30 September 2016

This 'n' That

Who is Dr. Who? I've never seen an episode of the television series. I don't even know what it is about. Is it really about a doctor? Who is named Who? I've even refrained from googling it to learn more. I like not knowing things about pop culture. It helps me keep my sanity.

Anyway (I'm going somewhere with this), as I turned on the classical music station on my drive home last night, I was intrigued and engaged by a particular piece as it began to play. "What is that called?" I wondered, so I promptly visited the station's website to find out..."Doctor Who: This is How it Ends." Hm. Well, with a title like that, who wouldn't be intrigued?

As I listened I realized why the piece was so engaging. I'm no music connoisseur, so my observations are rudimentary at best, and hardly cultured. Yet the music seemed to be so illustrative of life. There was the string of intense simplicity running throughout—the "simpler time" to which many of us desire to cling. At the same time there was an underlying hurriedness that defines the lives of so many of us. It is a hastiness that leaves us swept up in this passing world, often neglecting the future...and our future hope.
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. (1 John 3:1-3)
This, brethren, is how it ends for those who belong to Him. Let us keep our eyes on Him regardless of what the soundtrack of our lives.

Well, after that glorious news it's difficult to turn our eyes back onto the happenings of the world in recent days, but it is Friday and that means that, like it or not, it's time for your week in review (kind of):
  • Were I writing this article, I may have approached a few things differently, but I still love this line: "There are no pink passages in Scripture." Amen to that!
  • I've been hoping all summer that my mint plants would repel mosquitoes, but alas, the welts and scars on my legs prove that perhaps this natural insect repellant is not so distasteful to the blood-sucking creatures as it claims.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Well, it didn't take long for the unchangeable ESV to possibly, maybe change (here's an article discussing further).
  • This article makes us think a bit more seriously about all those memes floating around out there.
  • Perhaps those simpler times weren't so simple after all.
  • Lyndon Unger teaches us about the parousia in 1 Thessalonians 4.
  • Speaking of, does this month's black moon mean the end of the world is near? Quick! Somebody ask John Hagee or Jonathan Cahn! (Sigh.)
  • That kale you're eating? It's a fad. Those chia seeds and quinoa? Fads. Every year has its food fads. Which ones have you succumbed to? (And as a side note, when I was growing up, chia seeds had a very different purpose. When did we decide it would be a good idea to eat them?)
  • Complaining is like mutiny of the heart. Yikes, there's a convicting thought!
  • I agree with this writer's sentiments; CBD is really only good for blog and podcast fodder.
  • I remember when T.D. Jakes celebrated 35 years of T.D. Jakes. Sounds like 40 was an even bigger production.
  • Kevin DeYoung tosses his two cents into the trinitarian debate.
  • John MacArthur's recent series on the reality of the resurrection has been wonderful:


  1. I first learned about quinoa when I visited Ecuador in the late 1990s. The indigenous peoples of the High Andes have used quinoa for millennia because it grows at their elevation, and it contains nearly a whole protein. As a vegetarian looking for reasonably priced proteins to add to my diet, I enjoyed quinoa while I was there but sadly could not find it locally for many years. I'm glad it's a "fad" now, at least for North Americans, because I can now find it at my local Kroger.

    As for the kiwi fad, I remember when they began to be imported to local grocery stores. Their presence on American shelves was a tremendous advance in successful long-distance shipping of the more delicate items that were previously impractical to ship. In addition to packing a vitamin C punch, which I appreciated because I don't like oranges.

    As for the quiche fad, any Frenchman can tell us that it's the way to use leftovers. The Italian trick of using stale bread as a soup thickener never took off as a fad like quiche did, but was just as practical in their local culture. Cross-use of practical tips from one culture to another, or one culture's awakening of a local dish adapted to the new culture's use (like quinoa and chia) are fads I can get behind without reservation. :)

  2. I've had my reservations about the ESV. However, it is still more reliable than most on the equivalency scale. With all of that being said, I am very thankful for the NASB.


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