The Brick and Mortar Conundrum
Over decades of attending fellowships that meet in brick and mortar facilities one thing has become painfully obvious to me. While there are many activities and events sponsored by local fellowships, the one thing these fellowships are not doing, for the most part, is obeying the last command of Jesus Christ. When you think of “church” what is the first thing that comes to mind?
Matthew 15:21-28 “Lord, Son of David have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”
There was a Canaanite women from the area where Jesus was. She had a daughter that was demon possessed. She had heard about Jesus and she came to him to ask for help. It is important to understand that the area Jesus was in was the area of Tyre and Sidon. This area was considered “pagan” territory. Sidon was the former home of Jezebel. The Canaanites had been enemies of Israel for years and their paganism had often led Israel into idolatry. They were despised by Israel. Israel referred to them as dogs.
So here is the scene. Jesus and His disciples were approached by a Canaanite women who was crying out for mercy for her child. At first Jesus did not even respond to her cry for mercy. The disciples took God’s lack of response as a lack of concern to help her. They urged Jesus to send her away.
The Pestiferous West Wing Diatribe
Recently I saw a post on a popular social media site that immediately peaked my interest, but not in a good way. The subtitle was “How to Silence Supporters of Kim Davis” which was put out by the “Occupy Democrats” organization. The link provided was to that of a video clip from the popular NBC television program “West Wing”. As I watched I was deeply troubled because President Josiah Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen, used biblical references to personally attack Dr. Jenna Jacobs, the host of a popular program. Mr. Bartlett obviously believed and clearly implied that Dr. Jacobs was a religious nut and a bigot. Mr. Bartlett inaccurately purveyed several references in the Law of Moses as a means of disqualifying things God has called out in His Word as sinful. During the process he deflected away from the issue at hand, the sin of homosexuality, by drawing attention to points in the Law of Moses in a manner that indicated all of the precepts in the Law are ancient, impractical, arcane and no longer invalid today. He also made strong inference that those who believe such things are out of touch with the reality of today’s modern society. This kind of tactic is often used by left wing progressives to draw attention away from the real issues in support of the agenda of evil they wish to impose on the rest of society. Such was the case in this NBC West Wing diatribe. Continue reading
The National Back to Church Sunday is a blitz to get church members to invite people to come to church on September 20th. The effort emphasizes inviting friend, neighbors and loved ones to come a special Sunday Service just for them. The notion of a “special service” just for people who are invited to church seems noble on the surface but is it noble or is it ignoble?
The problem with such a notion is that it is designed to bolster attendance at Sunday services to support brick and mortar institutions rather than applying the last command that Jesus gave the church. That command was not a call to a “Come Ye” gospel but the command to spread “Go Ye’” gospel. There is one main problem with the idea of “inviting” someone to church and that is it is not obeying the last command that Jesus gave which was to share the gospel where ever the believer goes. Institutional religion has instilled in it’s members the idea that you have to bring someone to church so they can hear the gospel. “Butts in chairs” as one popular pastor in Atlanta Georgia puts it. Continue reading
I have been a Christian for more than fifty years. I grew up in the house hold of a preacher and when I was nine years old I transferred my trust to Jesus at Emmanuel Baptist church in Lake Charles Louisiana (on or near Resurrection Sunday). I was baptized (immersed) a week later. Since then I have not always walked with the Lord but I have always known that He had called me to walk with Him and follow Him. I began to study God’s Word in earnest when I was in my thirties and since that time I have come to understand just how far America has departed from God’s Word.
Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld a ruling by a lower court striking down the States right to define the nature of marriage as being between one man and one woman. States voted on these laws to protect themselves from the tyranny of a federal government that has begun to cater to and promote atheistic beliefs that are contrary to the teaching of God’s Word. The people of these states wanted to take action to protect themselves from the very things that are now resulting because of the Supreme Court ruling. People are now finding that their belief in God and their trust in God’s Word is beginning to result in persecution by the very “state” that is supposed to protect their religious freedom and the practice thereof.
