- Ballot Count Upload Error in Arizona — Over 6,000 False Biden Votes Discovered -- “The error gave Biden more votes than he is currently ahead by. It seems all of these errors end up working to the benefit of one side.”
- CDC to shorten quarantine for those exposed to Covid-19 -- “We know that the biggest risk is from days four to seven. After that, the risk is lower...”
- Cuomo Defends Trump against ‘Unprofessional’ and ‘Really Biased’ Media -- “There are reporters who just are unprofessional, don’t know the facts and ask really biased questions.”
- Federal Court Rules Texas and Louisiana Can Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz -- “Although the decision is a massive pro-life victory for the states and will help protect the rights of pro-life Americans from funding the abortion industry and save unborn children from abortions, the abortion giant is expected to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.”
- Georgia secretary of state: My family voted for Trump. He threw us under the bus anyway. -- “When I took office, I committed to running elections in Georgia with integrity. After any election, half of the voters will be happy and the other half will be disappointed.”
- J. C. Philpot and John H. Newman – A Vital Difference -- “For Philpot the Bible was the complete revelation of God. All questions of doctrine, experience and practice can only be settled by bringing them to the testimony of Holy Scripture alone...”
- Louisiana’s Culinary Trails -- “Not long ago, there was a scientific study that ranked Louisiana as the nation’s happiest state. Many reasons likely led to this distinction, but we’re pretty sure our incredible Louisiana cuisine played a role.”
- Massachusetts Democrats Push Unlimited Abortion in Annual Budget -- “In other words, the Massachusetts legislature aims to codify into state law the enormous loophole created by Roe and Doe, permitting all abortions after fetal viability so long as one doctor — the abortionist, who has a vested financial interest in performing the procedure — is willing to certify that any aspect of the woman’s health could be adversely affected by continued pregnancy.”
- Mississippi Sweet Potatoes: A Tasty Tradition -- “And the ever-growing love of sweet potatoes keeps the farmers in the Hospitality State extremely busy, especially around the quaint town of Vardaman, Mississippi.”
- Stuffing vs. Dressing: What’s the Difference? -- “In the most technical terms, stuffing is stuffed (literally) inside the cavity of the turkey and cooked there...Dressing, on the other hand, is roasted in a separate vessel like a casserole dish.”
- The Courier: One-Issue Wonder -- “John L. Welch and W. E. Colville produced the first issue of the Courier as a sample copy and later distributed it to the Tennessee State Association (according to the 1940 minutes of the Tennessee State Association, page 7).”
- Was J. C. Philpot a Mystic who taught Pietism? -- “To be sure Brother Philpot spoke of ‘Dry Doctrinal Calvinists’, dead Calvinists, heady notional Calvinists and ‘Graceless Calvinist’s!”
Monday, November 30, 2020
The grief the “transgender” feels from disapproval is the right feeling. He needs to abhor his sin. This is what David felt when he committed adultery. The pangs of conscience are good. It’s like the pain someone feels when he touches a hot stove, telling him not to do that. The conscience is an internal warning device. “Coming to the aid” of someone who is hurting over disapproval of a righteous confrontation just shuts down the properly working conscience. This person is learning not to listen. He or she is not swift to hear. In other word, the person is being truly hurt, hurt in an actual way, harmed eternally, and this is not love. This is not love. It is hatred. The people being given credit for love are hateful people. What I’m writing here is very important. This is some of the worst kind of deceit that there is in the world.
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Saturday, November 28, 2020
- One-Hit Wonders: From Hapax to Googlewhacks -- “In lexicographical circles, this type of literary one-off is called a nonce word — or, using a Greek expression that’s much more fun to say, a hapax legomenon.”
- A House Of Feasting -- “This is my first Thanksgiving, and I really, really want to impress the Tada family with my menu. But bologna rather than oyster stuffing?”
- Bat Lodging -- “A conservationist creates a unique oasis for roving insect hunters in Central Texas.”
- Calvinists and Armenians -- “I am a Calvinist...I personally know only one Armenian.”
