Blog update


No Frenetic Friday this week. Stay tuned.

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Ash Wednesday


Remember man you are but dust. (Gen 3:19)

Keep in prayer the families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and the seventeen people killed. God have mercy on us all.

Movie Review: Mr. Deeds Goes To Town


Producer: Frank Capra
Director: Frank Capra
Writer: Robert Riskin based on Opera Hat by Clarence Budington Kelland
Cast: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft, Lionel Stander, Douglass Dumbrille, Raymond Walburn, H.B. Warner, Ruth Donnelly, Walter Catlett, John Wray, Margaret Seddon, Margaret McWade, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Emma Dunn, Charles Lane, Jameson Thomas, Mayo Methot, Gladden James, Paul Hurst, Warren Hymer

Plot: During the depression Martin Semple the uncle of Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) dies in a car crash and leaves his 20 million dollar fortune to him. Longfellow Deeds a tuba playing greeting card poet lives in the quaint town of Mandrake Falls Vermont. Semple’s crooked attorney John Cedar, (Douglas Dumbrille) seeing a way to hide his own misdeeds drags Deeds back to New York City where he hired ex newspaper man Cornelius Cobb (Lionel Stander) to watch over him and make sure that he doesn’t talk to the press. However, Deeds not the bumpkin everyone thinks he is slips his keepers and goes out on the town. There he meets Louise “Babe” Bennett (Jean Arthur) a reporter who is trying to get a story on Deeds and plays to his sympathy by pretending to faint in front of him. Deeds a romantic, sees her as a “damsel in distress” and tries to help. Babe calls herself Mary Dawson and tells him she’s been walking all day trying to find work. With this she works upon his good nature all the while writing articles about Deeds calling him the Cinderella Man.

Deeds falls for Mary and wants to marry her. At the same time he is fending off not only the lawyer Cedar but the rest of the high society leaches that had been living off his uncle’s largesse. Cobb brings evidence to Deeds that “Mary” is actually the reporter Babe Bennett. Deeds is disgusted and decides to return to Mandrake Falls. It is at this time a farmer, (John Wray) having lost his means of providing for his family points a gun at Deeds and vilifying him for not helping his fellow man and the desperate poor needing relief. After the man has come to his senses Deeds sees a way to get rid of his troublesome wealth and help the poor. In desperation the lawyer Cedar has Deeds arrested for insanity.

Commentary:

This is one of Capra’s best movies and the one that made Gary Cooper into the every man hero that he became famous for in the movies. Jean Arthur, who also starred in Mr. Smith goes to Washington is perfect as the cynical female reporter who has seen everything to see when it comes to men until she meets Longfellow Deeds. Suddenly she realizes that there are men that aren’t always looking out for themselves, and have such thing as scruples and honor which destroys her cynical world view.

Gary Cooper plays Longfellow Deeds. Deeds is an unsophisticated man and that is his charm as is his practicality. He knows that the money has to be used for something useful and not to be frittered away on tawdry things and Cooper exemplifies this perfectly.

Capra once again demonstrates his love for the “regular guy” in this film and how we too can be better by being like someone who is practical, honorable, and decent. He shows exactly what is meant when the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evils. {1 Tim. 6:10}

Mr. Deeds goes to town gets five stars.

Catechism


A FAMILIAR CATECHISM OR,INSTRUCTION FOR THE IGNORANT

Being a salve to cure that great want of knowledge which so much reigns in young and old. prepared and presented to them in a plain and easy dialogue pitted to the capacity of the weakest. “My People perish for lack of Knowledge.” — Hosea 4:6.

Dedicated to the church of Christ and about Bedford Walking in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; Your affectionate brotherand companion in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, wisheth all Grace and Mercy by Jesus Christ. Amen.

Holy and beloved, although I have designed this little treatise for public and common benefit, yet considering that I am to you a debtor, not only in common charity, but by reason of special bonds which the Lord hath laid upon me to you-ward, I could do no less, (being driven from you in presence, not affection,) but first present you with this little book. Not that you are wanting in the things contained herein, but to put you again in remembrance of first things, and to give you occasion to present something to your carnal relations, that may be (if God will) for their awakening and conversion. Accept it, therefore, as a token of my Christian remembrance of you.

