Per Fidem Intrepidus means "Fearless Through Faith". My courage isn't my own, it comes from the Holy Spirit, it's my faith in God and my personal savior Christ Jesus that calms my fears and allows me to move forward in this fallen world. Personally I'm afraid of a lot of stuff, but having the faith that Jesus adopted me as his little, sin filled, brother keeps me going.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Random Bits

I was reading some facebook posts and a friend whose cousin recently had just passed away posted a picture by "Light Bible" in memory of her cousin. The meme paraphrased Exodus 22:20-26. The picture said "Let us not be the ones who feel god's wrath when his children cry out for justice" That's sweet. 

However the quoted verse in this sweet picture starts with the destruction of pagans, proceeds to an angry God slaughtering the uncharitable with a sword leaving widows and orphans in His wake, then ends with ancient Jewish financial law.

Yes we have a God of love, but he's also a God of righteousness, a God of justice, a God of anger who hates those who stirs up divisions in the brotherhood and those who lie. How do we tell our friends on the fringes of Christianity that the quote they just posted actually shows a side of God that you were never taught and clearly are not ready to see? Do we just drop a commentary of their verse that was framed in roses and tulips and say "Bam. There's the whole story. We don't have a fuzzy puffball of a love god, we worship a God who created everything with a word and can burn it all up in fire if He wants. He's capable of so much more than hugs and memes." or do we just let them drift alone in their own little world?

I don't know if this story makes me angry, makes me sad, or makes me want to throw up my hands and say "It's coming! I warned you all!" What's not coming is peace to DC comics. When the Aquaman movie out sells the Justice League it's time for DC Comics to pack it in and go home. This is just a sign that they are late in getting packed Aquaman! Sheesh! What a wimp

Ignoring the fact that Jesus taught 9 of the 10 commandments, Andy Stanley says that the  Ten Commandments don't apply to Christians

Apparently the reformation doesn't apply to Christians either according to JD Greear, the SBC President

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wretched Wednesday - "Worship Music" VS Actual Hymns

My wife likes "Worship Music" and I prefer actual hymns. I want to make my wife, my gift from God, happy but as the spiritual head of the family I feel a need to assert what the Holy Spirit tells me and I take us to the local Congregational Church were Cindy plays the piano on par with Ingrid Fliter and I'm not kidding. (Cindy, if you're reading this, yes that link is a request). Sometimes her son will play his cello in a duet with her and it's wonderful. (Yes, more Chopin and yes, another request). 

The thing about classically trained worship musicians is that it's hard to tell when they get it wrong, there's maybe 4 people in our congregation who will notice if Cindy hits a clinker (she looks up at me or "Sir Richard" to see if we noticed). With a "worship band" it's sometimes hard to tell if they get it right. Don't get me wrong, there's some great, God loving, musicians out there trying to move their congregation closer to God, but their choice of music is awful, quite often they are choosing music from the Christian top 40 which sadly features spiritual drivel from a questionable source

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Ten Commandment Tuesday - Keep It Honest

Some people are upset with the president because he lies. These are usually people who were not upset with the previous president who was a prolific liar, and so was his predecessor, and so was his predecessor, and so on and so on.

Humans are really good about lying, so much so that humans have categorized them; there's white lies (which is a venial sin, what ever that is) boldface lies, lies by omission, broken promises, fabrication, exaggeration, deception, plagiarism, and according to Mark Twain (whose name is a lie, he's really Samuel Clemons) "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." (According to Twain Clemons, it was Benjamin Disraeli who coined that phrase). According to the prince of preachers. Charles Spurgeon:
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on it's shoes"

Friday, January 4, 2019

Random Bits

Last month I spent a little time in Philadelphia where my company is headquartered. We had a symposium centered around hiring veterans and most of us being veterans spent a lot of time together "comparing scars". Good times... The symposium ended with a trip to the 119th Army-Navy game. Being a USAF veteran I didn't have a dog in that fight, so I auctioned off my enthusiasm to the highest bidder and the Army won the rights to hearing my cheers. They also won the game. Coincidence? I think not.

Personally I like to go to the USAF academy and watch the Army and Navy football teams gasp in the thin air, the USAF Academy is at 6000 feet. As for the NFL, I haven't watched them in almost 2 years. The reason: Sometime in the near future a few young enlisted folks are going to take the flag, MY flag (it was stashed in my beloved EF-111A on a combat mission over downtown Baghdad) off of my coffin, fold it neatly, and hand it to my son. I don't want that flag stained in any way by a punk millionaire.

I'm back now and after catching up at work, I'm catching up at other things. I didn't put my Lord and savior on the back burner, but this blog did get cooled off some. And when I started looking at the news I just want to go back to my veteran brothers and sisters and ask "Did we just waste our time and youth? What did we defend?"

That pope fellow finally spoke out about the scandals rocking his church. It's too little too late, but it's something

Could it be money that got that pope fellow moving?

While diocese are being investigated for child abuse cover ups and bishops are being investigated for serial homosexual abuse, that Pope tells bishops to close ranks and stop pointing fingers. To me it sounds like he's telling his minions to not participate in the investigations. Am I wrong?

The popes instructions are not being followed as names are being named in the Church of the Pope

Oh Dear Lord - it's not just the priests and bishops (and cardinals and monsignors) but the NUNS TOO!