Catechism


Q. 107. What is the Lord’s Supper?

A. The Lord’s Supper is a holy ordinance, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine, according to Christ’s appointment, His death is showed forth, and the worthy receivers are, not after a corporeal and carnal manner, but by faith, made partakers of His body and blood, with all His benefits, to their spiritual nourishment, and growth in grace.

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,  and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26

The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?
1 Corinthians 10:16

Frenetic Friday


 

So here it is once again Friday and another frenetic post coming at you at the speed of hunt and peck.

  • So have you heard of the sailing stones of Death Valley?  They are rocks which mysteriously move through no observable means.  Well until now read about how an engineer, some GPS tracked rocks and time lapsed camera solved it.  Mystery of Death Valley sailing stones.
  • I was pointed to this list of 55 essential movies your child must see before they turn thirteen.  Now let me state right now I don’t believe there is an essential movie much less a collection of them necessary for any pre-teen  to see.  In reality I’d rather see a pre-teen read a certain list of books rather than movies.  However, there are some classics in the list although I question a pre-teen seeing Some Like it Hot, and some contemporary films that are quite good.  But you the parent should decide.
  • Recently Victoria Osteen in a church(?) service stated that we should do good for our own self not for the sake of God.  Of course the catechism (Q.2) teaches we do all things for God’s glory and to enjoy God.  But you know I think Bill Cosby said it best
  • The former psychiatrist-in-chief for John Hopkins, Dr. Paul R. McHugh, in the wall street opinion page of June 12, 2014 says that “reassignment” surgery isn’t the answer for people that have body dismorphic disorder in fact it may be the worst thing.  Read more here.
  • The Witherspoon Institute has an interesting article about how as Christian Churches  support same sex marriage  their views on pornography, polygamy, cohabitation, adultery, hook ups, and abortion also change over time.  Here is chart based on seven questions asked both gay and lesbians who attend church and gays and lesbians who do not attend church.  As well as those that oppose same sex marriage.to read more of the article go here
  • In Robotic Over Lord news meet Jibo the worlds first family robot.    Don’t know about you but the insidiousness of our Robotic Over Lords is obvious to me make them cute, make them precious, make your family love them.  THEN IT BEGINS!
  • And that is it folks enjoy the weekend.

Earworm Wednesday: Bittersweet Symphony~Danny Jones


I know, I may have done the ultimate here, a cover of a cover of cover.  How so you may ask?  Well first Andrew Oldham Orchestra covered the Rolling  Stones song The Last Time converting it to a orchestral version. (First Cover)  The Verve sampled the main theme and sang over it their unique lyrics. (Second Cover) Then we have here Danny Jones of McFly giving it his own treatment. (Third Cover) Enjoy.

Movie Review: God’s Not Dead


Director:  Harold Cronk

Writers: Cary Solomon, Chuck Konzelman

Based on: God’s Not Dead: Evidence For God In An Age Of Uncertainty
by Rice Broocks

Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Dean Cain, David A.R. White, Shane Harper, Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson, and the Newsboys.

I have one big problem with Christian films, and it isn’t that they are Christian rather it is production quality.  So when I saw that this had been produced by Pure Flix  I set myself for disappointment as many films produced by Pure Flix has, and I am being kind here, are at worst high school performances filmed by doting parents and at best a made for t.v. movie.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that God’s Not Dead actually had better than expected production values.  But unfortunately that didn’t help the story.  Or perhaps I should say stories because there isn’t just one story here there is about six.  And I understand that the film was made because of various different court cases

The primary story is about a university student (Shane Harper) who challenges his teacher’s (Kevin Sorbo) ascertain that since God is dead everyone in the class must write that down and sign it to pass his class.

Then there is the pastor and his missionary friend who are trying to go on vacation but every time they try the car quits working.

And the liberal blogger  who confronts Willie and Korie Robertson about putting their faith on television only to learn that she has cancer.

