Monday, August 03, 2020

The Hope of our Salvation

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5
That he is God, is the very foundation of his salvation; for it is his eternal Godhead that gives virtue, efficacy, and dignity to all that as man he did and suffered for his chosen people. If he were not God, God and man in one glorious Person, what hope would there be for our guilty souls? Could his blood atone for our sins, unless Deity gave it efficacy? Could his righteousness justify our persons, unless Deity imparted merit and value to all the doings and sufferings of his humanity? Could his loving heart sympathise with and deliver us, unless “as God over all,” he saw and knew all that passes within us, and had all power, as well as all compassion, to exert on our behalf?
We are continually in circumstances where no man can do us the least good, and where we cannot help or deliver ourselves; we are in snares, and cannot break them; we are in temptations, and cannot deliver ourselves out of them; we are in trouble, and cannot comfort ourselves; are wandering sheep, and cannot find the way back to the fold; we are continually roving after idols, and hewing out “broken cisterns,” and cannot return to “the fountain of living waters.” How suitable, then, and sweet it is, to those who are thus exercised, to see that there is a gracious Immanuel at the right hand of the Father, whose heart is filled with love, and whose bowels move with compassion; who has shed his own precious blood that they might live; who has wrought out a glorious righteousness, and “is able to save unto the uttermost all that come unto God by him.”
Joseph Charles Philpot (1802-1869)

Sunday, August 02, 2020

The weakest saint upon his knees

Exhortation to Prayer.
By William Cowper. No. 60, Book II, Olney Hymns, 1779 (Long Meter)

In this hymn the author exhorts and encourages us to prayer. He acknowledges the hindrances to prayer, but then spells out it worth, including the “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.” Though who oft complain they have no words for prayer and praise usually have plenty when time comes to complain. May our prayer, praise, and good cheer “oftener be.”

1. What various hindrances we meet
In coming to a mercy seat!
Yet who that knows the worth of prayer,
But wishes to be often there?

2. Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw,
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw;
Gives exercise to faith and love,
Brings every blessing from above.

3. Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;
Prayer makes the Christian’s armour bright;
And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.

4. While Moses stood with arms spread wide,
Success was found on Israel’s side;
But when thro’ weariness they failed,
That moment Amalek prevailed.

5. Have you no words? Ah! think again,
Words flow apace when you complain;
And fill your fellow creature’s ear
With the sad tale of all your care.

6. Were half the breath thus vainly spent,
To Heaven in supplication sent;
Your cheerful song would oftener be,
“Hear what the Lord has done for me!”

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Church, Covid, and State

The church in word and by nature is an assembly. While a church may voluntary choose to temporarily comply with certain advice due to health concerns, governmental restrictions against assembly attacks the very nature of the church.

Do black police lives matter violent white protestors in Portland?
Multiple local Black people have been speaking out against the violence, saying the BLM movement has been co-opted by radical protesters.
Among the critics was a Black Portland Police officer who called out the mostly-white protesters for hurling insults at himself and other Black police officers.
“It says something when you’re at a Black Lives Matter protest, you have more minorities on the police side than you have in a violent crowd and you have white people screaming at Black officers,” Officer Jakhary Jackson said in mid-July.
Portland has become the focal point of Black Lives Matter protests in America, but it has a tortured history when it comes to race

Friday, July 31, 2020

In other words, ageusia, amnesia, and anosmia

  • Aesopism, noun. A condition, story, practice, or other feature characteristic or reminiscent of Aesop.
  • ageusia, noun. Loss or impairment of the sense of taste.
  • amnesia, noun. Loss of a large block of interrelated memories; complete or partial loss of memory caused by brain injury, shock, etc.
  • anosmia, noun. Absence or loss of the sense of smell.
  • bothsidesism, noun. A tendency to treat all policy debates as if the opposing sides present equally strong arguments, or are equally valid or equally dangerous.
  • clamber, verb (used with or without object). To climb, using both feet and hands; climb with effort or difficulty.
  • coulrophobia, noun. Extreme or irrational fear of clowns.
  • ensky, verb. To place in or as if in the heavens; exalt.
  • esoteric, adjective. Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.
  • fakement, noun. A scheme or device (typically for some dishonest purpose), a ploy, a dodge, a trick; (sometimes more vaguely) a thing, an item.
  • gaiter, noun. A covering of cloth or leather for the ankle and instep and sometimes also the lower leg, worn over the shoe or boot.
  • journalism, noun. The activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast.
  • micro-cheating, noun. Inappropriate behavior that crosses healthy and expected boundaries in a relationship, but stops short of physical infidelity (e.g. emotional affairs, flirting).
  • revanche, noun. The policy of a state intent on regaining areas of its original territory that have been lost to other states as a result of war, a treaty signed under duress, etc.
  • social climber, noun. A person who attempts (frequently by means considered disreputable) to attain a higher social status, esp. acceptance in fashionable society, or is anxious to do so.
  • social contract, noun. Any mutual agreement between specific persons, groups, or elements within a society.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

What Passes for Journalism

journalism, noun. The activity, occupation, or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast.

