25 April 2014

This 'n' That

photo credit: EasyPickle via photopin cc
As I sat down to write this post, I realized I had no idea where to start. It's been a busy week and as usual the week is nearly over and I've only crossed out a tiny fraction of the items on my "need-to-do-by-the-end-of-the-week-or-else-I-will-cry" list. Yet in spite of all that has happened this week, as I sit here I simply cannot think of any wonderfully interesting way to introduce this week's roundup of headlines.

At first I thought I would write about an awful last-minute morning dream I had yesterday. You know the kind, I'm sure—when reality mixes with your subconscious and the sounds around you in the real world infiltrate the dream world that you're so reluctant to leave. For me it was my alarm clock. In my dream, I could not figure out how to turn off that stupid thing. It just kept buzzing and buzzing and buzzing and buz…well, you get the idea. Then I woke up and realized that it was my real alarm clock, or rather, it was #5 of 6 alarms that I have set to go off each morning to ensure that I get up on time. So, I was going to write about that and then I thought, "Well that's just silly. Who wants to read about that?" So aren't you thankful that I spared you that story?

Oops. . .sorry.

I've scoured my brain and my memory and even now that I've shared that pointless story with you, I have no way of turning it into a spiritual metaphor or illustration. Sometimes an alarm clock is just an alarm clock. And that's okay.

My tendency to oversleep did get me thinking about something, however. I started thinking about this:
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. (1 Cor 15:51–52)
And this:
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thess 4:13–18)
Not one soul will sleep through that trumpeting alarm! What a glorious and exciting promise.

Well, now that I've set the bar incredibly low for next week (or incredibly high, depending upon how you look at it, because I now owe you some truly profound thoughts), we need to get to the good stuff. Turn off your alarm clock, grab your coffee, sit back and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • James White discusses Vines' book here.
  • Well, if Pat Robertson said it, then it's probably true. (If by "true," you mean completely ridiculous.)
  • This is what I want my birthday cake to look like next year. (Go Cubs Go!)
  • Keeping up on the Bill Gothard scandal? Well, then you're ahead of me, because my precious free moments during the day cannot be spent dwelling on such things. But here's the latest anyway.
  • Wow. What a sad picture.
  • The lead singer for Jars of Clay has come out in support of gay marriage. I'm not really sure why we're surprised by this, but carry on anyway.
  • Amid all the Heaven Is for Real propaganda, take some time to read this blog post written by the mother of Kevin Malarkey, the child about whom The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven is supposedly written.
  • Why do I get the feeling that ABC News didn't like John MacArthur's comments about Heaven Is for Real?
  • Speaking of the ABC network, their Robin Roberts has a false god of her own imagination.
  • Elizabeth Prata has a few articles about being a woman in the faith. I appreciated the shout-out in Part 2!
  • This is a great letter written to Rachel Held Evans.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • It's not fair, really. Jesus' face is always appearing in people's breakfast dishes and sandwiches, yet He never seems to appear in my oatmeal, pancakes, or grilled cheese. What am I doing wrong?
  • I'm hearing a lot of good things about Kevin DeYoung's newest book.
  • A great Resurrection Day sermon. Actually, a great any day sermon!
  • The freedom of true discipleship:


  1. Your clock story reminded me of an old clock my grandmother had when I'd stay over night at her house. She'd set it extremely early in the morning and it had the LOUDEST ring I have ever heard. She also ruled how long it would ring. So it kept ringing and ringing and...well you went through that already. Years later I came up to visit my parents from where I lived---in that same house. My mother gave me a clock to use in the bedroom I was to sleep in. The SAME clock. So I put it in my room. And went to bed, with my two kitties curled up next to me after a long trip. Some time later----for no known reason---that awful clock went off! I heard my poor cats fly off the bed like they'd been shot. I think they hit all four walls simultaneously. I could scarcely find them for a while. My mother who normally was very godly did have a persnickety streak so I don;t know. Anyway, this isn't very pithy or to deep theologically so it may not make the cut but it gave me a chuckle thinking back. I liked your story. Miriam

    1. Great story, Miriam! I can only imagine how my cats would have reacted! Thank you for sharing a funny memory!

    2. EBenz,

      I also liked your story. Actually, I enjoy reading all of your stories each week along with the links. You are a good writer. -Deborah

  2. Sadly, the letter to RHE can be addressed to a number of "Evangelical" pastors as well. - David


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