- Conserving Ordinate Affection -- “The second means of conserving ordinate affection is to understand what we mean when we use the term affections.”
- Early Flying Machine Predated Wright Brothers’ Work -- “On October 12, 1901, the Scientific American magazine announced the news of construction of an experimental aircraft built by Burrell Cannon of Pittsburg, Texas.”
- Focus on Texas: Extremes -- “Dare you pass up the dramatic scenes and moments co-op members are sharing?”
- Kansas Middle School Ends Operation Christmas Child After Atheist Complaint -- “The [Liberty Middle School located in Pratt, Kansas] must cease participation in Operation Christmas Child or taking any other actions promoting Christianity like including religious references over morning announcements," the [Freedom from Religion Foundation] FFRF said in their Nov. 3 letter.”
- Kentucky Attorney General sues governor regarding in-person school ban -- “Kentucky’s attorney general and a Christian school have sued the state’s governor — charging that a ban on in-person classroom teaching violates the First Amendment and religious freedom.”
- New Book—Bibliology for Beginners: What Does the Bible Say about the Bible? -- “...in the face of many challenges to the Bible's authority, we need to know what the Bible says about itself.”
- Old Landmarkism, What Is It? -- “Lessons on Landmarkism, by Mike Brawner”
- Obama Says We Need More ‘Regulations and Standards’ on the Practice of Free Speech on Social Media -- “Oh, look. It's just the former President of the United States of America slandering half the country as conspiracy theorists and saying that we need local and national, as well as political and cultural work, to make sure that everyone is agreeing on the same facts.”
- Parents sue Simpson Co. School District over ban of daughter’s ‘Jesus Loves Me’ mask -- “Parents of a Simpson County elementary school student file suit in federal court against the school district after she was ordered to remove her ‘Jesus Loves Me’ face mask. According to attorneys, the district singled out the girl and robbed her of her constitutional rights.”
- The Belly or the Bowels -- “A modern reader is not usually familiar with that concept, bowels or affections, in scripture. ”
- The Most Rampant False Doctrine or Religion That You Didn’t Know Its Name: Perennialism -- “...the man said that he had deeply studied twelve or so religions and that he found that they all were the same. In other words, all religions taught the same teachings.”
- The Prayer and The Preaching by W. M. Lea as Published in The Baptist, Feb 20, 1875 -- “The Arminian prays as if his salvation wholly depended on God...”
- Thoughts on Christian Duty No. 3: Reading the Scriptures by James M. Pendleton -- “The Bible is God’s book to man. There is no book like it. The truth that it contains is more precious ‘than gold, yea than much fine gold, sweeter than honey and the honey-comb.’”
- Unplug and Escape at Chic Barndominium -- “I wanted to make it like a cute, cozy barndominium where people could come to unplug and enjoy nature and the beauty of East Texas.”
Friday, November 27, 2020
Searching for “sacred harp” & “introductory lesson,” I found over 1100 matches; over 200 for “singing convention” & “introductory lesson;” and 90 matches for “musical convention” & “introductory lesson.” Obviously, I have not looked at all the some 1400 hits. Some of the hits are outliers – for example, “Sacred Harp” & “introductory lesson” only happening to be on the same page of the newspaper, but not in relation to each other. Some are 7-shape singings. Nevertheless, most of the hits appear to be relevant. The vast majority are in Alabama, and most of them from southeast Alabama. This is likely a coincidence of what papers are available on Newspapers.com, which areas tended to report their singings to newspapers, and which areas most commonly used the terminology. Here are a few examples.
The Boiling Springs Convention of 1893. After the house was called to order, prayer had, and officers elected, there was a 1-1/2 intermission (apparently for lunch). This was followed at 1:30 p.m. with an introductory lesson by G. F. Hunt. (People’s Party Advocate, Friday, September 8, 1893, page 3.) Afterward there was a recess of 15 minutes. It does not indicate how long this lasted, but the recess after the introductory suggests the lesson went on for a substantial time. A program announcement of the Boiling Springs Convention at the Second Baptist Church in Talladega in 1906 gives 30 minutes allotted for the introductory lesson – 11:30 am till noon.
