All I have is a vague Sawyer Brown jumble moving between my ears so no Earworm Wednesday today.
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So on Saturday I had to have emergency surgery because my hernia had pinched off a section of my intestines. The pain was miserable.
I was rushed into surgery an they corrected what was wrong. And the pain was miserable. But I was able to get home for Christmas and the joy of being with my family was incredible.
So I am healing at home and when I get a chance to I will be updating the blog
Until then I hope and pray you had a wonderful time celebrating the incarnation of Christ. And that you are healthy and happy. Please keep me in your prayers.
Here is a little known carol that has really great lyrics (featured below). Performed by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha of Celtic Woman
The Wexford Carol”
So I have been doing polls on Twitter to see which of the older Christmas carols people like best. Good King Wenceslas won the first poll.
The carol itself tells a completely fictional account of King Wenceslas enacting a miracle as he and his page are out to deliver food and firewood to a peasant seen gathering sticks to heat his hovel.
This metal cover is done by the band A hero for the world click on the link if you want to learn more about them.
Hello dear readers can you tell that it is getting closer to Christmas? Oh I don’t mean the congestion around the mall or the Amazon packages being stolen from the front porch. No I mean the attack against Jesus, and all things Christmas which leads us right to culture wars.
Yes here’s the first shot across the bow. An associate professor at Minnesota State University, Dr. Eric Spankle posted a tweet saying:
The Virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.*
When it was pointed out that in the scriptures Mary actually did give consent, (Luke 1:26-38) his response was:
The biblical god regularly punished disobedience. The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying “no” negates her “yes”. To put someone in this position is unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.
I will just put Mary’s response right here:
And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name. Luke 1:46-49
Obviously, Mary thought this was a blessing.
Now let’s turn from from the sublime to a couple examples of the ridiculous.
Do you recognize these vegetables?
These are the characters from the show called Veggie Tales. If you’re not familiar with these characters they are a bunch of vegetables that tell stories based upon Biblical foundations.
Well at one California college, Cal State San Marcos, in their “Whiteness Forum” an event that exposes the ” myriad of ways that white supremacy remains front and center in the U.S. social and political context.”
In this forum students pointed to the show Veggie Tales and said because the villians had obvious ethnic accents while the heroes didn’t Veggie Tales was promoting racism with the heroes being “white”.
Eric Metaxes former writer and narrator for Veggie Tales said this:
“All vegetables are part of one race, even though they are of many colors,” Metaxas said. “They are all descended from the same parents — the Adam and Eve of vegetables, who foolishly ate a forbidden fruit (irony?) and screwed everything up for all vegetables descended from them. At least I’m pretty sure that’s the story. *“
Multiracial vegetables I weep for this generation.
And from one cartoon show to another.
Yes that is Herbie the dentist elf and Rudolph the red nose reindeer. This show was first released on December 6, 1964 and never mind how old I was. Anyway this cartoon has been a staple of the Christmas season for many years. And yet in a recent Huffington Post video Rudolph triggered them.
Some of the complaints are that Donner is an abusive father by the way he treats Rudolph, and sexist because he forbids his wife from joining him to hunt for Rudolph.
Santa is abusive and no diversely or inclusivity training evident and so an HR nightmare.
And that is the mildest of the responses to a 54 year old movie.
I wonder how soon it will be until Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is put on a list of banned movies never to be broadcasted again, or if allowed shown with a disclaimer warning parents. Or even more radical fed into a computer and all the wrongness taken out or changed. They’ll probably make the Abominable Snowman a vegan.
Well now we are moving from animation to current buzzwords.
the theory that the overlap of various social identities“, contributes to the systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual
I know that you may have been staying up late at night wondering what your possible intersectionality score possibly could be. Well wonder no longer from our friends on the internet the intersectionality calculator has been made. Now you can look up your score and ease your mind. The Intersectionality Calculator.
And in just your wondering I got a thirteen.
And last but certainly not least a myth of Christmas debunked.
Jesus wasn’t born in a stable.
