09 June 2017

This 'n' That

Have you ever watched people in their cars? They are disgusting. Don't believe me? Pay close attention next time you are sitting at a red light. You'll see everything from women putting on makeup, to men and women ridding themselves of pimples, to excavation of the nasal cavity. It's true. Would I lie about something so important?

This is the primary reason I stay away from purchasing a used vehicle. Yes, I know sometimes circumstances necessitate it, but after you take these things into consideration, you start to wonder if it's really worth the money you are allegedly saving. It's also why I cringe in rental cars. I mean, if people are that disgusting in their own vehicle, what must they be doing to something they don't even own?

Yesterday, I decided to run an errand at lunch. As I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a man sitting in his car, examining himself in the visor mirror. Yes, examining himself. And picking things on his face. And combing, and possibly trimming, his sideburns. Yes, by the time he finally turned off his car and stepped out, he was ready for anything. He was as cleaned up and coiffed as he could be.

All of the casualties of his endeavors, whether they are skin, hair, or something else, are now in his car. Think about that the next time you get into a used car or a rental car, or even your own car. Yes, let's use this opportunity to exhort ourselves to be less disgusting in our vehicles. If you need to trim your eyebrows, do it before you leave the house. After all, you never know who is watching.

And if we are that disgusting with our physical selves, how much more disgusting are our spiritual selves! Sin dirties the whole person! The problem is, while we may be able to clean up the outside facade, only God can cleanse us from within and make us new creatures in Christ...and how gracious He is to regenerate such vile wretches! Indeed, His perfect righteousness and merciful grace are why we love Him and desire to serve Him, isn't it?

Well, now that you are completely grossed out, why not take some time in between clipping your nails to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • There are a few things we need to know about the formation of the biblical canon.
  • I haven't seen the actual data from this study, but if this blurb is true, it could be of interest to the many moms who have stripped dairy from their children's diets.
  • Did you remember that June 6 was the anniversary of D-Day?
  • I'm actually not a huge fan of Mary Poppins, but I still think they need to just leave this classic alone. 
  • Ah, postmodernism. It's the worldview that is only consistent in its inconsistency.
  • Here's a good deal on Calvin's commentaries on the Psalms.
  • "One of the primary purposes of the home is to cultivate Christlike virtues that animate who we are in private and facilitate what we do in public."
  • Your unbelieving friend may not be miserable without Christ, but he or she still needs Christ and His gospel of grace.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Wait—I already follow the Pope on Twitter. Does that still count?
  • This is tricky in more ways than one, especially with the details that are shared in this article. One doesn't want to affirm this girl in her sin, yet should rejoice if she is truly repentant and has chosen life for her child. There is a way to balance this without celebrating sin, and without refusing grace to a repentant sinner.
  • Well, I hate to say "I told you so," but...
  • There is freedom in Christ:


  1. Thank you very much Erin Benziger! I never thought about these things before. Now I feel like I have to don a Hazmat suit before getting in my car! Thankfully the last used car I bought was driven by a little old lady who only drove it to church (well, also to work and the grocery store)...and I can't imagine her doing anything disgusting :-) ~~Linda Dodson

  2. How in the world did you get a copy of that picture of me with my glasses on?!

    Kay Cude


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