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A Fine Response to Eastern Orthodoxy

Here is an audio recording of a fine treatment of Eastern Orthodoxy. It starts a little bit, but should be worth it to you.


Speaking of the Reformation…


And Some More on the Reformation…

The Reformation and the Classics: What would Calvin Read?


A Little Test Run…

I’m opening a little store here on Blog & Mablog, featuring eBooks that haven’t been published elsewhere. Here’s my first go at it, “Three Chains” eBooklet for only $1.


Facebook’s “It’s Complicated” Relationship with the News

Here’s a very interesting (and helpful) article on how Facebook has its hands full trying to fight click-bait. For those of us just trying to figure out how in the world “algorithms” work, this may shed some light…

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Friday Open Road

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And of course, HT to Daily Timewaster . . .


Won’t we miss all these great election related videos?


This Is How You Do It


Some Final Thoughts on the Election

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Rob Steele
Rob Steele
6 years ago

Not amused at Faith Trumps Fear. It’s clearly an attempt to suppress Trump support. Barring miracles (which God send!) Trump or Hillary is going to win. Both stink but in spectacularly different ways. If you can’t tell the difference, stay home. If you think government is the solution, stay home.

St. Lee
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob Steele

Have to agree with Rob here. All the site did was give a list of other candidates on the ballot, with nothing to indicate that any one of them might be a Christian (and therefore no longer “evil” by God’s intervention). Therefore, are not all but one candidate on the ballot a “lesser of evils?” (because one of them has to represent the most evil of the group)

Rob Steele
Rob Steele
6 years ago
Reply to  St. Lee

That’s right. When have we ever voted for a non-evil candidate? To vote is to vote for the lesser of however many evils, no matter how much you like the evil.

PerfectHold
PerfectHold
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob Steele

Technically, nerdily, annoyingly true — but misses the bigger, better, nicer picture.
That’s like admitting that you married the least of evils, but she’s still evil — which will get you slapped, as it should.

If you have fundamental agreement on the key things, then you’re not focusing on the evility of the options, but rather on the best of acceptable options.

PerfectHold
PerfectHold
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob Steele

an attempt to suppress Trump? — wow, I didn’t get that as it’s purpose, but maybe you know better.

And suppressing would contradict the whole point by essentially using the same mindset of “lesser than two evils”, no?

I simply took it as “It’s better to not go the ‘lesser’ route, but pick the best of acceptable & available” — “so here are choices you might find good & available” — can that video be legitimately taken this way?

Rob Steele
Rob Steele
6 years ago
Reply to  PerfectHold

You correctly understood the text of the message. I was talking about the subtext. Yes, it does contradict the text.

ashv
ashv
6 years ago

Really disappointed that you would direct further attention to Paul Hastings. This “FaithTrumpsFear” nonsense is transparently an attempt for him to move up from state-level politics to the big leagues. To repeat what I said when this came up before —

As you watch this video, remember that this has two audiences:

One is you, the voter, to persuade you to join his vote bloc.

The other is political candidates, to persuade them that Paul Hastings can
deliver the support they need from the vote bloc he’s persuaded.

You aren’t the customer to him. You are the product.

jon
jon
6 years ago
Reply to  ashv

Ashv, can you explain more? Who is this guy making these wacky arguments? What is he trying to get?

ashv
ashv
6 years ago
Reply to  jon

From what I can see he’s a media guy who worked in a state campaign and is basically advertising his media abilities to other people in politics who might want to hire his company. If there’s a better explanation, I’d like to hear it — but this is the only explanation I can think of for the way the site is structured. He’s not endorsing or evaluating any of the candidates, and he’s collecting per-state engagement numbers. He isn’t excluding people like (gay Mormon) Evan McMullin or pro-abortion candidates.

jon
jon
6 years ago
Reply to  ashv

Thanks, I can’t argue, he mostly seems to be promoting himself. He appears to be a well-meaning christian; but I am surprised people find this persuasive in any way.

mkt
mkt
6 years ago
Reply to  ashv

Is McMullin really gay?

ashv
ashv
6 years ago
Reply to  mkt

He’s 40 and unmarried, and his mom’s in a lesbian “marriage”. What do you think?

mkt
mkt
6 years ago
Reply to  ashv

I didn’t know about his mom. But I definitely know some 40 year old hetero guys who aren’t married–for whatever reason.

ashv
ashv
6 years ago
Reply to  mkt

Sure. But I bet they aren’t Mormons.

