Friday, March 03, 2006


Sausagey goodness! Goodness gracious!

It's gonna be a good day.

Trixie has posted about one of my favorite vittles: Vie-EEN-as.

Pat Robertson lost reelection to his seat on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters. As a former member (in the early '80s), let me say that news does my heart good.

Best news of the day, from Max Lucado:

"You see, he didn't have to go. He had a choice. He could have stayed. He could have ignored the call or at least postponed it. ... He could have come back when crosses were out of style. But his heart wouldn't let him. ... His divinity heard the voices. His divinity heard the hopeless cries of the poor, the bitter accusations of the abandoned, the dangling despair of those who are trying to save themselves. ...

"And you can be sure of one thing. Among the voices that found their way into that carpentry shop in Nazareth was your voice. Your silent prayers on tearstained pillows were heard before they were said. Your deepest questions about death and eternity were answered before they were asked. And your direst need, your need for a Savior, was met before you ever sinned.

"And not only did he hear you, he saw you. He saw your face aglow the hour you first knew him. He saw your face in shame the hour you first fell. ... And it was enough to kill him."

The concept of "blood atonement" -- the idea that Jesus died to save us, to pay for our sins, to satisfy God's sense of justice -- is outdated to some people, including some Christians who consider it primitive if not barbaric.

Sometimes, I have my own doubts -- even as I cling to the fact that I have met God through Christ, somehow. Sometimes I wonder about the mystery. I think today I'll just revel in it. Peace.


Josua ben Nazareth was on his way to Jerusalem when he saw a large crowd on a hillside by the sea . He got down off of his donkey and walked over to a man on the edge of the crowd who was eating.
“Say good fellow,” he asked “Could you tell me who that man dressed in the white robe is? The one standing in the boat just off shore and teaching.”
“Why that man is Jesus.” The man said, through a mouth full of food.
“Jesus of Nazareth?” asked Josua.
“The one and only.” Said the man.
“Hum, I know him well.” Said Josua, “I have two of his chairs. He makes great chairs.”
“He makes great ‘fish and chips’ too!” said the man, wiping his chin.

It is all a matter of time and perspective is it not?
Man. Comments have dropped way off. Dr. ER wonders: "Maybe it's because of all the Jesus stuff."


Did anyone see Carrie Underwood singin' her heasrt out on American Idol last night? Sang "Jesus Take the Wheel."

She got lukewarm applause.

Jesus is not as big a draw in some places as he is in others.
Maybe because he has be oversold by ignorant zelots as a solution to political and cultural problems that are all man made and they are trying to make him into not what he promised to be in the first place. The devil's best warriors are always those wearing the cross (such as the crusaders and Constantinople).
Vienna sausages are great! Especially with beer!
Beer? No with beer you need those pickled hot sausages that have been sitting on the bar for about three years in a 3 gallon jar, or pickled eggs maybe, or pig's feet.

Vie ennie weinies need saltines and Nehi soda pop!
I prefer the somewhat Tolkienistic interpretation that says Jesus literally went to Hell to set the captives free, and to do so he had to die.

Not sure how that would fly in divinity school, but it sure sounds cool.
I think there is a Scripture or two to that effect.
Yeah. That's even part of the Apostle's Creed ... "He was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into Hell; on the third day, He arose again from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty..."
In my Old English class we did a lot of translating. One thing we looked at was written by a monk (around the year 850, if I'm remembering correctly) and included a discription of Jesus storming Hell, plundering it, and rescuing his friends. Would've gone over real well with the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, and Norsemen who populated the island at the time.

All a matter of perspective, indeed!
So heaven was empty of gentile souls until Christ died and went to hell to retrieve them? I am interested did Jesus bring
back to heaven just the Homo Sapien-Sapien souls or did he also bring back the Homo Sapiens, and the Homo Neanderthalis and maybe even the Homo Erectus souls as well? There is some evidence that both the Neanderthal and Erectus buried their dead with artifacts and food and maybe flowers even. That seems to infer that they believed in an after life. I wonder where the cut off was? Not an idle question really.
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