28 October 2016

This 'n' That

Well, it's Friday. No, it's not just Friday. It is Friday, October 28, 2016. Do you know what that means? No, I'm not thinking about Halloween. I'm not even thinking about Reformation Day (go ahead, tar and feather me in your mind). I am thinking about Game 3 of the World Series.

While I have long been a baseball fan, the truth is, I never cared about baseball in October. That's because my team, the Chicago Cubs, rarely played ball in October. Let's face it, for years (and years, and years), the Cubs lost all hope of October as early in the season as possible.

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Not this year. This year, 2016, 71 years after last winning the National League (NL) pennant and 108 years since their last World Series victory, the Cubs are once again finally at the top of the NL. They are the NL champions. For someone who's been a loyal fan since she was a young girl (despite not even living in Chicago until my 20s), this is a big deal. Adding to the poetry of this series is that it is against the Cleveland Indians, another team that has had little success in the postseason in years past.

So tonight is Game 3 of the World Series. Right now the series is tied, with Chicago and Cleveland each having won one game. As I write this, I'm pondering the appropriateness of donning Cubs gear at the office. It is Friday, after all.

As for the theological significance of the situation, well, there isn't any, unless I wanted to mutilate a few doctrines and liken Chicago's years of failure with someone trapped in a besetting sin and the grace of God to save even the worst of sinners. Such a comparison strikes me as a bit blasphemous, though, so let's not even entertain the thought. Instead, let's just enjoy the baseball moment. Go, Cubs, Go!

Further, let us simply thank the Lord for another Friday, the introduction to a weekend of rest for many. As you prepare to "Fly the W," why not also take some time to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Here's a bit more background on this unique World Series.
  • This would be a fantastic job...if it didn't require working for an organization with aberrant theology.
  • It seems to me this article should have a subtitle: "Duh."
  • I can't believe they're killing this, just as mine is dying and I was looking at having to replace it. 
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable (to the reader who sent me this, yes, you win! But I lost your name, so leave a comment and identify yourself!).
  • Dear Kirk Cameron...a thousand times, no.
  • Jen Hatmaker is a fairly influential name among evangelical women. In this interview, she doesn't just tip her hand, she lays all the cards on the table and, unsurprisingly, they boldly reveal her ignorance of and disdain for the Word of God.
  • How healthy is the women's ministry in your church? Looking beyond babies and baking, Melissa Kruger offers some compelling points in this article.
  • Well, as long as the Vatican says so. 
  • Please tell me nobody is surprised by this. How much did this "study" cost?
  • What does it mean to fear God?
  • Jesus is God:


  1. Go Cubs! (I am sure there is a "pastor" somewhere preaching a correlation between the long losing streak and lack of tithing.)

    Great content this week, as always. Keep up the good work.

  2. http://www.woot.com/plus/apple-macbook-air-laptops-5

  3. The second item listed under "your week in review (kind of)" is about the theological error of Sarah Young's devotional book, "Jesus Calling." The reviewer also mentions the phenomenal success of "Jesus Calling" while referring to it as a "type of fad" like "The Prayer of Jabez" and "The Purpose-Driven Life." I agree with that assessment and am sobered by the spiritual dangers of these "fads."

    Unfortunately such error and deception can hang on for decades, confusing and misleading millions of unwary, undiscerning Christians. Such is the case with Oswald Chambers' classic devotional book, "My Utmost For His Highest." That book, published in 1935, has been translated into 39 languages and is said to be the all-time best seller among Christian devotional books. Many claim to have been helped by it; but sadly much of it is unbiblical and based on erroneous allegorical interpretation--which is subjective, making it untrustworthy.

    In the Spring 2016 Critical Issues Commentary (Issue #132), Pastor Bob DeWaay says of Oswald Chambers' book, "Some have told me that his teachings led them into mysticism that was hard to get out of." See his article entitled "Oswald Chambers--Personal Piety Combined With Flawed Theology" by Bob DeWaay. (Search for it online.) The article is long, five pages long; but oh my, it is well worth the time and effort to read and understand the significance of it. This insightful book review underscores once again the far-reaching influence that theological error can have. Can the effects of the popularity and phenomenal success of Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling" be any different?


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