Frenetic Friday


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Earworm Wednesday: Tiny Dancer a song for Lily-Mae


In June of 2012 Lily-Mae Morrison the daughter of Leighton Morrison and Judith Sibley was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma that affects 1 in 100,000 children in Ireland.

250 member choir from across Ireland came together to sing this song and raise money for Lily-Mae’s treatment.  This was in 2012.

The note on the video has said that in October 17, 2013 she was in remission but that since she is in a high danger of relapsing that she is getting further treatments.  This song is available in ITunes.

Movie Review: Fat Head (2009)


Fat Head is a response to the movie “Super Size Me” in it Tom Naughton the writer, director, and star of the movie proves that it is possible to lose weight based upon a “fast food diet”.  Specifically he hits McDonald’s almost all the time.    Naughton also goes to his doctor and has himself examined before the one month experiment and has his weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels all checked out his doctor tells him that according to the BMI index he is labeled “obese”  (more on that later) . Asks what sort of exercise he does (brisk walking) and gives him the usually recommendations.

Naughton then calculates how much caloric intake he would need to maintain his current weight and then embarks upon a diet that is 2000 calories a day or less, but not really that much less (lowest I think I saw was just a little over 1800 calories).  He also walked six days a week for about two miles a day, brisk walking.  While he was doing this he revealed some of the reasons why we believe that high fat, high cholesterol foods are bad for us.  Who came up with the studies, why they were proven wrong but implemented anyway.

He also revealed something about Morgan Spurlock’s eating habits.  Like Spurlock never reveals the actual food list he used to gain those 25 pounds in fact he refused to share the food list with anyone.  Naughton using the McDonald’s menu shows how much food you would have to consume everyday to eat the 5000 calorie a day diet that Spurlock claims to have consumed.  Naughton also exposes the whole idea behind Spurlock’s motives suggesting that Spurlock views poor people (or anyone that wants fast food for that matter) that eat at McDonald’s as too stupid to make the “right” decisions about food and that it is up to the “smart” people to save them from themselves.

Naughton also questions the use of the body mass index to calculate whether someone is overweight, pointing out that according to the BMI, he himself is considered obese. However, according to the BMI chart for men, at 5’11, 206.5 lbs, Naughton is merely considered overweight; which challenges one of the main premises behind the film that he is considered obese but appears not to be. Naughton’s physician tells him that he is obese based on his body fat percentage, which may have led to this confusion. <cit. Wikipedia>

At the end of the month Naughton has lost 12 pounds just by eating McDonald’s food and walking six nights a week.

This is an interesting film and Naughton makes it enjoyable to watch as he details his eating habits and points out the errors often associated with so called “good” diets.  Especially interesting is a follow up experiment that Naughton did where he cut out sugar and starch from his diet and ate food fried in butter and coconut oil and fruit in heavy cream where he cholesterol levels dropped and LDL and HDL levels improved.

I give this movie 4 stars out of 5.

 

Catechism


Q. 93. What is faith in Jesus Christ?

A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon Him alone for salvation, as He is offered to us in the Gospel.

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
Hebrews 10:39

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
John 1:12

And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith Philippians 3:9

We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Galatians 2:15-16

Saturday Special Part 2


So technology it is a wonderful thing truly.  Except when it decides to strike back.  Case in point my Friday post just didn’t make it out so settle back grab a beverage of your choice and get ready.

Remember Boko Haram?  Terrorist jihadists that kidnapped over 250 young girls.  Then there was that whole hashtag thing on Twitter that worked out real well didn’t it?   But did you know that we have our very own Boko Haram here in the good old US of A?  Yeah neither did I, but according to Mike Greer a retired baptist missionary the Southern Baptists are the same as Boko Haram!  And how did he come to this conclusion?  Why it is because the Southern Baptist denomination holds to complementarianism.  So what is complementarianism?  Complementarianism is the theological view that although men and women are created equal in their being and personhood, they are created to complement each other via different roles and responsibilities as manifested in marriage, family life, religious leadership, and elsewhere. <cit. Theopedia>  Yes because Southern Baptists don’t allow women to be pastors (which is what it really boils down to ultimately) they are the same as jihadists.  Fortunately Dr. Paul Chitwood executive director of Kentucky Baptist Convention has provided a well thought out response to Mike Greer entitled:  Southern Baptist Terrorists?  A response to Mike Greer.  Please take a moment to read Dr. Chitwood’s response it is well worth it.

