Wednesday, March 31, 2010

THIS IS DEFINITELY WHY PEOPLE ARE FAT

Well, the stuff on this site as well as lack of exercise, chemicals in food, etc.

This site lists things such as: Swiss rolls covered in pancake batter, deep-fried and topped with blueberry syrup; deep-fried stout beer cupcakes; and something whose description I have taken directly from the website:

A buttermilk cake using 2 Bags of Reeses topped with a frosting made from 1/2 cup of peanut butter, dark chocolate and heavy cream garnished with Reeses
Peanut Butter Cups. 

As well, there is my all-time favourite: deep-fried Girl Scout cookies wrapped in bacon and covered with powdered sugar and maple syrup.

See these and more culinary delights by clicking the link above.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

THE CULT

Cbc, Mondays 9:00 p.m.

This is a smart, gripping, interesting show.

Vancouver cop Nathan Fall's daughter Rachel goes missing. He discovers that she has been taken in by a cult known as The Apostles Of The Second Son, a group whose beliefs are based on the Lost Gospels. Rachel is being worshipped as some sort of messiah.

Though the show contains some anacronysms-I don't know any cults that advertise on TV except for the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints-The Cult is on the whole an intelligent and suspenseful show.

REPLY AWL

In the February issue of Readers Digest there is an article about cynistesia, a condition where people perceive letters as colours, proper names as tastes and tastes as images. Scientists think it is something all children go through. Their senses become intertwined for a brief time when they're little. I can remember when I was little I perceived both the days of the week and numbers as objects. Cynistesia does not negatively affect the lives of the people who have it. You watch, though. They're going to come out with a drug for it. You'll see commercials on TV acting like it's a horrible condition and a really big deal.

The February 22 issue of Maclean's has an itim about a mentally challenged, biracial homosexual teenage boy in Washington state whose principal refused to let him join the school's cheerleading team. Now I've heard everything!

In the same issue, the Books section has a review of "Lonely" by Emily White. I've often thought that some of the most extroverted people you meet are actually really lonely.

The January/February issue of Canadian Geographic has an article about life at an Arctic research station. Who thought nerds could party so hard.

The same issue has an article about where the mercury in the arctic goes during the warmer months. I'd love to know what the rates of autism are like up there.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE

By David Wilkerson. New York: Random House, 1963.

Much has probably been written about this book before, so I will just write down my thoughts on each chapter.

Chapter One: Putting out a fleece does work. I’ve done it before and it’s worked. Opening the Bible to a random verse also works. I’m not saying it should be used all the time, but it does happen that you open the Bible and randomly find a verse that applies to your situation.

Chapter Two: There are times when God arranges circumstances so that you have only one option.

Chapter Three: God loves those gangsters where they are? He loves them, but they first have to believe and turn to him.

Chapter Four: Wilkerson says he finds answered prayer harder to believe than unanswered prayer. Personally, I find answered prayer easy to believe because it shows God is real.

Chapter Six: Wilkerson says marijuana is a gateway drug. Marijuana is only a gateway drug if you are in a gang environment where harder drugs are around.

Chapter Seven: Pot is not a narcotic.

How do you know those boys are God’s children?

Chapter Nine: A baby’s sex is determined at six weeks gestation.

Chapter Ten: A lot of those gang members probably came to Christ only because their leaders did.

Chapter Sixteen: I would have told Martin Alensky, “Don’t go to that party. Your friends are gonna stab you when they run out of vodka and you refuse to help pay for more booze. Yep, your friends are that petty and fickle.”

Was that girl really born again?

Chapter Seventeen: Christ’s love asks nothing in return? Except that we have to stand in His will instead of our own and obey His commandments.

Chapter Nineteen: Did Maria repent when she came forward at St. Nicks? Does her getting addicted to heroin again and other things constitute falling away?

Chapter Twenty-one: I do not believe speaking in tongues is essential to getting the Holy Spirit.

Chapter Twenty-two: Marijuana only addicts the mind if you think you need it.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

FROM SAIGON TO SHALOM

By James E. Metzler. Scotdale, Pa: Herald Press, 1985.

This book touches on an aspect of missions that no one will talk about. Do a number of the natives being evangelized come to Christ just to curry favour with the white man?

The French colonized Vietnam in the 1600’s. The Vietnamese became Catholics in order to find favour with the priests and government officials. When the French pulled out and the Americans took over fighting the communists in the 1950’s, the people switched their allegiance to the Protestant missionaries arriving from America.

