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.
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 left-handed 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 wine-press. However, Gideon was actually doing a very brave thing. The Midianites were taking everything from God's people so therefore, Gideon was grinding some wheat secretly so as to keep it out of the hands of the oppressors. One could say Gideon was a tax protester.
v36-40: As I said, Gideon's putting out the fleece wasn't necessarily a sign of fear or unbelief. Again, you have to remember Gideon was living in an apostate time. Much like with many churches and Christians these days, God was 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 gotten 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.
v1-23: Manoah had the view of God a lot of Christians still have:
God has given them the Good News, the Gospel, The Best News Of All. (v1-5)
They have received it with joy and have beseeched God to teach them how to properly respond to this news: that is, how to live out this Gospel in which they have put their faith. (v6-8)
He has responded, teaching them how to follow and obey Him. (v9-14)
They have received this instruction joyfully and seek to honour God by giving of what they have, as in money, time, praise, talent, material possessions. v15)
The Lord has received what He has led them to give Him. (v 16-19)
These recurring blessings and encounters with God have confirmed and affirmed to the Christian that God is who He claims to be and that the Lord is a God of love, caring, one who rewards those who diligently seek Him, and a wonderful, gracious Father who delights to bless His children. (v20-21)
And yet, those children can still at times manifest an attitude toward God that He is a tyrant whose top priority is to kill His finite creatures who are so much lower and lowlier than Himself!
In verses 22 and 23, I see a dynamic of the relationship we Christians are to have in the new covenant with each other, that is what Paul talks about in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8: the dynamic of the weaker brother and the stronger brother. When a brother is exhibiting Manoah tendencies, having a time of not fully trusting God to be all our Lord says He is, they need the stronger brother, who is the type who, like Manoah's wife, will reassure the weaker believer that what God has shown of Himself in that brother's life is no trick.
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 shave my head." If Samson had put the emphasis on God in what he said and not on his hair, mightn't God have 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 enhance 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 the point where, 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.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Granted, just as with Eugene Levy and Roen Atkinson, David Cross makes whatever he's in that much better simply by being in it.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
This Friday evening ‘Bring it on Home’ – live music @ Cafe Sans Souci in Belleville from 7:30 to 10 pm....
Don't miss this! Excellent music, and – in addition to Cafe Sans Souci's superb dinner menu – there will be a special 'light menu' for the evening crowd: including samosas, salads, soup, bruschetta, and poutine along with steamed mussels, coconut shrimp, and... (wait for it) escargot. It's going to be a good night!
Look forward to see you there.
v12: Today in the church it is 43 thousand times worse, for Christians aren’t just saying, “I like this person better” or “I like that person better”: those who like one person have built denominational walls to keep out the believers who like another person.
V26: Today in the institutional church it is all about knowledge. Christians love the scholarly pastor who has as many degrees as a thermometer.
It is also all about influence. There are thousands of pastors gunning to be the next Billy Graham, Rick Warren or John Piper. They use their small town church pulpits as stepping stones to bigger and bigger congregations till they make the right connections to get them national and international attention.
It is all about rank, too. Whether the “Fathers” of the Catholic church or the Reverends, Pastors, Senior Pastors, Pastors For Preaching, etc. of the other denominations, it’s all the same: people having a fancy title by which they expect to be addressed.
Worldly wisdom is particularly evident in the mainline Protestant denominations, such as the Presbyterian, Anglican and United churches. Rather than preaching Christ and Him crucified, these church’s oftentimes take things from the world that sound good and preach those things instead.
The majority of the preaching emanating from these denominations centres on man pulling himself up by his own bootstraps, that is, making himself pleasing to God on his own strength. They teach “Jesus was a wise teacher who taught some very prudent principles. Follow these principles and you will be saved.”
Others teach Jesus was a good example. They say, “Jesus’ life provided us with a model for how to live, so learn to act according to that model and you will be saved.”
Still others teach, “Jesus was a perfect human being and by living by his principles and living our lives after the way he acted we can become perfect, too.”
