|Thursday, December 7, 2023|
Conversations: Proud to Be Modest. - Author Wendy Shalit rattles the female establishment with a hip appeal to tradition.
Subversive Virginity - You have our permission to quote from Sarah Hinlicky's "Subversive Virginity" (Copyright 1998 First Things 86, October 1998, pp. 14-16) and from her review of _A Return to Modesty_ (Copyright 1999 First Things 91, March 1999, pp. 43-46). Our only request is that you note when and where the passages you quote first appeared.
These are a few articles and things I hope you'd find "interesting." Many have been used as part of one of the daily email-devotionals. Another may just be "interesting." ... giant waves in the ocean, ... a 'wild' rock star, Alice Cooper, is now a Christian, and a music camp he is funding ...
An excerpt in Christianity Today from the book The Gospel according to the Beatles and how there was a time when John Lennon claimed to be a Christian, and what changed him... and what changed him back.
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added 3/6/07 added a piece on the latest anti-Jesus movie, "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," being aired on the Discovery Channel. Read what experts say so you can, like Paul says, "Be ready to give an answer for your faith." Dare2Share spells out how to use it as a witness tool to start a conversation in their article. "The Lost Tomb of Jesus"
added 3/6/07 - ran across an article about a new book just published, Disconnect On Hooking Up, by a researcher/writer for the New York Times, not a "Christian writer," that appears to compliment other articles saying that many in the "hook up generation" is damaging their future relationships. That was an interesting part of the psychologists statements in the USA Today article a couple months ago about student sexuality. - See? The God and the "rules" in the Bible have your best interest in mind. "God's rules don't restrict me, they protect me from consequences."
posted 1/10/07 - A Christmas message and update, complete with 10 pictures, from Julie who is involved in medical needs and homes for orphans in Mozambique. Merry Christmas from Julie (pdf)
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I picked up a news story online and saved it. I like the unusual. Not just bizarre, I have a subscription that sends me "news of the weird" a couple times a week. This one is a "science" weird story. I'm not going to give you the whole news story. You can look it up if you're really interested. The title and reference is:
Rogue Giants at Sea
Scientists Find Swells 'More Frequent Than We Expected'
Rogue Giants at Sea-PDF (183k)
"The ship was like a cork in a bathtub," recalled Celestine Mcelhatton, a passenger who, along with 2,000 others, eventually made it back to Pier 88 on the
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08/18/06 Fri - Oh, wow!
You may wonder where this is heading. It does tie to scripture at the end. I have included the verses that this brought to mind at the end. - Okay. Here goes. -
We were watching the Travel channel last night. - Extravagant Yachts. Mega-yachts. Ya know - "lives of the rich and famous" stuff.
There are ultra-rich people that give away lots of money. - Get this article - USA Today,
Alice Cooper... "the gender-bending shock-rock legend of American music, opening a center where kids can learn to play guitar, shoot hoops and find Jesus?
Alice Cooper School-MSWord (115k)
Alice Cooper School-PDF (95k)
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1/6 - A teaser... two
There is a new book out, a excerpt was written in Christianity Today on-line (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/januaryweb-only/001-22.0.html) (I think I'll post this at CrimsonWhite.org under "Articles of Interest"). John Lennon of the Beatles, had at one time said "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus." After the Beatles broke up as a music group, in 1977, John Lennon professed that he had become a Christian and was trying to witness to those around him. Yoko Ono attacked his fledgling faith and managed to turn him back to the occult. He later said he was a "born again pagan." He also said he felt like spirits would leave him and another spirit would then come and take over him. - Similar to what Jesus said in
John Lennon's Born-Again Phase
"Can He love me?" the former Beatle asked Oral Roberts. "I want out of hell."
John Lennon's Born-Again Phase-MSWord (66k)
John Lennon's Born-Again Phase-PDF (73k)
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One of the daily email devotionals sent...
One thing that really irks me about web sites is the almost constant changes. People set it up, then move. Email addresses change, certainly more than their snail-mail address. - When I was sent this by Brenda
A continuation of pieces about God's thinking and plan for each of us. -
Subj: Brenda D___ wants you to check this site out Date:
From: Brenda D___ To: email@example.com
Your friend, ____________, thought that you would be interested in the website "Special Sauce!". You can find this website at http://www.ric1.com/c.e?313110459076F0C
Here is a description of the website:
SPECIAL SAUCE. A trip to MacDonald's drive-through window has an unexpected result. Hope abounds in this joyous Inspirational Moment.
I was sitting at the drive thru window at McDonald's this weekend (ok, I eat out a lot). I did the usual thing, I drove up to the menu and ordered. I proceeded to the first window and paid, then drove to the second window and waited for the order. After sitting there for a few minutes, the clerk slid back the window and asked, "Will you please pull over to the side; your order is not ready."