Annual singing at Mt. Zion in Barbour County, Alabama, May 1903. After the singing was called to order, songs led by chairman, and permanent organization (i.e., election of officers) “An introductory lesson of fifteen minutes was given by W. M. Cooper, of Dothan, and the lesson was continued by W. M. Boyd, Jessie Rountree and Tom Renfroe, each one giving three pieces.” After this they took a five minute recess. (The Troy Messenger, Wednesday, May 20, 1903, page 4.)
Sacred Harp Singers Association meeting in Cullman County Courthouse in 1937. The introductory lesson was conducted by Jim Evans, D. E. Williams, Otto Allred, and Ed Thomas. (The Cullman Banner, Friday 16 July 1937, page 2.)
In 1871 the Southwestern Alabama Musical Convention introductory lesson was 25 minutes, and in 1884 the Carroll County (Georgia) Musical Convention introductory lesson was 30 minutes, followed by a recess. In 1893 at the Hillabee Convention in Chambers County, J. J. Bishop gave the introductory lesson with “time unlimited.” At the 1929 Boiling Springs Convention in Ashland, Alabama, the minutes specifically mention that J. B. Dean “had been chosen at the last convention” to lead the introductory lesson. At the 1942 Middle Creek (Alabama) Convention, after prayer “the Chairman appointed C. O. Hagler to direct three songs as the introductory lesson...”Unfortunately, in most cases the introductory lesson is basically just reported as happening. There is little of any details of just how it was conducted. Most of the reports seem to have in common the first leader after the meeting is called to order, and a prominent lesson. It most cases the chairman first calls the singing to order with a song, and after that the introductory lesson occurred. The 1893 Boiling Springs is an exception to that rule.
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
- ambilogy, noun. Uncertain or doubtful meaning in a person’s speech or writing; ambiguity.
- anxiogenic, adjective. Giving rise to anxiety; (also) producing the characteristic physiological effects of anxiety.
- barndominium, noun (aka barndo). A type of house that is a combination of a barn style structure and a condominium, creating both a home and large functional area.
- brewstered, adjective. Wealthy, rich, very well off.
- callidity, noun. Craftiness, cunning; shrewdness. Also: an act characterized by this.
- cockle stairs, noun. (A flight of) winding stairs; a spiral staircase.
- cheesed, adjective. Fed up, annoyed, exasperated. Chiefly in cheesed off.
- earthfast, adjective. Especially of a stone: fixed in the ground. Also figurative.
- hapax legomenon (pl. legomena), noun. A word or phrase that appears only once in a manuscript, document, or corpus. In biblical discussions, it means a word that only appears once in the Bible.
- nonce word, noun. A word occurring, invented, or used just for a particular occasion; a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion.
- noodge, verb. transitive: To pester, to nag at. Also intransitive: to whine, to complain persistently.
- perennialism, noun. A perspective in religion, philosophy, or spirituality that views all of the world’s religious traditions as sharing a single, metaphysical truth or origin from which all esoteric and exoteric knowledge and doctrine has grown.
- religio illicita, noun. Religion that is illicit, illegal, not permitted, esp. in the Roman Empire.
- religio licita, noun. Tolerated or permitted religion, esp. in the Roman Empire.
- spiritus, noun. The animating or vital principle in living things; spirit, soul, or life force.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
1. That though regeneration and sanctification be essential to the character of a Christian; yet neither of them constitute the baptism of the Holy Ghost.2. However much you may enjoy of the Spirit, as the Spirit of life, light, and love; you have no Scripture grounds to call this inward baptism, and so the one baptism, and thereby live in the neglect of the appointments of Jesus Christ.3. That as the baptism of the Holy Ghost was given for the confirmation of the gospel dispensation, it has effected its design; the sacred prophecy is fulfilled, and it has ceased.4. That as the extraordinary work, and no other, is known in the gospel as the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and that took place after faith in Christ, or regeneration, we have no right to call regeneration baptism.5. Though we are the hopeful subjects of divine grace, and live in the smiles of heaven; it is both our duty and privilege to submit to the appointments of Jesus Christ, as laid down in his word.
