Day Bidet #88

Over the seas, to silent Palestine:

  1. Important.
  2. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard a politician mention beauty.”
  3. A good introduction to Hebrews.
  4. “The case for statin drugs … has not been made.” (You can’t trust the experts! Related.
  5. “Untangling Anxiety”
  6. Thought-provoking. (Related.) Validating. Interesting. On the mark. Horrific. (Related. Related.) Heroic. (Related. Related.) Humorous. Lovely. Literally miraculous.
  7. “[I]n each case, not only is this verb the narrative turning point of the story—it is also the word which is numerically at the centre of each pericope.”

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Clown Investors. Clown Professors. Clown Public Health Experts. (Very much related. Related.) Clown Economic Experts. Clown “Rationalists.” Clown Vice President. Clown Congresswomen. (Causeplay!) Clown Activists. Clown Democracy. Which is why we’re living in a crappy reality TV show. But the sacred exists nonetheless and is stronger than all our rebellions.

“[W]e who hated and destroyed one another, and on account of their different manners would not live with men of a different tribe, now, since the coming of Christ, live familiarly with them, and pray for our enemies, and endeavor to persuade those who hate us unjustly to live conformably to the good precepts of Christ.”

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Day Bidet #87

The galaxies declare the glory of God:

  1. “Our world is not realistic.” (Related.)
  2. Not National News (hilariously). Not National News—you can’t trust the experts. (Related.) Not National News. Not National News. Not (Inter)National News. And on a different note: Not National News. (Related.) And a bonus Fake News special. (Related—you can’t trust the experts!)
  3. “Why do we need to rethink the dating of the New Testament texts?”
  4. Correct. Correct. Correct. Correct. Correct. (Related.) Correct. (Related. Related: “Rolling the rock of life up the hill might be Herculean, but it’s not Sisyphean.”)
  5. “Genesis continues to develop the idea that those who dishonor Israel receive God’s judgment, and those who bless Israel receive God’s blessing.”
  6. “Maybe you tell yourself it’s not the same, I see what he was doing but it’s not the same! Why?”
  7. Lewis Mumford: “The segregation of the spiritual life from the practical life is a curse that falls impartially upon both sides of our existence.”

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Teach the controversy! (Language warning.) Teach the controversy! (Related—great band name, but the moral of the story is you definitely can’t trust the intelligence experts. Related. Related #nonpartisan.)

“It was almost universally held, until the end of the fourth century, that the subject of the theophanies, the speaker of divine words throughout the Old Testament, was God the Son acting as the agent or messenger of the Father.”

“[Y]ou have similar obligations to your chain of ancestors and descendants; if you don’t have kids, all of the chain after you won’t exist.” (Related: “The woke-skeptical left wants people to have meaning in life, but is uncomfortable with the things that actually give them meaning.” Related. Related.)

“What Language Shall I Borrow to Thank Thee, Dearest Friend?”

Day Bidet #86

The most dreadful, the most beautiful, the only dread and beauty there is, was coming:

  1. “I believe in Puddleglum.”
  2. This is not the happy ending Caroline Emerson thinks it is.
  3. “The crowd is untruth.” (Related. Related—surreal to watch such a seamless profession of newfound faith.)
  4. Carbotoxicity. (Related. Related.)
  5. “Kirillov has liberated himself from every other will in the universe—­including God’s. He has nothing to forgive, and nothing to love.”
  6. Wondrous. Undeniable. Unsurprising. (Related.) Also unsurprising. Also unsurprising. (Related. Related: “‘Diversity, inclusion, and equity’ refers to ideological uniformity, exclusion, and discrimination.”) Tender. Belated. Cyuuuuute.
  7. “If this life is not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained for the universe by success, it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will. But it feels like a real fight.”

More:

Clown World—Shot and Chaser. Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Clown City. Clown Journalism.

“A Wizard ought to know better!” (Related.)

“He invests in Shenzhen instead of Ohio, reinvests his profits into other foreign operations … and ultimately hands his money over to a hedge fund that speculates in options markets. … He signs the ‘Giving Pledge’ and, dying a wealthy man, leaves enormous sums to reputable foundations that provide addiction treatment and housing assistance to the underemployed residents of his home city.”

