My Brain on the Internet: Dobson on Trump’s Salvation, VR Jesus, Christian Humor, and 9/11 Bibles

James Dobson, of Focus on the Family fame, is all-in for Donald Trump because, and I quote,

Hillary scares me to death. And, if Christians stay home because he isn’t a better candidate, Hillary will run the world for perhaps eight years. The very thought of that haunts my nights and days.

This doesn’t exactly sound like a man of faith who has set his affections on things above. However, Dobson, who claims to be a Christian and has Christians who claim to listen to him, knows he can’t support Trump unless he can convince his followers Trump is a Christian. Dobson went on record to say “he knows the person “who led him [Trump] to Christ” and he believes that Trump “really made a commitment.” It turns out, the person who “led Trump to Christ” is Paula White. There is much evidence that Paula White’s theology lacks biblical soundness. So now, Dobson has lined himself and his Christian faith up with Paula White and Donald Trump. At what point does the hole get too deep to stop digging?

Virtual Reality technology is on the rise and appears to be the Next Big Thing. That being the case, you know Jesus has to get in on the market.
Autumn Productions and VRWERX are set to release Jesus VR – The Story of Christ, a 90-minute virtual reality re-enactment of the New Testament, which includes Jesus’s birth and death by crucifixion, along with key moments like the Sermon on the Mount.

 Have Christians lost their sense of humor? Christianity Today wonders why so many Christians are uptight and can’t laugh anymore. I’m somewhat amazed that this is viewed as a recent occurrence. Humorlessness is one of the Beatitudes, no? Since when have Christians demonstrated a sense of humor?

In an old news story I just came across, a man found a piece of steel from the 9/11 wreckage with a page of the Bible fused onto it. One of the verses on the page is “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” So, you know what that means: Bush lied and people died.


My Brain On The Internet: Bad Cholesterol Is Good, Priest Punches Groomsman, Orlando Blame, and C. S. Lewis Audio

A new study has found no link between high cholesterol and heart disease. In fact, the study found “that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer.” Shocker. This is why I don’t listen to anyone’s advice about what I eat. Nobody knows what they are talking about.

A priest officiating a wedding, apparently punched the groom’s brother in the face for dorking around during part of the proceedings. This is awesome. I would enjoy weddings more if I could punch people.

One of the things that convinces me the Bible is the Word of God is that the world so consistently hates Jews and Christians. Orlando was recently shot up by a Muslim. One would think there would be some honest examination of Islam’s teaching by society in general, but alas, that won’t happen. Watch: What will happen is all religions will be attacked as evil. It’s not a problem with Islam; it’s a problem with religion. Therefore, Christianity will somehow be at fault for this, too.

The only still-existing BBC Radio recording of C. S Lewis

My Brain on the Internet: St. Nicolas Punched Arius, Blessed Ramadan, Mournful Christian Music, and Church Methods

St. Nicolas, known to us as Santa Claus, was a real person. He once attended the Council of Nicea and got sick of Arius’ heresy, so he punched him in the face.

So goes the church mythology. Did it actually happen? Probably not.

Some churches in Minnesota are placing signs out front wishing Muslims a “Blessed Ramadan.” “The signs are a public gesture of goodwill, Morey said, at a time when Muslim-Americans need a gesture of goodwill.” The church has come a long way since John warned us not to wish false teachers God speed.

Many Christians lately have been pointing out the cheerfulness of Christian music, not enough about sin and judgment. Brant Hansen, a Christian radio guy, responds at this link. I have opined in the past that I think Christianity is way too happy. (A. W. Tozer agrees with me too.) Blessed are those who mourn. Let your laughter be turned into mourning. It is better to be in the house of mourning than in the house of mirth. I can see Brant’s point. No one is going to listen to mournful radio. Radio is audience driven. You give them what they want–which is Brant’s basic point, and to that I’d agree. But the church is not to be audience driven and the Bible certainly isn’t (which is why many who supposedly desire mournful music by pointing out mournful Psalms as their example, probably haven’t read Psalms in quite some time). I think the call for more honest songs is legitimate. Just know that no one cares about your honesty; people want happy. Joel Osteen exists for a reason, and so does contemporary Christian music.

