Frenetic Good Friday


Well it has been awhile since I have done a Frenetic Friday post but let’s get to it.

In case you’re living under a rock or in denial this is what is referred to as Holy Week. And today is Good Friday, and more on that later. But I hope that you did notice that as is the norm the various “shows” on Christianity has appeared on various streaming services. The newest one that I noticed is Jesus: Countdown to Calvary made in 2018 and starring Hugh Bonneville. This is playing on Netflixs. And yes I watched and as expected the idea that Jesus was the divine Son of God or the fulfillment of prophecy was completely played down or not mentioned at all. What I did notice was how it was claimed that Jesus came proclaiming a message of, wait for it, “social justice”. I am not really surprised at this an neither should you be if you’ve been keeping up with any of the “social justice” debates that have been going on in Twitter and elsewhere. Just be aware that this and other messages of the same sort will be playing this time especially since Easter or the Sunday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus however you wish to refer to it draws near.

And speaking of heretical things have you heard about PreachersNSneakers? It is an Instagram account that has pictures of various “hipster” preachers and the expensive sneakers they are wearing. I am not talking about some $150 dollar Nikes here. No, how about $3000 for an off white pair of Jordan 1 from Europe. Or $1100 “Gucci” slippers?

I don’t mind a pastor being well dressed but I have to call into question exactly why do they need that expensive foot wear. What do you think where should this money have gone to?

And keeping with the Good Friday theme, as well as heretical notions a female Roman Catholic theologian has written a book called “Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril” In it Elizabeth Johnson maintains that Anselm‘s satisfaction theory of atonement was completely wrong. Johnson maintains that Anselm based it upon “the political system of the day” and that God’s mercy doesn’t call for a bloody and violent death for our sins. Basically atonement needs to be removed from what Christ did. <source>

Rather than have me bumble through why the atonement is necessary I shall point you to these resources:




And here is a list of resources from Monergism: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

And a list of resources from The Highway: TThe Atonement of Christ

Finally something from Toplady:

Goodnight.

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I have been a bad boy.


So this is a strange way to come back to blogging. But I will freely admit that I have violated a social media law committed a faux pas if you will to wit I used the term “learn to code”.

Now if you’re a Twitter newbie or eschew social media entirely, and bravo if you do, then you’re probably unaware of Twitter’s obscure rules that they use to define who gets to say what.

So it was interesting to see this in my morning email:

Hi keachfan,
Your account, @keachfan has been locked for violating the Twitter Rules.
Please note that repeated violations may lead to a permanent suspension of your account. Proceed to Twitter now to fix the issue with your account.

As I pondered what I might of posted and I freely admit that I can be a bit of a gadfly at times, I couldn’t imagine that the little circle of Reformed Tweeters that I stalk could have sent me to Twitter Purgatory.

Obviously the only way to find out was to click on the link provided and see what the offending post was which I did. And it turns out that it wasn’t the Reformed Tweeters rather it was a comment I posted on a Ben Shapiro tweet. That’s right I posted: “Or learn to code.” Now I halfway remembered this article from the daily caller: Twitter Restricts People Who Tweet Learn To Code but I thought me, they are going to block an obscure anonymous Twitter account? And the answer was you betcha! Twitter informed me that I was to be shut off from all posting for two weeks and that the most I could do was DM or I could delete the tweet. I thought about it and deleted the tweet. Well that wasn’t the end not at all I still had to stay in Twitter Purgatory for twelve hours to teach me a lesson.

So friends what lesson did I learn? Well it was a reminder that Twitter isn’t a place where you can say anything, no they reserve the right to restrict your speech (tweets) for any reason they want make no mistake even if I was using “learn to code” to some young person wanting to transition from one job to another I would have been convicted of harassment under their rules. And there is no telling what other phrase might become forbidden because they decide what is right or wrong based on a strictly subjective standard.

So keep in mind if your weltanschauung isn’t what Twitter has decided is in its best interests then locking, shadow banning, even deleting your account is all within their purview. They control the horizontal, they control the vertical, you don’t.

