Monday, September 19, 2016

Undisclosed Ingredients In "100%" Grape Juice Has Churches In Uproar

Many churches have been scandalized by the discovery that drinks that several companies labeled as 100% grape juice were full of undisclosed impurities that made them unsuitable to serve as communion in the eyes of some of the more rigorous brethren.

Others said, "What the heck, it would count if we served red Kool-Aid. We heard of one church that served water when they ran out of juice."

Let the truth come to light through the following brief video:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

How Like A God

A new poem of mine, written several months ago from a restaurant view.

How Like A God

Looking down on a new city
from a third-story restaurant
is not like being a god
in the sense that I am on top of the world,

it is like being a god
in the sense that I am
better than you,
that I am judging you in this moment,
o motorcycle pizza delivery guy,
seen from above
through a canopy of flowers,
playing with a colleague’s son.

Not judging in the sense
of heaven and hell,
but in the sense of the senses.
I am deciding that your moment
on the sidewalk immediately below me
is beautiful
and that I am worthy to say it is so.

Also this is like being a god
in the sense that I am outside you,
completely other.

And although I am sure I understand you
you do not even see me
and could never hope to understand
from down there without revelation,
that is,

if I were not completely condescending
in the theological sense.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

5 Reasons Christians Shouldn't Have Kids

Sometimes Christians feel pressure to have children from their own churches and communities. This is a crying shame. With a view to remedy some poor attitudes and to offer assurances to those who are called to not have children, I have produced this short video.

I hope and believe that you will find these five points of living child-free helpful and practical.

You will find a brief discussion of 1 Corinthians 7 below the vid. The Lord bless you and keep you.

1 Corinthians 7 is often used as a "proof-text" that celibacy is spiritually superior to marriage, because Paul urges Christians not to marry. He allows that some of the saints might be unable not to marry, so that if the choice is between burning with lust or marrying, they should go ahead and marry.

In evangelical circles this is used to make marriage, family, and children a matter purely of preference and personal choice, with the caveat that only super-awesome grace-filled Christians can handle being Christians. Last week, for example, my wife met a woman who told her she never married because she needed all her time to do the Lord's work. This attitude despises what the Bible teaches us we are called to in our Christian walk.

The context of Paul's teaching in 1 Corinthians 7 is this: The world is being turned upside down, a new age is coming. Persecution is coming. Paul promises there will be much suffering. And there is. Read 2 Corinthians 4 to realize how much the Corinthians suffered between receiving the two letters from Paul.

Here are some key phrases from 1 Corinthians 7, followed by the text of verses 25, 26, 29-32.

"in view of the present distress"

"those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you"

"the appointed time has grown very short"

"the present form of the world is passing away"

In context: "Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. I want you to be free from anxieties."

Saturday, July 2, 2016

In Praise of This Meme Maker, & All Like Him

I'm a huge fan of abbreviations and acronyms being treated gramatically as if they were their fully-fledged selves. I praise the maker of this meme for treating Brexit as if it actually means "British exit". Not "the most delicious delicious irony of British exit", but "the British exit". Cheers, sir. The Lord bless you and keep you, and provide you with many happy Spanish sherries.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Names To Build & Destroy (Naming of Parts)

A long time ago, man gave names to all the animals and Bob Dylan sang about it. Then he, that is, the man, was named Ish, and she, the woman, was named Ishah. Then he named many other things, murdering and making as he went. He decided to build a tower to heaven but ended up with too many tongues, and had to name all those things again. And again and again.

It was self-evident even in the days of Noah that you had to give things names if you were going to make them. It was also kind of obvious, although they didn't really talk about it, that you could destroy already-made things by making up other names. You could use names to break things into pieces, or at least to stop them from doing what they were made to do.

As the apprentice coder said, "Suppose I have a struct list, and I want to provide a 'constructor' and a 'destructor' function. Is there an established naming convention that is predominant in the real world?"

Come Discover the Beauty of Brazilian Favelas!

This has shown up in my Facebook feed more than once. I guess Facebook's analytics figured out that I might visit Brazil sometime soon (I live in Brazil); is probably ecstatic with how well their targeted advertising is working.

Brazil is a beautiful country, full of many incredible places worth visiting, from waterfalls to wetlands to food trucks and fabulous city culture.

The ad above includes a wonderful highlight that you should include in your poverty-tourism: checking out a Brazilian favela. So romantic, so real. People with simple lives are happy people. Rousseau and Thoreau said so.

Below are some photos I collected of favelas, to encourage you in your condescending white-bread visit to the sexiest place on earth. Yep, you'll be contributing to the dignity of people's lives by spending your money there, and you'll definitely be getting an authentic favela experience. Nothing fake and processed for our American friends. Even the sex trade here is legit, i.e. super-authentic.

"Discover a Brazilian favela."

No, seriously, go ahead and discover a Brazilian favela. It definitely won't be bizarre, condescending, or exploitative in any way.