Friday, May 22, 2009

EPHESIANS: LYING, ANGER, STEALING

Ephesians 4 25-28

Last Sunday in church, our pastor continued his study in Ephesians.

The pastor talked about how Christians often lie by saying things like, "Tell them I'm not here" when someone calls that they don't want to talk to. He said that we need to make sure we are truthful in everything we say. I know that I have been guilty of saying something that isn't true because I'm too lazy to tell people how something really is and it's just easier to say what people always say.

The pastor talked about how, when we are angry we should not sin. This doesn't literally mean don't go to bed angry, but rather resolve your argument in a timely manner. It is good not to go to bed angry. I never like to go to bed with someone angry at me or angry at someone.

I've found Christians really don't argue well. If you are debating a religious issue with them, they will many times resort to name-calling and insults. Listen to some Christian talk shows if you doubt that. I have been guilty of this. When someone does it to you, it is amazing how you resort to the same tactic.

I have noticed that Christians really don't argue well. In addition to the name-calling and insults, they will drag the argument out. You'll say, "We'll talk about this at such and such a time." They'll agree, but then bring up the topic a couple minutes later. Also, Christians tend to go down rabbit trails, bringing up issues which have nothing to do with the topic at hand and getting sidetracked by topics. I have been guilty of this sophistry myself.

Instead of taking from other people, the person should now work so that he has something to give to the needy. The pastor talked about how there was no welfare at this time. Well, in a Christian country, you wouldn't need welfare. Everyone that could work would work or starve to death "he that does not work should not eat." Those who couldn't work would be taken care of by the church..

REPLY AWL

The April 6 issue of Maclean's has an item about the mayor of Kieve proposing a tax on the amount of air citizens breathe. I have heard that in England they tax you for the air you breathe. That is basically what a carbon tax would be since we breathe out carbon dioxide.

In the same issue, Mark Stein's column is about the UK enacting legislation banning jokes about homosexuals, with no exceptions. The UK is getting more and more tyrannical. They already have secret police sitting in pubs listening for somebody to say the word wog, as well as enviro cops everywhere. They have also banned clown shoes, you have to have special training in order to wear rubber boots and a safety harness, and you have to be eighteen or older to buy teaspoons because someone recently murdered someone else with a teaspoon.

The April 13 issue has a cover story about how teenagers are more responsible these days, but in the same issue Brian Bethune reviews a book about being a nurse at a summer camp. The nurse experienced these overprotective parents sending all this health information with their kids containing information about all these little things. Today's teenagers may be all right, but what about those slightly younger than them?

In the same issue Mark Stein writes that we are on the road to legalized polygamy. I agree with him. There have already been a fair number of people advocating it. Also, after same sex marriage was made legal in California in 2004, a professor talked about legalizing incest between consenting adults. In his column, Mark Stein says "Canadians have no values." He is right. The only values Canadians seem to have is bowing to whatever people want. Not that there aren't people who oppose this way of thinking, but it really seems like "de Canadian value" is to just accommodate whatever anyone wants.

MICHAEL KETTER 1958-2009

Michael Ketter died last Sunday from complications from a car accident he had three and a half years ago.

As well as founding a Pitsburgh radio station, Ketter hosted many radio programs on shortwave station Wbcq including Here Now, World Microscope, You Are What You Think, and The Radio Reaction Theatre.

Ketter was a true renaissance man. He could cook, garden and fix things. He knew a lot about computers, radio, entertainment, popular culture, and current events. He never went along with others opinions concerning world events, but obtained his opinions by research, logic and experience.

On October 12, 2005, Ketter was involved in a car accident which put him in a coma. He never awoke from it and passed away on Sunday 17 May.

Michael Ketter, broadcaster and renaissance man, dead at 50.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

CHEX-TV MULTILINGUAL PROGRAMS

Chex Television has brought back multicultural programming, Saturday mornings from 9:30-11:30.

At 9:30, it's South Asian Business Profile, followed by three programs on Islam.

Though I do not agree with promoting these religions, it's still good that Chex has multicultural programming again. I used to watch Iran Zameen and the various Indian shows every Saturday morning when I was a kid. I have loved Indian film music ever since.

This is a good move on Chex's part because it helps make their programming line-up distinct, something that is needed in these days when TV stations are struggling to stay afloat and there is too much sameness on the dial.

Friday, May 1, 2009

A WINGHAM AND A WINDSOR NOT GOING OFF THE AIR AFTER ALL

Shaw Communications has bought Cknx Wingham and Chwi Windsor from CTV, meaning they won't be going off the air in August as was planned.

On the one hand, I feel kind of ticked off that they won't be going off the air. On the other hand, if they brought back there local content, that would be a good thing. Hopefully Shaw will make some positive changes. Come on, Shaw, turn these stations into something the people of Wingham and Windsor can be proud of!