Friday update

So not to put too fine a point on it but its been a long day at work, no strike that it has been a long week at work.  And while I must work by the sweat of my brow it has been extra sweaty this week.  I hope to have something this Saturday.  Stay tuned. 

Earworm Wednesday: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God ~Matt Boswell

Last Sunday in some churches was Reformation Sunday honoring the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther nailing on the ninty-five theses on All Saints Church in Wittenberg Germany in 1517.  Because of this I thought this version of Luther’s famous hymn would be appropriate for today.

Movie Review: The Philadelphia Story

Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Director: George Cukor
Writers: David Ogden Stewart, Waldo Salt
Cast: Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey, John Howard, Virginia Wiedler, Roland Young, Mary Nash, and John Halliday.

Plot: A Philadelphia socialite, Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn) wedding plans are complicated by the arrival of her ex-husband , C.K. Dexter Haven(Cary Grant) and a tabloid photographer (Ruth Hussey) and reporter (James Stewart) who have crashed the wedding to get exclusive pictures and stories of the event. To make matters worse the socialite’s father (John Halliday) has been involved with a showgirl and the editor of the tabloid threatens to expose the father’s philandering unless they can take pictures of the nuptials.

Complicating matters the presence of C.K. Dexter Haven is causing Tracy to have second thoughts about her upcoming marriage. Mostly because her fiance, George (John Howard), is treating her like a goddess on a pillar, when she wants to be treated like a real woman. The night of the engagement party Tracy drinks too much, for the second time in her life, and ends up with the reporter, Mike (James Stewart) and takes a dip in the pool with him. The cold water and liqueur knocks her out and Mike being a gentleman carries her to her room only to meet George and C.K. Dexter Haven.

George is outraged and to forestall any unpleasantness Dexter punches Mike and knocks him out. The next day with aching heads by many George delivers an ultimatum.
This is in my humble opinion one of the best comedies of the era. Both Grant and Hepburn are sublime in their roles as former spouses who still have love for each other. James Stewart is the perfect sounding board for both of them. Now this was remade into a musical comedy called High Society with Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Celeste Holms. But while I like High Society, especially seeing Louis Armstrong sing and play in the movie, I think the Philadelphia Story is the better movie.

I give this movie five stars don’t wait go out and rent it or buy for an excellent movie night.


Q. 56 What do you believe concerning “the forgiveness of sins”?
A.  I believe that God, because of Christ’s atonement, will never hold against me any of my sins nor my sinful nature which I need to struggle against all my life.  Rather, in his grace God grants me the righteousness of Christ to free me forever from judgment.

Ps. 103:3-4, 10, 12; Mic. 7:18-19; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; 1 John 1:7; 2:2
Rom. 7:21-25
John 3:17-18; Rom. 8:1-2

Frenetic Friday Night

Let me extend a welcome to the new readers of the blog.  I am glad you’ve decided to stop by. 

First from PJ Media a bit of science and theology:

And lest you think I am pulling your leg you can read about the experiment here

One further comment on this particular byte of information. It is always easy for those who hold to a materialistic worldview to reduce faith, and belief down to chemical reactions in the brain. What they haven’t done is explain why one set of chemical reactions are more true than another one. There is no right or wrong with chemical reactions they just are. But, Christians see all of us as image bearers of God and belief and faith is a response to the truth of what God has revealed and not just a chemical reaction.

Do you watch reality television? The nothing really “real” about reality television, but there is one that I must confess I’ve watched a time or two. It’s called Chopped. Chef’s are given a basket of ingredients and told to make various courses with the ingredients. And the ingredients usually include something pretty outlandish like butter beans, ostrich egg, and crème de mint. Now make breakfast.

So the Federalist had a recent article about a North Carolina bar holding a fund raiser for Planned Parenthood. The theme? Chopped.

Think about that, a fund raiser for a company whose main purpose is to chop up babies into parts having a theme called “Chopped” it is sickening. Federalist: NC Bar fundraising for Planned Parenthood

And now something completely different.

Have you seen this? This guy builds a house using primitive tools, yes I know that really doesn’t sound too impressive. Well how about he builds a house, a kiln, and makes his own roof tiles, using just primitive tools? You had me at roof tiles.

Now that is reality television. See you next week.

Earworm Wednesday: Alan Doyle ~ Take Us Home

So this tune comes from Alan Doyle’s So Lets Go album. I was introduced to it on the Canadian TV show Republic of Doyle, and no there isn’t any relation to the singer as far as I know. But it’s still rattling around in my head so it seems appropriate that it is the song for today’s earworm.

Balcony curtain slightly open.