Next, I present it to all those unconverted, old and young, who have been at any time under my preaching, and yet remain in their sins. And I entreat them also, that they receive it as a token of my love to their immortalsouls. Yea, I charge them as they will answer it in the day of terrible judgment, that they read, ponder, and receive this wholesome medicine prepared for them. Now the God of blessing bless it to the awakening of many sinners, and the salvation of their souls, by faith in Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Yours, to serve you by my ministry (when I can) to your edification and consolation, John Bunyan

BUNYAN’S CATECHISM:
OR, INSTRUCTION FOR THE IGNORANT.

Q. (1) How many gods are there?

A. To the Christians there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we of him.

1 Corinthians 8:6
yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we live, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we live.

Frenetic Friday


Once more into the fray dear friends once more it is Frenetic Friday! {Void where prohibited by law}

Yes its all about the culture wars tonight.

This just in: Six months after legalizing same-sex marriage Bermuda has reversed it’s ruling and has made marriage to be between a man and a woman once again. Now currently same-sex couples can only have civil ceremonies which gives them the same rights as married couples. Of course this turn around has caused GLAAD to issue this statement:

As the world faces a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ activism, Bermuda just earned the shameful recognition of becoming the first national territory to strip away marriage from loving and committed LGBTQ couples,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “LGBTQ couples and their children in Bermuda should know that the global community of LGBTQ people and allies will stand with them in rectifying this unjust and hurtful news. Love can never be rolled back.”

Maybe the wrong side of history hasn’t been determined.

And speaking of reversals, a California judge ruled in favor of a Christian baker who has been under fire over her refusal last August to make a same-sex wedding cake, finding that the state cannot force her to act against her sincerely held beliefs. The California Judge said:

an order from the state to compel someone to directly go against their beliefs would be “the stuff of tyranny.”

Judge David Lampe also stated in the eight-page ruling: “For this court to force such compliance would do violence to the essentials of Free Speech guaranteed under the First Amendment.”(source)

This ruling may have some effect on other court cases of a similar nature but it is not certain at this point in time.

Now switching to the east coast Harvard has announced that single gender clubs and organizations are banned unless the club is composed of females. Because the single-sex ban was supposed to come down only on those organizations that represented “privilege” — and there’s no way an eternally oppressed, female-only organization at an Ivy League school, made up entirely of the gender-underprivileged, could ever be a place of exclusivity, elitism, and classism.

Certain clubs are lawyering up citing the right of free association especially amongst non-official clubs.

So let’s put this into plain english, men are bad and shouldn’t be allowed to hang out together.

Staying on the East Coast it seems that the Department of Education has determined that gender based activities are wrong. So what that means for this Staten Island school (PS 65) is that the father-daughter dance has been cancelled.

One father said:

They’re trying to take away everything that everybody grew up on and has come to know and I don’t think it’s fair or right,” said Matthew West, a 32-year-old father of two daughters at the school, Lily and Willow. “They should leave it the way it was — father-daughter, mother-son.”

Of PC culture, he said, “I hate it . . . People are just becoming too scared to talk

Yet at the same time other schools ignore the DOE.

PS 30, also on Staten Island, has already planned a pricey dance “to celebrate your little girl and the father figure in her life,” according to a flyer for the April 14 event. Tickets for couples cost $100.

PS 232 Lindenwood, in Queens, had a “Daddy Daughter Dance” on Thursday night, according to a school calendar. PS 83 in The Bronx plans a “Father/Daughter Dance” on June 6, as well as a May 19 “Mother and Son Field Day” and a “Mother/Daughter Spa Night” on April 27.

Think what would happen if we all ignored stupid rules.

And good night.

