06 June 2014

This 'n' That

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It may be official: I am getting old. I'm becoming one of those people who needs to write down everything before it slips out of my brain into the ether, never to be heard from again. Friday's This 'n' That, and the ponderings included in these opening paragraphs, is the perfect example. Time and again I think of an idea for this weekly post, and 99.8% of that time, I am unable to sit down and cultivate that idea in that moment. So I wait. I 'save' that idea. And then, when I am in front of my computer, I realize that my mind is a complete blank. What was I going to write about again? It was so funny/clever/profound when I thought of it, why can I not remember it now? And so it goes.

It happened again last night. A rather clever (at least, in my feeble opinion) idea occurred to me. "I will remember that," I thought, "no problem." Morning arrived and here I am, completely clueless as to what that idea was. "Perhaps you should write down these ideas," you are thinking. Yes, I should. And oftentimes I do. In fact, the 'notepad' function on my iPhone is filled with random ideas for blog posts. The problem is, I often forget to look back at those notes or (more commonly) I simply cannot decipher where my thought process was headed when I wrote them down. So not only do I need to remember to write things down, I also need to remember to look at those notes later, and I need to remember to write them in a detailed enough manner so that they are not mere nonsensical gibberish when I return to them.

But then, had I made a note of last night's idea, you wouldn't have had these incredibly un-profound, un-inspired, un-interesting paragraphs to read, now would you? You can thank me later. For now, let us get to our very first June week in review (kind of):
  • Are you facing tough times? Trial? Testing? Pope Francis wants you to turn to the "Mother of God" for solace.
  • Today, Canada, tomorrow, America? Perhaps, but we serve a sovereign God and thus have no need to fear the passing things of this life.
  • Anyone have a copy of this book? Looks like a classic. (Classic heresy, that is.)
  • Until this article, I didn't even know about the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement. I probably could have died happy never knowing about it, actually.
  • The Brady Bunch just wouldn't have been the same without Alice.
  • Sigh. No Bible handy? Just use the Kindle version. Even if you're swearing in a U.S. ambassador.
  • I don't care how wonderful the sermon illustration is, no God-respecting, God-revering pastor should wear a sports jersey to preach his sermon.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • And this is horrendous. A summer camp that teaches young boys to act like homosexual cross-dressers? I don't know what's more twisted: the idea itself, the fact that it's been around for awhile, or the fact that a parent would send his child here.
  • Here's a double dose of Mr. Johnson for you as Phil discusses the biblical concept of liberty.
  • Carl Lentz really is getting quite a bit of press these days.
  • Did Jesus go to Hell?


  1. The pope, what a man of God . . . NOT. Sigh.

    PS: I enjoy your (subtle) sarcasm. It makes me smile when I actually feel like strangling someone.

  2. I couldn’t get the video of Justin Peters. It wouldn’t play.

    Ousting Christians from public life in Canada? Wow. But, really, isn’t that sort of what is happening unofficially in the U.S.A.?

    The photo of the Oral Roberts book was good for a guffaw.

    I first heard of the “Womanpriest” movement from the Museum of Idolatry:

    Sports jersey? What do you expect from MacDonald!

    The summer camp is not only perverted, but also downright EVIL!

  3. Wow! Justin Peters walked right into the wolves' den. Praise God for giving this man such courage. Justin is a true hero, deserving of double honor. May God give the church more men like him. - Deborah

  4. One of the (many) reasons we left Harvest Bible Chapel was because of James MacDonald's treatment of God and the sacred things of God, including the very presence of God, in a flippant, superficial manner. We just couldn't bear to see our magnificent, Triune God trivialized. The pastor at our new church has never needed any gimmicks for sermon illustrations. He lets God's Word speak for Itself.


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