Archive for November, 2007

OK… Who Was It?

November 30, 2007

Someone hit the 10K mark… Was it you?

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You Want a Mug? Are you Crazy?

November 30, 2007

You may be if you are not a Republican.

PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans are significantly more likely than Democrats or independents to rate their mental health as excellent, according to data from the last four November Gallup Health and Healthcare polls. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans report having excellent mental health, compared to 43% of independents and 38% of Democrats. This relationship between party identification and reports of excellent mental health persists even within categories of income, age, gender, church attendance, and education.

Of course this is self-reported data.  If you are a deluded, war mongering, sociopath well, then I don’t know if your opinion can be trusted.

I was feeling a bit unstable after the last election and changed my party affiliation to Independent.  I don’t know which came first… my instability or my party affiliation.  Perhaps I should seek help?

I am just thankful the Mother Ship is staying in constant contact.  She fills my minds with such thoughts of grandeur.

 al sends

Soon and Very Soon…

November 29, 2007

… we will reach the 10K mark.  (I think Saturday but who knows).   Whoever sends me proof of the 10Kth hit gets the T-shirt or Mug.  My wife is hoping that you are too unobservant to actually send me that number.  I have a much higher opinion of your surfing skills.

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The Good – The Bad – The Skanky

November 26, 2007

If one did not posses the sure promises of God the reader of these stories could easily be tossed to and fro (not that anyone uses the word fro anymore):

The Good.  This machine can take a complete picture of your heart in two beats.  Watch the video embeded into the article.  Remarkable.

The Bad.  Patrick J. Buchanan is predicting the end of America.  He does so in a new book:  Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart.  This may or may not be bad, depending on your country of origin…  For the average American though… 

My goodness I don’t know what we will do if Starbucks has to shut down because the Chinese decide to cash in their I.O.U.s.

The Skanky.   I have been talking about this for some time now, but  Celia Rivenbark has written a book that appears to speak for me.  I do not think her foundation is Christian, let alone Trinitarian, but she puts her finger on the problem no doubt. (click the text below for the whole shebang.)  HT: Mark Horne

… We headed for our favorite department store, ready to take that leap into the world of 7–16. Bye-bye, 4–6X, I thought to myself with a tug of sadness. My baby was growing up.And apparently into a prostitute.“Where are the sevens?” I asked the sixty-something clerk who wore her glasses on a chain just like me.“You’re standing in ’em,” she said.Oh no, I thought, looking around. Oh no, no, no, no, no, no.“There must be some mistake,” I said. “These are, well, slutty-looking. I’m talking about clothes for a little girl in first grade.”

“That’s all we’ve got.”

“But these look like things a hooker would wear!”

She smiled sadly. “You have no idea how many times I hear that every day.

Okay, breathe. This is just some weird marketing experiment. Right?

I went into my second-favorite department store and was invited to peruse the awfulness that is Tweenland! A better name would be Lil Skanks!

Sequins, fringe, neon glitter tank tops with big red lips on them, fishnet sleeves, scary dragon faces lunging from off-the-shoulder T-shirts. Whither the adorable seersucker? The pastel floral short sets? The soft cotton dresses in little-girl colors like lavender, pale pink, periwinkle blue? This stuff practically screamed SYRINGE SOLD SEPARATELY.

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Fools of the World

November 26, 2007

When the pastor stands behind this table and invites all baptized, believing sinners to come and take up the bread and the wine, the pastor is speaking for Christ Jesus. It is the invitation of Christ Himself that goes out in the pastor’s voice.

And when we as a congregation come to this table, we sit at the feet of an unseen Savior. This table, in fact, pictures a Savior whom no one can see, yet we see Him by the eyes of faith, trusting in His finished work on the cross brought to us through broken bread and poured wine.

Now, how would unbelieving people out in the world, or even unbelieving folks in the church, for that matter, view these things? They would probably see the pastor as presumptuous and the congregation as foolish. You, pastor, would dare to speak with the voice of the God of the universe? And you, congregation, would be so gullible as to believe that a Christ who died 2,000 years ago, whom no one here has seen, sits and sups at this very table with you? And that this man Christ Jesus alone is the life of the world?

We are the fools of the world. Our humility is the world’s pride. Our boldness is the world’s presumption. Our wisdom is the world’s folly. Yet we come feasting, and we do so gladly and joyfully, with confidence that what our Lord Jesus told us is true: “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him” (John 6:54-57).

