Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Heather Wade seems like she could be a good replacement for Art Bell if he decided to continue "Midnight In the Desert" after all.
Glad Dean Johnson is back on WBZ over the holidays.
Man, Much has really gone downhill.
Enjoyed the article about the early pjs on YTV that appeared in Torontoist.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
WTWW's carrier for 9475 kept cutting out today.
Picked up All India Radio today with program schedule, ID and news.
Picked up CFRX Vancouver relaying CFRB with business news and radiothon.
Including both original material and the work of other songwriters the repertoire has been stringently ‘seasonally adjusted’ to counterbalance the effects of Christmas Muzak. (Are we still allowed to say ‘Christmas’, or is ‘Holiday’ the only ‘acceptable’ term....?) We assure you that neither Rudolf nor any of his cohorts and familiars will be appearing on the set list; nor is anyone’s granny likely to have a run-in with a sleigh.
We look forward to see you Friday night.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
I so wanted to like this book because it is a novel that takes on a subject which needs to be explored: a Christian girl who discovers she is into masochism. However, I just could not make myself continue to read the book for a few reasons.
First, I have no idea where this book is set, something I should know after reading the first three chapters of a novel.
Second, as well within the first three chapters, I should have at least a bit of background information why the main character sees the world in gray and is unable to feel or enjoy anything on an emotional level unless she is experiencing pain, something else the part of the book I read doesn't contain.
Third, the family in this book are Presbyterian. Though I haven't known an enormous number of Presbyterians, those I have known, though some of them are pretty straight-laced, are pretty good, reasonable people, whereas the family in this book, especially the father, acts like some fundamentalist snake handling family from a Hollywood movie.
As I said, this book takes on a subject that needs dealing with in Christian fiction. Aditionally, the main characters voice as a ten year old girl really comes through. These, though, are the only good things I can say about this book.
If anyone has written or knows of another novel which explores this or similar subjects from a Christian perspective, please email me at the address listed on my profile.
In order to fulfill my obligations as reviewer, here is a link where the book can be purchased.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Speaking of WBZ, I do not approve of what Morgan did last night. The lady was supposed to sing the entire jingle all the way through. It's Mel's game. Morgnan may be the host, but he can't step all over Mel's rules for the audio clip trivia quiz.
Tuned into VOWR online the other week and it sounded like an interesting station. Most of the songs (mainly oldies) they were playing I had never heard before.
Nice going Bell Media and all you other big media companies that have been firing people recently. This industry literally gets worse by the week.
94.7 WNED Buffalo with French music.
Radio 95.1 with Adelle song.
97.5 WFRY Watertown with CT40 in Mom's car and later with eighties country songs.
97.9 WPXY Rochester with "The Weekend Throwdown."
98.1 CHFI Toronto in Mom's car with anncr Deryl Henry and Christmas music.
98.9 CKLC-FM Kingston with alternative rock music and commercials.
99.5 WDCX Buffalo with Gospel Christmas music.
99.7 WGbZ (?) Rochester with story about woman driving down a mountain.
99.9 CKFM Toronto with top 40.
101.3 WRMM Rochester in Mom's car with Christmas music and commercials.
101.7 WJIV Cherry Valley with K-Love format.
102.1 CFNY Toronto with commercials and both newer and older alternative rock music.
102.5 WTSS Buffalo with Christmas music.
104.5 CHUM-FM Toronto with music and promo for CP24-CHUM Christmas Wish.
105.3 CFCA Kitchener with anncr and rock music.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
The rest of chapter 2 is like when they say “Tonight on this program.”
v15-30: Ehud may have been lefthanded due to his right hand being deformed. If this is the case, than this story should be an encouragement to other disabled people that they can do great things for God, even things that might seem difficult or even impossible due to their circumstances.
v17-22: While we don't know the reasons why peace existed between Heber and Jabin and why Jael was certainly a courageous woman who did an admirable thing, I wonder about the fact that she was the one who killed Sisera and not her husband.
I don’t think Gideon’s constant asking for signs and testing the Lord was so much out of fear as it was continually making sure he was doing the right thing, though it is easy to see Gideon did also have some fear in his heart up until the battle. I think God appreciates it when we test Him and ask for confirmation about things.
v11: Many people think Gideon wasn't really a mighty man of valour because he was grinding wheat in secret in the winepress. However, Gideon was actually doing a very brave thing. The Midianites were taking everything from the God's people so therefore, Gideon was grinding some wheat secretly so as to keep it out of the hands of the opressors. One could say Gideon was a tax protester.
v36-40: As I said, Gideon's putting out the fleece wasn't necisarily a sign of fear or unbelief. Again, you have to remember Gideon was living in an apostate time. Much like many churches and Christians these days, God was basically probably talked about as a somewhat abstract concept. Sure, He was up there and cared for Israel to some degree, but you couldn't expect Him to interact with people or intervene in their lives or the life of the nation. Yeah, He'd done miracles in getting their forefathers out of Egypt and sustaining them in the wilderness, but that was in Biblical times and it was now the future. Therefore, Gideon needed his faith strengthened because all the stuff he was experiencing was so knew and foreign to the way he'd been brought up to think.
v9-15: Yes, Gideon was afraid, but you have to remember nothing like God supernaturally intervening in a battle He had told Gideon to lead had ever happened to Gideon before. How many of us could say with absolute certainty we wouldn't do what Gideon did and feel the way he felt in this passage?
v20: Now, in the flush of victory, we see some pride and cockiness set into Gideon.
