Earworm Wednesday: Tainted Love ~ Pomplamoose


Pomplamoose covers this Gloria Jones classic that was made famous by Soft Cell.

Enjoy.

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Balcony Closed


I am going to take in a movie or two this weekend. Reviews will follow.

Catechism


Q. Is not the soul then of the nature of the Godhead?

A. No, for God cannot sin, but the soul does: God cannot be destroyed in hell, but the souls of the impenitent shall (Eze 18:4; Matt
10:28).

Movie Review: Only the Brave


Director: Joseph Kosinski
Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Thad Luckinbill, Trent Luckinbill, Michael Menchel, Dawn Ostroff, Molly Smith, Jeremy Steckler
Writer: Ken Nolan, Eric Warren Singer
Based on: GQ article No Exit by Sean Flynn
Cast: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch, Jennifer Connelly, Andie MacDowell, Thad Luckinbill, Geoff Stults, Scott Haze, Ben Hardy

Only the Brave is based upon the lives of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots an elite group of firefighters, whose method of containg fires is to use a controlled burn in the area before the fire which deprives it of fuel.

The movie shows the lives of the firefighters, how they became Hot Shots (controlled burn experts), and the Yarnell Hill Fire that took all but one of the lives of the Granite Hill Hot Shots.

The movie is rated PG-13 so there is adult language and content, there are some F-bombs, as well as partial male nudity, and smoking of marijuana. This doesn’t detract from the obvious heroism portrayed by these men as they fight to save the lives of the people in the path of the fire ultimately losing their own lives.

At the end of the movie there is a tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives.

On a side note Mike Rowe, the guy behind the show Dirty Jobs, has a new show on Facebook called Returning the Favor. In it he visits the site of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot memorial. Click on the link below to watch what happens.

Returning the favor: Honoring the Brave

I give this movie 3.5 stars out of 5 I would definitely recommend seeing it.

Catechism


Since I didn’t post last Sunday’s catechism there are two questions today.

Q. Of what did God make man?

A. ‘The LORD God formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the
breath of life; and man became a living soul’
(Gen 2:7).

Q. Why does it say, God breathed into him
the breath of life; is man’s soul of the very nature of the Godhead?

A. This does not teach that the soul is of the nature of the Godhead,
but shows that it is not of the same matter as
his body, which is dust (Gen 18:27).

Frenetic Friday


Well, well, well its Friday once again and I do believe we have a really big show for you tonight. So away we go!


Our first item of the night is this new study that has found that women are hard wired to find well meaning SEXIST men more attractive. (emphasis mine)  And why is this so?  Well according to the scientists who did the study women think that such men are more likely protect them, provide for them and commit to a relationship.  So what is considered sexist according to the study?  if they are chivalrous or think women need a man to protect them.  So think about this.  If you’ve been taught to say open the door for a lady, stand when a woman enters a room, remove your hat when speaking to a lady., in times of danger protect the women before yourself.    All this is a form of benevolent sexism.  Or manners as taught by your grandfather and grandmother, or in my case father and mother if you were fortunate to have this happen to you.  (if you were raised in the south  manners are part of the culture and this is the norm.)  But wait there is more it seems that even women who consider themselves strong feminists showed the same preferences in the study by British and US researchers.   That must really grind their gears. <source>

 

 

 

 

So have you ever seen this skit:

If you have you’ll recognize it as one of the classic Monty Python sketches.  Many is the time that I laughed myself silly over such skits.  Well according the head of comedy at the BBC, Shane Allen, Monty Python  wouldn’t get on the BBC because:

If you’re going to assemble a team now it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes,” Allen said in June. “It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.”

Terry Gilliam a member of the troupe and an American said in response to the claim that Monty Python was too white said:

I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian. … My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”
“[Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry,” he said. “Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.”<source>

Now let’s go to the Pacific Northwest


Ah Seattle really you can’t find a more liberal city unless you’re on the east coast or in California.  Well seems that Seattle to protect the environment has placed a ban on plastic straws.  That means all the fast food restaurants and other restaurants have to go to either a paper of a paper/plastic composite straw.  Or you have a note from a doctor that  states you must use a plastic drinking straw.  And if you don’t have that note, well that is a $250 fine.  <source>

And last but not least this:

The blurb below says this:

No one is born white. But while there is no biological basis for a white race, whiteness is real. What’s more, whiteness as a way of being in the world has been parasitically joined to Christianity, and this is the ground of many of our problems today. It is time to redouble the efforts of the church and its institutions to muster well-informed, gospel-based initiatives to fight racialized injustice and overcome the heresy of whiteness.

Written by a world-class roster of scholars, Can “White” People Be Saved? develops language to describe the current realities of race and racism. It challenges evangelical Christianity in particular to think more critically and constructively about race, ethnicity, migration, and mission in relation to white supremacy.

Historical and contemporary perspectives from Africa and the African diaspora prompt fresh theological and missiological questions about place and identity. Native American and Latinx experiences of colonialism, migration, and hybridity inspire theologies and practices of shalom. And Asian and Asian American experiences of ethnicity and class generate transnational resources for responding to the challenge of systemic injustice. With their call for practical resistance to the Western whiteness project, the perspectives in this volume can revitalize a vision of racial justice and peace in the body of Christ.<source>

And let me remind you of this:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Romans 1:16 (emphasis mine)

 

Independence Day


On the two hundred forty second anniversary of our independence from England two videos for your perusal.

First Will Witt asking about why we celebrate the fourth of July.

And now Mike Rowe with a little story about Independence Day:

Catechism


Q. How long was he in making the world?

A. ‘In six days the Lord made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that in them is’ (Exo 20:11).
‘And on the seventh day God ended his work
which he had made’ (Gen 2:2).