October 20, 2017

Sabbatical Journal: Baseball Week

It’s Thursday of “Baseball Week,” and I’m in a library getting some of my Cornerstone talks polished off before heading for central Ohio to meet my daughter and son-in-law. Sabbatical is certainly rushing by.

Yesterday’s day game gave me a really nice case of sunburned knees. Knees. It’s so much like my life to get sunburn in a weird place where all compassion will be swallowed up in laughter.

Every day should be dollar dog day. That’s hot dogs at the ball park for the uninitiated. The only thing better would be dime dog night, but I doubt if the hot dogs would be as good.

In the “Country Boy Comes To The Big City” category, I encountered a toilet yesterday that automatically flushes- constantly- when you lower the seat. It took me a minute to figure out what was going on. Of course, I found this device in a building owned by Presbyterians.

The George Carlin post has resulted in a record number of unposted comments. Easily have refused more comments on that one one post than any other post in IM history. And some of these comments are absolutely unbelievable. I have no doubt anymore that there are a breed of Christians- few, but loud- who have a serious case of jihad envy. They really are into labeling enemies and hating them with relish. What that has to do with Jesus completely misses me, but then that’s what they keep telling me.

I tried to eat at Outback last night and couldn’t find it. Sometime on this trip, I’m going to eat at one of those places. I’ve only done so once, many years ago.

I’d say there will be a crow-eating post coming from me on Frank Viola’s Pagan Christianity in the near future.

I love and miss my wife. If gas wasn’t so scandalous I’d drive back just to give her a hug.

Oh. Yes, there is a coloration issue with this blog in Firefox 3. We’re aware of it and the tech elf has it on the list.

Comments

  1. “Jihad envy” – that’s funny.
    Isn’t this phenomena addressed in that oh-so-funny Jewish satire about a man who is to preach to a pagan city, refuses on his oh-so-right jingoistic grounds, gets swallowed by an oh-so-big fish, recovers and still ends up oh-so-unhappy.

  2. Chris P. says:

    Jonah 4:
    1But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. ESV

    Jonah’s attitude is more in line with the wicked and lazy servant of Matthew 25:24-27 in that he knew what kind of a God he served, and still resented that fact.
    Jonah however, preached the message, even if it was reluctantly. The servant in the parable refused to do anything. So…….what does Jonah have to do with Carlin and his critics?
    None of the critics are burying their talent, nor refusing the Lord.
    Carlin was a “prophet” only in the same way that Balaam and his donkey were.
    I find it amazing that those who claim Christ would idolize this guy for his unbiblical and ungodlyattitude while villifying those who are at least trying to be obedient. Your “Jonah-like” qualities are definitely showing here
    I wonder of this will be labeled as one of the discarded “jihad” comments.

  3. Bob Sacamento says:

    “I’d say there will be a crow-eating post coming from me on Frank Viola’s Pagan Christianity in the near future.”

    I’m surprised. I bought it, leafed through about ten pages, concluded that Frank Viola knew about as much about church history as that Baptist guy who wrote “The Trail of Blood”, and promptly moved it waaaay down my reading list. Will be interested to hear what you say.

    Happy sabbatical.

  4. GranpaJohn says:

    Two extremely important points here.
    #1 – I probably would have worded it as “breed of ‘so called’ Christians”. Probably would include thoughts of how I once was similar until I discovered that “my righteousness” wasn’t the measuring stick. Yet the Corinthians WERE Christians, as were all the other messed up in Christ likeness new testament times believers. 1Cor 6:11

    #2 – There are four, count ’em, four Outback steak houses within 7 to 10 miles of Clipper Stadium. What a horrible conflict: Dime a Dog? Outback? Dime a Dog? Outback? The game WITHOUT the dog? Unthinkable! No Outback? Arrgghh! not again…

    So grows the dilemma of the one who would draw closer to his Lord…

    Also Craig, you are spot on with that. We always talk about the neat water ride Jonah went on but neglect to remember in the end, he’s Still mad at God.

  5. It used to be dime-dog night … but inflation hit.

    Try sun-burned feet tops … and ears. I’ve done knees too. You have my sympathy … without laughter. That’s just painful.

    I loved your George Carlin post … it was perfect.

    What’s the color problem? Now you have more color … that’s not a problem. 😉

  6. “#1 – I probably would have worded it as “breed of ’so called’ Christians”. Probably would include thoughts of how I once was similar until I discovered that “my righteousness” wasn’t the measuring stick. Yet the Corinthians WERE Christians, as were all the other messed up in Christ likeness new testament times believers. 1Cor 6:11”

    Hmmmm…
    I know of no one, including myself, who thinks that their own righteousness is either a measuring stick or the way to salvation.
    Interesting how loosely we apply the Word and the righteousness of Christ as to include “any and all” manifestations,and/or interpretations. Carlin exhibited no righteousness. I do not say this lightly. Perhaps as a former catholic he never really heard the Word?
    Where are the evangelists?

    I assure you that only some of the church at Corinth was messed up. They probably ignored those who spoke correction as “fundies”.

    1 Cor 6:11??
    That applies to those who believe this side of eternity, or is there really a Purgatory?

  7. Bob Sacramento: Bob, refresh my memory. Are you RC?

    peace

    MS

  8. I got one of the worst cases of sunburn I’ve ever had a Braves game last year. It was July, and we went to a day game. I roasted like a lobster (and the Braves lost).

  9. iMonk,
    I sympathize with your sunburn as well, with no laughter. Worst sunburn I ever had was on the knees and lower thighs on the front of my legs. I had to wear those same shorts for a week because any other ones irritated the burn too much. Keep enjoying the baseball and the sabbatical and thanks for keeping the great posts coming as well.
    Shalom,
    Jeff M

  10. ” I find it amazing that those who claim Christ would idolize this guy for his unbiblical and ungodlyattitude while villifying those who are at least trying to be obedient. Your “Jonah-like” qualities are definitely showing here”

    My point was that I believe that Jonah is a genre called satire. It was probably embedded into the culture the way Mark Twain is regarded in ours. It is a wild story about repenting animals, a guy living in a fish, and a whole town reforming it’s ways. This is a story. Inspired? perhaps. Literally true? Oh, c’mon!

    I think the Book of Jonah exists to demonstrate the folly of people who think they are God’s chosen people and get angry when He demonsrates his grace to those outside their narrow view of who gets his favor.

    I was only commenting on those Christians who presume to exclude others from a party that they are not hosting.

  11. Bob Sacamento says:

    Me, RC? No siree!

    Having spent a good deal of time in all three major protestant denoms, I am just sort of vanilla conservative protestant.

  12. iMonk,
    Apparently, I subconsciously decided to empathize with you and got my knees sunburned today at my son’s T-ball game. Glad to hear in the other posts that your sabbatical is still going well.
    Jeff M

  13. Mike,
    re Viola’s book, I understand your question to Bob. My own (Catholic) take is at:

    http://thomasgwyndunbar.wordpress.com/2008/07/02/pagan-christianity/

    (a comment has link to a response to Witherington’s critique)

    I look forward to what you have to say about Voila’s book.