Why Christian Movies are so terrible~Jared C. Wilson


Last month, while out at the movies, my wife and I happened to see trailers for two new movies produced by and for the Christian market — “faith-based films” they call them these days. Both trailers distilled their respective stories down to about 3 minutes of earnest dialogue snippets, tear-streamed dramatic moments, and inspirational footage of sports (basketball in one, track in the other). Throughout both trailers — which we saw on two different days before two different movies — the audience was audibly laughing. I was cringing. The paint-by-numbers aesthetic of the new wave of Christian movies persists in making the faith appear trite, inauthentic, corny, and — worst of all, as far as the culture goes — uncool.

Why despite all the gains made in technology and budgeting can’t Christians make good movies?

I know, I know — people always try to come up with exceptions. But there aren’t any, really. Every now and again some well-meaning brother or sister will say to me, “This one’s different. You gotta see it. It’s not like the others.” And then it is. It painfully, painfully is. Why does it seem like the only good “Christian movies” are the ones made by the world’s artists with Christian themes (The Passion of the Christ, Silence, etc.)? Some thoughts:

Read entire article here

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.

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.

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.

Frenetic Friday


Once again the sound of Liberty Bell peals out and the tatterdemalion stumbles towards you saying:

Ladies and Gentlemen it is a distinct pleasure to once again post a Frenetic Friday.  And we have a good one for you.

So those of you who are living in Portland have probably seen this:  (warning language)

It is nice to see these thugs get a little comeuppance now if Portland’s mayor would just get a backbone and do the same.

Ligioner Ministries has once again gifted us with The State of Theology

I seriously urge you to go to the website and examine what Evangelicals believe about theology and the Bible.

 

 

 

Yes you know what that means the Robotic Over Lords has stepped u[ their world domination case in point:

And with that terrifying video I bid you good night until the next Frenetic Friday.

Frenetic Friday


Well it has been a while, and heat, wildfires, and an online class that I have been taking has consumed most of my time. However, it’s time once again for that favorite rant against culture Frenetic Friday! (void where prohibited by law)

Yes it is time once again for a feminist update. Point of fact here is Andrew Klavan with the leftese dictionary F is for feminism.

Oh that guy kills me. And now a word about masculinity from Allie Stucky:

And in a totally unrelated story CNN reports on the hiring of male dancers.

Well if that doesn’t increase viewership I don’t know what will.

And last but certainly not least is this article from the Art of Manliness:

Using principles similar to Angelo Siciliano, after he got sand kicked in his face at the beach, the prisoner, I mean the individual uses his own body weight and the available furniture to aid him to develop the form that is the envy of everyone in cell block B.

Well it’s been a while since I have come across a robot being used in such a unique manner, but to combat ophiods this town is turning to a robot that tests poop.

So have you read about that New Mexico Compound where eleven abused children were being trained to be school shooters?

According to an ABC News report:

The documents allege that 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj was conducting weapons training at the property in Amalia, near the Colorado border. A foster parent of one of the 11 children allegedly stated to law enforcement that Wahhaj had “trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings,” according to a criminal complain

The most important thing to remember about this report is the fact that not once is the man identified as a follower of Islam even though he is, and the question needs to be asked would this be true if the man in question has been a Christian?

And last a new comic by Adam Ford on hate speech:

Robert Gagnon and the Revoice Conference


Doug Wilson kindly posted this by Robert Gagnon regarding the Revoice Conference. This is a fair and balanced read and frankly more people should read it so with that in mind…