OK so this is a late post but I did try to watch  Noah, the Russell Crowe train wreck. It was on my new movies queue on Hulu.  But I have to be honest I could only watch fifteen minutes before I turned it off.  I could feel my blood pressure rise as I watched this fiction being played out and seeing how they used every gnostic source but ignored the original and I was getting angry.  But when Russell Crowe blesses his son using the skin of the snake I said that was enough. 

So Noah is a no. 


Q. 55 What do you understand by “the communion of saints”?
A.  First, that believers one and all, as members of this community, share in Christ and in all his treasures and gifts. Second, that each member should consider it a duty to use these gifts readily and cheerfully for the service and enrichment of the other members.

Rom. 8:32; 1 Cor. 6:17; 12:4-7, 12-13; 1 John 1:3
Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:20-27; 13:1-7; Phil. 2:4-8

Frenetic Friday Night

Buckle up boys its going to be a bumpy ride.

It’s past due for a Religion of Peace update.

From October 1st’s Christian Aid Mission  comes the report of eleven Christian aid workers and one twelve year old boy near Aleppo Syria were crucified and beheaded by ISIS.

The indigenous missionaries were not required to stay at their ministry base in a village near Aleppo, Syria; rather, the ministry director who trained them had entreated them to leave.

They stayed because they believed they were called to share Christ with those caught in the crossfire, he said.

“Every time we talked to them,” the director said, “they were always saying, ‘We want to stay here – this is what God has told us to do. This is what we want to do.’ They just wanted to stay and share the gospel.”

The relatives said ISIS militants on Aug. 7 captured the Christian workers in a village whose name is withheld for security reasons. On Aug. 28, the militants asked if they had renounced Islam for Christianity. When the Christians said that they had, the rebels asked if they wanted to return to Islam. The Christians said they would never renounce Christ.

The 41-year-old team leader, his young son and two ministry members in their 20s were questioned at one village site where ISIS militants had summoned a crowd. The team leader presided over nine house churches he had helped to establish. His son was two months away from his 13th birthday.

In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam. When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion.

Eight other ministry team members, including two women, were taken to another site in the village that day (Aug. 28) and were asked the same questions before a crowd. The women, ages 29 and 33, tried to tell the ISIS militants they were only sharing the peace and love of Christ and asked what they had done wrong to deserve the abuse. The Islamic extremists then publicly raped the women, who continued to pray during the ordeal, leading the ISIS militants to beat them all the more furiously.

As the two women and the six men knelt before they were beheaded, they were all praying.

“Villagers said some were praying in the name of Jesus, others said some were praying the Lord’s prayer, and others said some of them lifted their heads to commend their spirits to Jesus,” the ministry director said. “One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, ‘Jesus!'”

After they were beheaded, their bodies were hung on crosses, the ministry director said, his voice breaking. He had trained all of the workers for their evangelistic ministry, and he had baptized the team leader and some of the others.  {read more here}

And now a word from a heretic:  From the Christian Post Joel Osteen says to stop debating with people who aren’t Christian.  {here}

But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 1Peter 3:15  Yeah that whole Word of God thing just doesn’t work for Joel.

In other news James White has just finished up over 150 debates this last one with some Muslim debaters on the Qur’an and the Bible {here}

So who do you think is doing what the Word of God says, Joel or James?

In a developing news police raid the home of an abortionist in West Bloomfield, Michigan and find what appears to be baby body parts in fourteen containers in his home.  The abortionist was performing abortions in his home and perhaps the homes of his customers.  This shows his lack of care for the mothers of the aborted children as the lack of sanitation in the homes could have also killed the mothers.  {here}

Do you read Matt Walsh?  He is a Roman Catholic and he writes interesting things at the Blaze network.  Recently he wrote this:

No, Christianity Should Not ‘Welcome’ or ‘Include’ Your Sinful Lifestyle

In it he talks about a letter he received from a homosexual who berated him for his attitude regarding the sin of homosexuality and how wonderful it is that more churches are now including his “lifestyle” and getting on board with the LGBTQ agenda.

Matt makes a great point showing that coming to Christianity means leaving behind your life of sin.  The Word of God makes this even clearer:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,  nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.  Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God  1Corinthians 6:9-11 (NASB) Emphasis mine

See there were the LGBQT people in the church, but they left behind their sin in response to the Gospel which changed their lives.  They didn’t stay in their “lifestyle”, or shall we call it what it is sin,  they repented of it, repentance means that you changed <past tense> your mind,  you now think differently because you now have the mind of Christ in you (1Cor.2:16).  This changed perception sees sin for what it is and why we as washed, sanctified, and justified people can’t go back to it as a way of living because it isn’t life at all it is death .  And since we are no longer dead in sin, we need to alive in Christ and dead to sin.  And this is done through the Gospel, the Gospel saves us, the Gospel changes us, and the makes us alive.  And with that I bid you good night.