Update


So on Saturday I had to have emergency surgery because my hernia had pinched off a section of my intestines. The pain was miserable.

I was rushed into surgery an they corrected what was wrong. And the pain was miserable. But I was able to get home for Christmas and the joy of being with my family was incredible.

So I am healing at home and when I get a chance to I will be updating the blog

Until then I hope and pray you had a wonderful time celebrating the incarnation of Christ. And that you are healthy and happy. Please keep me in your prayers.

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Earworm Wednesday: Wexford Carol ~Celtic Woman


Here is a little known carol that has really great lyrics (featured below). Performed by Méav Ní Mhaolchatha of Celtic Woman

The Wexford Carol”

Good people all, this Christmas-time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His beloved Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day:
In Bethlehem upon that morn
There was a blessed Messiah born.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God’s angels did appear,
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
“Arise and go,” the angels said,
“To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you’ll find this happy morn
A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.”

With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the Babe to find,
And as God’s angel had foretold,
They did our Saviour Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by his side the Virgin Maid,
As long foretold, upon that morn
there was a blessed Messiah born

Earworm Wednesday: Good King Wenceslas Metal Version


So I have been doing polls on Twitter to see which of the older Christmas carols people like best. Good King Wenceslas won the first poll.

The carol itself tells a completely fictional account of King Wenceslas enacting a miracle as he and his page are out to deliver food and firewood to a peasant seen gathering sticks to heat his hovel.

This metal cover is done by the band A hero for the world click on the link if you want to learn more about them.

Special Saturday night


Hello dear readers can you tell that it is getting closer to Christmas? Oh I don’t mean the congestion around the mall or the Amazon packages being stolen from the front porch. No I mean the attack against Jesus, and all things Christmas which leads us right to culture wars.

Yes here’s the first shot across the bow. An associate professor at Minnesota State University, Dr. Eric Spankle posted a tweet saying:

The Virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.*

When it was pointed out that in the scriptures Mary actually did give consent, (Luke 1:26-38) his response was:

The biblical god regularly punished disobedience. The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying “no” negates her “yes”. To put someone in this position is unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.

I will just put Mary’s response right here:
And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name. Luke 1:46-49

Obviously, Mary thought this was a blessing.

Now let’s turn from from the sublime to a couple examples of the ridiculous.

Do you recognize these vegetables?

These are the characters from the show called Veggie Tales. If you’re not familiar with these characters they are a bunch of vegetables that tell stories based upon Biblical foundations.

Well at one California college, Cal State San Marcos, in their “Whiteness Forum” an event that exposes the ” myriad of ways that white supremacy remains front and center in the U.S. social and political context.”

In this forum students pointed to the show Veggie Tales and said because the villians had obvious ethnic accents while the heroes didn’t Veggie Tales was promoting racism with the heroes being “white”.

Eric Metaxes former writer and narrator for Veggie Tales said this:

“All vegetables are part of one race, even though they are of many colors,” Metaxas said. “They are all descended from the same parents — the Adam and Eve of vegetables, who foolishly ate a forbidden fruit (irony?) and screwed everything up for all vegetables descended from them. At least I’m pretty sure that’s the story. *

Multiracial vegetables I weep for this generation.

And from one cartoon show to another.

Yes that is Herbie the dentist elf and Rudolph the red nose reindeer. This show was first released on December 6, 1964 and never mind how old I was. Anyway this cartoon has been a staple of the Christmas season for many years. And yet in a recent Huffington Post video Rudolph triggered them.

Some of the complaints are that Donner is an abusive father by the way he treats Rudolph, and sexist because he forbids his wife from joining him to hunt for Rudolph.

Santa is abusive and no diversely or inclusivity training evident and so an HR nightmare.

And that is the mildest of the responses to a 54 year old movie.

I wonder how soon it will be until Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is put on a list of banned movies never to be broadcasted again, or if allowed shown with a disclaimer warning parents. Or even more radical fed into a computer and all the wrongness taken out or changed. They’ll probably make the Abominable Snowman a vegan.

