Earworm Wednesday: Feelin’ Alright Joe Cocker Live


So I was at work and mentioned this song to a young man and he stared at me stupidly similar to the stare that the cat gives me when I try to teach it gin rummy.  So after I introduced him to the wonder that is Joe Cocker I thought perhaps you’d like a listen too.

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Movie Review: The Family (2013)


First and this is long over due to all the new followers of the blog, thank you.  I appreciate you coming to see what I’ve been doing here week after week.  I’d also like to point you to Thy Critic Man another fellow blogger who does movie reviews and in more depth than I.

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, and Luc Besson you would think that with a cast like that and a writer and director like Luc Besson that you could expect a movie that you’d enjoy.  Well you’d be wrong. 

So a mafia boss and his family get moved to France.  Why? Well the long and short of it is that where ever they go they can’t help but revert to type.  They start beating people up creating scams and rackets, and just being destructive.  And guess what in this town in France they are up to the same old ways.  And it is so contrived and over done that it is a train wreck followed by a twelve car pile up topped by planes falling out of the sky.  Otherwise horrible.  This is acting that could have been performed by the local theater troupe that is comprised of the cast of Jersey Shore and snooty French Canadians.

Sometimes when I see actors of the caliber of  De Niro, Pfeiffer, and Jones in movies like these and I ask myself why?  Why did I get my hopes up, why didn’t  someone warn me that this was a truly horrible movie.  Well I took the bullet, I did the deed, I pushed you to the curb and let the car hit me.  This is a horrible movie and a waste of talent skip it put it on your list of things that you’d rather get a sharp stick in your eye then see.

I give this zero stars.

 

Catechism


Q. 89. What then is the purpose of the law since the fall?

A. The purpose of the law, since, the fall, is to reveal the perfect righteousness of God, that His people may know his will for their lives and the ungodly, being convicted of their sin, may be restrained therein and brought to Christ for salvation.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
Psalm 19:7-11

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:20,31

What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
Romans 7:7

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2

Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self- controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Titus 2:12-14

But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.
Galatians 3:22,24

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
1 Timothy 1:8

Frenetic Friday


Just when you thought it was safe, just when you learned that adult stem cells would actually do more than embryonic stem cells but now it is learned that human embryos have been created in the lab and for what purpose you ask?  Why to destroy them and to harvest their cells.    By the way no one has ever proven that embryonic stem cells actually do the things that adult stem cells have actually accomplished.  Also take note that they have cloned a human by doing this.  Even though the embryo wasn’t allowed to come to full term. “O, brave new world that has such people in’t!”  as Shakespeare said or perhaps “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”  From the same play.  Either way can we stopper this bottle or will it grow to further monstrousness?

You recall the UK hospitals that used the remains of aborted babies to fuel their facilities well now it has been learned that an incinerator in Oregon has been burning the bodies of aborted babies from Canada.   BTW that link will say abortion waste which is political correct speak for saying the bodies of aborted babies.  The company has stopped the burning saying they are going to get to the bottom of how long this has been going on.  But notice this:

Brentano, however, noted that the county ordinance that sets the parameters for what can be accepted at the waste-to-energy plant allows for all human tissue.

So the county government of Oregon doesn’t have any problem burning aborted babies or for that matter any human tissue at all,  Makes me wonder how the Jewish residents feel about that?

Turning our eyes to music it appears that Dan Haseltine the lead singer of Jars of Clay has come out for gay marriage quoting from an article in Metro:

“Not meaning to stir things up BUT… is there a non-speculative or non ‘slippery slope’ reason why gays shouldn’t marry? I don’t hear one.” He went on to write “I’m trying to make sense of the conservative argument. But it doesn’t hold up to basic scrutiny. Feels akin to women’s suffrage. I just don’t see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?”

By the way that is from his twitter feed.

And frankly I think that James White has answered that statement the best here is his latest show where he discusses what Haseltine says:  The Dividing Line 

I really can’t add anything to what Dr. White has said other than Mr. Haseltine’s ability to exegete the texts of scripture is called to question and perhaps the elders of his church should have a talk with him.

And today’s Frenetic Friday shall end with News from the Christian Weird.  I have been to many different churches worship services has been held from barns to outdoors to homes.  But a strip club?