Most American missionaries in Vietnam were for the war, just as Christians tend to blindly go along withany war that comes along.

The Vietnamese were incensed and alienated at the American soldiers who helped the missionaries build orphanages after these soldier’s squadrons had bombed their villages.

Budhists in other Asian countries were appalled at the American missionary’s attitude about the Vietnam War. If that was what Christianity was about, they decided, then they didn’t want anything to do with it. As a side note, one of the Budhist monks objected to the fact that Jesus ate fish. Well, how many starving people does your country have? You’ve got all these people starving and all these animals eating up resources, but your garbage religion won’t allow you to kill them.

Shalom means peace, but more than just not having war and strife. It is the perfect peace and harmony which results from a right relationship with God. God created the Garden of Eden as a perfect paradise. Man fell. Through Abraham, God gave His people a type of paradise, or a type of shalom, to use the author’s preferred word for it. In Exodus, God codified this shalom system in His Law. Then Jesus came and implemented the new covenant, a deeper version of this system which got down to the way people felt in their hearts as opposed to obeying the letter of the Law.

This shalom system centres in large part on our relationships with other people.

It should be part of our lives today.

The author looks at Luke 10 to show how missions should be. I want to touch on one particular point he makes.

He sums up the duty of missions as: eat, heal, say.

These can more accurately be rendered fellowship, help, preach.

Before discussing fellowship, I would first like to note that every culture is friendlier than ours. In other cultures, if a stranger shows up at someone’s house, they will invite them in for a cup of tea at least.

When we go to the mission field, we are to first fellowship with the people. This can of course involve sitting down and eating and drinking with them, but it also involves talking to people and getting to know them. In verses 7 and 8 of Luke 10, we are told to eat and drink whatever they give us. This means we are not to come in there forcing our ways on them, saying “I don’t like that. We don’t eat that in our culture.” And tisk tisking at everything they do that we view as wrong. It would be like someone called to youth ministry clicking their tongue when the kids swore. Kids swear these days. It’s just part of getting to know the people you want to evangelise.

Traditionally, western missionaries have failed miserably at this first step. What a lot of missions have mostly been about is going into a country and enforcing western culture on the people, making them do everything our way. While a lot of good came out of these missions, this imposing of western ways was still wrong. Thankfully, I think missions are more sensible about this kind of thing today.

The next step is healing or helping. This can involve literally healing the sick, or it can involve helping to build things, doing housework or any other task people need assistance with.

The third step is saying or preaching. After we have gotten to know the people and helped them out with things in their community, thus demonstrating the kingdom of God, then comes the proclaiming of the Word.

This same principle applies as much in the everyday life of Christians as it does to those involved in ministry. You want to evangelise people at work? First, get to know them better, maybe have them over for dinner or whatever. Next, help them out with things, showing yourself to be a true Christian who wants to serve others. Then, when the opportunity arises, talk to them about Jesus.

I often wonder if Christians date people the same way they try to fulfill the Great Commission. Do they walk up to a pretty girl for instance and say, “You should marry me. It is going to be so wonderful. Blablablablabla.”

Jesus didn’t tell the disciples how long each step was going to take. In some cases, it could take as little as half an hour to go through all three steps. In other cases, it could take months or years. The important thing is, let the Holy Spirit be your guide.

Also, I have finally found a guy who gets Romans 13. It is not a call for absolute submission to governing authorities, but rather it is saying that governments should rule according to God’s “shalom” system. They should be rewarders of good works and terrors to evildoers, according to verse 3

Monday, March 15, 2010

DON'T PASS ME BY, DON'T MAKE ME CRY, DON'T MAKE ME BLUE

A while ago I wrote a post about how horrible the music is today. Now it is time to update that post.

To the list of extremely bad musicians we must add Kesha, who spells her name with a dollar sign. Ke$ha is only thirteen years-old, and yet she sings about going out to the club and partying. What does she know about that? She also sings "Boys wanna touch my junk." Does she even know what that means?

She sings like she's drunk and has lyrics like:

'Fore I leave brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack.

But got plenty of beer,
Got no money in my pocket
But I'm already here.

But we kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger.

How could anything be that stupid?

Then there is that country song that goes:

It's a quarter to one,
I'm a little drunk
And I need you now.