Well now we are moving from animation to current buzzwords.
Intersectionality is:

the theory that the overlap of various social identities, such as race, gender, and sexuality, contributes to the systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual

I know that you may have been staying up late at night wondering what your possible intersectionality score possibly could be. Well wonder no longer from our friends on the internet the intersectionality calculator has been made. Now you can look up your score and ease your mind. The Intersectionality Calculator.

And in just your wondering I got a thirteen.

And last but certainly not least a myth of Christmas debunked.

Jesus wasn’t born in a stable.

According to Ian Paul at psephizo.com because of medieval misunderstanding and a general ignorance of first century Israel the idea that Jesus was alone in some sort of stable/barn like structure surrounded by nothing more than animals with Joseph and Mary is completely wrong. In fact it is more than likely that he was surrounded by not just his parents but by Joseph and Mary’s extended family that had also traveled Bethlehem to be registered.

One of the more interesting points the article makes is that the animals were normally kept inside the same structure as the living quarters. See the drawing below.

As you can see the animals are kept in the lower level while the family occupy the floor above. It would have been in this upper level that Mary would have given birth surrounded by family.

Read the article here: Once more Jesus was not birn in a stable.

Good night.

Thursday Theology: Is the Dispensationalist my brother?


 

 
So John MacArthur was on the Ben Shapiro show,  click here if you want to watch it Ben Shapiro Sunday Special.

So around 52 minutes into the interview John MacArthur makes the statement that “supersessionism is a latent form of antisemitism” now let me be plain I agree with John MacArthur  partly, I don’t believe that the Church has replaced Israel.  But see it doesn’t end there John MacArthur believes that the Church and Israel are two distinct things or as Irwin Lutzer puts it:

Israel’s destiny is to be a separate people of God’s choosing, and the New Testament church stands as another avenue of His grace.*

Now there is a difference of opinion when it comes to those of us who hold to covenant theology (Presbyterian or Baptist) with regards to the Israel/Church distinction and needless to say they disagree with John MacArthur regarding this.  But this isn’t anything new.  John MacArthur has always believed this.  But every time he articulates this it is taken as a big surprise.

So the question is does this mean that I shouldn’t treat dispensationalists as  brother’s in Christ?  Does differing hermenuetics mean that one isn’t saved?

Well I don’t believe it does the dispensationalism that MacArthur holds to isn’t some radical form, and there are radical or hyper-dispensationalists, whose hermenuetics would cause me to question if they are preaching the gospel.  But I can’t say that about John MacArthur he has consistently preached the gospel, the true gospel so even if I disagree with him regarding his hermenuetic I can’t say that he isn’t my brother in Christ.  And I should treat other dispensationalists of MacArthur’s type the same.  They are our brothers in Christ and despite our disagreements we need to treat them as such.

 

 

Movie Review: The Christmas Chronicles


Director: Clay Kaytis
Producer:Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe
Writer: Matt Lieberman, David Guggenheim
Cast: Kurt Russell,Judah Lewis, Darby Camp, Oliver Hudson, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Lamorne Morris, Martin Roach, Vella Lovell, Lauren Collins, Steven Van Zandt, Goldie Hawn

Plot: It’s Christmas and two siblings may cause Christmas not to come! Santa’s sleigh has been wrecked, the reindeer are scattered, and Santa is in jail for boosting a car! Can Kate and Teddy Pierce save Christmas and break Santa out of jail? Will Teddy believe once again in Santa Claus? Will Kate’s wish come true and they become a family once again?

You may be seeing some familiar storylines present in this Netflix movie and you are probably wondering whether you want to invest in another Christmas schmaltz fest where the meaning of Christmas is reduced to being a family again. And I don’t blame you at all. This isn’t “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas” or “A Wonderful Life”. This isn’t even the “Santa Clause”. And if that is what you want then this isn’t the movie for you.

But if you want to see Kurt Russell take Santa Claus and make it his then this is the movie for you. Now don’t get me wrong this isn’t a great movie, this may be a movie that needs viewing in the satellite of love with three robots in the first row. But Kurt Russell will make you enjoy this Santa Claus. He takes the mantle of Santa Claus and gives it a truly unique spin on it. The concert scene alone is worth the time.