I was a little upset and even impatient, but I pulled over and waited. I thought, "How come other folks ordered and drove straight through and I have to wait?" I waited for another two or three minutes -- it seemed like hours -- before the clerk finally ran out, tapped on the window, and handed me the order. Of course I asked, "Hey, what took so long?" She replied, "You wanted the SPECIAL SAUCE, which meant it had to be especially made for that sandwich, it doesn't usually come with that one."
The scene is a reflection of our prayer life. We make our request to the Lord. Our menu is His word where He has listed promise after promise. We stand before Him and request and plead and, sometimes, even beg. We go to the first window and pay, sometimes with fervent prayer, sometimes with prolonged suffering, sometimes with obedience, and sometimes not at all. We then move to the second window and wait for our order. If God doesn't answer within a few minutes, we become upset. You know the phrase, "Jesus, it's Friday; I prayed to you yesterday, and You still haven't answered. I can't wait much longer." Why is it taking Him so long, I've seen people drive up before me and they received their orders right away? We even go so far as to tap on the window and ask if He has forgotten our order. We become impatient. We become upset. We become downright mad.
"Lord I asked for a mate ten days ago and I don't see him/her anywhere."
"Lord, I've been asking for a new job for two years; others have passed me by."
"I've been waiting on a financial blessing for ten years and I still have more month than money."
"Where are You and why haven't you blessed me?"
And just when you think He is giving you the answer, He pulls back the royal curtain of eternity, and states, "Please pull over to the side and wait a while longer?" This once frustrated me to no end, made me mad, made me want to give up, made me wanna holler; that is, until the clerk brought out my sandwich -- then, the revelation became clear.
Do you know why the Lord has put you on the side? Do you know why you have had to wait for this blessing longer than before? Do you know why He has put you through more this time than ever? Do you know why it seems as though He has not heard you and He does not care? Do you know why it seems like you have had to go through more tears, more pains, and more struggling this time?
Because this blessing is a SPECIAL SAUCE BLESSING. This is an OVERFLOWING, PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER, BLESSING! You made a SPECIAL ORDER and GOD has been putting together a special sauce blessing for you and He has to prepare it for you.
That mate you wanted, He's putting together a special sauce.
That job you wanted, He's putting together a special sauce.
That financial blessing, a special sauce.
That peace on the job, a special sauce.
That house... a special sauce.
That promotion... a special sauce.
That deeper anointing... a special sauce.
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end..." [and a SPECIAL SAUCE].
How many people have driven away before the clerk brought their food, and how many people have missed their blessings because they did not wait?
Hang in there. Keep on waiting. You made a SPECIAL ORDER, now wait on a SPECIAL SAUCE! "But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).
They who wait shall get a SPECIAL SAUCE!
---author known only to God.
"God always has a blessing in store for you, no matter what your current circumstance!"
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Music! Music! Music!
Music... Nothing causes division like music ... "music styles" that is. There was a series of radio commentaries by Voice of Prophesy called "Music Wars." It's doesn't take sides, it's a description of the battles that go on. I collected the transcripts, it makes a 22 page MSWord document. The best part, I think is the quotes from C. S. Lewis's writings on about page 6 and 8, I think. They are highlighted in yellow. vop-Music Wars. Two more: When Music Splits the Church and Glorifying God Through Music.
A student asked me to help him with a paper once on "Contemporary Christian Music." Besides the "Music Wars" piece stated above, I also found some biobraphical stuff on Watts. He started writing hymns and wrote about 600 or so of what many are NOW considered to be the "standard hymns of the church." But when he wrote them, they were considered quite radical. Many churches SPLIT of whether to sing them or not... very similar to teh "wars" that go on over music in the church today. Watts.
I was given a book, Why I Left Contemporary Christian Music to "enlighten me" about the evils of that stuff. I hesitate to even mention it for the controversy music causes. However, when I read it I started doing some research on the statements and content of the book. My opinion? (1) he really misquotes artists, goes to extreme to make a point that is really invalid. He'd be better off just saying "I don't like it. I think it doesn't make me feel closer to God. And that's okay. I know a young person that left a Baptist church and joined an Episcopalian church because the "high literugy" made them feel more like "worship" and "closer to God." And that's fine, too. I've been where a group sang a song about being happy and excited about worship, and so as not to bring attention to themselves, but to worship God, they looked like statues with small speakers for mouths. They wouldn't have moved their lips if they didn't have to. How can you sing about being excited and not move a muscle? - He tried SO HARD to condemn that music style, that I think he showed how irrational his arguments were.
But music, I think, comed down to personal taste. - Oh, one last comment on music. I was at a conference with Josh McDowell. A HS student came up to him and asked about rock music and Africal devil worship. I was standing right next to the kid. It set him OFF! McDowell is BIG on research and data and backing your position with facts. He said, I'll condence and paraphrase, 'That story of devil worship music, witch doctors and dryums being like rock music. ... I researched the history behind that story. Absolutely untrue. .. The real history is that a misionary showing a Billy Graham film in Africa, didn't like the music in the beginning of the film. That story has been SO distorted and mistold into the relationship between rock music and African devil worship that you said.
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