Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Gwyneth Paltrow ALS ice bucket challenge

I still think Gwyneth Paltrow, awful person in many ways, is awesome in a bikini.

Here is proof.

December 31, 2013 USMagazine

Yello - Oh Yeah

I have learned something today. I think it's the first time I ever heard the whole song in all years.

Martin Luther says Drink!

whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. 
sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. 
we are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. 
so when the devil says to you: do not drink, answer him: i will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to. 

― martin luther

Stolen from somewhere:
Luther recommending sin? Well…he doesn’t mean adultery or stealing. What Luther is talking about here is something C.S. Lewis talks about in Chapter 14 of The Screwtape Letters: the particular temptations that come to the person who is aware of his/her own righteousness. Even if it is an awareness of love, forgiveness or humility– all bring the possibility of self-centeredness and pride. 
But Lewis (and Luther) were especially aware of the spiritual dangers of trying to not sin. Yes…trying to not sin. 
Since encouraging people to try and not sin is a major occupation of confused evangelicalism, Luther sounds strange. But it’s clear what he means: we can’t get caught in the trap of trying to generate our own righteousness, even in the name of obedience. Luther’s encouragement to sin just to spite the devil is his provocative way of suggesting a Christian TRUST CHRIST and have confidence in justification by faith. So much so, that instead of living in a state of perpetual self-examination, we live with the freedom to be less than perfect. 
Isn’t sinning intentionally a really bad thing? A Christian’s attitude toward sin must be based on a thorough acceptance of the fact that our depravity isn’t going to be erased by efforts. Even our righteousness and obedience are thoroughly tainted with sin. Luther says we need to take the sting out of the devil’s condemnation with a willingness to be human, and rejoice that God loves us and Christ died for us. 
Let Luther bother you a bit. Particularly if you are starting to get miserable in this Christian life, and wonder where the laughter and honesty are among Christians. We can find it again, but it comes with embracing justification by faith existentially, and not just as a doctrine.

I agree

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Monday, April 27, 2015

God does not accept us as we are

"Frankly put, God doesn’t ‘accept’ us as we are, because what we are is fallen and flawed sinful people. God loves us as we are, but God is insistent that we all change, repent of our sinful inclinations and ways, and become more like Christ. A loving welcome by Jesus does not exclude incredible demands in regard to our conduct, and indeed even in regard to the lusts of our hearts. As it turns out, God is an equal opportunity lover of all humanity, and also an equal opportunity critiquer of all our sin, and with good reason— it is sin that keeps separating us from God and ruining our relationship with God. "This is why the only proper Biblical approach to everyone who would wish to be ‘in Christ’ and ‘in the body of Christ’ is that they are most welcome to come as they are, and they will be loved as they are, but no one but no one is welcome to stay as they are— all God’s chillins [children] need to change. Welcoming does not entail affirming our sins, much less baptizing our sins and suddenly calling them good, healthy, life giving."   -- Ben Witherington

Monday, April 20, 2015

Regretful Cats

20 Cats Who Regret Everythingvia America's Funniest Home Videos

Posted by BuzzFeed Video on Monday, 13 April 2015

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Kemp World Peace quote

“The surest way to preserve world peace is not through a complex entanglement of treaties and alliances. The surest way to global stability is to ensure freedom under a rule of law, which if combined with the right economic policies will permit a rising tide of prosperity to provide a fertile environment in which ethnic, religious and racial tensions can be resolved peacefully.” - Jack Kemp

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