07 March 2014

This 'n' That

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There is something about the BMV (or the DMV, depending on where you live) that just is not . . . normal. It doesn't operate normally, it's rules don't make sense and it's never a pleasant experience when you go there. It doesn't matter what state you're in, the BMV is guaranteed to be a little taste of the worst that state has to offer.

Take the exercise of obtaining a new driver's license and registration if you've moved from out-of-state. No written test required? Excellent, great news! I need to pass a vision test? No problem! I have to drive to another BMV location to take that vision test? Okay . . . why? Do they have more sophisticated screening equipment than the machine I see sitting on your counter over there (and that other people are using)? No? Okay . . .

Now at the other, specialized testing location: Interesting, that vision screening machine looks exactly like the one at the other BMV. What's that? You want me to press my forehead against that machine that doesn't look like it has ever been washed or wiped with even an alcohol swab? Of course, I would love to, even though I can see the sweat from the person before me still glistening on it. That doesn't make me even the slightest bit nauseous. Read the fifth line from left to right? Sure thing. Name the colors of line three? Here you go. What next? Oh, that's it? Okay . . .

Back at the original BMV, where you have to go to actually get your driver's license. I can smile? Good news! My last license looked like a mugshot. Wait, why is that woman with a seeing-eye dog getting a driver's license? Um . . . she's allowed to drive? Did she pass the vision screening? Sigh . . .

Believe it or not, I'm not complaining. I already did that over the course of the week that it took to get all of this accomplished. But I was thankful for the small things—like not having to take a written exam and for getting out of the one town alive. I'm convinced part of this process is to test the out-of-state person's courage. If you survive a trip to the *other* BMV, then you are prepared to live in this state.

After reading this, I'm sure it won't surprise you that I have absolutely no spiritual parallel to make. This wasn't a lame sermon illustration, just a story of my life. So next time you need to go to the BMV, remember: always take along some alcohol swabs or disinfectant wipes. Because you never know. With that, you'll be happy to know that no disinfectant is needed for this week's news roundup. So put down your car keys and sit down to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • So, apparently the power went out temporarily at the Shepherd's Conference. It didn't stop John MacArthur, though—he just kept preaching!
  • If you'd like to tune in to the last day of the Shepherd's Conference, you can watch the sessions live online. Access the schedule here. If you're like me and are waiting for all of the sessions to be posted online, I anticipate that they'll be at this link within a week or two.
  • Wait a minute . . . that Oscar selfie was preplanned? I'm shocked.
  • James White has collated the Ergun Caner evidence and put it all in one place.
  • Here's why Julia at Steak and a Bible won't be watching 'Son of God'.
  • This is an extremely thorough review of the movie 'Son of God'. For those of you fielding questions by friends wondering what's wrong with the movie, this article is a good resource.
  • Few things are cuter than a cat with a love for theology and sound doctrine. With that, here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I'm excited about the new Dragon Dictate for Mac. I see a lot of potential uses for it for this website and other projects. It's definitely going on my wish list, purchase date TBD. Does anyone else have a similar software that they use and like? If so, let me know in the comments!
  • Please tell me how any true Christian can watch this speech and applaud? This was terrible and Matt McConaughey should be ashamed. He obviously has no concept of the God of the Bible or of His holy and righteous nature. He'd be better off "looking up to" his dog than his false god.
  • Speaking of wolves, here's one in Kenya. I was grieved by this disgusting story. I also was saddened to hear some Christians admit that it caused them to chuckle a bit. I fail to see what's amusing here.
  • This article giving seven mistakes commonly made in women's Bible studies was helpful. Of course, the first problem is the complete lack of doctrinally sound women's Bible studies.
  • Apparently the UK has figured out how to regulate the creation of babies from three parents.
  • So the conclusion is: Legos are the best toy ever.
  • Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season for some. Confused about Lent and why some observe it? Wondering why your evangelical church is starting to observe Lent? You may find these two articles helpful: Why I Don't Observe Lent and Playing with Lenten Fire.
  • World magazine has discovered that Mark Driscoll hired a firm to buy a spot for his book, Real Marriage, on the bestseller list.
  • The pope wants to give women a 'greater role' within the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Philippians 4:8–9 tells us to dwell on those things that are pure, lovely, honorable and worthy of praise. Does this characterize your life? Are these the type of things that you allow to fill your mind each day? Steve Lawson delivers an excellent sermon about the Battle for the Mind:


  1. The post on mistakes made at women's Bible studies was interesting. What are your thoughts on the Kay Arthur studies?


  2. I don't know why we are surprised that Pastor MacArthur kept preaching. He is knowledgeable and experienced enough to keep going no matter what. Our first pastor was preaching through Revelation one time and we had all the power go out. He didn't miss a beat and kept going through the whole sermon by memory and without a flashlight. He didn't get on youtube, though.

  3. I have to disagree with the assumptions on Lent posted by the Aquila Report. The entire argument is based on logical fallacy by rightfully criticizing Rome but proceeds to a sweeping generalization by lumping Reformed Protestant, but liturgical with Catholicism. Many of us, who are confessional Lutheran and fellow Anglicans, follow the church calendar. Like Advent as time of preparation for the Christmas season. I hold it a time of preparation for Easter. Yet I still cringe when some twist lent into Work righteousness. I do not. The problem is them not Lent

  4. "So, apparently the power went out temporarily at the Shepherd's Conference. It didn't stop John MacArthur, though—he just kept preaching!"

    That's because his power doesn't come from the electric company.


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