Welcome to Guelph Ontario Canada where Jack Ninaber and his wife Sharon decided they would host a Christian fellowship service at the unconventional space.  Where did they choose?  Why the local strip club called the Manor.  Yes Easter service was held at the strip club because and I quote “The idea behind the service is to bring religion to those who don’t feel comfortable seeking it out. In particular, they are hoping to reach tenants of Sue’s Inn, a transitional house for people trying to get back on their feet.”  Yes and once again someone has decided to compromise with the world in order to reach the world.  Theology matters people.  Keep it in mind.

an attempt to attract those who would feel uncomfortable in a traditional church setting.
Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/church-hosts-services-on-stage-at-local-strip-club-for-easter-sunday-118484/#7bPURy1IKzYh5bpw.99
an attempt to attract those who would feel uncomfortable in a traditional church setting.
Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/church-hosts-services-on-stage-at-local-strip-club-for-easter-sunday-118484/#7bPURy1IKzYh5bpw.99
an attempt to attract those who would feel uncomfortable in a traditional church setting.
Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/church-hosts-services-on-stage-at-local-strip-club-for-easter-sunday-118484/#7bPURy1IKzYh5bpw.99

Earworm Wednesday: Here comes the Sun~Phil Keaggy


So last Sunday was Easter or Resurrection Sunday however you want to refer to it.  And on Monday this song jumped up to forefront of all the other music that floats in the cloud in my mind.  And I thought this is perfect for Earworm Wednesday.  So here is the best nine fingered guitar player I know covering a George Harrison song and doing it well I might add.

 

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier


The star spangled avenger returns to the screen in what I consider one of the best films that Marvel has ever produced.

The movie opens with Steve Rogers (Captain America) running  and boy is he! Speeding around the reflecting pool constantly saying on your left to Sam Wilson (AKA Falcon) until he finally runs him into the ground and Wilson sits down to rest.  And that is when Steve introduces himself.  But the man needs no introduction as Sam Wilson recognizes Captain America right off.  They exchange pleasantries until Steve is called to duty by the Black Widow.  From their they are taken to Nick Fury’s office and briefed on a situation in which a SHIELD ship has been captured by pirates. Captain America and a team of SHIELD agents including the Black Widow.  Captain America dives from the plane (sans parachute) and proceeds to eliminate the bad guys.  But the Black Widow has her own agenda which is discovered by Captain America.

later confronting both the Widow and Nick Fury Captain America is told by Fury not to trust SHIELD because there is something wrong.  It is just after this that Nick Fury is killed.

And no more spoilers go see the movie or read other reviews where they tell you the whole movie.  (And shame on you if you do)

There are a lot of things I like about this movie, I like how they take a person born 95 years ago (Steve Rogers) and show how he is trying to adjust to a world where the bad guys aren’t so easily identified.  Where shades of grey seem to be the norm for the people around him.  I also like how they show he is trying to catch up with even the little things like the best songs to listen to since he last listened to a radio. (Troubled Man by Marvin Gaye go listen to it) And I especially like how Captain America stays true to the ideals of his youth.

Lots of action in this film, great action and not only by Captain America.  Black Widow’s is finally given depth instead of being just a fem fatale and Sam Wilson aka the Falcon is perfect as Steve’s new partner.  More back story on Nick Fury is revealed and he is shown to be more than just an ultimate spy master.  And I don’t know who the genius was that got Robert Redford to be in this movie but it was brilliant.

Five stars for this movie go see it.

Ressurectione


8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.

1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus ‘ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.

11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. ’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

Scripture:  Psalm 16:8,10; John 20:1-20

Sepulcrum


9 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.

38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy- five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember how that impostor said, while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise. ’ 64 Therefore order the tomb to be made secure until the third day, lest his disciples go and steal him away and tell the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last fraud will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard.

Scripture Isaiah 53:9, John 19:38-42, Matthew 27:62-66

Tenebras


For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures

He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,
against the man who stands next to me,”
declares the Lord of hosts.
“Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;
I will turn my hand against the little ones.

 

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. 28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.

32 , As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

Scripture: 1Corinthians 15:3, Isaiah 53:3-5, Zachariah 13:7, Matthew 27:27-50