Earworm Wednesday: Land of Confusion ~ Jars of Clay


One of my favorite songs covered by Jars of Clay.  So enjoy.

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Catechism


Q. 53 What do you believe concerning “the Holy Spirit”?
A.  First, he, as well as the Father and the Son, is eternal God.  Second, he has been given to me personally, so that, by true faith, he makes me share in Christ and all his blessings, comforts me, and remains with me forever.

Gen. 1:1-2; Matt. 28:19; Acts 5:3-4
1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Gal. 4:6
Gal. 3:14
John 15:26; Acts 9:31
John 14:16-17; 1 Pet. 4:14

Frenetic Friday


Lurching from the Stygian depths lurches the behemoth known as Frenetic Friday.

And now for some theology:

4. The Lord Jesus Christ is the head of the church. By the Father’s appointment, all authority is conferred on him in a supreme and sovereign manner to call, institute, order and govern the church.7  The Pope of Roman Catholicism cannot in any sense be head of the church; rather, he is the antichrist, the man of lawlessness, and the son of destruction, who exalts himself in the church against Christ and all that is called God. The Lord will destroy him with the brightness of his coming.8
7Colossians 1:18; Matthew 28:18–20; Ephesians 4:11, 12. 82 Thessalonians 2:2–9. London Baptist Confession Chapter 26 section 4.

This is from the London Baptist Confession of 1689 the confession that I prescribe to, keep in mind this isn’t an attack on Jorge Mario Bergoglio rather it is regards the office of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church as an anti-Christian institution and not in keeping with scripture.

Dr. White had more to say on this:

Have you seen this meme?

John Bugay explains how this popular Pope Francis Meme trashes the bible.

And now for something completely different.

Do you remember the Buzz Feed video “I am a Christian but…”  Those wacky guys over at Lutheran Satire have come up with their own take on that video take a look:

And now this disturbing news from the New York Times:

U.S. Soldiers are being instructed to ignore the sexual abuse of young boys by Afghan Police officers who abduct boys and sexually abuse them.

KABUL, Afghanistan — In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.

Read more here

What is even more heinous is where the article refers to how two soldiers brought up these accounts to their superior officers and were told to look the other way.  When they could no longer do so and took upon themselves to physically demonstrate to an officer what would happen to him if he continued to abuse the young boy.  The military responded by removing the soldiers from Afghanistan and from their careers in the military.  Is this justice?

And this brings and end to this week’s Frenetic Friday.

Catechism


Q. 50 Why the next words: “and is seated at the right hand of God”?
A. Christ ascended to heaven, there to show that he is head of his church, and that the Father rules all things through him.

Eph. 1:20-23; Col. 1:18
Matt. 28:18; John 5:22-23

Q. 51 How does this glory of Christ our head benefit us?
A. First, through his Holy Spirit he pours out his gifts from heaven upon us his members. Second, by his power he defends us and keeps us safe from all enemies.

Acts 2:33; Eph. 4:7-12
Ps. 110:1-2; John 10:27-30; Rev. 19:11-16

Q. 52 How does Christ’s return “to judge the living and the dead” comfort you?
A. In all my distress and persecution I turn my eyes to the heavens and confidently await as judge the very One who has already stood trial in my place before God and so has removed the whole curse from me. All his enemies and mine he will condemn to everlasting punishment: but me and all his chosen ones he will take along with him into the joy and the glory of heaven.

Luke 21:28; Rom. 8:22-25; Phil. 3:20-21; Tit. 2:13-14
Matt. 25:31-46; 2 Thess. 1:6-10

Earworm Wednesday: Incubus Paint it Black (Stones Cover)


You may have noticed that there wasn’t a movie review this week it is because I am writing one for Credo Covenant this week where I examine the Hobbit trilogy of movies.

However, not wanting to neglect this blog I decided to find a cover of a Rolling Stones song.  I must admit that I like Carl Trueman have a fondness for the Stones and I will on rare occasions will have them playing in my vehicle much to the chagrin of younger passengers that may be riding along. 

Here is Incubus playing Paint it Black enjoy.

Catechism


Q. 46 What do you mean by saying, “He ascended to heaven”?
A.  That Christ, while his disciples watched, was lifted up from the earth to heaven and will be there for our good until he comes again to judge the living and the dead.

Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9-11
Rom. 8:34; Eph. 4:8-10; Heb. 7:23-25; 9:24
Acts 1:11

Q. 47 But isn’t Christ with us until the end of the world as he promised us?
A.  Christ is truly human and truly God. In his human nature Christ is not now on earth; but in his divinity, majesty, grace, and Spirit he is not absent from us for a moment.