Chesterton: “Whatever else is true, it is emphatically not true that the ideas of Jesus of Nazareth were suitable to his time, but are no longer suitable to our time. Exactly how suitable they were to his time is perhaps suggested in the end of his story.”

Day Bidet #85

Did you get enough love, my little dove:

  1. “This is prayer.” This is winning. This is—or was—common sense. This is my ideology. This is fun. This is love.
  2. Read this. Then this. Teach the controversy! (Related—a July 3 throwback: “It’s all now, you see.” And a July 4 throwback—one of the greatest speeches of all time. Happy Fourth! There is much to celebrate—and much to mourn and restore.)
  3. “The book of Judges describes a unique Philistine temple design with two central pillars supporting the structure. Excavations have unearthed four Philistine temples to date that match the biblical description with two central pillars.”
  4. “Accounting for infant mortality, life expectancy for mid-Victorian Britons at age five was 75 for men and 73 for women, not too different from what is enjoyed today in the U.K.” (Related. Related.)
  5. “[F]or every convert to Christianity, there are four deconverts from Christianity who identify as religious nones.”
  6. “[T]he Romans were able to find a successful balance between openness and exclusivity.”
  7. A quick, simple, and effective argument for the Resurrection. (Related: “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John had imitators for a reason.”)

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“[I]ntelligence of males and females were underpinned by different neurobiological correlates, which are consistent with their respective superiority in cognitive domains (visuospatial vs verbal ability).” (Related.)

“Though the majority of Jesus’ ministry was performed within predominantly Jewish areas of Palestine, the Gospels also record several occasions when Jesus traveled beyond Israel and ministered to Gentiles.”

Day Bidet #83

The Moon and the Pleiades have set:

  1. “[H]is was the most beautiful worship I’ve ever heard.”
  2. Build—patiently and quietly. (Related. Related—makes ya think! As does this—and this. Related.)
  3. “Love,” to riff off Dante, “is the secret force that moves all things.”
  4. “The brain craves predictability more than happiness.” (Related. Related.)
  5. “[F]or the early Christians the imminence of Jesus’s return was not a matter of dogma but of hope.”
  6. “[T]here simply aren’t as many gainfully employed men to go around as there used to be.” Progress!
  7. Matthew 10.38-39: “And he that taketh not his crosse, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life, shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake, shall find it.”

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She is beauty, she is grace. (So is she.) She is…not. (Nor he.)

“I trust that the child I will meet in heaven one day will unmistakably bear some mark by which I will know what I did to him.” (Related.)

Content warning.

“Jesus is telling his disciples that their meekness, poverty, and even their state of persecution means they are already in a state of shalom, the kind of happiness that comes from being exactly where God intends you to be.”

Day Bidet #82

Push back against the age as hard as it pushes against you:

  1. “We want a God who through his purple is able to remove all suffering and ambiguity from our life. We want a God who through his power insures our bliss. The God of Israel and Jesus, however, is not such a God. He wills not to have men who are contented cattle but men who are able to love God as a friend and brother.”
  2. “They tore down the Randall Park Mall a few months ago, and when they did, they tore down The Future.” (Related. Related: “[E]verywhere turns into America.” Related: “A well-managed economy does not have a ‘Rust Belt’—QED.”)
  3. “I’ve never heard any church discuss this as an eschatological possibility, saved-but-suffering-loss.” (Related: “How much of Paul have we never seen?” Related. Related. Related. Related.)
  4. “It is notable that while academics and activists are the most influential individuals in shaping homeless policy in San Francisco and Los Angeles, they are also the least accountable.”
  5. Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie?
  6. Not National News. (Related. Related.) Not National (or International) News. Not National News. Not National News.
  7. “Most Christian men (and women) for that matter would do well to actually write down a mission statement and then taking logical and practical steps to follow that.”

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Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Demon World. But let us dwell on beautiful, excellent, and wonderfully strange things!

“Jesus’s objection is Pharisees using an otherwise neutral practice to draw attention and honor to themselves.”