Monday, November 23, 2020
- Bavinck: A Critical Biography by James Eglinton -- “Bavinck was a truly great man, and this is a worthy biography. It wasn’t a page turner, exactly, but I never felt bored, either. The pace was stately. A good fit for its subject.”
- Book Review: Analog Church, by Jay Kim -- “...we need real people in real places to hold real hands and wipe real tears and give real hugs.”
- Book Review: Augustine as Mentor, Edward Smither -- “Smither’s work is not only a fascinating historical exploration of one of the most titanic figures in church history, it’s a compelling and inspiring portrait of a man committed to carrying out Paul’s admonition to Timothy...”
- Book Review: God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel, by Costi Hinn -- “Hinn [Benny Hinn’s nephew] is upfront about the fact that he hopes that his book will be used by God to cause people to leave the prosperity gospel and reject its teachings.”
- Book Review: None Greater, by Matthew Barrett -- “One of the most interesting aspects of Barrett’s book is how he chronicles his own journey of discovery with regard to God’s character.”
- Book Review- The Christian Life -- “One feature that makes this book especially helpful is how the author is able to distill very important concepts from authors that laymen may find intimidating.”
- Book Review: The Heart of the Preacher, by Rick Reed -- “...one thing noticeably absent from Reed’s picture of a preacher’s discipleship is the local church itself.”
- Book Review: The Mortification of Sin by John Owen -- “The Mortification of Sin is essentially an examination of Romans 8:13...the bulk of Owen’s work explores the theology and practice of mortifying sin.”
- Eusebius, Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, C. F. Cruse translator -- “This ‘new updated edition’ of Eusebius is, therefore, a mixed blessing.”
- Evangellyfish, by Douglas Wilson -- “The book is unlike any other I’ve read by Wilson: it’s a novel, and it’s satire.”
- Palm Beach doctor has written handbook on COVID-19 -- “In addition to being chief of interventional cardiology at Good Samaritan Medical Center and heading a clinic in West Palm Beach Crandall has battled contagious diseases during his missionary medical work...”
- Reviewing Anthony Esolen’s “Out of the Ashes” -- “I suspect the highest complement you can give a book written by a professor is that, upon finishing the book, you find yourself wishing that you could take a class with him.”
- Shall Never Perish: Eternal Security Examined -- “We doubt very much if a finer treatise on the assurance of salvation and the eternal security of the believer in Christ has ever been published, or can be written...If anyone can remain a ‘doubting Thomas’ after perusal of this classic work on eternal security, he must be past conviction on the subject.”
- The Purpose of Luke-Acts, by Robert Maddox -- Above all, it tries to do justice to Luke’s own expressed purpose. Whether it has got the emphasis quite right is another matter.
Philosophy is merely thought that has been thought out. It is often a great bore. But man has no alternative, except between being influenced by thought that has been thought out and being influenced by thought that has not been thought out. The latter is what we commonly call culture and enlightenment today. But man is always influenced by thought of some kind, his own or somebody else's; that of somebody he trusts or that of somebody he never heard of, thought at first, second or third hand; thought from exploded legends or unverified rumors; but always something with the shadow of a system of values and a reason for preference. A man does test everything by something. The question here is whether he has ever tested the test.
Saturday, November 21, 2020
“All of life illustrates biblical truth.” -- Donald Grey Barnhouse
“God does as He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases.” -- Arthur W. Pink, in The Sovereignty of God
Friday, November 20, 2020
- Excuses are like feet, everyone has them and they all stink.
- Opinions are like feet, they all stink unless they’re yours.
- Brothers and sisters are like feet; they hurt you, but at the end of the day you’re grateful to have them.
- Church sign: Give Satan a foot and he will become a ruler.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Those who think washing feet in church is odd and quaint often find humor at the expense of feet-washers. However, I suppose it does not hurt us to laugh at ourselves. It might be good medicine. R. Inman Johnson told the following (probably made-up) tale of the origin of the New Harmony Church:
“A little foot-washing Baptist church over in Georgia got concerned over the complication of the foot-washing procedure as the membership grew. By unanimous vote, they decided they’d wash just one foot instead of both feet. Then the church split over which foot to wash.”
