31 January 2014

This 'n' That

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I've decided that today I would use this space to address a few administrative issues. Yes, I know that's not very exciting or humorous or controversial. The fact remains, though, that with the occasional exception, Friday's "This 'n' That" is this blog's most widely read post every week, so it seems the most natural place to mention those things that may affect the widest audience.

First, let's talk about email. If you have emailed me through the Contact page on this blog anytime in the recent past (say, the past two months or so), and I have not responded, let me first offer my most sincere apologies! Despite my efforts, many of these emails have been landing in my spam folder and as such, I've found that I have a significant backlog of messages through which to wade. So, please give me a week or two to respond to all of these because I do greatly appreciate all of the wonderful and challenging things you have shared! A response is forthcoming, then, if you are patient with me. A response is coming, that is, unless your message said something to the effect of, "You are a mean, unloving, unsaved icky head," in which case my reply will consist of a quiet smirk as I marvel at your apologetic prowess and hit 'delete'.

While we're on the subject of email, if you emailed me personally anytime between Friday, January 24 and, say, Monday, January 27, and you're wondering why I suddenly decided to ignore you, well, I didn't. Because I use those wonderfully annoying free email services, when they stop working, so does my life. As such, I've found that not only were many of my outgoing messages not received during this time, but neither was I receiving any incoming emails. So I haven't been ignoring you. In fact, I probably have been thinking you were ignoring me! Send the email again and I'll answer this time (with the exception of the aforementioned 'icky head' thing).

Finally, let's discuss comments, specifically what I like to call 'drive-by commenters'. These are those who are full of blustery, condemning thoughts (that usually have nothing to do with the topic at hand), yet who at the same time do not have the nerve to leave those comments even under a fake name. They simply choose to remain 'Anonymous'. A word of advice if one of you happens to be reading today: please stop. You are wasting your time and mine and, no matter how many big words you use (and misspell), I am not going to post your comment. And for those of you who post anonymously but share coherent, thoughtful comments (whether they are in agreement or disagreement with what has been written), I thank you very much for your contribution but I do ask, if it's not too much trouble, that you begin to post under some sort of a name. It makes 'conversation' within the comment string so much simpler!

Whew! Okay, that took longer than I'd anticipated. Thanks for indulging me and I hope that, in spite of the boring nature of this post's opening paragraphs, you still are anxious to relax for a few moments while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Credo Magazine offers a tribute to Dr. S. Lewis Johnson.
  • 'Debacle' is such a good word. I use it often because, unfortunately, it aptly describes many of the headlines of our day, whether they be purely secular or involve professing Christians. Thus, I now present to you the Dinesh D'Souza Debacle, Part 2 (Part 1 happened here). Those of you who were shocked by this can now raise your hand. Anybody? Yeah, I didn't think so.
  • Note to doves everywhere: Rome is not your friend.
  • I guess the Grammy's had to do something to shake things up. It's not like any of today's singers have any talent.
  • And while we're talking about award shows, this certainly is unfortunate.
  • Well, at least they consulted "child development experts."
  • Oh, BioLogos. I can only shake my head at your functional denial of Scripture.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • "The Bible doesn’t exist in order to make us feel good about ourselves."
  • It seems like every morning when I login to Facebook, Paula White is declaring victory of the demonic strongholds of negative thoughts, or some such similar nonsense. Well, it sounds like Steven Furtick's new book, written to help us "fight against the negative thoughts in our heads...that hold us back," has taken a page out of the TBN-esque playbook of White and others like her.
  • An addendum to the mysterious story of Tyler Deaton, his now-deceased wife, Bethany, and the larger cult within which Deaton ran his own cult, IHOP.
  • Oh dear. And these are likely the same people who voted for him.
  • Some important thoughts on Ravi Zacharias' recent appearance at the Mormon Tabernacle. 
  • What is your church doing to cater to Super Bowl Sunday? (Yes, I rolled my eyes as I typed that.)
  • The pathology of false disciples:


  1. My church is having a Super Bowl party Sunday evening. No "catering" other than offering refreshments. The commercials will be replaced by our own commercials of a family-friendlier nature. Nothing spectacular, just fellowship.

  2. Superbowl parties even wrapped in Christian ceremony, do NOT belong in church. Church is supposed to be a house of Prayer. Go to a neighbor's for Superbowl and leave the church for the purpose in which it is designed.

    1 Corinthians 11:17-22
    17 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.

    18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.

    19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

    20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

    21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

    22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

    Now that we have confirmed that the church is not for Superbowl parties, repent all and go home for the Superbowl and leave God's house for its' exclusive purpose. Thank you.

    your sister in Christ Jesus

  3. GTY's recent blog series on the importance of preaching the word - excellent.

    Biologos is in serious err in their handling of Scripture vis a vis creation and Genesis. Teaching as doctrines the precepts of man. Mark 7:7 See also Col 2:8 and 1 Tim 6:20

    Is the historical reality of Adam necessary to affirm: YES. (I did not read Ligonier's post.) That is what Genesis teaches, and it is absolutely foundational to the Gospel. Romans 5:12, 14 (and more in Rom 5); 1 Cor 15; 1 Tim 2; Jude 1 all reference back to the truth of literal, historical, created-on-day-6-with-no-gaps-or-eons Adam. And of course Matthew 19:4. (Can a person be saved and not properly understand these truths? Yes. But the Holy Spirit will lead a believer into all truth. John 16:13 Nonetheless, sometimes genuine believers persist in certain areas of incorrect doctrine. Heb 5:12-14)

    Speaking of which (the truth of creation as in the Bible vs the lies of the world, some of which have infiltrated the church) - Praying for Ken Ham... may the Lord use him mightily. Luke 21:15

    On a lighter note, the mailman vs kitty video is laugh out loud funny; both my husband and I really got a chuckle from that one.



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