Houston doctor Stella Immanuel rapidly became an internet sensation, defending the use of hydroxychloroquine to combat COVID-19. Almost as rapidly she because the brunt of jokes, mocking her weird ideas about reptilians and demon sperm. The latter mockery was not just a fun outing, but designed to invalidate what she said about hydroxychloroquine. What Dr. Immanuel said about hydroxychloroquine is that it works, that all 350 patients she had treated with hydroxychloroquine have survived.

Here’s what I noticed. Anybody with a computer can search and find something strange someone has said. Almost everyone will agree that Dr. Immanuel has said some strange things about various subjects. What a real reporter could do, though, is actually research the actual statement Dr. Immanuel made about the actual subject. In two “demon sperm” articles I read, the authors attacked some weird ideas Dr. Immanuel holds – but DID NOT debunk her claim of helping people with hydroxychloroquine. That is the relevant question to COVID-19. That is what a journalist ought to research and report on. Is that claim valid? Did it work? What has happened with her 350 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine? It is  telling that the authors could not or would not address it.

Why? Dr. Harvey Risch, epidemiology professor at the Yale School of Public Health says, “It’s a political drug now, not a medical drug.” This is largely due to the fact it has been touted by President Donald Trump. I don’t want politic reports about medical issues. In real time and real life, what matters me is the accuracy of the doctor’s claim that all 350 patients she had treated with hydroxychloroquine have survived. A mechanic may have some weird ideas about the moon, but can he fix a car? A chef may think chickens are aliens, but can she whip up an excellent chicken cordon bleu?

What passes for journalism in 2021 seems to be political opinion parading as fact.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A Biblical Approach, and other music links

The posting of links does not constitute an endorsement of the sites linked, and not necessarily even agreement with the specific posts linked.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Plain Gospel, Jesus Died for Me

I could not find any information online about an old cassette tape I have, so I decided to put this online to preserve the information. Someday I would love to find that this is on a CD.

Gospel singing group from Eva, Morgan County, Alabama is called “Plain Gospel.” The title of the tape is “Jesus Died for Me.”

The group members were: 

  • Phillip Robinson, tenor
  • S. D. Childers, lead
  • Barbara Frost, lead
  • Gayle Frost, alto
  • Charles Frost, bass
  • Sandra Childers, piano
  • Mike Riddle, bass & guitar

The songs on the cassette tape are:

  1. Gloryland
  2. Heaven Will Be Mine
  3. I Call Him Lord
  4. Inside the Gates
  5. It’s So Peaceful
  6. It’s Still the Blood
  7. Jesus Died for Me
  8. Light At the River
  9. My Best Friend
  10. No Other Fountain
  11. We’re Just Pilgrims
  12. What a Meeting

I did not find a date on the liner notes, but this was probably recorded in the 1980s. It was produced by Dawn Studios/New Morning Asheville, North Carolina.

Monday, July 27, 2020

10 Flavors of Works-Based Salvation, and other links

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Theology is a cat’s cradle

“As an activity, theology is a cat’s cradle [something that is intricate, complicated, or elaborate] of interrelated though distinct disciplines: elucidating texts (exegesis), synthesizing what they say on the things they deal with (biblical theology), seeing how the faith was stated in the past (historical theology), formulating it for today (systematic theology), finding its implications for conduct (ethics), commending and defending it as truth and wisdom (apologetics), defining the Christian task in the world (missiology), stockpiling resources for life in Christ (spirituality) and corporate worship (liturgy), and exploring ministry (practical theology).”
J. I. Packer (1926–2020)
“Tolerance is the last virtue of a depraved society. When you have an immoral society that has blatantly, proudly, violated all of the commandments of God, there is one last virtue they insist upon: tolerance for their immorality.”
D. James Kennedy (1930-2007)