The Arkansas Baptist newsmagazine published this story November 16, 1961 (p. 23). The name of the church – New Harmony – provides a little hidden (or perhaps to some not so hidden) humor, and even sadness. Oh, how often we Baptists call our church splits Fellowship, Harmony, and Unity!
[Note: Robert Inman Johnson taught speech and music for 45 years at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.]
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
- Acts 2:38--Baptism Essential to Salvation? -- “Careful study will demonstrate that Peter does not assert baptism is administered in order to receive forgiveness in Acts 2:38, nor is such a view of the verse consistent with the apostle’s teaching elsewhere in the book of Acts.”
- American Voter Rolls Filled with Errors, Dead Voters, and Duplicate Registrations -- “SAVE collected registration and list maintenance data from 42 states’ registrant files, kept as part of the Help America Vote Act’s mandate regarding statewide voter registration lists.”
- Article 15: On Local Churches and the Sovereignty of God -- “One of the reasons that no other kind of ministry can make up the difference is because Jesus has given these actual, gathered communities genuine authority (Matt. 18:15–22).”
- Calendar Converter -- “This page allows you to interconvert dates in a variety of calendars, both civil and computer-related.”
- Cardinal Burke: Joe Biden is not a Catholic in ‘good standing’, should not receive Communion -- “...a Catholic may not support abortion in any shape or form because it is one of the most grievous sins against human life, and has always been considered to be intrinsically evil.”
- Hate Crime Hoax: Black Teen Painted Own SUV With Anti-Black Lives Matter Messages, Trump Support In Apparent Insurance Fraud Scheme -- “Clifton Eutsey, 18, claimed his BMW X5 was vandalized as part of a hate crime, with the perpetrator writing every message left-wing provocateurs think the Right believes.”
- How two companies sprinted ahead in extraordinary race for a COVID vaccine -- “On Monday, Moderna Inc, a scrappy biotech with nearly $1 billion in research and development backing from the U.S. government, announced what appeared to be its own successful vaccine...”
- Is this election over or not? -- “If you are primarily following this election via cable news, I recommend that you turn to print journalism...cable news is a wasteland of commentary and instant ‘analysis’ which oftentimes ends up being a narrative in search of evidence.”
- Learn Christian Latin, Self-Directed: How I am Doing It -- “Latin is the language of Christendom for over 1,500 years--it is valuable for someone who wants to understand the history of Christianity, to understand the Latin Vulgate and Old Latin Bible translations...”
- ‘More power than traditional media’: Facebook, Twitter policies attacked -- “What I want to try to find out is if you’re not a newspaper at Twitter or Facebook, then why do you have editorial control over the New York Post?”
- No Reason to Fret the Harry Styles Vogue Cover Unless Designed Gender Distinction or a Male and Female Item of Clothing -- “I think that a dress or a skirt on men is still a bridge too far for most men, let alone Christian men, but the defense of that position comes from the Bible.”
- Supreme Court Justice Alito Warns: ‘Religious Liberty Is in Danger of Becoming a Second-Class Right’ -- “It pains me to say this, but in certain quarters, religious liberty has fast become a disfavored right.”
- The Foundations Are Not Destroyed -- “Psalm 2 predicted that all of human history would be characterized by vain imaginations, by nations raging and setting themselves against the rule of God, so when that happens, why are you surprised?”
- ‘Threat To Democracy’: CNN Sounds Alarm Over Conservatives Leaving Twitter, Facebook -- “...CNN reporter Pamela Brown suggested that it was a ‘threat to democracy’ that people were turning away from dominant social media platforms like Facebook and signing up to be on more pro-free speech platforms and sites.”
- Why Covid-19 kills certain patients, especially men, revealed in “breakthrough finding’ -- “‘Why does one 40-year-old get really sick and another one not even need to be admitted?’ asked Ranney, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Brown University.”
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
- “I’ve known too many gay people who say they have begged God to take away their SSA, to believe feeling SSA is a choice.”
