17 June 2016

This 'n' That

photo credit: Garage Sale Sign via photopin (license)
Well, I'm sorry to say that I don't have much availability to draft an introduction for this week's This 'n' That. You see, it's Garage Sale Weekend at my house and as you are reading this, I am in the driveway selling off all of my treasures. Depending, of course, on your definition of "treasure."

Garage sales are horrendous. Let's face it, all the marking, all the hauling, all the time, effort, and hassle are not fun. There is one element of a garage sale that is inevitably entertaining, however, and that is the conversations that one can have with the many people who visit and shop.

These conversations can range from the ridiculous to the evangelistic. A perfect example of this can be found in the account of our 2014 garage sale, in the article, "Garage Sale God Whispers, Twice Dead, and the Name of Jesus Ignored." Here is an excerpt:
I also met a woman who denied the authority, inerrancy, and sufficiency of Scripture by her death. Or should I say ‘deaths’?

“I’m a Christian,” she said, “I believe in God. I go to thus-and-so Baptist church.” She continued, “You know, I’ve died twice.”

Really? Say that again.

“I’ve died twice. The first time, I saw my parents who both have passed. They were reaching out to me. The second time I didn’t see anything, but it felt so peaceful. I don’t know why God sent me back because I was so peaceful.”

In my mind, I thought, “Oh, lady, you should thank the Lord that you did not die, because, in His mercy, you still have a chance to repent and be saved!” The actual conversation, though, necessitated a different approach. And the question begged to be asked:

“Did you see Jesus?”


“You said you died, so did you see Jesus?”

“Oh. No, no..."
Suffice it to say that I'm a bit eager to see what stories this year's sale might bring. Don't worry, I'll be sure to share. For now, though, all I have to share—and all you have to enjoy—is your week in review (kind of):
  • Why one pastor agrees with all 5 points of Calvinism.
  • Good words for dads of daughters from Pastor Don Green.
  • Um, okay...this is wrong on so many levels. 
  • If you drive a car, you might want to know about this airbag recall if you don't already. Nearly every manufacturer seems to be affected and it sounds to me like there are still lots of recalls coming in the future.
  • It is loving to preach and teach about Hell.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This is a sad and terrifying story.
  • Elizabeth Prata puts the teaching of Beth Moore and Martyn Lloyd Jones side-by-side.
  • Watch the documentary "Through the Eyes of Spurgeon" for free.
  • Why do cats sleep in unusual places?
  • Isn't this blasphemy for a Packer? (HT to Amy!)
  • I haven't read this yet, but here is Mike Riccardi's (of The Master's Seminary) thoughts on the current ongoing Trinitarian debate.
  • Are you a true disciple?


  1. Haha! yeah, but Packer Nation will forgive Aaron for that.

  2. The Elizabeth Prata post is especially good. I would love to see more of that kind of comparison.

    - Deborah


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