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years ago
Reply to  mkt

The internet is covered with headlines, “White Nationalist calls Evan McMullin gay” and I seriously thought for a moment, “I wonder if that’s our ashv!”

JohnM
JohnM
6 years ago
Reply to  Jonathan

Nah, ashv’s a pure minded Southern Nationalist. Mere white nationalism opens the door to hordes of untouchables and that’s just not the dream.

ashv
ashv
6 years ago
Reply to  JohnM

Come on, you’re smarter than that. It’s not “untouchables” I object to.

It’s Yankees.

bethyada
6 years ago

My position would be not to vote for either. Voting always involves voting for sinners, but people vary on whether they are headed towards God or away from God. And there is always a point at which a candidate is bad enough not to vote for him, even if his opponent is worse. Trump has claimed to be a Christian. There is nothing I have seen that makes it look like he knows Jesus. As such he needs to be rebuked by Christians for making this claim and Christians should steer clear of him. I would have more time for… Read more »

Rob Steele
Rob Steele
6 years ago
Reply to  bethyada

I’d vote for an honest lefty. In theory anyway. Never heard of one.

Edit: What about Jimmy Carter?

Okay, you got me. Nice man, upright mostly, and I’d still pick Trump over him.

bethyada
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob Steele

Well I did say character and policies. Plenty of nice Christians who buy the media narrative but really shouldn’t be in politics.

Ilion
Ilion
6 years ago

Here is an audio recording of a fine treatment of Eastern Orthodoxy. It starts a little bit, but should be worth it to you.

Sorry. Not gonna waste my time listening to a rambling audio (*) — put it in writing.

 

(*) almost every recording is a ramble that wastes 6-10 times as much of the listener’s time as he’d spend reading it.

Daniel Foucachon
6 years ago
Reply to  Ilion

It’s actually quite good and pretty packed. Sure, not as packed as a written summary.

There is a video too:
https://vimeo.com/190300233

Chris Duncan
6 years ago

Here’s my riff off of Doug’s “This is how you do it” guitarists:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENBX_v1Po1Y

Chris Duncan
6 years ago
Reply to  Douglas Wilson

I thought you might dig it!

PerfectHold
PerfectHold
6 years ago
Reply to  Chris Duncan

I’d give my right arm to play like any of these guys.

Chris Duncan
6 years ago
Reply to  PerfectHold

Here are a couple more from 10-year old (at the time) Sungha Jung. A fingerstyle guitar cover of California Dreamin’ and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAhZZc_Bwps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiNFB213t5k

D. D. Douglas
D. D. Douglas
6 years ago

Check out Guitar George…..

"A" dad
"A" dad
6 years ago

Faith Trumps Fear. (?) What “statistically significant lesson” did Ross Perot teach “us”?

Oh right, when the center vote is split, bald faced lying Bill Clinton can prevail in a presidential election.

‘Don’t think “Faith Trumps Fear” has learned that yet. Perhaps they should stop lecturing. ; – 0

Rob Steele
Rob Steele
6 years ago
Reply to  "A" dad

I’m guessing that they learned lesson and are applying it. That is, they want Clinton to prevail.

"A" dad
"A" dad
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob Steele

“Be as shrewd as snakes, and as innocent as doves”
Jesus
(Even if voting for a snake!)

Shrewdness trumps sanctimony. ????????

PerfectHold
PerfectHold
6 years ago
Reply to  "A" dad

I’m honestly seeking some help here. It it wrong? or unwise? (or both) to simply vote for whomever I think is (in this order): (1) voteable (my vote will actually be counted not thrown out & I think the candidate would take the office if elected, (2) acceptable as in passes my no deal breaker test for stuff like anti-abortion & pro whatever (3) best of the acceptable candidates? So is it stupid that I don’t give a hoot really about “chance” of winning? After all, couldn’t you logically say that any vote that’s not for the winning candidate is… Read more »

"A" dad
"A" dad
6 years ago
Reply to  PerfectHold

Perf’, Here is a Biblical concept: (that may or may not apply) Matthew 12 9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” 11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it… Read more »

lloyd
6 years ago

“Ecclesiastical Brexit.”

Kip' Chelashaw
Kip' Chelashaw
6 years ago

Hello Doug et al,

That picture you have for Friday Open Road is part of my parish in the UK (http://www.edfj.co.uk/) Next time you’re in England, Come visit.

Kip’