While I am glad for the fact that persons at the upcoming Revoice Conference (July 26-28, St. Louis, in a PCA venue) and those who align with the “Spiritual Friendship” program want to refrain from engaging in same-sex intercourse and thereby uphold this part of the orthodox witness, I have seven consequential concerns about their views.
1. Inadequate engagement with the need for “renewal of the mind” as regards homosexual desires. Is there any asking of: “What is the false narrative that gives these impulses particular strength? Why am I viewing a person of the same sex as a sexual complement or counterpart to my own sex? Why am I aroused by the distinctive sexual features of my own sex, by what I already have? Am I thinking of myself as only half of my own sex? What kind of strategies for renewing my mind can I use to counter this false narrative beyond ‘washed and waiting’?” Instead, the benefits of a generalized “gay” perspective (minus the sex) are celebrated or lifted up. Even if one’s attractions may not change with such an evaluation, they can be disempowered by exposing the lie that lies behind attempts to gratify same-sex desire or (for “transgenders,” so-called) to deny one’s biological sex altogether. There is more to be addressed here than refraining from homosexual sex.

Read the rest of it here: Concerns with the upcoming Revoice Conference and Spiritual Friendship Folk

Frenetic Friday


Well, well, well its Friday once again and I do believe we have a really big show for you tonight. So away we go!


Our first item of the night is this new study that has found that women are hard wired to find well meaning SEXIST men more attractive. (emphasis mine)  And why is this so?  Well according to the scientists who did the study women think that such men are more likely protect them, provide for them and commit to a relationship.  So what is considered sexist according to the study?  if they are chivalrous or think women need a man to protect them.  So think about this.  If you’ve been taught to say open the door for a lady, stand when a woman enters a room, remove your hat when speaking to a lady., in times of danger protect the women before yourself.    All this is a form of benevolent sexism.  Or manners as taught by your grandfather and grandmother, or in my case father and mother if you were fortunate to have this happen to you.  (if you were raised in the south  manners are part of the culture and this is the norm.)  But wait there is more it seems that even women who consider themselves strong feminists showed the same preferences in the study by British and US researchers.   That must really grind their gears. <source>

 

 

 

 

So have you ever seen this skit:

If you have you’ll recognize it as one of the classic Monty Python sketches.  Many is the time that I laughed myself silly over such skits.  Well according the head of comedy at the BBC, Shane Allen, Monty Python  wouldn’t get on the BBC because:

If you’re going to assemble a team now it’s not going to be six Oxbridge white blokes,” Allen said in June. “It’s going to be a diverse range of people who reflect the modern world.”

Terry Gilliam a member of the troupe and an American said in response to the claim that Monty Python was too white said:

I no longer want to be a white male, I don’t want to be blamed for everything wrong in the world: I tell the world now I’m a black lesbian. … My name is Loretta and I’m a BLT, a black lesbian in transition.”
“[Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry,” he said. “Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.”<source>

Now let’s go to the Pacific Northwest


Ah Seattle really you can’t find a more liberal city unless you’re on the east coast or in California.  Well seems that Seattle to protect the environment has placed a ban on plastic straws.  That means all the fast food restaurants and other restaurants have to go to either a paper of a paper/plastic composite straw.  Or you have a note from a doctor that  states you must use a plastic drinking straw.  And if you don’t have that note, well that is a $250 fine.  <source>

And last but not least this:

The blurb below says this:

No one is born white. But while there is no biological basis for a white race, whiteness is real. What’s more, whiteness as a way of being in the world has been parasitically joined to Christianity, and this is the ground of many of our problems today. It is time to redouble the efforts of the church and its institutions to muster well-informed, gospel-based initiatives to fight racialized injustice and overcome the heresy of whiteness.

Written by a world-class roster of scholars, Can “White” People Be Saved? develops language to describe the current realities of race and racism. It challenges evangelical Christianity in particular to think more critically and constructively about race, ethnicity, migration, and mission in relation to white supremacy.

Historical and contemporary perspectives from Africa and the African diaspora prompt fresh theological and missiological questions about place and identity. Native American and Latinx experiences of colonialism, migration, and hybridity inspire theologies and practices of shalom. And Asian and Asian American experiences of ethnicity and class generate transnational resources for responding to the challenge of systemic injustice. With their call for practical resistance to the Western whiteness project, the perspectives in this volume can revitalize a vision of racial justice and peace in the body of Christ.<source>

And let me remind you of this:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  Romans 1:16 (emphasis mine)