Earworm Wednesday: Tis Not That I Choose Thee ~Lori Sealy


Today’s Earworm is a song about the sovereign grace and mercy of the Lord.

Written by Josiah Conder and based on John 15:16 and 1John 4:19 this hymn can be found in a variety of hymnals including Lutheran, Baptist, and the Trinity Hymnal [(rev. ed.) #471]

The artist sing this hymn is Lori Sealy click on the link will take you to her home page and you can learn more about her there.

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Christmas Rom Coms A Rant


It’s that time again. While there is still cranberry sauce left in the refrigerator, the manipulators of entertainment has thrown their switch marked Christmas and has released the winter rom-coms.

Now a rom-com for those who were still blissfully ignorant is short for romantic comedy. And while rom-coms can occur at any season the winter rom-coms, especially the Christmas ones, seem to have a particular style. Something my youngest girl remarked on and got me to thinking.

So let’s lay out the style.

  • You are introduced to the desired male. This can be a soldier, a prince, or just some likable Joe.
  • You get to meet the woman. She can be a small town girl, rich heiress, or just a business woman.
  • You meet the wrong man. This is the boyfriend/fiancée of the woman and is so obviously wrong for her.
  • The supporting cast. These are various parents, relatives, friends, and townsfolk that surround either the woman or the desired male.

Now the story typically goes like this: The desired male is traveling through or working in the town where the woman lives or comes to. There is some initial conflict usually involving something like accidentally mistaking his food order for hers and starting eating it. He steals her cab, or even more hilarious accidentally causing her luggage to open and her clothes to splay out over the ground.

This is followed by the desired male doing something that endears him to the parents/friends/townsfolk which of course puts them on his side.

The desired male then is thrown into contact with the woman either by working with her or by the parents/friends/relatives/townsfolk bringing them together. Usually this is when the boyfriend/fiancée appears and you see how wrong he is for the woman and how much he needs to be gone from her life.

And the wrap up the boyfriend/fiancée has been dropped and she now moves on with her new love.

So let’s think about this for a minute. What we have here basically is someone unknown to the parents who intrudes into their daughter’s life and then causes her to throw off the man to whom she’s committed to be in a covenant with God. So what does this say about commitment let alone marriage?

Not only that but what does this teach our daughters about what they should expect for mates? Isn’t this promoting the “some day my prince will come” view?

And yet we are fed this “entertainment” every Christmas. Peace on earth throw your fiancée to the side. Let’s go after the guy with the leather jacket and motorcycle. Hallelujah!

So do yourself a favor turn off the rom-coms this Christmas.

Catechism


Q. Then I am not like to have many companions if I thus young begin to serve God, am I?

A. ‘Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it’ (Matt 7:14). Yet somecompanions you will have. David counted himself a
companion of all them that love God’s testimonies (Psa 119:63). All the godly, though grey-headed, will be your companions; yes, and
you shall have either one or more of the angels of God in heaven to attend on, and minister for you (Matt 18:10).

Q. But I am like to be slighted, and despised by other little children, if I begin already to serve God, am I not?

A. If children be so rude as to mock the prophets and ministers of God, no marvel if they also mock you; but it is a poor heaven that is not worth enduring worse things than to be mocked for the seeking and obtaining of (2 Kings 2:23,24).

Q. But how should I serve God? I do not know how to worship him.

A. The true worshippers, worship God in spirit and truth
(John 4:24; Phil 3:3).

Insomnia Saturday Night


Well I promised a post and since the voices in my head won’t let me sleep let’s get on with the show.

From a reader of the blog comes a story from Great Britain where in a dispensational horror story a British company wants to insert RIF chips into their employees.

Biohax a swedish firm specializing in this microchip implantation promotes this as an security measure for firms. The British trade union says it is an imposition on the employees right to privacy and is just another way to micromanage the employees by the companies. Note: this technology has already been put to use in the United States. (Source)

Yes we have another Robotic Over Lords story for you tonight.

Meet Habitat by Honestbee:

This Singapore store is completely cashless and is run by robots. Using the honestbee app will allow you access to the store, where you can scan the items that you want into your shopping cart using their app and pay for them there. But wait, there is more this store started out as a grocery delivery store where you shipped via the app and robots packaged your groceries into a recyclable bag. Now the store has expanded to laundromat and eatery. Here is a video of the robots packing up the ordered food.

The robots can process 300 customers an hour! Coming soon to a Walmart near you? Maybe. (Source)

Feminism ruins everything

Does math perpetuate “Unearned White Male Privilege” well according to an Illinois professor it does. Rochelle Gutierrez, from the University of Illinois wrote:

On many levels, mathematics itself operates as Whiteness. Who gets credit for doing and developing mathematics, who is capable in mathematics, and who is seen as part of the mathematical community is generally viewed as White (Source)

And here is the bonus point Rochelle Gutierrez is a math teacher. Think about that as you send your children to university.

And lastly tonight we have an article about a renegade Episcopal Bishop. Ho hum, what’s new you might think. But wait this is different his rebellion is against the Episcopal Church’s new rules.
The Episcopal Church and Western Society have been hijacked by the ‘Gay Rights Agenda,’ which is very well organized, very strategic, very well financed, and very powerful,”The Rev. William Love wrote in the eight-page letter.