I agree with two of this article’s “3 Church Methods that Need to Change.” The day my church sits in a circle is the day I start skipping church.

My Brain on the Internet: Emoji Bible, Church Jail, Evolutionist Explains why so many Reject Evolution, and Clarification on Yesterday’s Marriage Post

The iTunes Store is now offering an emoji version of the King James Bible. The author of this Bible said, “I thought if we fast forwarded 100 years in the future, an emoji bible would exist.” I’m quite certain that 100 years from now, no one will even know what an emoji is. I know blasphemy is a thing, but I hesitate throwing the word around, but I also suggest we hesitate throwing God’s Word around on every wind of fashion. The emoji for God is a smiley face with a halo over it. I can’t imagine this upholds the command to not use God’s name in vain.

A man arrested in an altercation with street preachers has been sentenced to attend church for twelve weeks! This is a compelling article. Not sure that 12 church services is equivalent to 90-days in jail, but alas, for many it no doubt is.

Why do so many people reject evolution as a solid theory? Is it because religion-believing people are stupid? Or perhaps, is it because evolution has so many large holes in it? This article, written from an evolutionist standpoint, reveals some critical insights. “What we do have is a god-like power of natural selection whose miracle-working activity in creating ever new organisms is vividly clear to eyes of faith, but frustratingly obscure to mere empirical investigators. This is not a science ready for submission to a larger public along with a demand for acquiescence. Not if this public has yet to dull its sensitivity to fundamental questions in the way that the research community seems to have done.” The reason why so many reject evolution is because evolution is a blind-faith, religious view with very little scientific proof of any sort to prove it. Not a bad admission by an evolutionist!

Based on the online and offline response toward my marriage post yesterday, it seems apparent I did not communicate effectively. Therefore, I have added a Clarification to the end of the post which will hopefully help.

My Brain on the Internet: The Decline of Hell, Trashing Art, The Naked Cowboy Does Church, and Jan Crouch Died

National Geographic has an article about the demise of hell. “Over the last 20 years, the number of Americans who believe in the fiery down under has dropped from 71 percent to 58 percent.” Belief in heaven is still very high, however. This is consistent with Christians overall ability to disregard anything negative in the Bible and yet fully support anything positive. In the end, what you believe to be real, determines absolutely nothing about what is real.

A new janitor at an art museum accidentally threw away a piece of modern art! The display, involving trash, was mistakenly identified as well, trash, and thrown out. Apparently the artist does not find humor in this, which seems about right. Being in janitorial services for about 10 years of my life, I say we hand over more of the world’s decision making to janitors. Lots of stuff needs cleaning up out there.

Hillsong Church in New York City recently had a women’s conference where a guy posing as “The Naked Cowboy” performed for the women. The Naked Cowboy is a New York street performer who, wearing briefs, a cowboy hat, and cowboy boots, appears to be naked behind his guitar. There was obvious concern expressed by many in the church. Well, apparently The Naked Cowboy is also concerned. First, he cites a trademark violation, that no one at Hillsong asked permission to borrow his trademarked shtick. Second, get this, this is unreal: in an official statement, The Naked Cowboy revealed that he is an ordained minister! He is outraged by this as well. His statement said, as “an Ordained Minister would NEVER attend church in the house of the Lord in his Trade Dress and is EXTREMELY offended by this activity due to his deep Christian beliefs and respect for the process of gathering in the name of Jesus Christ and in the presence of God to worship and praise the Holy Father.” O dear Lord, come quickly.

