A Swift Friday Linkage

Started a new job that has required me to adjust my sleeping patterns, hence we roll out a Lilliputian Friday linkage:

Because Jerr-o just oozes credibility.

A relegated story about the fall of Saigon reaches a new generation, thanks NPR.

Stephen Hawking believes in something far more incredible than spontaneous generation. Takes some serious “wisdom” to make that leap… On a related note, the last sentence of this piece is as sad as it is erroneous.

Your Texas Longhorns kick off the season tomorrow, to quote Dietrich, “I’m as happy as a little girl”.

Et tu, Brute?

A very sensible take on Glenn Beck’s farcical gathering.  Albert Pujols, what were you thinking?

Man encourages 8-year-old to cuss and thus is charged for “impairing the morals of a child”. Not shocked that this happened but I am shocked that the authorities of the Connecticut town have such a charge available to them.

That’s right, he said it. lt had to be said. Somebody got to say it. The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson took a swipe at Taylor Swift’s talent or lack thereof. Here’s a picture of her from the archives, Kanye is fark’d in, Toth’s son is not,

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9 Responses to A Swift Friday Linkage

  1. Luke says:

    Don’t understand the reference to “farcical gathering” of Beck’s. Are you really taking a shot at it? Why? Because it was led by a Mormon? So what? Regardless of theological differences, and they are significant, Beck used his spotlight to raise money for families of Special Operators and to insist on the necessity of a personal, individual relationship with Jesus Christ. And your problem is…?

    To Russell Moore, I would say “So you do it”. If he has such a problem with Beck’s revival, why isn’t he organizing something similar with a solely-Christian rally? Easy to complain about something on a blog. Not so easy to get out there and do something about it. Is Beck the ideal leader for a Christian revival? No, he’s not. So why doesn’t Moore take the lead and replace him with someone more acceptable? Honestly, his blog post came across as smug and self-righteous.

    Kinda surprised, Laz. I’ve been following your blog for a bit and I’m surprised that you’ve missed the boat on this one.

    • Laz says:

      Well those “theological differences” are pretty substantial. I may have missed the boat on this one, but I think I’ll stay on the same boat Paul is on.

  2. Luke says:

    The trouble is friend, that Beck wasn’t preaching a gospel contrary to what Paul preached. You would’ve known this if you’d tuned in to see any of the rally. He was advocating a personal relationship with Jesus as Savior. That’s exactly what Paul advocated in innumerable verses.

    I say again. Where is your rally? What are you doing to advance the cause of liberty and personal faith in America? You disagree with his theological differences which were unspoken at the rally, fine. Then it’s up to you to pick up the ball and run with it or you’re just another Christian sniping from the sidelines with their hands in their pockets.

    • Laz says:

      Beck’s Jesus is not the Son of God, that’s the trouble. What he’s doing is akin to a Muslim telling all of us to have a personal relationship to Jesus the Prophet (as if). Beck’s Christ and the Jesus of the Qu’ran are false Christs. False Christs don’t save, that much should be clear.

      My perceived ‘sniping’ from the sidelines is really beside the point.

  3. Luke says:

    I guess you are more righteous than all of the various ministers, rabbis, and pastors who attended and prayed to Jesus Christ our Savior on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I had no idea. Nor did they know, I’m sure, that they were praying to a false god. What heathens.

    The sniping is not beside the point. The American church is crumbling and going the way of the European church and if the best you can do is criticize, then that just helps illustrate how we got here. Either pitch in and help with the work or keep your criticisms to yourself, I say. There’s nothing quite like someone sitting in the wagon, telling you how you’re baling the hay incorrectly. I ask again, since you aren’t answering. What are you doing to help?

    • Laz says:

      Really? Do you not know what the Gospel is about?

      The righteous One dying for the unrighteous. While we were sinners, Christ died for us. How can anyone of us claim any righteousness when even our most shiny happy works are but menstrual rags in the sight of God? I’m no more righteous than anyone else and if any righteousness is to be found in me it doesn’t belong to me it belongs to Christ. I have no room to boast.

      That’s still a separate argument than the fact that the Mormon Jesus and the Muslim Jesus are false Christs. A Mormon cannot claim the same Jesus as Christians because his Jesus is a false one. If you don’t think so, then I suggest you do a little research.

      I got news for you, the “American church” will go the way of the European church. God’s kingdom will advance whether or not the “American church” or America itself continues. It’s His kingdom we should be advancing not “liberty and personal faith in America”.

      That does not mean we sit on our haunches and ride things out until the second advent. As for my perceived/believed lack of inaction, I don’t have to give a CV of my activities in regards to the kingdom to someone who I don’t know outside of the blog.

      • Luke says:

        I’m done with this, man. If you want to be a modern-day Pharisee and get caught up in legalistic wrangling while people are striving to honor our Lord, go for it. Beck is wrong theologically, but many of the people who he brought to the stage certainly are not wrong theologically. And it certainly wouldn’t be the first time God has used non-believers to bring about His will and further His purpose.

      • Laz says:

        Luke, think about what you’re saying. I’m a Pharisee because I’m merely pointing out that a Mormon worships a false Christ. Much like the false Christ that the Pharisees were expecting, different in a way but still false since they missed the real One who was right under their noses.

        If the Mormon worships a false Christ then any reference he makes to “Jesus” will be a reference to not the Jesus revealed in Scripture but a false Jesus.

        Your last statement is certainly correct, the examples are numerous: Cyrus, Nebuchadnezzar etc. However none of these examples assumed that their false god was the same one as the True God. That’s what Beck, as a Mormon, is doing.

      • Luke says:

        You called the rally a farce. Genuine Christians were there, praying and worshiping the God that we serve. In what way is this a farce? I don’t care if the Emperor Nero called a rally and that many true believers showed up and prayed to our Lord, sign me up. Dismiss Beck altogether and try to see the bigger picture. That’s what I’m trying to get you to acknowledge. If you have a problem with his theology (as I do) fine, that’s one issue. But look at all the true believers that he brought together, that’s the important part.

        Peace out

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