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Book Review

Been thinking a lot lately about alcohol. Some people do, some people don’t.

It all started with the book Drinking With Calvin and Luther! and what it had to say. It was a good history of alcohol in the church but it wasn’t much more than that. The title was exactly what it was. Which is actuallyrefreshing to see something was what it was advertised as. It was a bunch of quotes and stories from back in the day about good christian folk used to drink up regularly…to the point of saying it wasalmost a sin not to. What followed was a trip down the other side of the coin by reading Should Christians Drink?: The Case for Total Abstinence. I was, and still am, so disappointed.

The introduction starts with the author claiming that his argument is beyond dispute and doubt. At that point I was trying not to throw the book away. I understand that you are writing a book based on your opinion in the first place, however, let the argument speak for itself. If it is truly beyond dispute and doubt then you don’t need to state that in your opening statement.

Chapter One gets right into it by comparing drinking to…get this…war, slavery, and dancing. Seriously? At that point I finished the book for the sole reason that I have a problem with starting a book and not finishing it. Wow, quite a read.

So, if you want a good explanation of the abstinence view, check out John Piper’s view on alcohol.

Otherwise…have a great day. And do NOT pick up that book. Too many trees have died already for it.




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Black Coffee and Peanuts

Very contemplative today. Nothing specific, just an overwhelming sense of curiosity and wonderment. Jesus is a big deal. Many speakers and authors have mentioned the far-reaching nature of the life of Jesus. Literally billions of people have been affected…wait, affect effect…influenced by His life. Ugh, as I write this iTunes went from Delerious? to some random bad song I didn’t even know I had! Way to ruin the mood iTunes! I am reading The Shack right now in order to have a valid opinion to give people who ask about it. I have a feeling it isn’t as bad as people say it is but we’ll see.

Jesus is still a big deal though.

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I know another quote means that I couldn’t come up with anything original.  Well, there is a lot in my life right now so when things speak to me…I share them.

This is a quote from Too Christian, Too Pagan by Dick Staub

Following Jesus today requires you to practice that same single minded conformity. And it will produce the same effect on your life that it did with Jesus. If you truly follow Jesus, in addition to enjoying a most excellent adventure, you will likely end up seeming too Christian for many of your pagan friends and too pagan for many of your Christian friends. When you truly follow Jesus, you’ll spend considerable time in the world like He did, and as a result, many of your religious friends will think you’re too irreligious. On the other hand, many of your irreligious friends will find it odd that you are so focused on the spiritual. Thus, you end up seeming both too Christian and too pagan.

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Rats in the Cellar

This is an excerpt from Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I read it again today and it always gets me so here goes…

We begin to notice, besides our particular sinful acts, our sinfulness; begin to be alarmed not only about what we do, but about what we are. This may sound rather difficult, so I will try to make it clear from my own case. When I come to my evening prayers and try to reckon up the sins of the day, nine times out of ten the most obvious one is some sin against charity; I have sulked or snapped or sneered or snubbed or stormed. And the excuse that immediately springs to my mind is that the provocation was so sudden and unexpected; I was caught off my guard, I had not time to collect myself. Now that may be an extenuating circumstance as regards those particular acts: they would obviously be worse if they had been deliberate and premeditated. On the other hand, surely what a man does when he is taken off is guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth? If there are rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am. The rats are always there in the cellar, but if you go in shouting and noisily they will have taken cover before you switch on the light.

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It was a late night/morning as I stayed up to watch the best basketball team in history win their 17th championship. Congratulationsto the Celtics of Boston! I tried to find a video to imbed but there isn’t much out yet so it’s no video today.

For father’s day I received a men’s booklet. Sounds exciting no? It is a 25 day Bible study from the man’s sector of Living Proof Ministries from Beth Moore fame. It is written by her son-in-law and so far it is quite good. Although I have only done one day so far; I am impressed by the simplicity. There is the typical daily verse followed by a short thought provoking message. A few more verses to read that buttress the thought and we are off to the questions. This section is broken down into two sections: the first being a few questions to ask about yourself and where you are in regards to the reading, then the part I like the best is an outline to write you daily prayer. Since they do not give you much room to write, I found myself remembering what I wrote more easily, leading me to be able to pray the same prayer throughout the day. I will have a review upon completion.

I have also recently started reading The Divine Comedy by Dante. It is actually quite good. I first picked it up years ago after watching the movie 7 but never opened it. I saw it on the shelf and decided to give it a run around the block. So far I am pleasantly surprised. I have never been a sucker for poetry but this is reading smoother than most. I will say that an understanding of the world that Dante lived in helps even in the first 5 cantos of the poem. Nothing vast in needed but the introduction in whatever translation you get is imperative. It is very interesting to see the worldview that someone in this life would have had. Would we be any different? Well, either way, great beach read…check it out.

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