According to Ian Paul at psephizo.com because of medieval misunderstanding and a general ignorance of first century Israel the idea that Jesus was alone in some sort of stable/barn like structure surrounded by nothing more than animals with Joseph and Mary is completely wrong. In fact it is more than likely that he was surrounded by not just his parents but by Joseph and Mary’s extended family that had also traveled Bethlehem to be registered.
One of the more interesting points the article makes is that the animals were normally kept inside the same structure as the living quarters. See the drawing below.
As you can see the animals are kept in the lower level while the family occupy the floor above. It would have been in this upper level that Mary would have given birth surrounded by family.
Read the article here: Once more Jesus was not birn in a stable.
I have had a busy day today and don’t think I can do a Frenetic Friday but maybe on Saturday. Stay tuned.
So John MacArthur was on the Ben Shapiro show, click here if you want to watch it Ben Shapiro Sunday Special.
So around 52 minutes into the interview John MacArthur makes the statement that “supersessionism is a latent form of antisemitism” now let me be plain I agree with John MacArthur partly, I don’t believe that the Church has replaced Israel. But see it doesn’t end there John MacArthur believes that the Church and Israel are two distinct things or as Irwin Lutzer puts it:
Israel’s destiny is to be a separate people of God’s choosing, and the New Testament church stands as another avenue of His grace.*
Now there is a difference of opinion when it comes to those of us who hold to covenant theology (Presbyterian or Baptist) with regards to the Israel/Church distinction and needless to say they disagree with John MacArthur regarding this. But this isn’t anything new. John MacArthur has always believed this. But every time he articulates this it is taken as a big surprise.
So the question is does this mean that I shouldn’t treat dispensationalists as brother’s in Christ? Does differing hermenuetics mean that one isn’t saved?
Well I don’t believe it does the dispensationalism that MacArthur holds to isn’t some radical form, and there are radical or hyper-dispensationalists, whose hermenuetics would cause me to question if they are preaching the gospel. But I can’t say that about John MacArthur he has consistently preached the gospel, the true gospel so even if I disagree with him regarding his hermenuetic I can’t say that he isn’t my brother in Christ. And I should treat other dispensationalists of MacArthur’s type the same. They are our brothers in Christ and despite our disagreements we need to treat them as such.
So we are in the season of Advent which is the “time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas as well as the return of Jesus at the second coming.“*
Because of that this seemed a very appropriate song today.
Dedicated to @DonnaGeee the kindness ninja den mother of all anons. Home with the Lord.
Director: Clay Kaytis
Producer:Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe
Writer: Matt Lieberman, David Guggenheim
Cast: Kurt Russell,Judah Lewis, Darby Camp, Oliver Hudson, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Lamorne Morris, Martin Roach, Vella Lovell, Lauren Collins, Steven Van Zandt, Goldie Hawn
Plot: It’s Christmas and two siblings may cause Christmas not to come! Santa’s sleigh has been wrecked, the reindeer are scattered, and Santa is in jail for boosting a car! Can Kate and Teddy Pierce save Christmas and break Santa out of jail? Will Teddy believe once again in Santa Claus? Will Kate’s wish come true and they become a family once again?
You may be seeing some familiar storylines present in this Netflix movie and you are probably wondering whether you want to invest in another Christmas schmaltz fest where the meaning of Christmas is reduced to being a family again. And I don’t blame you at all. This isn’t “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas” or “A Wonderful Life”. This isn’t even the “Santa Clause”. And if that is what you want then this isn’t the movie for you.
But if you want to see Kurt Russell take Santa Claus and make it his then this is the movie for you. Now don’t get me wrong this isn’t a great movie, this may be a movie that needs viewing in the satellite of love with three robots in the first row. But Kurt Russell will make you enjoy this Santa Claus. He takes the mantle of Santa Claus and gives it a truly unique spin on it. The concert scene alone is worth the time.
So if you’re in the mood for some schmaltz, and Kurt Russell as Santa Claus check this movie out on Netflix.
One last thing there is some profanity used in the movie, I am not talking about “F” Bombs but there is some of a minor sort, although I wonder how any profanity can be minor, so be aware if children are present.
I am giving this movie two stars out of five.