However, it is by no means the majority of mainline Protestant ministers who are guilty of replacing the cross with worldly wisdom. In evangelical circles, we’ve seen things such as Dr. Laura on “Focus on the Family” and conservative talk shows elevated to the same level as Christian teaching. The thinking in these cases goes that if man can be made more moral by returning to good old-fashioned values, that will make him more acceptable to God.
Similarly, while I’m all for apologetics, including information on things such as creation and how Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled in current events, an identical attitude persists in these areas as it does in the area of morality. If we can just get people to see that God created the world or that the events described in Revelation are about to be fulfilled before the world’s very eyes, the thinking goes, that will make people get saved. Such head knowledge won’t get people saved unless it is accompanied by the preaching of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for man’s sin or unless the unbeliever has already heard about the events surrounding the cross at some time in their lives.
v15: If a minister of the Gospel who is genuinely saved preaches doctrines which are not heretical but are nevertheless incorrect, his preaching won’t be counted to him as good works on Judgment Day and he will not get rewarded, though he will still get into Heaven.
V16: However, if a minister of the Gospel brings a teaching the nature of which will destroy the church, that is, God’s people, he will be sent to Hell.
In the Catholic church it is all about things being holy, such as water, amulets, statues, and so forth. In the other institutional churches, it is quite similar. Things such as manmade organizations, positions and titles are made holy and the focus on the people themselves becoming holy before God is lost.
V21-23: Contrary to what the prosperity preachers say, the reason God blesses us with all these things is because we are in Christ. We are in Christ because He did the will of the Father by going to the cross which also put us in God.
v4: Paul didn’t condemn himself, beating himself up for everything he did wrong, simply because he couldn’t see the end yet. Christians need to adopt a similar attitude. While plenty of Christians seem to think they’re already perfect, other Christians are constantly down on themselves for every little thing, real or perceived, they’ve done recently that didn’t or might not have been pleasing to God. If you feel this way, think of how you were before you got saved, think of how you were at various points in the early part of your walk with the Lord, then think about where you are now. Remember, just like Paul, you can’t see the end yet. Just know that you, as a blood-bought saint, are going on toward that perfection in Christ Jesus.
v11:In Chapter 5 Paul is essentially saying as follows:
“Meanwhile, while you’re spending all this time over whether Appolos is a better speaker or whether so and so seems wiser as far as worldly wisdom is concerned, there is a guy in the body of believers there who is having sex with his stepmother. Additionally,” as I think we can infer from Paul’s list of sins here, “there are people doing other horrible things. Why don’t you concentrate on removing the fornicators, railers, drunkards, extortioners, etc. from your midst rather than on who’s the more appealing speaker.
Chapter 6 can be summed up as follows:
“Not only do you argue over who the better speaker is while ignoring the fornicators and other such sinners among you, you are caught up in taking your (probably mostly petty) disputes before the pagan courts and suing each other. You’re supposed to be the blood-bought saints of God who will one day judge angels, yet your minds are only on your petty sleights. If it’s a petty matter where no one really was injured, just let yourselves be “defrauded. If it’s a serious matter, God gave us laws for dealing with it. As I’ve just spent the first few pages of this letter going into in great detail, God’s wisdom is superior to man’s wisdom. Therefore, why are you going before the unbelievers and letting man’s wisdom settle your disputes for you? You are supposed to be the righteous i.e. those who live right i.e. those who live according to God’s way He designed for man. Yet, in this matter, you are not living the way God designed for man. People who don’t live rightly won’t get into Heaven. You’ve been washed, sanctified and justified, so live like it.
“Meanwhile, while you’re busy suing each other over mostly petty things, people in Corinth who call themselves Christians are using prostitutes. They reason (much like I’ve heard from some quarters of the world today) that since food benefits the body and we all need food to survive, then we should all seek out sex because that benefits the body as well. Your freedom in Christ isn’t freedom to do whatever you like. Your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit dwells.”
v16:Here we have God’s law concerning prostitution; anyone who sleeps with a prostitute has to marry her. That would decimate the sex trade pretty darn quick.
Of course this passage also applies to spiritual fornication.