The Episcopal Church is just three weeks, at the time of this article, from finalizing the rules for same sex marriage which would take place on December 2. Love has ordered his diocese not to perform any same sex marriage ceremony.

According to The Rev. Susan Russell, an activist for an inclusive church based in the Los Angeles diocese, Love is the only U.S. bishop refusing to comply with the new resolution.

Certain parishioners gathered outside of St. Andrew’s church in Albany to ceremonially burn Bishop Love’s letter. One lesbian, who said she felt very comfortable at St Andrew’s church said:

You come to a church looking for comfort and love and you’re told that you’re acting in concert with Satan? Anybody who doesn’t fit in with his vision of how things should be is unsafe because of his letter and his actions.

(Source)

William Love Contra Mundum

Good Night.

Earworm Wednesday: I want it that way


Today’s earworm contains a bit of whimsy. My son showed me this video:

Well of course you know what happened. And trust me there is nothing worse than seeing a guy my age singing a Backstreet Boys song badly.

So with that in mind here is Postmodern Jukebox covering the song in their own unique way.

Movie Review Mondays


So being the observent group of individuals that you are you’ve probably notice that it has been awhile since I have posted a movie review.

Well there is a simple reason for this, most of the current crop of movies don’t interest me or are crap. Or skubulon if you prefer a biblical term.

However, that doesn’t preclude me from reviewing older movies something that I have done from time to time. Especially movies from the “golden age” of Hollywood. Which is a completely subjective since my “golden age” probably doesn’t correspond to a professional movie reviewer.

Also I have decided to do a few single sentence reviews every now and then such as:

Of the second season runs of the Netflix/Marvel franchise Daredevil has consistently been the best of all of them and has continued that into the third season.

Now this saves space, lets me be pithy something desired in a blog author or so I have been told.

And with that in mind another bit of pithiness. I noticed that Netflix has the four gospel accounts ( Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John for those of you who go to Joel Osteen’s church) each being a word for word telling from the accounts with a video more or less acting out the words. These are rated TV-14 which I find odd. What is in them that suggests anyone under fourteen needs parental guidance, it could be the brutality of the crucifixion, and the whipping. But judging from what I saw in John I find that hard to believe. Perhaps, it is the words themselves that prompt the rating? Have to think about that.

Lastly I, and most of the internet no doubt, learned that Stan Lee died today. I can’t comment on the status of this man’s soul as he stands now before the righteous Judge. No one can. However, it is worth saying that many a lonely day in my youth was brightened by reading the adventures of Captain America, Hulk, and others. And it was Stan Lee and artists such as Jack “The King” Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John Romita that brought a little joy into my life. Excelsior!

Frenetic Friday


Once again we delve into the unique, the strange, the Frenetic Friday.

Yes we are starting out with two Robotic Over Lords articles tonight.

One is from a few weeks ago:

Does the thought of warm silicone raise your temperature? How about the hum of microprocessors and servos? If this floats your boat and you live in Houston then welcome to the robot brothel!

Yes an entrepreneur from Toronto Canada, who set up a similar brothel where you can rent a sexbot for an hour at a time with a private room doing whatever perverse desire you want. And then return the sexbot for a good cleaning. Wants to do the same thing in Houston. This of course has caused a bit of a row from the more conservative groups but sexbot aren’t considered illegal as technically the sexbot is classified as a “sex toy”. {Source}

Next we travel to distant China where a special recruitment is going on.

The Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) group of teenagers included 27 boys and four girls chosen to train as the world’s youngest AI weapons scientists, according to the BIT website.

Those selected for the “experimental program for intelligent weapons systems” were all under the age of 18 and carefully chosen from a list of 5,000 candidates, the BIT website said.

One BIT professor who was involved in the screening process told the South China Morning Post that candidates needed to be more than just a bright student.

“We are looking for other qualities such as creative thinking, willingness to fight, a persistence when facing challenges,” the BIT professor told the Post, preferring to remain anonymous. {Source}

And now for the weird.

What you are looking at is a pair of boots made to look like ‘human skin’ they cost $10,000 and made by a pair of designers called, and I am not kidding, Fecal Matter, give me a pair of Doc Martens any day. {Source}

Pro-life

And in a win for pro-life Alabama has approved an amendment that declares that an unborn baby has the “right to life”. {Source}

And now for something else.

It seems that besides gender, species, and race there is a new fluidity in the mix: age.

A Dutch, positivity trainer says that he wants to change his birthdate from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969. He says that if gender is fluid than age must be also. Because he doesn’t ‘feel’ 69 he ‘feels’ 49 an so he wants his age to be 49. As he points out at 49 he can get a new house, buy a new car, take up a new job. However, he is getting some push back from the judges who doesn’t see a legal precedent for changing one’s birthdate.

{Source}

And last something brilliant from Lutheran Satire:

Earworm Wednesday: Daydream Believer Celtic Dance Remix


No I haven’t lost my ever loving mind. I want to state that from the beginning. As I was searching for a cover of the song that was playing inside of my head, all day, my son said to me. Why just a cover why not a techno remix. Which brings this to your listening pleasure as we both agreed it was the best of all the remixes.