Speaking of the Religion of Peace, let’s say you want to go to a Christian seminary, what do you suppose the rules should be?  Well there is those rules that in my opinion make no sense like no smoking or drinking (Charles Spurgeon couldn’t get in with those rules) but how about Christian?  Well wouldn’t you just have egg on your face!  Because Southwestern Baptist Seminary has accepted Palestinian student Ghassan Nagagreh to its archeology doctoral program in 2012.  What 2012?  So for two years Southwestern has been keeping him on the down low?  Southwestern has said that allowing a Sunni Muslim is a one time thing and doesn’t mean it’s changing the policy about “a mature Christian character” and “evidence [of] a desire for Christian ministry,”  Nagagreh is participating in a local congregation and is abiding by the school’s moral code.  No information about whether he still prays to Mecca five times a day or if the school has given him a place to do so.

So the war on Boys you’ve heard about this well here is some practical suggestions from Prager University to help boys out in schools.

 

Lastly here is a something from our Robotic Overlords:  Robotic furniture

Sure now they’re furniture what else are they going to disguise themselves as I wonder?

 

 

Saturday Special


So for some reason what I typed up on Friday night didn’t post.  So stay tuned later for a recap of the week.  Have to get coffee in me now. 

Movie Review: Out of the Furnace


Out of the Furnace stars Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldane, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shephard, Forrest Whitaker, and Woody Harrelson.  It is set in the steel mills of Pennsylvania and the hills of New Jersey.  As the film opens you find the Russell Baze (Christian Bale) working in the steel mills only to learn that his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) has bet money on a losing horse having borrowed it from a bar owner Petty  (Dafoe).  Russell meets Petty promising to pay off the debt.  He leaves the bar intoxicated and kills a family with his car which lands him in prison.  While in prison his girl friend leaves him for the town sheriff (Saldane and Whittaker respectfully).

His brother has been bare knuckle fighting for Petty his rage fueled by his experiences from the war in Iraq causes him to beat his opponents senseless.  This displeases Petty as he wanted Rodney to lose and recoup the money from Rodney’s debt.

When Russell gets out of prison he finds out what his brother has been doing and tells him to quit and come to work at the mills.  Rodney goes to fight one more time for Petty where they meet DeGroot (Harrelson) and his fighter.  Again Petty tells Rodney to lose the fight but he can’t and knocks the other fighter down but after pleas from Petty he helps the other fighter up and lets the fighter pummel his face.  This doesn’t satisfy DeGroot and he kills both Petty and Rodney.

Russell goes looking for his brother and when he finds out that DeGroot has killed him, goes looking for DeGroot only to be blocked by the sheriff who tells Russell that DeGroot is too powerful but that doesn’t deter Russell.

This is a dark film and Christian Bale has once again shed any weight he had gained in Batman to turn into a lean beaten down man whose life consists of back breaking work in the steel furnaces of Pennsylvania.  Casey Affleck playing Rodney does great work as someone who has spent long years being trained into a fighter only to return to a life of peace and not being able to feel the adrenaline rush that he has become accustom to feeling while fighting in Iraq and wanting to feel that feeling again.  The only other stand out character is Harrelson as DeGroot his meth taking psychotic drug warlord is all that you can want as a villain.

Bales character seems to lose what ever moral restraints once his brother has been killed and his fatalistic acceptance of whatever consequents may occur by killing DeGroot  is evident.  So when the ending doesn’t have him returning to prison it doesn’t quite seem real.

If you like this type of dark movies then you will like this movie but this isn’t a feel good movie when it ends you’re exhausted  and I wanted to watch a comedy just to keep from being depressed.

I give this 3.5 stars.

