Friday, October 20, 2017

When you die

I'm not advocating the "truth" of the following articles, but they make interesting reading.

What Happens After You Die? The Brain Keeps Working Long Enough for Thoughts to Form -- "The current medical definition of death is when the heart stops beating...from that point, it takes up to 20 seconds before brain waves are no longer detectable."

Are 'Flatliners' Really Conscious After Death? -- "Parnia and his colleagues are currently investigating the pervasiveness of consciousness after death."

James 2:26 "...the body without the spirit is dead..."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Evangelicals Respond, and other 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, October 17, 2017

Charity teaches us, and other quotes

"Charity teaches us to make the best we can of everybody, and to say nothing of those of whom we can say no good, especially when they are gone. Say nothing but good concerning the dead. We ought to deny ourselves the satisfaction of making personal reflections upon those who have been injurious to us." -- Matthew Henry

"You can pretend to care, but you can't pretend to show up. " -- usually credited to George L. Bell

"In a marriage combat is bad, but conflict can work for good." -- Greg Smalley

"If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one." -- Russian Proverb

"You cannot plow a field by simply turning it over in your mind." -- Unknown

"God’s omniscience is largely an incommunicable attribute." -- Doug Sayers

"A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." -- George Augustus Moore, in The Brook Kerith

"If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you are." -- James Burke

"It’s nearly impossible to hear a spiritual preacher today. We have “seminaried” the spirit right out of them." -- Jess Alford

"The verbal contest over who is and is not privileged ironically takes place among people who are—all of them—the most privileged ever." -- Bart Barber

Monday, October 16, 2017

Wise choices or "Victim blaming"

Mayim Bialik: Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World -- "Nothing has been a harsher reminder that I work in an industry that profits on the exploitation of women — and not just on screen — than the accusations of Harvey Weinstein as a serial sexual assaulter, particularly of aspiring young actresses."

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and for her efforts to promote "choices...that I think of as self-protecting and wise," actress Mayim Bialik accused instead of blaming the victim. Are we so absorbed in the shame/blame game that "we [must] be naïve about the culture we live in"?

In a satirical mood, the Babylon Bee muses that the Morally Bankrupt Entertainment Industry [Is] Totally Baffled As To How Culture Became Morally Bankrupt.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Feet washing hymns from Zion's Hymns

No. 210, Page 164.
1. Disrobed of all his heavenly dress,
The Saviour came to earth ;
Cloth'd in a veil of mortal flesh,
And bow'd his head in death.

2. That awful night in which, betray'd,
He introduced the feast,
Which we, my friends, have seen display 'd,
Where each has been a guest.

3. The solemn scene about to close,
To make the whole complete,
He meekly from communion rose
And washed his servants' feet.

4. "To each," he said, "let others do,
As I, your Lord, have done;
The heavenly pattern still pursue,
In form as I have shown."

5. Since Christ has the example set,
And left it on record ;
We'll humbly wash each other's feet,
Obedient to his word.

No. 211, Page 165.
1. Jesus, the Lord who groan'd and died,
Arising from communion sweet
Disrobed, his garments laid aside,
And washed the dear disciples' feet

2. "Know you," he said, "what I have done?
Ye call me Lord, and Master too,—
I have you an example shown,
And as I've done, ye ought to do."

3. See, through this robe, that glorious dross,
Which Christ in love laid humbly by:
Clothed in a veil of mortal flesh,
For man to suffer, bleed and die.

4. Was he begirt with napkin round?
Learn hence that Christ the Lord would be,
While here below, a pattern found-
Servant of all, of you, of me!

5. His washing the disciples' feet,
Proclaims his cleansing, healing power ;
His re-assuming all complete,
The great, the grand, triumphant hour.

6. With Christ our pattern thus in view,
While here we hold communion sweet.
As he commands we'll joyful do,
And meekly wash each other's feet.

From Zion's Hymns by Rufus K. Hearn; Joseph S. Bell; Randolph, Jesse Falkland: Pitt County, NC, 1867.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Old Prospect, October 20-22

Old Prospect Baptist Church will have a weekend meeting, Friday October 20, Saturday October 21, and Sunday October 22, Lord willing.

John 1:46 Come and see.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

All uninspired writings are liable to contain error

The Scriptures accompanied by the aids of the Holy Spirit are the only source, which the servant of God can derive or desire that instruction which is requisite to qualify him for teaching the great truths of all uninspired writings are liable to contain error, though the productions of pious men, they should be consulted with great caution, lest errors be imbibed with case one wishes to consult any of these helps on any significant point, he should first examine the Scripture thereon, carefully comparing Scripture with Scripture, and thus get as good understanding upon it as possible himself, unaided by any other book other than the Bible. He will then be prepared to read to advantage men's views; and will know far better to receive his truth and reject his error...the establishment of a Theological School which shall require any given amount of knowledge to be acquired, and any specific length of time, to be spent in Biblical studies, will not tend to promote the scriptural prosperity of the connection. 
-- "Proceedings of the Freewill Baptist Convention," Acton Maine, January 15, 1840