Theology Thursday


The Power of De-Conversion Stories: How Jen Hatmaker is Trying to Change Minds About the Bible by Michael Kruger

{Today’s Theology Thursday comes from Canon Fodder the blog of Michael Kruger}
When it comes to reaching the “lost,” one of the most tried-and-true methods is the personal conversion story. Whether done privately or publicly, it’s compelling to hear a person’s testimony about how they came to believe in the truth of the Gospel, the truth of the Bible, and embraced the Christian faith. Such testimonies can personalize and soften the message so it is more easily understood and received.

But when it comes to reaching the “found,” there’s an equally effective method—and this is a method to which the evangelical church has paid very little attention. It’s what we might call the de-conversion story.

De-conversion stories are designed not to reach non-Christians but to reach Christians. And their purpose is to convince them that their crusty, backwards, outdated, naïve beliefs are no longer worthy of their assent. Whether done privately or publicly, this is when a person simply gives their testimony of how they once thought like you did and have now seen the light.

Of course, there have always been de-conversion stories available throughout the history of the church—if one would only take the time to dig them up and listen to them. Christianity has never had a shortage of people who were once in the fold and then left, hoping to take with them as many people as possible.

But in recent years these de-conversion stories seem to have taken on a higher profile. Part of this is due, no doubt, to the technology that makes these de-conversion stories more available whether through podcasts, blogs, or other forms of media. <Read the entire post here>

Earworm Wednesday: The Color Green ~Rich Mullins


So have you ever seen those videos of a color blind person getting those glasses that allows him to see color for the first time? Go here for a minute and see what I mean. Man receives glasses that lets him see color.

Did you see his reaction to seeing the beauty of creation? Have you ever thought about how wonderful it is to see the color green?

Be praised for all Your tenderness
By these works of Your hands
Suns that rise and rains that fall to bless
And bring to life Your land
Look down upon this winter wheat
And be glad that You have made
Blue for the sky and the color green
That fills these fields with praise

Movie Review: Dunkirk


Producers: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Plot: As the Allied troops are stuck at Dunkirk France the people of Britain gather together the boats and ships they have and sail to France to rescue the soldiers stranded on the coast of France.

I am going to say something that is probably going to get me castigated but I am going to say it anyway. Dunkirk could have been better. When I compare this movie to others of a similar genre there is something missing in this movie. And I want to say that it’s the comradeship. Watching this movie I see an attitude of wanting to be out of the war expressed by the soldiers. The sense of purpose, of why they are fighting against the Nazi forces, doesn’t appear in the soldiers rather it is in the older men, the civilians those who came to save the soldiers they know why they must stop the Nazi forces.

That is not to that there isn’t some good scenes in the movie, some of the best takes place on the small boat with the father, his son, and the son’s school friend.

But overall I didn’t enjoy this movie. I am going to give it three stars.

Frenetic Friday


Culture of Death

Well it’s been a disappointing time as the United States Senate failed to stop the worship of Moloch. Of course I am referring to the failure of the 20 week abortion ban. It needed 60 votes to pass and came short by 9 votes. Nine votes! Not only that but two Republicans, Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against the ban. Pressure your representatives we can get this passed.

In further news from the culture of death, the high priestess of Moloch, Cecile Richards, has decided to step down from running Planned Parenthood. During her twelve years babies were butchered for their body parts, and she worked tirelessly to make sure her god was fed, although she called it “reproductive rights”. Goebbels no doubt is jealous as she has obviously surpassed him with her abattoirs.

Oh yes it’s another feminist update.  Have you ever heard of Femme Feral  Neither have I.  It is a “queer, femme fighting force” which is the same as saying red dog clover greens.  Their goals are to bring down the patriarchy and destroy conservative government.  Which is accomplished by wrestling with each other, pummeling each other, and screaming at the top of their lungs.  And this will topple government.  But don’t take my word watch the video.

Did you ever wonder where is the most dangerous place to live is if you’re a Christian?  Well Open Doors USA  has a list of the most dangerous places to live if you are a Christian.  And surprise, surprise North Korea tops the list. The 2018 report on christian persecution.

 

It is a short one tonight gentle readers have a good weekend see you in church.