- “Same sex attraction is a sin and it is a spiritual stronghold from which Jesus can deliver a person. There is no such thing as a sexual orientation. Bible knows nothing of ‘sexual orientations’.”
- “Sin begins in the heart long before it is carried out in the flesh. It would be sinful for a person to desire to murder someone, as it would be for him or her to commit the act of murder. There is nothing in the Bible to support a notion that it is okay to desire and entertain sin in the heart and mind, even if you do not commit the act.”
- “Simply being attracted to a member of the opposite sex is not sinful. Temptation is not the same as sin. There are people who struggle with SSA, but who hate it and want to get help for it. I wouldn’t say they are in sin.”
- “It is one thing to struggle with something we know is a sin. It is quite another to entertain the desire and refuse to acknowledge it as a sin.”
- “One can be same sex attracted and not entertain it, but I am saying a lot of the time we continue to struggle with sins because it’s in our nature. God doesn’t always take them away.”
- “Equating homosexuality with heterosexuality is the first step LGBT uses to get Christians to say homosexuality is okay.”
- “There is no reason to identify as homosexual if one has not and will not engage in homosexual behavior.”
Sexual orientation = a pattern of romantic, physical, and/or sexual attraction
Even if one could prove there are inborn tendencies toward specific behaviors – such as alcoholism, gluttony, homosexuality, pedophilia, violence – such a fact would not determine whether or not those behaviors are moral. Do you think someone might have a natural tendency or temptation toward excessive anger or physical rage? If so, should they indulge in it, or seek to control it? God the creator, not man the created, determines what behavior is moral or immoral. The Bible is his revelation of that knowledge ().
There are Bible truths we know are true – regardless of what we think is or is not true when a person is born. The Bible teaches that all are sinners (Romans 3:23). We are “predisposed” to sin. We are all born sinners. However, that does not excuse our sin (Romans 1:19-21).
Monday, November 16, 2020
Above all, do not lie to yourself. A man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point where he does not discern any truth either in himself or anywhere around him, and thus falls into disrespect towards himself and others. Not respecting anyone, he ceases to love, and having no love, he gives himself up to the passions and coarse pleasures, in order to occupy and amuse himself, and in his vices reaches complete bestiality, and it all comes from lying continually to others and to himself.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
- A Sad Chapter in the History of Evangelicalism in America -- “Please don’t tell me (or others) that courage is only standing for what your crowd wants you to say. Trust me, ‘my crowd,’ doesn’t want to hear this.”
- Alternative social network Parler hit first overall on the U.S. -- “App Store for iPhones and second on Google Play, according to mobile analytics firm Apptopia.”
- Could you be convinced that 2 + 2 = 5? -- “Enforced speech codes demanding that we recognize biological males as women is not very different from being forced to say that ‘2 + 2 = 5.’”
- David Platt’s bad political theology ignores God’s standard -- “This is true. As far as it goes. No political party has a monopoly on justice. However, one political party is pro-baby murder...”
- Death and Funerals -- “The first trend is to redefine the funeral as a “celebration of life.” No, funerals are not celebrations of life...We gather because death summons us.”
- Democrats Encourage Supporters to Relocate to Georgia to Vote for Ossoff and Warnock in Runoff Elections -- “Legally, Georgia’s law is vague, but experts say that casting a vote in a state without intention of staying would be classified as a felony, via Wall Street Journal.”
- Doctor or Brother? by Arthur W. Pink -- “The principal passages which have helped me I now mention, praying that it may please God to also bless them to others.”
- Finally: a simple timeline of Acts [infographic] -- “This doesn’t cover every character. You’ll notice that John doesn’t have a line, nor the faithful Luke, nor the prophet Agabus.”
- Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- “Issue: Whether free exercise plaintiffs can only succeed by proving a particular type of discrimination claim — namely that the government would allow the same conduct by someone who held different religious views”
- Sharonell Fulton, et al. v. City of Philadelphia -- “Sharonell Fulton and Toni Simms-Busch each have decades of experience in the foster care system...These two Catholic women chose to partner with Catholic Social Services because they wanted to work with a faith-affirming agency and were impressed by its excellent reputation.”