Then there's Adam Lambert and all those other crummy, formulaic American Idol singers.

Friday, March 5, 2010

THE BRIDGE

CTV, Fridays, 9:00 p.m.

This show is just too gritty.

DORIE: THE GIRL NOBODY LOVED

Some City: Some Publisher, 1979.

This book contains one massive lie: namely, this whole "accept Jesus Christ as your personal saviour" nonsense.

The author of this book tells about being sent to an orphanage as a child. One day, some university students come and tell the orphans about Jesus Christ. Dorie basically prays, "Lord, if you want me, you can have me." It is at this point she says she becomes a Christian.

However, this is not the Biblical way to get saved. Dorie may have had prayers answered, and she may have felt God's presence, but it is never made clear whether or not she ever repents; that is, asks Jesus Christ to forgive her sins.

You will not find anywhere in the Bible where someone "accepted Jesus Christ as their personal saviour." In the Bible, we are told to repent, meaning ask God to forgive our sins and embark on a life of doing what he wants us to do instead of what we want to do.

Dorie is later baptized, "publicly diclairing my faith to my fellow believers." Baptism is not a public declaration of faith. Baptism is "for the remission of sins" as it says in Acts 2 38, and no, that is not "for" as in "because your sins have already been forgiven." It is "for" as in "in order to."

This whole "accept Jesus Christ as your personal saviour" lie has permeated the church very deeply. Many preachers talk about "accepting the gift of Jesus Christ's forgiveness." When we get saved, this is what happens, but we don't just say, "Lord Jesus, I accept what you did for me on the cross" and are then saved.

In order to accept a gift, you have to do certain things. If I sent you a birthday gift in the mail, in order to receive that gift you would have to go down to the post office, open your box, take out the little card that says you have a parcel, go into the main part of the post office, and give the card to the lady behind the counter.

If I came over to your house with a birthday gift, in order to receive it you would have to reach out your hands and take the gift from me.

Thus, the way we receive the gift of Christ's atonement for our sins is by repenting, meaning asking Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and doing what he wants, and being baptized for the remission of sins.

By the way, if I give you a birthday gift and you accept it, the gift will do you absolutely no good unless you open it and use it. When it comes to the gift Jesus Christ has given us, this involves learning about God and what he expects of us, praying, singing praises to him, assembling with other believers, and other things.

Monday, March 1, 2010

UCB CANADA SUCKS

I'm not sure whether I've written about this on here before, so I will write about it now.

The radio entity known as UCB Canada sucks.

When they first came on the air in Belleville in 2003, I was so excited. I thought, "Finally we're going to hear things from a Christian point of view and this station will win so many people to the Lord." However, nearly seven years on, I'm here to say that UCB Canada is horrible.

First and most importantly, they don't do anything to confront the problems of the local community. They just have a bunch of American preachers on there who mostly just talk about grace and love all the time. They don't have any local preachers on there crying out against the most prevalent sins in Belleville and the surrounding area. They should at least have round table discussions about these kinds of issues. For instance, I hear Wica is big in Belleville. Why not have a dialogue between a local pastor and a Wiccin priestess about why Wica is wrong.

The second reason UCB is so terrible is very similar to the first. They don't have any local preachers or even really any Canadian preachers on their station: just a bunch of big-time American preachers, as I said before.

Third, their news coverage stinks. Not only do they not have local news, but the newsfeed they do have is horribly biased. It is all this "let Israel blow all the Arab nations off the map, let's permanently ban from the airwaves anyone who says anything off-colour, George W. Bush is the greatest politician there's ever been, etc. etc." They supported Fred Thomson in the 2008 election, for cripes sakes! Yeah, the station in Chatam-Kent will sure win over Detroit's large Moslem population with news coverage like that.

The music is all laid-back ballads with not enough emphasis placed on big-time Christian artists.

Oh well, at least The Edge is gone. That's one good thing.

EXPERIENTIAL MARKETING

This week on The Age Of Persuasion, Terry O'Riely talked about experiential marketing, companies not just selling products or services, but experiences.

O'Riely cites examples such as Wal-Mart. Sure, when they move into a town they're all friendly and they have things like musicians in stores to entertain customers, but then they narrow the aisles and any friendliness is just company policy.

O'Riely talks about airlines like Virgin and other carriers that have special amenities, yet the overall experience of flying is getting worse.