Based on 1 Corinthians by Geoffrey B. Wilson. London: Banner of Truth, 1971.
Monday, November 2, 2015
There are probably lots of good serious films out there that deal with the theme of adjusting to the real world, such as films about coming out of prison after years of serving a sentence for a crime of which one was not guilty, or films about people coming out of cults. Perhaps maybe "Room" does justice to this theme.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
As far as Emma Teitel's column in the September 28 issue of Maclean's: It's not a matter of portraying different races, as Tietel and other liberals think. If something's interesting, no matter what the ethnicity of the characters, people will watch it.
The October issue of Chatalaine was sure hypocritical, telling women they can have it all when they clearly can't have it all. You can't be the world's best mother, a CEO, the perfect homemaker, and wife of the year all at the same time. It's the same for men. Life involves trade offs and people need to learn to prioritize what's really important and live balanced lives.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Haven't been able to pick up WTWW 5830 lately.
It will be cool if that new St. Catherine's station gets approved but it will also mean I won't be able to get WHKW as well as I have been the last few years.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Go Comics is a good site for newspaper comic strips, editorial cartoons and, from what I can tell, other newspaper features.
Cric Free looks like a good site for streaming all kinds of sports.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
It was good to hear Uncle Eric on The Mighty KBC again last night, even if the signal was poor.
Caught about of "Shortwave Saturday Night" with J.P. on WBCQ 7490 last night.
The profile of R. A. Dickie in the September issue of Good Times was actually quite good.
Regarding the article in the September issue of Chatalaine about the mother whose son is getting the HPV vaccine, look online at all the testimonies of young women whose lives have been ruined by this vaccination's terrible side effects.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Remission doesn't mean the sins we committed before we came to faith have been passed over; it means something has been done to make it so they aren't accounted to us anymore. When we are baptized for the remission of our sins, that is how we contact the blood of Christ which has made it possible for those sins to be remitted.
Hear and read the original sermon here.http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-demonstration-of-gods-righteousness-part-3
Friday, October 16, 2015
Good songs and good music, and good company to share them with!
That’s what you’ll find this Sunday afternoon at the Black Dog in Stirling.
Yes! THIS Sunday afternoon!
So come on out and join us to share a few tunes at the Amazing Jam? Maybe some of your own, maybe a couple from someone else....
The Black Dog, 227 West Front St. in Stirling.
We start up at 2 pm, run until 5....
Looking forward to see you there.
*And don’t forget to check the Facebook page ‘BV Amazing Music’ for postings about more music and events in this area. There’s something happening here....
The ‘Amazing Jam’! Even more amazing music...
This Sunday afternoon at The Black Dog in Stirling. We’ll be playing music there for about 3 hours. Welcomed by both staff and the patrons in the lounge and restaurant, our music is appreciated.
Once a month on Sunday afternoons. This Sunday afternoon (October 18th). Time is from 2 pm until 5.
The format is a ‘song circle’ with the lead changing from person to person among the group. Everyone has the option to offer a tune when their turn comes around, or pass to their neighbour if they’d rather. Depending on the music, the mood, choice of instruments, etc. some will choose to support whoever is leading a song, others may prefer to sit out and listen. DSCF1663
We invite you to come out and join us, making music with old friends; for sure, there’ll be some new faces too.
“Bring your instruments, your voices and your music. It’s all unplugged and it’s all good! Guitar, bass, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, fiddle, accordion, flute, celtic harp – the list goes on.
“There may be only 4 or 5 of us or maybe a whole room full of musicians. A place for ‘first-timers’ and experienced players alike. A good bunch of people playing all kinds of music together. People in their teens all the way through proto-geezers. Maybe even an incipient-geriat or two....
“The blues does not rule. Any acoustic music from punk to polka!”
(Baritone sax and tuba set up in the parking lot....)
Hope to see you Sunday afternoon in Stirling.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Then, picked up 89.1 The Point with top 40 music and female anncr talking about Haloween parties and giving weather forecast.