Trinity Broadcasting Network co founder, Jan Crouch, has died from a severe stroke. Even faith-healers die. She is currently giving an account for every deed done in the body, whether good or bad. crouch

My Brain on the Internet: Becket Bones, West Coast Rumble, and 20 Years of Marriage

Lest you think relics are a relic from the past: “A fragment of bone belonging to the murdered archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, has returned to England from Hungary for the first time in 800 years.” no healings reported yet, but there’s plenty of time for that.

Speaking of healings, West Coast Rumble is not the next WWE Pay Per View, but is the name of a new series of Charismatic revivals happening out West. Healings, visions, words from God, and holy laughter are all popping up and revival is set to sweep the land. It is being labeled as “the Third Great Awakening.” Which I believe is the 336th time the Third Great Awakening has been claimed. The movement is part of the New Apostolic Reformation, a militant branch of Pentecostalism. They are into dominionism–taking over America and potentially the world–as new apostles who claim to be visited by Jesus Himself. There is nothing new under the sun. This next wave of gibberish will crash onto the shore and be swept away again. Until the 337th Third Great Awakening. Be on guard. Walk circumspectly.

Yesterday was our 20th wedding anniversary. One thing I like about my wife is that she doesn’t get all caught up in such stuff. I wanted to marry a woman who wasn’t all weird about stuff like that. I accomplished my goal! We did nothing for each other and it was lovely. Others judge me as being a horrible husband for not buying her stuff for a big anniversary. But the reality of the situation is that I hate weddings, thus I hated my wedding and I really don’t want to celebrate something I hate. Our relationship is built upon much more solid ground than some Hallmark card notion of romance. So, yeah, it’s cool we’ve been married for 20 years, but it’s just a number and just a date. Thanks wife for making marriage enjoyable, helpful, non-drama, low-key and yet entertaining. Here’s to more of the same.

Over the many hours of driving in the car together, my wife and I have heard many songs on the radio. Whenever the weirdest song possible comes on, I always hold my wife’s hand and say, “Ohhhh, it’s our song.” Here are some of “Our Songs.”

Rod Stewart sings about an unfaithful woman and how “someone like you, makes it hard to live without somebody else.” That’s terrible!

This is Pearl Jam’s anthem to stop domestic violence. An abused woman sticks with her husband because she can’t find a better man. How romantic!

This song is about a guy losing it and killing people. Love you, honey! Here’s to 20 more years!

My Brain on the Internet: Online Baptisms, Major League Baseball and Seeker-Sensitive Churches, and My Piano Playing Daughter

Hardly anyone goes to The Church of Scotland anymore. Recent decline has forced church leaders to examine new ways of attracting adherents to their faith. The answer: online baptisms and Communion. Online baptisms? Really? I know the internet is all wet, but seriously? Perhaps their new slogan would be, “We put the app in bapptism.” Their new leader would be John the Apptist. OK, I’m done. I agree with the head of the Free Church of Scotland, which broke away from the state church in the 19th Century, “At best it is a cheap gimmick, at worst it comes across as yet another desperate attempt by a declining national church to shore up its numbers and justify its existence.”

Major League Baseball, in an effort to speed up games, is planning on moving the strike zone higher and just giving a batter first base on an intentional walk rather than throwing four pitches for balls. I don’t like this. The whole notion of speeding up the game is ridiculous. If we change the game to the extent we remove elements of actual game play, why not just skip the game? The game should be left alone. Remove half the commercials. This reminds me of seeker-sensitive churches–people don’t like doctrine and boring preaching, so we’ll eliminate doctrine and preaching! Great, and now you don’t have church.

My daughter, Elizabeth, played at a piano recital Sunday afternoon. She played a tough song and she never practiced it that much, so it wasn’t her best. The reason she didn’t practice it much is because she did well at Solo and Ensemble, qualifying to play at state where she did very well. The last ten months she has been playing her song for that many, many times. She has come a long way and I am proud of her for her dedication to practice and her growing confidence in performing in front of people. She even practiced the next day after the recital, even though she has a bit of a piano break now. She is awesome.