Robert C. Sproul Jr. ~2-13-1939 -12-14-2017


What can I say about R.C. Sproul that hasn’t been said by wiser and more eloquent writers than myself?  Nothing.  All I can tell is what his ministry and writing has had on my life.

When I was burned out on shallow evangelicalism, when every sermon in church was just about the rapture I discovered Reformed theology.  And one of the first books I picked up was The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul Jr.  This book was instrumental in changing my view about God.  Soon I was searching the radio stations trying to find out when Renewing Your Mind was playing.  And then when I couldn’t find it I subscribed to the podcast.   I subscribed to Table Talk  magazine and read and reread the articles.

And over the years there have been other teachers that I have listened to and learned from most I learned about through Ligonier Ministries but R.C. Sproul has always been the voice of reason and discernment that I trusted.  Pray that God will raise up another R.C. Sproul

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Earworm Wednesday:  The Holly and The Ivy ~ The Mediaeval Baebes


So some one pointed out to me that they didn’t know the rules regarding Earworm Wednesday.  So…

Rule #1 The song can’t be lewd in nature.

Rule#2 If the song is popular I try to find someone who has done a cover of it.

Rule #3 It has to be rattling around my skull at least for two hours.  But can also be a suggestion from a reader of this blog.

Rule #4 When all of this fails I choose something that amuses me.

Enjoy this Christmas Carol from the Mediaeval Baebes

Movie Review: The Red Pill


Producers:  Evan Davies, Cassie Jaye, Nena Jaye, Anna Laclergue
Director: Cassie Jaye

The Red Pill, based on that famous quote from The Matrix:

You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

was Cassie Jaye’s film on the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM). Jaye who was an ardent feminist and a director of feminist documentaries believed that she was investigating a hate group.

  However, after actually meeting both men and women who are involved in the MRM she comes to realize that what the movement is more about is looking at issues facing men and boys such as male suicide rates, workplace fatalities and high-risk jobs, military conscription, lack of services for male victims of domestic violence and rape, higher rates of violent victimization, issues concerning divorce and child custody, disparity in criminal sentencing, disproportionate funding and research on men’s health issues, educational inequality, societal tolerance of misandry, circumcision and men’s lack of reproductive rights.

As she investigates the group and it’s issues she begins to rethink her views about feminism and what it represents and who exactly is the patriarchy.  

My main problem with this film isn’t the subject rather it seems to meander a bit and at times I wasn’t sure what was going on.  But the film does bring up important issues and shows the way the MRM is protested against.  

This is not a family friendly film.  There is profanity, you see a circumcision done to a baby.  So be aware. You can find this film on some streaming services with the exception of Netflix.  I give this film three and a half stars.  

Please pray for Dr. R.C. Sproul


From:  Dr. Sproul’s health update.

An Update on Dr. Sproul’s Health

FROM Nathan W. Bingham Dec 10, 2017 Category: Ministry News

12/10/17 at 8:15am ET

Dr. Sproul is not improving as we had hoped and so these next few days are critical. He has a fever today due to the infection he has been fighting. Moreover, he is not decreasing in his reliance on the ventilator to support his breathing.

Your prayers in behalf of Dr. Sproul are deeply appreciated. They mean so much to the family and all who love R.C.

We will keep you informed here on the blog and on Facebook and Twitter if his condition changes.

12/8/17 at 3:00pm ET

We are pleased to report Dr. Sproul has less fluid on his lungs today than there was yesterday. He will continue to be sedated until he is less dependent on the ventilator, which helps his breathing. The Sprouls are grateful for your prayers and ask you to continue to pray for healing.

12/6/17 at 5:15pm ET

Dr. Sproul remains in a serious condition, his breathing being supported by a ventilator. He is currently sedated as the medical staff in ICU continues to monitor his health, even as they attempt a number of techniques to eliminate any infection.

His family is close by and sincerely appreciates the ongoing outpouring of support and prayers in Dr. Sproul’s behalf. Thank you for joining with us during this period of prayerful watchfulness for the hand of the Lord.

12/4/17 at 6:30pm ET

There are no significant updates to Dr. Sproul’s condition at this time. The Sproul family appreciates all of the expressions of support and asks for your continued prayers.

12/3/17 at 12:30pm ET

The Sproul family wanted you to know that Dr. Sproul was hospitalized yesterday due to respiratory difficulties. He is in guarded condition at the intensive care unit and receiving expert care and attention. The doctors believe this is not pneumonia, but an exacerbation of his emphysema due to the flu so he has been put on a ventilator to help his breathing. Thank you for praying for his recovery.

Saturday Night Special


So here we are it’s Saturday night and I am sure that you are preparing for the first Sunday in Advent .  But if you want here are a few things I have collected over the week.

So with the current episodes of men being reprehensible the opponents of “the patriarchy” are rejoicing over the apparent fall of “the patriarchy” in fact some want “the patriarchy” to fall so much they are unconcerned if innocent men are accused.

 

 

But not everyone has this attitude.  Angela Lansbury said this:

There are two sides to this coin,” she said. “We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive. And unfortunately it has backfired on us – and this is where we are today.