- Georgia to Conduct a Hand Recount of Election Ballots -- “Georgia’s top election official said Wednesday the state will conduct a hand recount of all paper ballots cast in the Nov. 3 presidential election.”
- Gleanings From Ketcherside -- “Much of the irreverence, formality and cold ritual of these days is the result of a loss of significance of the priesthood of all believers.”
- Headstone Emblems -- “Pictures, with identification, of various emblems placed on tombstone.”
- How to Vote 2020 -- “Christian people must resist being driven by material concerns. Their primary interests are not economic. Their duty is to seek first the kingdom of God...”
- Is Being Gay Genetic? -- “People will often assume that there must be a genetic source for sexual orientation and will talk about it as if it is settled science. But it’s not.”
- Jordan Sekulow to Newsmax TV: Trump Team Building Its Elex Case Carefully, Methodically -- “It’s going to be a little bit of a slow process to get this into court, but then all the federal courts know they’ve got to do this rapidly...Let us do our legal work, and then the courts are going to do this in an expedited manner.”
- Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen pulls some votes from Biden and Trump, calls election a ‘wake-up call’ -- “About 70% of Jorgensen's campaign volunteers were registered Democrats or Republicans, she said.”
- QAnon, Conspiracy Theories, & the Church -- “Often, conspiracy theories come wrapped in biblical language, twisting a theological term here or a Bible verse there.”
- Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine: What to know -- “Pfizer hopes to produce up to 50 million doses of its vaccine in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion in 2021.”
- Southern Baptist Convention President defends Democrats in our churches -- “I have my own convictions,” Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said. “But I’m not going to make that a matter of fellowship and faith. If there is somebody because of their perspective or perception of what is going on in the world chooses to have a different political calculus than me, I don’t believe the church should be defined by anyone of those.”
- The Second Conservative Exodus from Facebook to Parler Has Begun -- “Let’s face it, Facebook is out of control these past 7 days. The level of filtering, censoring, throttling, and removing of Conservatives and Republicans is unprecedented.”
- What do we owe a President? -- “At the very least, we owe our president a commitment to pray for him. In 1 Timothy 2:1-4.”
- Yes, Democrats Are Trying To Steal The Election In Michigan, Wisconsin, And Pennsylvania -- “When my Federalist colleague Sean Davis noted this, Twitter was quick to censor his tweet, even though all he had done was compare two sets of vote totals on the New York Times website.”
Thursday, November 12, 2020
I recently discovered a new hymn
meter designation – 50th meter – that I do not recall seeing before
(Thanks to Matt Bell.) The 50th meter was a meter for the 50th Psalm.
Gadsby uses Psalm Tune names for several of his hymn meters – 104th
for the 10.10.11.11 pattern, 112th for L. P. M., 122nd for S. P. M., and 148th
for H. M.
According to Richard Crawford in The Core Repertory of Early American Psalmody (Volumes 11-12, pp. xxxix, xl), the “old” 50th meter was 10.10.10.10.11.11. (as in the tune Lyons), and the “new” 50th meter was 6 lines of 10 (as in the tune Wordsworth).
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Pennsylvania postal worker denies recanting ballot-tampering claims -- “Project Veritas chief legal counsel Jered Ede accused the investigators of coercing Mr. Hopkins into signing an affidavit recanting his claims; failing to give him access to his attorney, and refusing to provide him with a copy of the signed document.”
Project Veritas Releases Shocking Recordings of Federal Agents Trying to Intimidate USPS Whistleblower Into Recanting Election Fraud Claim -- “The whistleblower says that he even tried to contact reporters from the Washington Post to let them know their story was false, but that he was ignored.”
