26 September 2014

This 'n' That

So, the only time that I have to type this introduction is Thursday afternoon during my lunch hour (don’t worry, I’m not using the company computer). Unfortunately, I have absolutely no idea what to write today. I could write about Fall, I suppose. Tuesday was the first day of Autumn, after all.

Gotta love Honeycrisp apples!
I love this time of year, don’t you? The beautiful colors, the crisp temperatures, the yummy recipes. It’s like a final burst of beauty before the drabness and death of Winter arrive. Apples are in abundance (great, now I’m craving a big ol’ Honeycrisp), pumpkin is added to everything, and rightly so. Who doesn’t love pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin spice lattes? That is, some of us would love pumpkin spice lattes if Starbucks wasn’t so discriminatory against those of us who can't consume dairy or soy, but I digress.

When I lived in California, probably the primary thing I missed most about my Midwest upbringing was the change of seasons (oh, and the friendly people). I loved that the forecast never changed (75° and sunny every. Single. Day.), but there was something about the change from Winter to Spring to Summer to Fall that reminded me of the creativity, goodness, and power of God. Even as an unregenerate false convert, I could see the hand of God in His creation. Unfortunately, God in His omniscience seems to have designed the two best seasons (Spring and Fall) to be the shortest. I don’t know what that’s about, but since I won't be able to ask Him until I see Him face-to-face, and I'm pretty sure I'll be busy at that time falling before Him and worshiping Him in all His glory, I'll just accept it as His perfect providence.

Okay, that’s about all I have in the way of random noonday musings. As I look out the window, I can see the sun shining on this beautiful Autumn day. Just a few more hours and I can step outside and enjoy it. Just like you are about to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Aw, isn't this sweet? Seeker-driven pastor Matthew Barnett is teaching his daughter how to be disobedient to God's Word.
  • Sign me up. I'd love to pay $75 to volunteer. Wait…
  • Sometimes we just don't need to know all the details.
  • Now this is exactly what we need. Prophecy, ahem, eccentrics who prefer sci-fi over the Bible starting up their own television network. 
  • Speaking of prophecy, um, zealots…do you think if we ignore Jonathan Cahn he'll just go away quietly?
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable. (Warning: you may need a tissue.)
  • The monk who wasn't good enough.
  • And all this time I thought the crucifixion of Christ was ultimately due to the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God (Acts 2:23). Hunh. Good to know.
  • While I'm not a huge David Platt fan, I'm happy that he seems to be a faithful preacher of the gospel. I have no problem giving a hearty 'amen!' of agreement with his criticisms of the sinner's prayer and 'asking Jesus into your heart' and all that garbage. Now, a lot of Christians laud and respect the website of Lighthouse Trails Research for their 'discernment.' While I've found some value in some of their resources, I am not one of those people. And this is just the most recent example of why (note: my problem isn't that they don't like David Platt, my problem is with their theology).
  • On that same note, Lighthouse Trails even has a song that speaks about their anti-Calvinist, anti-monergistic salvation, ultimately anti-sovereignty of God mindset. They so clearly misunderstand the issue that it's a bit embarrassing. But hey, bad theology is always more fun when it's put to a catchy tune.
  • So what are the limits of liberty?
  • "If I do not wash you…"
  • As a female blogger who has found it difficult to keep up with this blog over the past year or so as much as I would like, I really appreciated this post over at Tim Challies' blog.
  • Steve Lawson preaches on the sovereignty of God from Psalm 93:


  1. Ok since I'm not much of a coffee drinker, I can't vouch for the recipe, but here's a soy-free, dairy-free pumpkin spice latte recipe. It uses coconut milk as the "milk". It doesn't look too hard to make. You probably could substitute in your "milk" of choice.



  2. After having read through some of these articles you've shared, Erin, I had a hard time not hitting myself in the face with a hammer to put myself out of my misery.

    Lighthouse Trails lumping Platt in with Warren, Hybels and Moore is hardly a fair comparison. I'm not a big fan of his, either, but that is a pretty big stretch to throw him in with that ilk.

    The article about Christ being crucified because the disciples were armed is absolutely laughable. Where do these liberal eggheads come up with this stuff? They will say anything but the truth of Scripture....sowing doubt....being used by Satan.


  3. Hi Erin, thanks for my weekend fix. The light house trails website has been a concern of mine, but when I read the lyrics of this song they promoted I was and am so sad for people who hate the free will of God and place Man's will over His. Frustrating to read so much hyperbole and misunderstanding, and the use of words like arrogance and smug. The article in Newsweek about the disciples being armed: James White recently went through an audio " lecture" by a man who, though now dead, had had years of influence over the thinking of many Islamic people. One of his points was that the disciples were heavily armed because Jesus was not planning on being killed.. and if course he never died ( a basic belief held by most in Islam according to Dr White) So who knows, this idea has actually been out there being taught at least since the 90's oh, but Newsweek just found out about it! Best to you Barbara


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