It is tragic when children don't follow their parents in the faith. Maybe Gideon should have taught Abimelech God's law, instead of being the big man and allowing Israel to worship a garment Gideon had made for himself that was only supposed to be for the priests.
v38: From a reading of the text, it doesn’t seem like Jepthah’s daughter’s friends were mourning because she would never become a mother; it seems like they were mourning because she’d never have sex. You have to remember that, much like the Corinthian church in 1 Corinthians, Israel at the time of the judges was carnally minded.
v17: Imagine how much better things might possibly have gone for Samson if he had phrased his response to Delilah something like, "My strength comes from God because I've kept up my end of a vow that I'd never shaved my head." If Samson had put the emphasis on God in what he said and not on his hair, mightn't God had given him the strength to fight off the Philistines, even if Delilah had still managed to have his hair cut.
v2: Micah's mother was a reactionary, much like so many Christians today.
v3: This verse makes me think of the Catholic church since they basically do the same thing.
v8: Just like many Christians today, the Levite acted in his own strength instead of listening to the voice of the Lord.
v13: Micah was like a lot of people today who think because they go to church or whatnot God will be with them.
v5: "Hey Christian, pray to the man upstairs so we can accomplish what we want to get done."
v20: Like many pastors today, the Levite was willing to go wherever would inhance his career. Maybe, if asked, he would have said God called him to go with the army.
v6: These were not very responsible people.
v22-25: At this point, Israel has become worse than Sodom and Gomorah.
v28: "Come on, woman, get your butt on the donkey. So what if you got gang raped all night long till now you can't even walk. Time's a-wastin' here."
v15-17: Did the Benjamites really expect a Gideon scenario to take place in this battle?!
v10-12, 19-23: The book that begins with the victorious days of Joshua and Caleb ends with one of Israel's tribes nearly being wiped out by their countrymen and those countrymen subsequently having to kill more of their own in order to provide wives so Benjamin could continue. Then, when those women weren't enough, the Benjamites have to resort to breaking God's law by kidnapping girls in order to make up the difference.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
This chapter, as well as Chapter 10, can be compared with Romans 14.
v9:It never occurs to people that the weaker brethren would have been present at the reading of this letter as well as the stronger ones for whom eating meat sacrificed to idols was not a problem. While being sensitive to the way our weaker brothers feel about certain acts, we should at the same time be trying to build them up and showing them that doing such things is not a sin.
v1: In addition to all the carnal rubbish already discussed in this letter, certain of the Corinthians are apparently also saying Paul isn't an apostle because he works for a living.
v9: Cephas, being of the tribe of Judah, would have ministered to those of that same tribe who would have understood that the Old Testament principle of the priests getting their living from the people had been carried on into the new covenant in the form of the ministers of the Gospel getting their living from it. However, the gentile believers whom Paul ministered to would not have understood this.
v28: This conflict could come up pretty soon in our land because of halal meats.
v4: Serious question here. If I am walking down the street in the middle of winter in Canada and I mention something about God to someone or a brother stops me and asks me to pray for him, do I have to take my touque off?
v13-15: Do all cultures around the world feel this way about hair or is this one particular example of something that was part of the culture of that day that provides a larger example of how Christians are to act in similar matters?
v16: Of course, we must take this verse into account as well.
v28: This verse shows us that communion keeps us in the faith by making us take stock of how we have been following Christ recently.
v28:Helps means service.
I may write more about this chapter in another post.
v26: Just because the order of service here described (each individual member contributing something to the meeting) isn’t mentioned in the later letters doesn’t mean the church matured out of it. The early church still did it this way for a long time. Though this form of meeting creates problems, everything creates problems due to the fact man isn’t perfect. Today, more and more people are leaving the institutional church and attending house fellowships because they see what a mess the supposedly more mature way of doing things has created.
v27: This verse might give credence to the doctrine of speaking a tongue in a supernatural language, that is, one not known to mankind.
v30: In other words: "We apostles sure as shoot wouldn't be putting ourselves in danger from all these things we've suffered if we didn't know absolutely that there's a resurrection."
v3: Wilson contradicts himself by saying, in the commentary on verse 2 that the believers brought their week’s contribution every Sunday, then says they didn’t do so in the commentary to this verse because Paul tells them to store it up.
Also, this doesn’t indicate tithing was done away with. Where too much is revealed, nothing is revealed, just like how people try to say that just because it says the believers were gathered together in Troas on the first day of the week to hear Paul speak the day of worship had been changed from Saturday to Sunday. One instance does not a changed day make, and no mention of titheing does not the abolition of titheing make. Similarly, no mention of the Chapter 14 style of worship in the later letters does not a single speaker, “more mature” style of service make. Likewise, lack of faith and/or desire to see the gifts of Chapter 12 manifested today does not secession make.
v22: Can't get much more blunt than that.
Based on 1 Corinthians by Geoffrey B. Wilson. London: Banner of Truth, 1971.
Thursday, November 19, 2015