]. The death of his daughters in the Atlantic was in 1873, shortly thereafter he wrote the poem, and some years later became obsessed with his "messiah complex" and moved to Jerusalem where he died of malaria in 1888 (not suicide as some have said).

    Who is it that would point an accusative finger at HS after the loses he suffered-6 of his 8 children? When a parent is forced to bury one of their children due to premature death, the parent NEVER, EVER gets over it. Only Christ was found not to complain at the suffering He endured. As Christians are we immune to physical illness? How about mental illness? So why is perfection demanded in others, when we ourselves fall far short?


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