Earworm Wednesday: Jars of Clay ~ Road to Nowhere (Talking Heads Cover)


Road to Nowhere from the 1985 Little Creatures by Talking Heads David Bryne said that this song was meant to present a “resigned even joyful look at doom.  At our deaths and at the apocalypse”.

Always the life of the party that guy. 

However, Jars of Clay do a great job covering this song and so for your enjoyment The Road to Nowhere.

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Book Review: The Name Quest by John Avery


Pastor John Avery asked that I review his book the Name Quest over a month ago and I have to apologize because I meant to finish the book sooner than I did. So sorry Pastor Avery this was meant to be up much sooner.

Now I don’t personally know PastorJohn Avery so here is his bio from his web page namesforgod.net

John Avery is a trained teacher with over thirty years experience as a Bible teaching pastor, small group leader, and missionary. He has lived in England, Israel, Africa, and the Caribbean, ministering with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and local churches. He and his wife, Janet, now make their home in Oregon. John likes to hike, snowshoe, and cross country ski.

As far as I can tell and from reading this book Pastor Avery isn’t a Reformed Baptist/Particular Baptist we would probably disagree regarding soteriology which is fine if I just read books from people I agreed with I would never had read Martin Luther, or B.B. Warfield because they are both paedobaptists.

In the Name Quest John Avery looks at the various names and titles of God and then explains how they reveal the attributes of God’s character. There are twenty-three chapters plus a prologue and an epilogue plus end notes and resources. And while this is written for a popular audience it doesn’t mean that this is light fair. Pastor Avery goes in depth with each name or title.

The book is basically divided by the Old Testament’s names of God and the name of Jesus and his titles. And I think this is a natural split and works well.

Now I have to be a little nit picky here Pastor Avery uses a technique that I don’t care for and that is taking the same passage and using different versions of the bible to get the meaning of the word. I first saw this done by Rick Warren in his purpose driven life book. I didn’t care for it then, and I didn’t like it in this book but unlike Warren’s book where he tries to make the scripture fit his views Pastor Avery uses it showing the different meanings of the Greek or Hebrew word. I personally think that just using a good Greek or Hebrew lexicon and sticking to one version for quoting is better.

If you are interested in a study on the names and titles of God this would be a good starting study on them.

Catechism


Q. 35 What does it mean that he “was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary”?
A.  That the eternal Son of God, who is and remains true and external God, took to himself, through the working of the Holy Spirit, from the flesh and blood of the virgin Mary, a truly human nature so that he might become David’s true descendant, like his brothers in every way except for sin.

John 1:1; 10:30-36; Acts 13:33 (Ps. 2:7); Col. 1:15-17; 1John 5:20
Luke 1:35
Matt. 1:18-23; John 1:14; Gal. 4:4; Heb. 2:14
2Sam. 7:12-16; Ps. 132:11; Matt. 1:1; Rom. 1:3
Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:17
Heb. 4:15; 7:26-27

Q. 36 How does the holy conception and birth of Christ benefit you?
A.  He is our mediator, and with his innocence and perfect holiness he removes from God’s sight my sin–mine since I was conceived.

1Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 9:13-15
Rom. 8:3-4; 2Cor. 5:21; Gal. 4:5-5; 1Pet. 1:18-19

Movie Review: Terminator Genisys



Producer: David Ellis on, Dana Goldberg
Director: Alan Taylor
Writer: Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier, and others
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons, Matt Smith
Plot:  Kyle Reese is sent back to the past to save John Connor’s mother, Sarah Connors,  only as he transports back to the past he sees what appears to be a terminator attacking John Connor.  When the terminator arrives he is met by another terminator much older that proceeds to tear him apart and Kyle runs into  a terminator a T-1000 liquid metal terminator and Sarah Connors arrives to say that immortal line “Come with me if you want to live!” Yes folks we’ve screwed with the time line again hang onto your product placement shoes it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

First of all I went with some friends to see this and it was the general consensus of all of us that the trailers made it look like it was better than it could be.  And we were pleasantly surprised when the movie turned out better than it should have been.  Arnold is enjoying himself in that movie especially when he says, “I’m old not obsolete” followed by what is supposed to be a grin but is in fact a grimace.   I may have to get a shirt silk screened with that slogan.   And while Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney are OK in the role first played by Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn, I only have one nit pick.

In this version of the time line the terminator was sent back when Sarah Connors was seven years old.  Let me say that again seven years old.  So this Sarah Connors has been trained by this T-800 for say a minimum of eleven years.  I really expect to see someone who looks like she could do the ninja warrior obstacle blindfolded.  Someone who looks like this:

Unfortunately we don’t get somebody that has trained most of their life to be an underground solder against we get a pleasantly curved young woman who looks like she is going to the prom after all of this is over.  This is my one major nitpick with the entire movie.