That Loyalist College internet station, Hot Hits, is certainly better than what I had in my first year. Kudos to whoever made the decision to launch that.
Been downloading old episodes of "Brave New Waves" and "Nightlines." I regret I never appreciated those programs and their music more when they were on.
Man, Premier Christian Radio from the UK is just so good; they've got a good emphasis on Jesus Christ without becoming starchy and dull.
That music program on RTE Monday-Fridays at 8:00 p.m. is good. When I tuned in the other week I heard some classic rock tunes followed by some jazz tunes.
Didn't know we could get Joy 1250 in this area at this time of year before the sun went down.
Listened to the Jays win on Monday night on CIWW Ottawa, then listened to Christian country music on WXRL Buffalo, checked out some of the ethnic stuff on CJMR Toronto, then listened to some hymns on WQEW New York. The AM band can still offer interesting stuff.
Also listened to the Jays win today on CIWW.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
A Voice In the Night by Brenda Sloggett: Autobiography of a woman who, among other things, took in Burmese refugees. Shows what cool things British people are doing for Christ.
After the Locusts by Meg Guillibaud: An Anglican bishop tells about how the Rwandans are healing after the genocide and how their stories illustrate various aspects of forgiveness.
Angels On the Walls by Wallace and Mary Brown: An Anglican vicar is called to a counsel estate in an English town. This is one of the best Christian books I have ever read. I found it so cool how, as an Anglican, this man was open to things such as words of knowledge. One can’t but get caught up in his infectious zeal for turning a staid Anglican parish church with an old, dying, unenthusiastic congregation into a place welcoming to the younger people on the estate, which also entails their various troubled backgrounds.
Back to Jerusalem by Paul Hattaway: Details the mission given to the Chinese church by God to take the Gospel through the 10-40 region all the way back to Jerusalem from whence it started. I was completely unaware of this mission. Also has a really edifying chapter on how the Communist persecution of the church in China and everything they did to “improve” society actually ended up strengthening and growing the church.*
Cockney On Cloud Nine by Ken Calder: Testimony of a man who grew up in a poor family in London during World War II. Shows how God directed his life and how God has us do one thing for a while, then calls us to something else.
Discovering Acts by Stephen Gaukroger: A Crossway BibleGuide that provides a lot of good commentary on this book of the Bible.
Discovering Joshua by Charles Price: A Crossway Bible Guide that provides a good commentary on this book of the Bible. This commentary really cleared up the question of Calvinism versus Arminianism for me.
Even The Darkness by Carole Simpson: Testimony of a woman from a dysfunctional family who subsequently got addicted to drugs and all the rest of it. Illustrates how Christians can fail to properly care and understand new believers who have come out of such situations.
In Search of the Source by Neil Anderson & Hyatt Moore: Also one of the best Christian books I have ever read. The story of a missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators who went with his family to work among a tribe in Papua New Guinea. Shows the challenges and rewards of translating the Bible. It also shows that good missionaries respect and immerse themselves in the culture and the people among whom God has called them.
Into the Glory by Jamie Buckingham: Tells of interesting things that happened among the Natives of Brazil once they became Christians from the perspective of a pilot for Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Friday, October 9, 2015
This was a very interesting read from a more emergent church kind of perspective which is a side of things I don't often delve into when I read.
I found it very intriguing how Bolz-Weber felt called to ministry because she was the only religious person among her friends. It is probably correct to say she would have been the only kind of Christian from which her friends and the kind of people who go to her church would have been willing to hear about Jesus. I would not compare her to Esther though. Instead, I would compare her to Debra, stepping up when there was no man willing to do what was required.
Bolz-Weber's story about going from an alcoholic, drug using wannabe stand-up comic to an emergent-type Lutheran pastor is definitely inspiring, thrilling and heartwarming and once again proves the passage in Jeremiah which ends, "but what will you do at the end of it?"
Bolz-Weber can bloody write! One gets into her patter like a warm bath, and the description of her writing style in the front of the book is certainly apt. Heck, she can speak, despite what her self-deprecating comments would lead you to believe. From even first hearing about this book on "Tapestry", I wanted to have lunch with her and chew the fat.