“We must sometimes take blame, women. I really do think that. Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.”

Lansbury is not, however, suggesting that fault lies with individual victims: “Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be! There’s no excuse for that. And I think it will stop now – it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point.”

Candace Owens looks at her statement and in this article writes about “basic, daily acts of personal responsibility”.  Take a minute and read it.

Also here is an article from the opinion page of the New York Times that takes a look at a more balanced approach to what is happening.  The Limits of Believe All Women

Next we are traveling north, not to Alaska but our neighbor Canada.

PJMedia reports on the latest acronym you’ll need to use if you’re an elementary school teacher.

LGGBDTTTIQQAAP

So shall we parse this?

L is for Lesbian
G is for Gay
G is also for Genderqueer this is a new one so here is a definition: Genderqueer; denoting or relating to a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.”
B is Bisexual
D is for Demisexual another new one.  So here’s the definition: A demisexual is a person who does not experience sexual attraction unless they form a strong emotional connection with someone.” This used to be known as monogamous love.
T is Transgendered. Now remember this means someone who are one sex but like to claim they “feel like” another sex.
T is also for Transexual. This is like Transgender but they have gone through the surgery that has mutilated their normal organs and are on a diet of artificial hormones.
T is also for Two Spirit. Which is a Native American gender that can only be used by Native Americans.
I is for Intersex we used to refer to this as a birth defect known as hermaphrodite. Which hardly ever occurs.
Q is for Queer but it can only be used by those who designate themselves by that term and anyone else is being insulting.
Q is for Questioning because they haven’t figured it out yet. Whatever it is.
A is for Asexual which means they are not interested in sex.
A is for Allies who are people who spend most of their time supporting LGGBDTTTIQQAAP
P is for Polyamorous otherwise known as multiple partners or adultery if you’re married.
P is for Pansexual which is bisexual for everyone else although with the invention of sex bots maybe something even worse.

And now finally Science.

What you’re seeing is the latest addition to culture of death.  The Sarco Capsule a machine designed to kill anyone who enters it using liquid nitrogen.  This capsule can be made using a 3-D printer.  This open source death machine designed by Australia’s Dr Philip Nitschke.  This execution device  uses no restricted drugs or any special expertise claims the inventor.   To download the device build instructions the person must pass an on-line test which  gives them the access code to allow them to build it.  Nothing in the article suggests that anyone can have a change of heart in the machine and stop the execution.  But the top pops off so you can have a sleek new coffin.

 

 

Advent


Advent is coming.  And Frenetic Friday is moving to Saturday for the month of December.  Stay tuned.

Movie Review: Thor Ragnarok.


Producer: Kevin Feige
Director: Taika Waititi
Writers:Eric Pearson,Craig Kyle,Christopher Yost
Cast: Chris Hemsworth,Tom Hiddleston,Cate Blanchett,Idris Elba,Jeff Goldblum,Tessa Thompson,Karl Urban,Mark Ruffalo,Anthony Hopkins

Plot:  Thor has been scouring the nine realms trying to locate infinity stones having no luck.  He has been captured by the fire demon Surtur who reveals to Thor the prophecy of Ragnarok where Surtur will destroy Asgard by placing his crown into Odin’s eternal flame.  Surtur also reveals that Odin is no longer in Asgard.  Thor escapes taking Surtur’s crown with him in an effort to prevent the Ragnarok prophecy from coming true.

When Thor returns to Asgard he finds Loki, who everyone thought had died, pretending to be Odin.  Thor forces Loki to take him to Odin.  When they arrive on Earth, because why would Loki hide him any where else, Dr. Strange snatches both of the Asgardians and after he questions Thor about why they are on Earth he sends both Loki and Thor to where Odin is.  Once they arrive Odin reveals that he is dying and that his daughter, Hela, whom he has kept imprisoned will be released and that she will destroy the nine realms.  

And as Odin dies Hela is released she destroys Thor’s hammer, and chases Thor and Loki as they run back to Asgard she throws both off Bifröst Bridge to die in space.  Once she arrives at Asgard she kills the warriors three and enslaves the population by ressurecting the dead warriors that once followed her along with Fenris the giant wolf she rode into battle.

Thor has not perished in space but has tumbled through a wormhole to land in a junkyard planet where he is captured by a drunken scrapper who takes him to become a gladiator in the Grandmaster’s games.  There he finds that the champion of the games is none other than the Hulk and that Loki has been there weeks before he arrived.  

And go see the movie if you want to know how it ends.  

This was a very enjoyable movie much better than the second movie, there was quite a bit of humor and slapstick mostly with Thor and Loki.  The only complaint that I heard from a person who also watched it was that it lacked emotional depth.  After all Thor had just lost both his father and the source of his power and there didn’t seem to be hardly anything in the movie that examined this aspect.  And I think that is a valid point.  

Yet despite that most would say that this is an enjoyable movie and I would agree with that evaluation.  I don’t know that I would see it twice but I definitely would spend a matinee price to see it.

Lots of violence, so keep that in mind, and Hulk naked, rear view which really didn’t need to be there.  I am giving this three stars out of five.