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
The New Testament requires assembly, by command and example (Hebrews 10:25). It is quite clear that meeting in homes is a primary example in the scriptures (Acts 1:13, Acts 2:2, Acts 8:3, Acts 12:12, Acts 20:7-12, Romans 16:5, 1 Corinthians 16:19, Colossians 4:15, Philemon, verse 2, 2 John, verse 10). The inspired text compares the church to a house. It is God’s house (Ephesians 2:19, 1 Timothy 3:5, 15, Hebrews 10:21, 1 Peter 2:5, 1 Peter 4:17). This concept and New Testament practice should not be taken lightly. However, is this pattern exclusive? Are any other “worship facilities” – meeting places – suggested in the New Testament?
Acts 2:46 says they (the church at Jerusalem) continued [to meet] daily “with one accord in the temple,” as well as from house to house.[i] Acts 5:12 suggests them meeting at Solomon’s porch. In Ephesus Paul borrowed or rented “the school of Tyrannus”[ii] for meeting with his disciples and discoursing on the things of God (Acts 19:9-10). It appears, then, that though meeting in private homes was the rule, that there were exceptions. These exceptions make it difficult to unconditionally agree with Mario Vega when he writes, “When the church today returns to house to house ministry, it will recover the model of the New Testament church.”
Modern churches in the United States have complicated church meetings and church matters. Many waste huge sums of money on extravagant buildings. However, these kinds of abuses do not support the exclusive use of private houses if there are legitimate exceptions found in the New Testament. It appears there are at least two or three. On the other hand, why do we make the exceptions the rule and the rule the exceptions? That is a legitimate question to ponder!
Monday, November 09, 2020
- typifies the marriage banquet future supper Isaiah 25:6-8
- recline at table Matthew 8:11
- a remembrance of the past and a reminder of the future
- Luke 22 Greek word emos, not mou
- a prayer for Jesus’s return
- until Matthew/Luke? when
- until 1 Corinthians 11 why
“Neither angels nor men are the keepers of the saints, but the Lord himself; he is the keeper of every individual saint, of every regenerate person, of every one of his sheep, of every member of his church; he keeps them by his power, he preserves them by his grace, he holds them with his right hand; guides them by his counsel, keeps their feet from falling, and brings them safe to glory: and a watchful keeper he is, he does not so much as slumber; he keeps them night and day, lest any harm them.”
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- abattoir, noun (British). A slaughterhouse.
- bapticostal, noun (slang, or “Christianese”). A Christian who identifies with aspects of both the Baptist denomination and Pentecostalism; a conservative or Baptist Christian who favors the use of charismatic gifts. Combination of Baptist + Pentecostal.
- bapthodist, noun (slang, or “Christianese”). A Christian who identifies with aspects of both the Baptist denomination and Methodism. Blend of Baptist + Methodist.
- calvminian, or calminian, noun (slang, or “Christianese”). A Christian who identifies with aspects of Calvinism and Arminianism. Blend of Calvinist + Arminian.
- chicane, verb (intransitive). To use deception or subterfuge to achieve one’s purpose, esp. a legal, financial, or political purpose; to employ chicanery.
- copper, noun (British, informal). A police officer.
- dibble, noun (British). A derogatory slang term for police officer. [From the name of a fictional police officer in the cartoon ‘Top Cat’.]
- evangellyfish, noun (slang, or “Christianese”). Evangelical Christians who are spineless; A derogatory term for an evangelical who is alleged to be lacking theological firmness or soundness and whose faith or theology has been severely influenced by worldly ideas such as humanism, relativism, and postmodernism. Combination of evangelical + jellyfish.
- form, noun (British, informal). A criminal record.
- fundagelical, noun (slang, or “Christianese”). A Christian who identifies with aspects of fundamentalism and evangelicalism. Blend of fundamentalist + evangelical.
- preparatio evangelica, or praeparatio evangelica, noun. Preparation for the gospel; pre-evangelism; also, the Latin title of a work of Christian apologetics written by Eusebius.
- smartful, adjective. Painful, distressing; (in later use also) stinging, irritating.
- spiritato, noun. A person considered to exhibit excessive religious fervor; a religious zealot or fanatic. [From Italian spiritato, a person possessed by spirits.]
- sprusado, noun. A person who is smartly dressed.
- volcanello, noun. A small volcanic cone; (also) a volcanic island.