Come, fools of the world, take and eat. You are being lifted up into the very courts of heaven, into the presence of the Living God. You are being fed with the life of Christ Himself, who is the wisdom of God. You count it a great privilege to feast at the table of the King.

Come, let us taste and see that the Lord is good.

Mind How You Draw Near

November 26, 2007

In James 4:8 we read this invitation and promise: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” What a wonderful summons from the Word of God, and what an encouraging promise! In this worship service today, we are drawing near to God as a body to renew covenant with Him, and as we draw near we know that the Living God is drawing near to us.
But we should be mindful of how we draw near. Shall we draw near flippantly? Shall we draw near carelessly? Shall we draw near unmindful of one another?

We do well to remember the verses that come after James 4:8 –

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

In order to draw near to God rightly so that He will draw near to us to bless us rather than curse us, we must come to God through our Lord Jesus Christ and the blood of His cross alone. We can’t do that unless we hate our sin and lament over it when we confess it. We who are in Christ must indeed draw near – not to do so would be another form of presumption – but we are to do so with a whole heart that hates sin and loves righteousness and clings to Christ Jesus by faith. When we approach God with that humility, then we are confident that He will indeed lift us up.

And that is precisely what He will do today. Our Father is going to lift us up into His presence where he will assure us of His love and forgive us and accept our praise and comfort us and consecrate us. We are free to give our Lord our love. He delights in it, even though we are still unclean. By faith we are clean in Christ.

So we draw near to Him, and He draws near to us to bless us. Come, let us worship the Father through the righteousness of the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Did You Know…

November 26, 2007

This slide show is making the rounds in the upper echelons of the US Navy…

You can click through it very quickly since it is just text.

I was interested in the demographic information in particular

Let me ask you…  If we keep killing our unborn children and exporting the work that they would have done… where will we be in a generation or two?

al sends

The SJC… Wise In The Ways Of Science

November 21, 2007

Someone at Doug Wilson’s BLOG suggested a video of a witch burning…  Someone is painting a ‘false one’ on the LAP… Follow the logic, find the witch.

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Even More Babies Not Dying

November 20, 2007

OK… This is good news.   The folks at HotAir asked if this would end the life debate.  I doubt it…  The scientists that perform embryonic stem-cell research or human/animal genetic blending (CYBRIDS) will continue, not because they must but because they can.

Here is a quote from the WaPo article:

The unencumbered ability to turn adult cells into embryonic ones capable of morphing into virtually every kind of cell or tissue, described in two scientific journal articles to be released today, has been the ultimate goal of researchers for years. In theory, it would allow people to grow personalized replacement parts for their bodies from a few of their own skin cells, while giving researchers a uniquely powerful means of understanding and treating diseases.

 Here is a question or two for you:

 If we can grow new hearts, livers and nerve cells can you see a day when our lives are extended 110+ years?  What will that society look like?

A couple more:  

Which animal genes would work best in humans?  Would you like to hear like a dog?  See like and eagle?  Hold your breath like a sea lion?

Is there a voice for ethics in the medical community?

UPDATE:  I missed this in my first reading of the article:

Despite the excitement over the new work, experts predicted that the fight over embryonic stem cells will linger, since they remain the gold standard against which all alternatives will be compared.

The “gold standard” has never produced anything close to a treatment… Why would this be the mark everyone is shooting for?  Oh, yeah… death sells.

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No Babies Dying Here

November 19, 2007

Here is some interesting news…

Prof Ian Wilmut’s decision to turn his back on “therapeutic cloning”, just days after US researchers announced a breakthrough in the cloning of primates, will send shockwaves through the scientific establishment.
He and his team made headlines around the world in 1997 when they unveiled Dolly, born July of the year before.

But now he has decided not to pursue a license to clone human embryos, which he was awarded just two years ago, as part of a drive to find new treatments for the devastating degenerative condition, Motor Neuron disease.

Prof Wilmut, who works at Edinburgh University, believes a rival method pioneered in Japan has better potential for making human embryonic cells which can be used to grow a patient’s own cells and tissues for a vast range of treatments, from treating strokes to heart attacks and Parkinson’s, and will be less controversial than the Dolly method, known as “nuclear transfer.”

Read the whole article… it’s fascinating.

Al sends