Matt. 28:20
Acts 1:9-11; 3:19-21
Matt. 28:18-20; John 14:16-19

Q. 48 If his humanity is not present wherever his divinity is, then aren’t the two natures of Christ separated from each other?
A.  Certainly not. Since divinity is not limited and is present everywhere, it is evident that Christ’s divinity is surely beyond the bounds of the humanity he has taken on, but at the same time his divinity is in and remains personally united to his humanity.

Jer. 23:23-24; Acts 7:48-49 (Isa. 66:1)
John 1:14; 3:13; Col. 2:9

Q. 49 How does Christ’s ascension to heaven benefit us?
A.  First, he pleads our cause in heaven in the presence of his Father.  Second, we have our own flesh in heaven–a guarantee that Christ our head will take us, his members, to himself in heaven.  Third, he sends his Spirit to us on earth as a further guarantee. By the Spirit’s power we make the goal of our lives, not earthly things, but the things above where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand.

Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1
John 14:2; 17:24; Eph. 2:4-6
John 14:16; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5
Col. 3:1-4

Frenetic Friday


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Fourteen years, and the nation is never going to be the same, never forget.

And under politics we have a few people criticizing Kim Davis saying that she violated the rule of law. Well not being a lawyer, nor the son of a lawyer I went to the law dictionary to find out what this means. Here is the definition:

The rule of law is an ambiguous term that can mean different things in different contexts. In one context the term means rule according to law. No individual can be ordered by the government to pay civil damages or suffer criminal punishment except in strict accordance with well-established and clearly defined laws and procedures. In a second context the term means rule under law. No branch of government is above the law, and no public official may act arbitrarily or unilaterally outside the law. In a third context the term means rule according to a higher law. No written law may be enforced by the government unless it conforms with certain unwritten, universal principles of fairness, morality, and justice that transcend human legal systems.

Joe Rigney at The Federalist has ten questions for those who bring up the rule of law and Kim Davis.

There’s much talk of late about Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. She actually stopped issuing all marriage licenses, to avoid the charge of discrimination. She’s now out of jail, although it’s possible she’ll be sent back.

Among those who are sympathetic to her plight and the religious-liberty implications of the case, many (if not most) still think her decision to refuse to issue licenses was wrong.

For example, Russell Moore and Andrew Walker carefully distinguish between private actors (like bakers and florists) and agents of the state. The former should be allowed to refuse participation in a gay wedding, while the latter, when faced with the prospect of violating their sincere religious beliefs, should seek accommodation from the state, and, failing that, should resign. Others who agree with this principle include Eric Teetsel and Rod Dreher (Dreher mentions others in his post).

For all of these commentators, Davis’s refusal to issue the licenses is a radical move that threatens the rule of law and our fundamental constitutional order. Conservatives, they argue, rightly object when government officials refuse to perform their duties (see here and here). Therefore, we ought not join them in similar lawlessness. (Breakpoint has collected a bunch of additional reactions here.)

I respect many of the men making these arguments. Some of them are good friends. But I have some questions about this framing of the issue. Read the rest here…

And when you are done with that read about the Shadrach Option over at Desiring God again by Joe Rigney.

This next one I am putting under Theology.

Here is the words to an African American hymn called Woke Up This Morning

Woke up this mornin’ with my mind,
my mind was stayed on Jesus.
Woke up this mornin’ with my mind,
my mind was stayed on Jesus.
Woke up this mornin’ with my mind,
my mind was stayed on Jesus.
Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah.

No condemnation with my mind,
my mind was stayed on Jesus.
No condemnation with my mind,
my mind was stayed on Jesus.
No condemnation with my mind,
my mind was stayed on Jesus.
Hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah.

Now here is a little something from Voices from the Heart a women’s alternative chorus:

Yes they replaced Jesus name with Hillary Clinton’s name. So they are giving worship to Hillary instead of to the Lord God Almighty. What you seeing of course is a fleshing out of Romans 1:25.

because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

HT: Mark Lamprecht

Speaking of God Adam4d.com makes wonderful cartoons that tweak the nose of the cuddley-wuddley Christians and their Red Letter Jesus take a minute
And read his God of the Old Testament

God of the Old Testament

So this has been a busy week for things that make me go WHAT?

Case in point this BuzzFeed video:

Now thankfully Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist has written this article:

5 Most Cringeworthy Problems With BuzzFeed’s Viral ‘I’m Christian, But I’m Not’ Video

However this video has caused a twitter hastag under that same title.  However, saner heads have surfaced with the hastag #Iamachristianso such as #IamaChristian so I treat the Word of God as inspired.

And yes we have another Robotic Over Lords alert here is a little something for arachniphobes and robophobes.