Who is the the Swampfox. Me of course!
Swampfox shrimp creole is one my favorite dishes. I particularly love this dish on a cold day but, hey, it’s good any time.
In my case I love to add a little extra black pepper to get some extra “pungent” heat. The recipe works best with fresh shrimp and fresh cayenne pepper but if you don’t have the real deal you may substitute jalapeno or use a milder pepper like poblano. Serve the creole over brown (my favorite) or white rice. The key is letting the dish simmer for a while before adding the final ingredients. The green onions are as much for looks as flavor and they add a colorful contrast to the dish.
The Swampfox creole is easy to make and takes about 30 minutes fridge to plate. Yum! Continue reading
In the cartoon movie Despicable Me, the Nefario Principle, a characteristic of the typical high-powered Shrink Ray, was described by Dr. Nefario to be “the duration of the shrunken state of an object is inversely proportional to the mass of the object.” Nothing could be more applicable in the case of the Hillary Clinton’s nefarious acts hitherto referenced as Clintonous-nefariosa. Yes, Clintonous-nefariosa is intended to sound like an infectious disease. Because the nefarious activities of the Clintons over the years have proven to be more like an infectious disease than a philanthropological inspiration. James McDougal, who went to jail of over Whitewater, described the Clintons as “sort of like tornadoes moving through people’s lives.” I can only imagine the magnitude of the behemoth that will emerge when the mass of the shrunken state of the nefarious deeds exceeds the characteristic duration of the Nefario Principle. Continue reading
As the current political season begins to unfold and the first republican debate is at our backs. The establishment pundits are incredulous, mostly with fear, because the comfort of their corrupt system is under threat. Their partisan potentates have fallen to the bottom of the list. Their crony candidates have been summarily rejected. The most staggering thing of all is they do not comprehend the degree to which they have been rejected.
The 2014 election was marked by some very interesting things. Joni Ernst snuck up on the establishment and took the Iowa senate seat. But she was not supposed to win. The republicans didn’t have a chance against the Democrat Tom Harkin. No attention was given to this race. But there was another race where the establishment GOP became actively involved. Mississippi! Their crony incumbent, Thad Cochran, was in big trouble. Mississippi senator Chris McDaniel was about to trounce the old GOP hack. The establishment, under the leadership of Mitch McConnell, could not let that happen.
Look at the lengths to which the GOP went to insure that senate candidate Chris McDaniel did not win the primary. Thad Cochran was about to go down in flames. The establishment GOP rallied in support raising over a million dollars the last week of the campaign. But the fight was futile, Cochran was going to be crushed in a landslide. The conservative people of Mississippi were going to send the old GOP establishment crony packing.
Recently, I heard a brief talk by Dr. Benjamin Carson that caused me to sit up straight in my chair. I really could not believe my ears so I replayed the video several times to make sure I hear Dr. Carson correctly. I immediately began to do what he said and read up for myself on the issue. I was struck, in particular, by two things Dr. Carson mentioned.
- The founder of Planed Parenthood was racially biased
The two things really go hand-in-hand. Hitler was heavily into eugenics using the concept to create an Aryan super race. But did you know there was, and apparently still is, a movement in the United States to eliminate those who would burden society? This movement is nothing new. Plato suggested the idea of selective mating to produce a “guardian class”.
A Trail of Tales – Watergate
Watergate – You’re Kidding!
It was the year 1974. President Richard Milhouse Nixon was swirling in the sinkhole of the Watergate scandal. Jerry Zeifman, the general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, was struggling with not only the Watergate scandal but a member of the staff hired to work on the case. This young lawyer, age 27 at the time, was recommended by law professor Burke Marshall. But Zeifman had a problem with a staff member who submitted a brief that, as he put it, “was so fraudulent and ridiculous, she would have been disbarred if she had submitted it to a judge.” That young lawyer, Hillary Rodham Clinton (Dan Calabrese finds confirmation of Clinton’s fraud as Watergate attorney).