Other than that not too unhappy with story, it’s a time travel story and one caveat with all time travel stories is that there is always going to be something they will have gotten wrong.  Once you accept that you can enjoy the movie.  And I would say you can enjoy this movie, lot of action, maybe a little too much computer graphic scenes but not really too bad.  And the actors play off Arnold well.

Regarding families there is some nudity, non-frontal, swearing, fantasy violence with people being killed.  But it isn’t a splatter fest.  My rating for this is three stars go see it at a matinée.

 

Catechism


Q. 33 Why is he called God’s “only Son” when we also are God’s children?
A. Because Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God. We, however, are adopted children of God–adopted by grace through Christ.
John 1:1-3, 14, 18; Heb. 1
John 1:12; Rom. 8:14-17; Eph. 1:5-6

Q. 34. Why do you call him “our Lord”?
A. Because–not with gold or silver, but with his precious blood—- he has set us free from sin and from the tyranny of the devil, and has bought us, body and soul, to be his very own.
1Pet. 1:18-19
Col 1:13-14; Heb. 2:14-15
1Cor. 6:20; 1Tim. 2:5-6

Frenetic Friday on a Saturday!


So four days ago this video was posted.

Of course the American Holocaust has made Reichsführer-SS Himmler and Reichsmarschall Göring look like pikers with 56 million abortions since Roe v Wade but even they would be impressed by the ingenuity of the leaders of the holocaust.  After all the best they could do was the dental commandos who pried the gold out of the teeth of the murdered Jews just before their bodies were incinerated.  However R. C. Sproul Jr. has said it best:

As horrible as that might be, the reality is that before this video was taken and despite what I described the real horror was that babies are being killed. We get up in arms when we see stories like this one. We get up in arms when we hear about Kermit Gosnell. We get up in arms when we hear that 90% of all children diagnosed as suffering from Down syndrome will be aborted. We get horrified at sex selection abortion; this kind of abortion, that kind of abortion; abortion in this context or abortion in that context. But we don’t get horrified by abortion itself. The hue and cry, the hair on fire response of conservatives over this latest atrocity, in my judgment, is further evidence that we have completely forgotten the real atrocity.

It’s not the harvesting of parts, it’s not the selling of parts. It’s killing babies; that is where the horror is. But if you’re like me all of your social media feeds are filled with all of the angst about this horror. And when I politely point out, as is my want – it is not the first time I’ve made this point, but when I make the case, “hey, what are you screaming about this for? Where were you last week when body parts were simply thrown away instead of sold, as far as we knew?” And I get the response, “oh, maybe this will wake people up. Maybe this will change things.”

If killing babies doesn’t change things, selling their parts won’t; eating their parts won’t. Babies are being killed and with them our consciences. That is why we get upset about this instead of because of the real horror-because we have gotten used to the murder of the unborn; because we have allowed our rhetoric, our politics, our media to forget that babies are being murdered.

In politics President Obama has brokered a deal with Iran regarding their making of nuclear weapons.  Supposedly this will keep Iran from making a nuclear weapon for ten years.  I’m not saying it’s not worth the paper it is written on but when the Religion of Peace (ROP here after) has such concepts as hiyal, taqiya, and kitman in it all just say I remain a cynic on their promises.  However, that is not what I want to talk about.  Pastor Saeed Abedini an Iranian Muslim turned Christian who left his country in 2005 because of religious persecution.  In 2009 he returned to Iran to visit his family and was arrested but released with the proviso that he could only return to Iran for non-sectarian humanitarian aid.  In 2012 he returned to again visit his family and to continue his work on build an orphanage in the city of Rasht.  He was then arrested and convicted his crime was he “undermined the Iranian government by creating a network of Christian house churches and … attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam.”  On May 11 the Senate of the United States passed a resolution (90 to 0) that called on Iran to release of not only Pastor Abedni but also Amir Hekmati, and Jason Rezaian imprisoned in Iran.  And so what has President Obama done about this?  Nothing.

If you haven’t checked out Fred Butler’s blog Hip and Thigh your missing out.  I’ve been a faithful reader for a long time and although I disagree with his dispensational hermeneutic he is very insightful.  He’s recently posted links to a series of messages by Don Green of Truth Community Church regarding the Bible and Homosexuality that will be worth your time to listen.  Click the church link to go to the messages.

And now a word or two from our Robotic Over Lords.

A while back I saw a 3D printer that basically prints out a house from cement but that is a just a goldbricker (pun intended) when it comes to this robot that can make a brick house in minutes.

And now in this corner we have the first real Mecha ever built Suidobashi’s Kuratas.

