The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 9, 2019
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WE START WITH A REQUEST FOR PRAYER & SUPPORT…
One of our friends and contributing writers here at Internet Monk has been dealing with a life-transforming change in this new year. This is from J. Michael Jones:
Somewhere, around January 11th, 2019, I became suddenly and serious ill with acute renal failure, caused by the bone marrow cancer Multiple Myleoma. I spent almost three weeks in the hospital fighting for my life. I am still quite ill and weak but starting the long, hard fight back. I am also still writing. I have two projects in the works that I’m excited about. I will update more as progress continues. Please pray for my fight.
Mike is blogging about his experience and reflections at J. Michael Jones. At the main page of the site you can also find out more about his writing. We encourage you to follow with your support and prayers.
This is from his latest post:
I have no desire to go out as a good Christian, for the same reason I don’t watch Hallmark movies. I prefer to live in reality. My pastor once said, during a children’s story, that some people see Heaven as a land of rainbows and unicorns. I almost shouted out, as in impulse, “That sounds more like hell.” Because I love this material universe so very much, I will go out with my claws dug deeply within the dirt, hanging on until the last breath. I will fight this beast of cancer with both tooth and nail.
…So, I must don my skimpy armor and pick up my sword and shied and march into hell to give all I have to kick cancer in the balls and to cut its nasty heart out, not because I have courage but because I have no choice. This is now my determined cause. I pray that I prevail. If chemo and then stem cell transplant works, I can live 10 years. Within 10 years, a new cure may appear. That is my hope. Mike
P.S. You can find links to Mike’s books in the right sidebar. We’re standing with you, friend.
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HERE’S A WEE BIT OF IRONY FOR YOU…
Warren Throckmorton reports that Mark Driscoll’s church will be hosting a “Church Governance Seminar.”
After all he did to give a bad name to Christian church leadership! Talk about putting the fox in charge of the hen house!
Here is an overview of what attendees will learn:
Session Topics Include:
• How the Church and pastors’ families both suffer under bad governance
• A survey of Church governmental models
• The biblical standard of singular headship and plural leadership
• Theocratic government: a “kingdom-down” not “pew-up” unity focused model
• How to embrace apostolic influence
• How to implement a God-centered theocratic Church government
Please notice how there is not even an effort to hide the hierarchical, top-down, power politics in the name of Jesus that will be presented here — “Singular headship,” “Theocratic government,” “Apostolic influence.”
What Bible are these people reading? Certainly not the one that has this text in it:
But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’ (Matthew 20:25-28)
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SPEAKING OF TOXIC BELIEFS…
In a day when measles could easily have been eradicated from the face of the earth, more than 50 cases of measles have been reported in Washington state recently, and nearly all of them in a single county among children or young people who have not been vaccinated.
My Northwest reports that, although students are required to have certain vaccinations to go to school, including MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Washington is one of 18 states that allows personal exemptions for vaccines, in addition to medical and religious exemptions. However, the recent outbreak has led some to say “Enough!”
Democratic State Rep. Monica Stonier…is co-sponsoring a bill to put an end to the personal and philosophical exemption for the MMR vaccine.
“Measles is an incredibly fast-spreading disease and the vaccine is incredibly effective,” Stonier said. “For those who have legitimate medical reasons for not being able to be vaccinated or even legitimate religious reasons to not be vaccinated should still be able to enjoy living in a healthy community and currently that’s not happening.”
Her bill would require kids attending public school to get the MMR vaccine unless they have those legitimate medical or religious reasons. She says there also may be an amendment to tighten up the religious exemption, and also extending the vaccination requirement to people working in child care centers.
…Stonier says she understands parents have safety concerns, but says research has largely debunked misinformation about the risks of vaccines.
“I understand the concerns that many are raising about wanting to make those decisions and having the freedom to make those decisions for their own children. The challenge here is that those people who are enjoying those freedoms currently are imposing on the rights of other children to live in a healthy community,” Stonier said.
Ignorance, conspiratorial thinking, and selfish insularity make it pretty damn hard to love your neighbors.
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MUSLIM EXECUTED AFTER BEING DENIED HIS OWN CHAPLAIN…
Domineque “Hakim” Ray was executed in Alabama on Thursday, after the US Supreme Court voted five-to-four to allow the execution, denying his request for an imam’s presence in the execution chamber. He was offered a Christian chaplain instead. Ray’s imam, Yusef Maisonet, ended up watching the execution from an adjoining witness room
The majority SCOTUS opinion, by those considered the conservative members of the Court, gave few reasons for their decision apart from the “last minute” nature of the appeal.
Those who dissented argued that Ray was denied equal treatment under the Law. They recognized the possible security concerns of allowing someone other than a state-employed chaplain in the room, which was the state’s reason for disallowing the imam, but suggested other avenues could have been pursued in order that the prisoner could have had his spiritual needs attended to at time of death.
Are there no official Muslim chaplains that could have been procured?
None of this would have changed the final result, but perhaps the man could have had some peace.
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LEGAL OR NOT?
Here’s one for the baseball fans out there, just as we’re about to head back to Spring Training. MLB put up a Twitter video of Trevin Michael, a 21-year old pitcher at a junior college in Oklahoma.
Michael has one of the craziest pitching motions ever witnessed, and he put it up on the internet to have baseball people weigh in on whether or not the motion is legal.
You be the judge. You can go to the MLB article and read the section from the rulebook that applies.
— Huff (@CoachHuffEra) February 7, 2019
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MY FEBRUARY PLAYLIST(S)…
It’s all about love, my friends. Love is all you need, all you need is love for a February playlist. I have two of them for you here today — a list of older pop and jazz standards, and a collection of some favorite folk and rock songs that describe many facets of romantic love.
My Classic Playlist for Lovers (Feb. 2019)
Let’s Begin, Ella Fitzgerald
As Long As I’m Dreaming, The Four Freshmen
When I Fall in Love, Nat King Cole
Like Someone in Love, Frank Sinatra
A Kiss to Build a Dream On, Louis Armstrong
Let’s Fall in Love, Ella Fitzgerald
Only Trust Your Heart, The Four Freshmen
The Way You Look Tonight, Peggy Lee
The Very Thought of You, Nat King Cole
They Can’t Take That Away from Me, Frank Sinatra
Stella by Starlight, Miles Davis
I Can’t Believe that You’re in Love with Me, Billie Holiday
Now It Can Be Told, Ella Fitzgerald
Unforgettable, Nat King Cole
My One and Only Love, Louis Armstrong
My February 2019 Playlist
Intro: You Are Karen M’Sabu (from Out of Africa), John Barry
Talk about Love, John Gorka
Silly Love Songs, Wings
Valentine’s Day, James Taylor
Cupid, Sam Cooke
Power of Two, Indigo Girls
Rose of Sharon, Mumford and Sons
Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog after the War, Paul Simon
Flower, Amos Lee
Heart of Stone, Bill Staines
Romeo and Juliet, Dire Straits
You and I, Wilco
Only One, James Taylor
The One I Love, David Gray
Interlude: I’m Better at Hello (from Out of Africa), John Barry
Poison and Wine, The Civil Wars
Like You Used To, Mandolin Orange
Love Love Love, Of Monsters and Men
Darling Lorraine, Paul Simon
Soul Companion, Mary Chapin Carpenter (with James Taylor)
Golden Heart, Mark Knopfler
You and Me, Dave Matthews Band
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
Dream of Me, Alison Krauss
Fare Thee Well Love, The Rankins
Reprise: Beach at Night (from Out of Africa), John Barry