And the reporter’s boyfriend who dumps her when he learns of her cancer (that is a contract breaker) only to visit his senile mother who in the midst of her dementia gives a clear warning against not getting right with God only to fall back into her dementia.

The young Arab girl who becomes a Christian and is discovered by her family and thrown out of the house.

And last but certainly not least the girlfriend of the professor who is a Christian and suffers his belittling treatment in front of the rest of his atheist friends.

This is artificially all interwoven together so as to appear to be the working of God’s providence and believe me this is forced.

This is a mess, really, if this was to encourage Christians to study apologetics there are better ways of doing it.  I especially dislike the concept that we get to put God on trial as to prove His reality and that somehow people are neutral and all it takes is the right evidence to sway a person into believing in God.  Frankly I’ve yet to meet neutral university students all come with some presuppositions.  Also the evidence presented in the movie doesn’t prove the Christian God it proves a generic Theistic god that isn’t the God of the bible.

I give this movie 1.5 stars out of 5.

Catechism


Q. 106. What is the invisible church?

A. The invisible church is the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ the head.

as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.  Ephesians 1:10

And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Ephesians 1:22-23

And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
John 10:16

and not for the nation only, but also to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.
John 11:52

(Eph. 1:10; 1:22,23; John 10:16; 11:52)

Frenetic Friday


Everybody is talking about Michael Brown’s killing there is a lot of discussion on both conservative and liberal regarding what to do.  However, I think another Michael Brown has some excellent points.

Five Obvious Lessons From Ferguson, MO

Like many Americans, I have carefully followed the news from Ferguson, MO involving the tragic shooting of an 18-year-old African American, with the notable exception that he carries my name. And so, every day, I’m reading about the shooting of Michael Brown and the death of Michael Brown and the autopsy of Michael Brown, all of which reminds me of the very real loss of life involved.

As I reflect on what is happening in Ferguson and interact with callers to my radio show, there are five obvious lessons to be learned. Read more here

And while violence has been going on here in America in Iraq ISIL (or ISIS) has murdered a reporter that was kidnapped in 2012 and threatens to kill another here is something that must be seen:

Too often when murders like this happen we go to extremes and lump everyone who is Islamic under one big umbrella at that point we have become what we most despise.

In Australia in an open letter to the Australian Education Minister Dr. David van Gend questions whether there is really a gay bullying plague in schools.  Citing a 2003 study done in the UK where  “they found no increase bullying of gay men compared to heterosexual men.”  It went on to say “there are many reasons to be bullied at school – for being too smart, too dumb; too fat, too weak; or for being “gay” even when you are not gay.”  Read more here

Speaking of atheists Richard Dawkins a prominent atheist decided to really endear himself to the parents of down syndrome children by saying this in twitter:

When outrage erupted because of this Dawkins claimed that his view was “very civilized”  because fetuses don’t have “human feelings”.  You know I love when they switch to Latin in an effort to obfuscate  their meaning.  But here is something, fetus is Latin for baby.  So let’s rewrite that sentence.  When outrage erupted because of this Dawkins claimed that his view was “very civilized” because babies don’t have “human feelings.”   My only question is who really doesn’t have “human feelings” here?

Switching to technology have you heard of the app called Ignore No More?  A Houston mom created it after her child ignored her phone calls and texts.  The app works by locking the child’s phone if they don’t respond to the calls or texts of the parent.  If the phone becomes locked the child has a list of contacts he can call to unlock his phone but while it is locked texting, game playing, surfing the internet is gone.  Although calling 911 will always be allowed.

Speaking of phones, selfies can kill you case in point a Polish couple fell off a cliff and into the ocean while taking a selfie of themselves.  Just put down the phone and back away from the cliff, please.

And at Adam4d we have the great bible translation debate.

Take a look it is a lot of fun.

Last but not least what happens when you have too much time on your hands?  You build your own set of air powered Wolverine claws.

Good night!