Catechism


Q. 92. What does God require of us, that we may escape His wrath and curse, due to us for sin?

A. To escape the wrath and curse of God due to us for sin, God requires of us faith in Jesus Christ, repentance unto life, with the diligent use of all the outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption.

Testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 20:21

Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:30-31

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Acts 17:30

Frenetic Friday


Smiles everyone smiles welcome to Frenetic Friday!

First I’d like to give a shout out to Wes Sorrells who pointed out that I had misspelled one of my categories.  I appreciate all the readers of the blog pointing out when I fat finger something.

And now on with the show.

In the religion department this one is for my friend the Sidekick even though he has become a Reformed Baptist (good choice, excellent choice!) here is five reasons it might be time to leave the PCA:

1) A Failure to Exercise Discipline: In 2007 several ministers who were known advocates of Federal Vision (FV) theology drew up and signed what they called, “A Joint Federal Vision Profession” in which they tried to make clear what advocates of the Federal Vision affirmed and denied regarding doctrines at the heart of the Christian faith. This profession was signed by ministers from the CREC (which has become well known as an FV friendly denomination) as well as several ministers from the PCA including Jeff Meyers, Mark Horne, Steve Wilkins, and Peter Leithart. The question of whether these ministers were FV advocates had never really been in question, but their signatures on the Profession certainly removed all question regarding their FV beliefs.

Read more here

Now some would ask since I’m a Reformed Baptist do I actually have a dog in this fight? I would say yes, as many of my RB brothers would point out in some places in the country finding a Reformed Baptist church is hard to do. Many of us have to find a similar Presbyterian church that holds to what the scripture teaches. So many of us will then go to an OPC or a PCA church. But if the PCA is in a downgrade situation then where can we go? So it is to our own benefit to help our Presbyterian brethren.

In case you didn’t know there has been a remake of Rosemary’s Baby on NBC so I have to ask just how much of a coincidence is it that a Satanist group tried to hold a black mass at Harvard.  Yes the operative word is tried because even though the Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club had scheduled the ritual for Monday they cancelled it and moved it off campus because of “misinterpretations about the nature of the event were harming perceptions about Harvard and adversely impacting the student community.”  I’m sure that it had nothing to do with the sound of John Harvard, the clergyman who bequeathed the original money for the founding of Harvard, turning in his grave.

And last in our religion category we have this: the Ophel inscription.    What is the Ophel inscription? Well it is a series of 3000 year old characters that was found in July in Israel.  Why is this significant?  Well the text suspected to be an early form of southern Hebrew would mean that  the Jewish people inhabited Jerusalem earlier than it is previously believed and that inhabitation would have coincided with the reign of King Solomon.  So these few letters would help prove that Solomon actually existed.  And of course the is heated debate as to whether this shard of pottery does in fact make that true.  But whatever may come from this it is proof that people 3000 years ago were writing where Jerusalem existed.

Turning now to  the realm of politics there is a new film out called Blue (Blue Beats Green) which is an answer to the green politics of the current administration here is the trailer:

Now I haven’t seen the film yet and this was sent to me by a friend whose opinion I respect so if this is playing in your area (and it will be playing in mine) perhaps you’ll take some time to check it out.

And now transitioning from politics to things that make me scratch my head.  Are you a sandwich cookie dunker?  Does nothing thrill you more than opening a package of cookies, twin disks of chocolate separated by creamy frosting, filling up a talk glass of milk (or the equivalent for our lactose intolerant friends) and plunging the cookie into the milk  then transferring said  cookie dripping with milk to your mouth. Have you thought to yourself this would be perfection itself if I didn’t get my fingers wet from the milk?  Friends I have something for you introducing the dipr the ultimate cookie spoon:

You know this is like eating Cheetos with chopsticks yes it keeps your fingers clean but really does it really add to experience of cookies and milk?

And lastly here is another video from our Robotic Overlords showing their ability to play table tennis:

Timo Boll vs KUKA Robot

You just know that Timo Boll has been targeted by our Robotic Overlords for beating their champion.