The ‘Who’?

I got home just at halftime and watched the ‘Who’ perform. I think they might want to reconsider naming themselves the ‘What the Heck?’

They certainly didn’t impress this lone viewer. In fact, I would have preferred to hear a group that could actually sing.

Loud drums and guitars with lots of lasers and smoke accompanied by mediocre at best singing may appeal to some, but it’s just not my cup of tea.

If any of them had appeared as a contestant on American Idol they most likely would have been booted off straightaway.

Dreadful. Just wretchedly dreadful.

Benny Hinn Is Ignorant: So Why Is he So Popular?

And why do his hundreds of thousands of followers hang on his every ignorant utterance?  After all, anyone who can say that the Trinity is ‘nine’ can’t be taken seriously, can they?  And yet…

Via Ben Myers.

To return to my initial question- why is Hinn so popular? Because those who follow him want God to be their slave. They want God to be their servant. They wish God to do their bidding- and that’s what Heretic Hinn offers them- a god who will fulfill their every wish. Such a god, of course, doesn’t exist. But Hinn has been effective in tapping in on the self interest of his ‘flock’ and duped the sheeple wishing to be duped.

To put it as bluntly as humanly possible, Hinn is popular because his followers are theological fools.

Sin: It’s Not Just an Intentional Thing

Calvin wrote

We must reject the opinion of those who think that there is some deliberate wickedness in all sins. For we experience more than is necessary how often we sin with good intentions. For our reason and understanding are tangled in so many kinds of ignorance and subjugated to so many errors and run into so many hindrances, and so often fall into perplexity, that they are indeed far from directing us with certainty.

Good intentions? They’re not enough to deliver us from sin and error.  Or to say it another way- motivation doesn’t matter as much as we would like to think.

James Tabor in The News

The Asheville Times Citizen asks

Should Jews who are committed to their faith be interested in Jesus? Would Christians who believe in the divinity of Christ want to know about Jesus the Jew?  James Tabor, a scholar of early Christianity, says he will pose these “deliberately provocative” questions in his talk “What Kind of Jew Was Jesus?” at 7 p.m. Thursday at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.

If the weather allows, my plan is to be there.  I’ll blog it and post a few photos as well.   It should be great fun.

This Is Me, Pounding My Head Into My Desk

Churches alter schedules to accommodate Super Bowl, observes a Louisiana news website.  For instance

Live Oak Community Church on Heyman Lane, which doesn’t have a Sunday evening service, is using that time to instead throw a Super Bowl party. …  Saintsmania doesn’t begin with tonight’s Super Bowl party at the church, however. Sanders expects a congregation full of black and gold at the church’s 10:45 a.m. service.  “Everybody’s going to wear their Saints clothes and jerseys on Sunday morning,” Sanders said.

Sure.  Why not.  No point in ever bothering to get the little herd out for worship but be sure to pull out all the stops to get them to a ball party.  And even the Catholics are doing the unbelievable.

The Rev. José A. Robles Sánchez, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church, said the church’s 6:15 p.m. Mass has been canceled due to expected low attendance because of the Super Bowl. The church’s 4:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses at 9 and 11 a.m. still are scheduled.

Cancel your services if there’s any competition from the cult of sport.  Good message to send to the community there, Padre.

But at least one Catholic Church in the area has the right perspective.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, meanwhile, is pressing on with its 5:30 p.m. Mass.  Friar Daniel O’Connor, the church’s pastor, said Mass — which coincides with the Super Bowl’s 5:25 p.m. kickoff — will continue as scheduled, and afterward the game will be available at the Lifehouse, which is where the church’s youths gather.  The game will be shown in its entirety, with youth members who went to other services coming to watch the game from the beginning.  Even though Prompt Succor didn’t cancel tonight’s service, O’Connor expects a decreased turnout. “I think it’ll be quite a bit less (than normal), to be honest with you,” he said.

It may- but at least you’re maintaining proper perspective and being faithful to the Faith.  Unlike, of course, your Baptist neighbors, who can usually be counted on to do what’s popular but not what’s proper.

In Pineville, First Baptist Church cancelled its night service for what it’s calling its “Super Bowl Outreach” — where Sunday school classes have small get-togethers outside of the church.  …  Meanwhile, Kingsville Baptist Church in Ball has bumped its revival service up from 5:30 p.m. to 4 to accommodate the Super Bowl.

Accommodationism… it’s the cry of our day among too many Churches.

Jason Kees, the church’s student intern, said the Super Bowl will be shown for youths in the “Big House” after the revival service. Food and drinks will be provided for the students. “We weren’t going to do it unless the Saints were in it, so it worked out for us,” Kees said.

Yes, it worked out for you…  and that’s what it’s all about isn’t it Jason.  Isn’t it…

I Never Thought I’d Say This, But Palin Is Right

When she asserts that many Americans are ready for another revolution.

“America is ready for another revolution and you are a part of this,” Palin said

to the Tea Party people over in Nashville.

To be fair, I’m no fan of Sarah Palin.  But I do think that normal Americans are sick and tired of being lied to, misled, robbed, and forced to pay for things they simply should not be asked to pay for.

And while I’m sure there won’t be any sort of ‘Revolution’ like we had in 1776, I do believe that if politicians don’t start fulfilling the wishes of the public, there will be lots of those elected officials in need of a new job (like the Haitian lawyer).  After all, who wants to pay politicians to do nothing?

People are really fed up.  those serving in public office had better come to terms with the fact.

A Lawyer Looking for A Job

The Haitian lawyer for 10 U.S. Baptists charged with child kidnapping tried to bribe the missionaries’ way out of jail and has been fired, the attorney who hired him said Saturday night. The Haitian lawyer, Edwin Coq, denied the allegation. He said the $60,000 he requested from the Americans’ families was his fee. Jorge Puello, the attorney in the neighboring Dominican Republic retained by relatives of the 10 American missionaries after their arrest last week, told The Associated Press that he fired Coq on Friday night. He had hired Coq to represent the detainees at Haitian legal proceedings.

60K for accomplishing nothing does seem quite a high price. Anyway, if you’re looking for a very high priced Haitian lawyer who won’t be much help, he’s apparently your guy.

Quote of the Day

“It ticks me off that most men visit God in a comatose state on Sunday morning but passionately worship their sports god on Sunday afternoon.  Instead of living passionate stories of meaning and purpose they’ve centered their lives around celebrity athletes and the games they play.”  –  Sam Masteller