29 November 2013

This 'n' That

Well, it's Black Friday. I don't know what you've been doing, but I've been shopping since 3:00 AM. Why? Because nothing says 'happy holidays' like exhausted shoppers with over-extended credit cards. Nothing says 'Christmas cheer' like grabbing that last 'it' toy off the shelf. Nothing says 'let's celebrate the birth of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ' like more stuff.

photo credit: optikfluffel via photopin cc
If you suspected I was fibbing about my Black Friday shopping, you'd be correct. After all, I hate shopping on a regular day, so why would I want to do it with thousands of other people in the wee hours of the morning?

I just don't understand Black Friday. I don't understand why it now starts on Thursday night, and I don't understand the allure of getting those deals. I mean, you do realize that a lot of stores probably hike up the prices a few days before and then mark them back down so that fabulous deal you're getting is really the same price it would have been a couple of weeks ago, right? And you do realize that the only thing you're probably guaranteed of obtaining today is a shopping bag's worth of germs, don't you? Yeah, enjoy that.

As for me, if I have to shop, I prefer to do as much as possible online. And I've spent all week shopping for these stories for you, so I hope that you grab a leftover piece of pie, pour a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • 'The Hunger Games' Bible study. For those times when God's Word just isn't enough.
  • I'm all signed up for the 2014 Walk in the Word Caribbean cruise. I just hope James MacDonald isn't bringing along his catapult. I have a feeling I'd be the first one overboard.
  • In what sense was creation 'perfect'?
  • Now this is beautiful.
  • This, not so much.
  • Yum. I think I'll be trying this recipe.
  • I know I'm going to get some flak for including an article from Psychology Today, but I think it raises some valid points as to 'why French kids don't have ADHD' while diagnoses of such conditions are overly abundant here in America.
  • No more tax-free housing allowance for clergy?
  • Carl Trueman asks, 'Why is so much preaching so poor?'
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • If you've not kept up with the controversy surrounding Mark Driscoll and the charges of plagiarism that have been raised, it's time to catch up. Listen to this episode of Janet Mefferd's show. Then listen to this one. Then look at the evidence here and here.
  • The publisher for Driscoll's newest book, A Call to Resurgence, which initially sparked these plagiarism findings, is standing behind the megachurch pastor.
  • You should also read Elizabeth Prata's comprehensive article on the matter.
  • We're still smelling some of the smoke from Strange Fire. One of the accusations from charismatics has been that it is only the 'fringe' personalities who commit such theological atrocities as were discussed at the conference and that mainstream continuationists are far more balanced. The Cripplegate shares an article by Lyndon Unger that examines just who exactly is the mainstream of the charismatic movement.
  • "The world's most valuable book" is a copy of the psalms. I have a copy of The Message that I'd be willing to sell for a fraction of this price.
  • Mike Gendron answers the question, 'Should born-again Christians remain in Roman Catholicism?'
  • Nine lessons from God concerning sickness.
  • New Testament apostles were chosen by God.
  • The Holy Spirit as Illuminator:


  1. “I'm all signed up for the 2014 Walk in the Word Caribbean cruise. I just hope James MacDonald isn't bringing along his catapult. I have a feeling I'd be the first one overboard. “

    No, but the scuttlebutt is he going to bring a few planks with him.

    As for opening stores on Thanksgiving I have a theory: in respect to the modern family being spread out, the internet allowing for regular communications with extended family, and the festivities seem to end around 8:00pm which is the case in my family , Some Entrepreneurial CEO felt perhaps we would rather be shopping rather sitting around the house bored out of our mind.

  2. They would have to pay me a lot of money to go on the cruise with "Walk in The World" and the catapult operator.


  3. Not half enough people read your blog, so I think you can sell your tickets, as I am sure you would not look good in the Shark Tank! Although, it might make a good movie or expose...

  4. I'm not going to respond on everything you bring up, but I can't let this one go by!
    I try to avoid Internet shopping. Why? Because there are local retailers who try to make an earnest living, who are important in a town/city to keep it lively, who are important to elderly people, and most of all .... my sister and husband own a christian bookstore. So many people are in need. They long for a good conversation, they want to share their story and my sis and husb. are there. I think this is so important in a city, so I go there if I need books or gifts, just to support them. Of course there are also people working on the Internet Shops, I know, but the local folks bring more to the community than Internet. This is just my personal opinion, I'm not the ... uhm how do you call that ... the law for others, I'm to lazy right now to look it up, but you know what I mean ... Btw, love the This 'n That stuff.

  5. Not sure which is worst part of the Driscoll plagiarism issue - that he did it, that he's in denial, or that a Christian publishing company is "standing by" him in spite of the evidence, and willing to publish plagiarized materials. What part of be holy as God is holy doesn't apply to pastors or Christian publishers...? This is an all around terrible testimony in front of the world's watching eyes. Driscoll of course is not even Biblically qualified to be a pastor, so there's another problem. Elizabeth Prata very comprehensively addressed that issue in another one of her blog posts.

    My husband and I greatly appreciate Mike Gendron and his ministry. We love his tracts and materials, they have been helpful! People who get saved out of RCism will always be drawn out of that institution by the Holy Spirit. Though sometimes it takes a little time. But they will come out and be separate, and the Lord will plant them where they can grow in the truth.


  6. Oh Erin, you forgot to add "getting tazed" during a mall brawl, to that bag o' germs. ;-)

  7. Erin, just noticed today that Janet Mefferd has taken down the blog examples of Driscoll's plagiarism, and that she gave an apology on air that she now believes she didn't handle the situation correctly. I am hoping this isn't for the reason I fear...

    As far as I can tell from the written word of God, she had nothing to apologize for. Public error can and should be publicly exposed.

    Driscoll has long since demonstrated by his conduct and character that he never was qualified to be a leader in the first place.

    My new name is:


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