So if you’re in the mood for some schmaltz, and Kurt Russell as Santa Claus check this movie out on Netflix.

One last thing there is some profanity used in the movie, I am not talking about “F” Bombs but there is some of a minor sort, although I wonder how any profanity can be minor, so be aware if children are present.

I am giving this movie two stars out of five.

Saturday Special


So someone on Twitter suggested doing this and I think it would be a good idea. It was pointed out that there are 24 chapters in the gospel of Luke. And if you read a chapter a day by Christmas you would have read the entire gospel. So as an Advent devotional, even though Advent starts tomorrow I invite you to join me in read the gospel of Luke.

Frenetic Friday


Since my insomnia is going full bore and I am occupied with the coming season this will probably be finished by Saturday morning instead of Friday night. But be that as it may I have a selection of articles for your perusal.

From the Daily Mail (Nov. 24, 2018) comes a new scientific research that suggests after a huge catastrophe,

that we sprang from a single pair of adults after a catastrophic event almost wiped out the human race.

These bar codes, or snippets of DNA that reside outside the nuclei of living cells, suggest that it’s not just people who could have come from a single pair of beings, but nine out of every 10 animal species, too

Just a single pair of adults after a great catastrophe I’ll just leave this here.

And while we are talking about ancient history this just in from Israel they have found Pontius Pilate’s ring.

The ring itself was found fifty years ago but with expert cleaning and microscopic examination the archeologist determined that “of Pilate” was inscribed on the ring in greek.

Let’s turn from history to present day.

This is John Allen Chau the young missionary that was killed on the North Sentinel Island. Now recently there has been a rash of articles both praising and damning this young man for his actions. But I think that Tim Challes has written a well crafted article that is worth reading about this missionary and what we should think about what he had done. Go here: On the death of John Allen Chau by Tim Challes

Yes it is time once again to go down into the trenches and prepare for another skirmish in the culture wars.

Our first report comes from Florida in particular the Chasco Middle School where a transgender “boy” is in the habit of walking into the boys locker room literally as their pants are down with no warning. The school officials instructed a male P.E. teacher to supervise the potentially undressed female in the locker room. Using common sense he refused to put himself in a position to “observe a nude or potentially undressed minor female”.

I would like to point out that a few years ago that if a “school official” had suggested that a male teacher must observe a nude minor the parents of the school district would have run him out of town on a rail. However in this case and the times being what they are the teacher was disciplined and sent to another school ” for not doing his job in the locker room”. The teacher has appealed his discipline and sought council. But keep in mind that with the “alphabet soup” activists that are driving the changes and controlling the NEA this sort of idiocy will become common place. < Source>

Yes that flag is flying once again but in an unexpected place. What place is that? Why the Evangelical Theological Society that is where! In an article at CBMW Colin Smothers critiques a paper entitled “Walking across Gender in the Spirit? The Vocation of the Church and the Transgendered Christian“. Now in full disclosure the author of the paper, Dr. Andy Draycott has publicly retracted the paper and has offered a public statement where he unequivocally affirms that God has created humans as male ad female.

Of course the question must be asked why would a society dedicated to Evangelical Theology even allow such a presentation?  And yet it appeared there.    Well I think that Colin  Smothers answers that question in his critique which you can read here

And this last bit of news I am unsure whether to put it under Robotic Over Lords or Culture Wars but since it is technology based and not real robotics lets keep it under culture.

No this isn’t a japanese version of “Tiny Dancer” this is a hologram of Hatsune Miku a virtual teenage girl who was “married”, yes I said  “married” to Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old middle school teacher in Tokyo.  Gatebox the company who provides the device also provided this demo video.

Now Gatebox issued a marriage license but it isn’t legal as Akihiko found out but he still went through with the ceremony which cost about $18,000  and was attended by his disproving family about forty guests in all.  I suppose he promised to love honor and keep her power supply charged.

Technology, we can make the girl of your dreams either virtually or in warm silicon.

Well that is it for Frenetic Friday good night.