Thursday, August 29, 2013

Slingshots

And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook. He put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, a lunch bag. His sling(shot) was in his hand. He drew near to the Philistine.  (1Sa 17:40)
Most of my reader(s) are very familar with the story above taken from I Samuel.  This particular slingshot story took place approximately 3050 years ago. Yes, slingshots are that old.  The ones in use during ancient biblical times are mostly referred to as shepherds slings.  These consisted of a pouch of some sort which held the projectile along with the sling made of  braided material such as flax, hemp or wool. The slings were used to create the centrifugal force for the release of the projectile.  Even the army infantry had their specialists in the art of slinging. “Among all this people there were seven hundred chosen men lefthanded; every one could sling stones at an hair breadth, and not miss. Judges 20:16”

One tends to think that in the biblical account between David and Goliath that the smooth stones David selected from the brook were smooth flat stones.  Now if you have ever picked up a smooth flat stone it cannot be hurled with any accuracy.  This particular type of stone would have sailed worse than any hook or slice you could hit with a golf ball.  The stones David used were smooth but probably round and about a third the size of a golf ball. These would have been best for the most accurate throw.  And, of course, if you are Reformed in your theology you know there was another hand involved in the slinging of that one particular stone.  David would acknowledge his total dependence upon his creator in Psalm 62:6 “He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.”

Now, recently I have taken up the art of slinging.  Slinging, yes, but not the biblical or ancient type.  I have been creating and shooting various styles of 21st century slingshots which utilize either surgical tubing or theraband gold elastics.  As a side note, I am no where near slinging at “hair breadth” accuracy, although as with anything, practice does make for improved performance.

I’ve posted below some of the my favorite creations: (click images to enlarge)










Sunday, August 4, 2013

Will Roger's Climate Change



















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God's Climate Change:   "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:22)

Here's an interesting article from Dr. Roy Spencer, climatologist, author and former NASA scientist.
Change its happened before

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Church Violence

I suspect that your fellowship or church probably would not like to talk openly with the congregation about this particular topic.  I envision this type of question being asked at a congregational meeting:  to the elders;  “do we have in place a “home security plan” or a security plan of some sort in the event that a “crazie” comes into our midst with violence on his/her mind”?  I would not expect an in depth answer from the leadership but would be satisfied with a simple “yes” or “no”.  And...in the event of a negative answer, an inquiry into the leadership’s desires to pursue a plan would be in order.

I sent the linked article to a dear friend whose advice I cherish.  He and I attend different churches that both preach repentance and turning to God.  His summation was that all “violence should be repented of ”.  This particular thought in my warped mind created this topics cartoon “du jour”.  I told him that I would split the profits for this cartoon with him since it was his inspiration that brought it about. ($0.00 / $0.00 = $0.00)

Click on this link to read this very interesting article on “The Heidelblog
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Born Againism

There are two concepts that are scripturally true regarding salvation that can be deduced from the Bible. The first is that salvation IS of the Lord. The second concept is, “you must be born again”.  What?...born again? Is that still a valid theological term in this day and age?  Richard Ochs has written an enlightening article on the subject and you can find and download it here:
http://lakeroadchapel.org/~lakeroad/cms-assets/documents/87865-426487.born-againism.pdf

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Photoshop

'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.' This forbids not making an image for civil use. 'Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, It is Caesar's.' Matt 22: 20, 2I. But the commandment forbids setting up an image for religious use or worship.  'Nor the likeness of any thing,' etc. All ideas, portraitures, shapes, images of God, whether by effigies or pictures, are here forbidden. 'Take heed lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make the similitude of any figure.' Deut 4: 15, 16. God is to be adored in the heart, not painted to the eye.

Quest. 1. If it be not lawful to make the image of God the Father, yet may we not make an image of Christ, who took upon him the nature of man?

    Response:  No. Epiphanius seeing an image of Christ hanging in a church, broke it in pieces; ’tis Christ’s Godhead, united to his manhood, that makes him to be Christ; therefore to picture his manhood, when we cannot picture his Godhead, is a sin, because we make him to be but half Christ; we separate what God hath joined, we leave out that which is the chief thing, which makes him to be Christ.

Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

Thursday, May 2, 2013