Some of the lessons Bolz-Weber learns along her journey of being a pastor are pretty obvious to someone of a different background, but you can still get into the telling like the aforementioned bathtub.
That is the praise I have for Bolz-Weber and "Pastrix.", Now for the major sticking-point between her and me, namely, homosexuality and transgenderism.
First of all, let me say that, while they should never compromise on homosexuality being a sin and abomination and on the fact that God-who is incapable of making mistakes-created us male and female, many Christians need to approach these issues and, indeed, these people differently.
Having said that, though, I will not compromise on what God has said through the Scriptures.
Emergent and Christians of other pro-lgbtq8&&((*%^&fdksk ilks do a disservice to homosexuals and transgender folk when they tell them they can lead a life in Christ without having to address these sins, for they are only serving to dis-empower the homosexual by doing this. Homosexuals (in which group I would include transsexuals and other gender-dysphoric persons) have deep-seeded feelings of inadequacy-not about who they are as girls or guys-but about themselves as people. Thus, Christians need to, in love, get at the individual's particular version of that inadequacy.
In the case of Mary Kristene Calahan, (which is the name and gender I will use so as not to further dis-empower her), I would not have baptized her into being a man. I would have prayerfully considered and talked to her about what it is that makes her feel she's meant to be a man. Then I would have told her to talk to God about whatever her answer to my previous question would have been.
Finally, to Nadia and all others who think so: True faith in and obedience of God is not for the purpose of "becoming like us", that is, being made into what some particular group of so-called Christians think a follower of Jesus should look and act like; it's about becoming your true self. God is trying to restore each one of those who are truly seeking for and trusting in Him to the way He wants them to be.
We are born into this world and get flack from all quarters and messages telling us we have to be like someone else and conform to others expectations. This often leads to many terrible consequences to the person being put upon by the world in this way.
God the Father sent His son (who was actually a part of Himself) down to Earth to die on the cross in part that we would have a way to become our true, God-designed individual selves we were meant to have been had the events of the Garden of Eden not taken place. God wants to free you from that homosexuality and gender-dysphoria (as well as all your other sins) so that you can become the you you were meant to be.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
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Monday, October 5, 2015
At first, I had thought about finding another church but ultimately decided against, preferring to have fellowship with other believers throughout the week instead.
The institutional church, be it Catholic, mainline Protestant, evangelical, or otherwise, is like the proverbial oxcart in the Biblical story. It is a thing constructed by man for the purpose of conveying Jesus, but because it is manmade, it tips every time. When people try to reach out and steady the oxcart, they get struck down by the other members of that denomination. The one who was struck down then goes out and then builds his own oxcart.
If believers want to gather in a weekly meeting, let it be according to 1 Corinthians 14. There are much better articulated resources on the web about how the early church worked so I won't go into more details here.
My journey with Jesus Christ has been exciting, interesting, enlightening, life-saving, life-affirming, and a whole bunch of other things I can't think of at this time and I look forward to where He will lead me in the future.
First, Kinnaman seems to be under the mistaken notion that it is mostly young people who are leaving the institutional church when in fact Christians of all ages are doing so.
Second, Kinnaman seems to be in a sort of huff that young Christians would think the things about the traditional church they do. Hey, lots of church people don't like anyone but those who fit into their exact denomination and many youth pastors are overprotective of teenagers.
Thirdly, Kinnaman is taking a man-centred, patrimonial approach to this problem. Jesus clearly told his disciples at the last supper that it is the Holy Spirit who guides Christians into all truth. Sure, a believer might get off track and believe something unbiblical for a while, but they won't stay deceived if they truly have the Holy Spirit.
Sure, some churches are making a few changes to address the reasons why their numbers are shrinking, but, due to it's very structure, the institutional church can not change into being what the body of Christ should be.
Lastly, this guy seems really down on music downloading. Wonder if any parties responsible for putting together this book owns a record label?
Sunday, October 4, 2015
The most ironic part is when the choir is at the finals and the choir of twelve year old kids are singing about being humble. The church choir in this movie isn't humble; they're in it to win a competition and get glory for themselves.