And the challenger MegaBots Mark II.

The makers of the Marl II has issued a challenge to Suidobashi a fight to the death between the two robots in one years time.  Agreed said Suidobashi’s CEO Kogoro Kurata but this isn’t going to be large gun battle this will be a hand to hand melee knocking each other to scrap parts.  So next year it’s on!

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this special edition of Frenetic Friday (on a Saturday) regular posting will commence Monday.

 

Theology Thursday: Random and Sporadic


Greetings, Keachfan readers!

I apologize for the seemingly sporadic and random appearance of this once-weekly feature, “Theology Thursday.” I have had to take a job as an over-the-road trucker, much to my dismay. The hours are random, finding Internet access is equally random, and the schedule is impossible to predict. I always have my bible handy, but I don’t carry the library of commentaries, concordance, interlinear Greek New Testament, etc. So writing decent articles about theology is unlikely while I’m out on the road. But I have had a period of profound spiritual growth under these “awful” circumstances in spite of fighting the Lord on this with bitter tears. Read about it here.

This week, though, I want to make readers of this blog aware of a little-known but sorely needed and vitally important ministry to truckers – a group that is associated with the lowest rung on the social ladder. Today truckers are considered scuzballs; the lowest and dirtiest and least desirable people, just as the tax gatherers and harlots were in Jesus’ time. And just as the Lord reached out especially to the lowest of the low, who are humble if nothing else, so truckers are a ripe field for harvest!

There are probably dozens of “trucker’s chaplain” ministries, and most are independent works, a few are done by local churches, and one seems to stand out from the rest because they have high standards for their chaplains, all of whom are trained and serve under supervision and there is an accountability that is not to be found in most of its sister ministries. It’s a non-denominational ministry exclusively dedicated to the trucking industry called Transport For Christ, and it has some unique aspects:

They use actual chapels on wheels, not just conducting Sunday services in the “driver’s lounge” at some truck stops. This allows a full-time chaplain and a staff of volunteers and chaplains-in-training to serve the trucking community at all hours:

That by itself is huge! What it means for a trucker is that this isn’t just some guy who calls himself a preacher showing up to interrupt truckers trying to watch a Sunday ball game so he can put on a little show and pass an offering plate. This might be someone who actually cares! The ministry is not at the mercy of the truck stop management to limit times and scope of services and other ministry. They can conduct services in a chapel made for the purpose, but beyond “church services,” the full-time staff offers the meat-and-potatoes stuff like bible-based counseling, prayer, and long-term discipleship.

Full-time salaried chaplains who oversee volunteer assistants and chaplains-in-training. Many of these chaplains are former truckers themselves, and several are seminary-trained. They answer to a board that functions kinda sorta like a presbytery. They investigate complaints, maintain standards of doctrine and practice, and provide resources, training, and support to the chaplains and volunteers.

Every chapel is identical, so each visit, no matter where it is located, feels like “home.” These mobile chapters are designed and built by ministry-minded craftsmen and include office space, sleeper-sofa, counseling space, and of course, a chapel:

A trucker might find “chapel services” available from God-only-knows who, offering who-knows-what. I have been to one that was a wildly Charismatic celebration of clanging brass and tinkling cymbals where the so-called “worship” paid no homage to Christ, nor was His gospel proclaimed at all. I walked out. If I want to be entertained I’ll go to Disney World. It’s better than such pretense. I now look for the mobile chapel when choosing a stop on a weekend.

And I think I’ll look a little deeper into this particular work, some day perhaps to play a role in it. After some further investigation of course, this one looks like something I could ask my church to get behind. My home town is getting a brand new chapel soon from this ministry (a chaplain is already in place) and the support of local churches is absolutely vital. It is also the role of the local churches in each trucker’s home town to do the hard ongoing work of discipling those who are won to Christ in these chapels and sent to local churches for follow-up.

I would love to hear from readers of this blog who may already be familiar with this ministry.

Until next time,
Robin

Earworm Wednesday: God be Merciful to Me


I posted on Monday that the blog posts would be sparse as I had some family issues. Well I’ve decided to share with you what happened. Monday I got a call from my son telling me that the house that he lived in was on fire. He was at work but he could see the flames from his work. The fire department was there but the building was a loss they were just trying to keep it from spreading. My son was devastated as his cat was in the house and it looked like he had lost him to the flames. However, later as my son was looking over the damage he found his cat and the vet said that he is a miracle because there is no trace of smoke inhalation or burns on him!

So I was thinking on all this , on the mercy and grace of God, and how he kept my son safe from the fire not only him but everyone that lived there. And I realized that I didn’t think to thank God for this gift he gave me, that I have my son, that he is alive, and that it is more than I deserve.