Also, zombies have human teeth; just wear a leather jacket.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
88.9 unid. Family Life Network station from upstate New York with "The Noon Report." Quite a comprehensive news package consisting of news and features with a Christian theme.
89.1 WBSU Brockport with country and pop music.
90.1 WGMC Rochester with female anncr talking about that evening's program schedule as well as jazz music.
91.5 WXXI Rochester with classical music, hard to hear competing with CJLX Belleville on adjacent frequency.
92.5 WBEE Rochester with country music.
93.1 WNTQ Syracuse with top 40 songs and IDs.
95.1 WAIO Rochester with Bon Jovi "Runaway", male anncr over AC/DC "Back in Black", U2 "Bloody Sunday", and Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody."
95.3 Fresh Radio Hamilton with hot AC music and ID.
98.5 WKSE Buffalo with male anncr and top 40 songs.
100.5 WDVE Rochester with commercials, ID and music.
103.3 WEDG Buffalo with ID and into what sounded like Ozzy Osborne.
103.9 WDKX Rochester blowing away CBC Radio Two from Peterborough on same frequency with rap music, IDs and commercials, including promo for "The Quiet Storm."
105.9 WJZR Rochester with commercials including a PSA for Planned Parenthood (quite surprising in light of recent events), male anncr as well as jazz and blues music.
106.7 WKGS Syracuse with ID and top 40 music.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Caught some of that new CBC show "Unreserved" last week. The program certainly doesn't let the grass grow under it's feet.
Have tuned into a bit of Big FM, CFMK Kingston's latest format tweek. Not so sure what's really changed from it's previous few formats.
Watched one of the newer episodes of "Beavis and Butt-head" on YouTube and actually really enjoyed it.
I love Phoebe Judge's voice.
Cool how My FM has a religious program on Sunday mornings.
Saturday, September 5, 2015
It will do more to turn men into sperm donors and women into broodmares.
Employees will no longer have any rights whatsoever. As we are seeing in the Kim Davis battle, the dictates of one's job will become more important than one's religious or nmoral convictions. Thus, in the future, you will see a boss proposition his female employee, promising advancement if she does what he asks. The woman will object. The boss will ask why. The woman will respond it violates her morals. The boss will cite Kim Davis and the woman will be forced to do what the boss wants.
Was not impressed with CBC's summer line-up this year at all.
Holy moley, Lisa Charlieboy said "like," in the middle of a question she had probably prepared before the interview in question.
Been having a lot of good upstate New York dx lately, especially enjoying WRUR and WAIO 95.1.
Speaking of Radio 95.1, it was so great to call Billy Vetori last Sunday.
Cool Hilary McLeod is reading her books on 91x now.
Have been listening to a fair amount of CKOL the past week. Their sound has really improgved a lot.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
The Black Dog, 227 West Front St. in Stirling.We start up at 2 pm, run until 5....
*And don’t forget to check the Facebook page ‘BV Amazing Music’ for postings about more music and events in this area. There’s something happening here....
Sunday, August 9, 2015
I enjoyed the article in the July 6-13 issue of Maclean's about Tom Maclean, the guy who makes knives. Always good to see people get recognition for stuff like this.
I did not, however, enjoy the articles in the July 20 issue that were found in the Music section and Books section respectively. Man, Maclean's is so pushing the politically correct agenda anymore.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
I really enjoyed the article in the June issue of Good Times about the Caannel Islands. It truly took me to a new place.
I loved the cover story in the July issue of Readers' Digest featuring readers memories of summer camp. I found summer camp (though in my case it was more like spring camp) ultimately an enriching, unforgetable experience.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
AMerican Civl War: The Civil War was not about slavery as evidenced by Lincoln’s quote about “if I could fight the war without freeing one single slave I would do it…” The Federal government and the northern states were bullying the South through economic policies and instances such as the Harper’s Ferry raid. The Confederate States declared their independence as they had the right to do. The North fired on Fort Sumter in a false flag attack and the war was on