Day Bidet #81

In Flanders fields the poppies blow:

  1. “By grace through faith you have been declared innocent to live a rehabilitated life. Devote yourself to this new life—stay clean, sober, holy, and watchful—and the Lord will reward you when he returns.”
  2. “There is a hundred times more reality in any novel by Michel Houellebecq than in a thousand run-of-the-mill sociological essays.”
  3. A handy list of divine attributes. (And a handy list of foods to avoid.)
  4. Carnivore success story. Carnivore success story. Carnivore success story. Carnivore success story.
  5. “A strong case can be made for the divinity of Jesus from 1 Peter.”
  6. ‘Tis the season. (And a side of Cummings I’d never seen before!)
  7. Jeremiah 22.16: “He judged the cause of the poore and needy, then it was well with him: was not this to know me, saith the Lord?”

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Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Demon World. Demon World (related)—Lord have mercy. But always, no matter what, a beautiful world nevertheless.

“[T]he early church fathers believed that evidence for the canonicity of books can be found in the books themselves.”

Day Bidet #80

Please to tell a little pilgrim where the place called morning lies:

  1. Psalm 34.18: “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart: and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
  2. Clown World. Clown World.Clown World? Demon World. Demon World (language and content warning).
  3. “The mark of a fool is a lack of desire to understand.”
  4. “Twitter does not believe in free speech.” (Duh. Related. Related.) The FDA doesn’t believe in healthy baby formula. (Related. Related. Related.) Climate alarmists don’t believe in sustainability. And as for the CIA—it doesn’t believe in anything. (Related—whoops!)
  5. “The Son of Man comes to conquer and defeat the rebellious angels and ‘the kings and mighty’ enslaving the world, thereby setting the righteous free.” (Related. Related.)
  6. Ron Swanson was right: Nature is amazing. (Related. Related. Related—God bless this man.)
  7. “[Y]ou have to change your whole life to see more.” (Related: “We must each answer the most important question ‘But who do you say that I am?'”)

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1937. 1981 (and 1982—or was it 2019?)—RIP. 2014. (Related.) Peak 2022. (Or is this Peak 2022? Or this? Related.) 10,000.

Did not know there were autonomous enclaves in the Kingdom of Israel.

“People decry ‘sexualized society’ and they are correct to. This does no mean a shirtless man or woman in swimsuit. It means a shirtless man or woman in swimsuit as a unit of marketing capital.”

The human voice is the only instrument a church needs. (More.)

Day Bidet #78

Thou Lord art seene face to face:

  1. “Your hillbilly ancestors went to church at places named ‘Cripple Creek Baptist’ or ‘Dark Hollow Presbyterian’ and could sing four-part harmonies and understand the elevated language of the King James Bible.” (Related—if you don’t have an accent, do you even have a culture?)
  2. Correct—as both sides agree. (Related. Related. Related. Related. Related—language warning—and no, they are not. Related—disenfranchise the childless. Related. Related. Related—Conservatism, Inc. is worse than useless.)
  3. “[I]f there is one covenant in Scripture, why does Scripture speak of multiple covenants?”
  4. Glorious. Glorious. (Related.)
  5. “For some kids, it’s their first meal since school on Friday.”
  6. “Fact-checking is the lowest form of journalism.”
  7. Jeremiah 3.22: “Returne ye backsliding children, and I wil heale your backslidings: Beholde, wee come unto thee, for thou art the Lord our God.” (Related: “Heal our wounded conscience.”)

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Delightful. Delightful.

“Obedience isn’t obedience when you are only ever told to do what you want to do or agree you ought to do.”

P.S. My apologies for the early release of the incomplete DBD!

Day Bidet #77

And sorrow and mourning shall flee away:

  1. “[W]e also have to monitor when our systems of interpretation are being privileged over hearing the Word of God afresh.”
  2. Clown World (buy hey, America’s got talent!). Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Demon World (the two always go hand in hand). Demon World—homeschool your kids.
  3. “Testing is a motif that runs through the whole narrative of God. … Affliction tests, probes, forming; it is character formation.” (Related—Tozer: “What pressure and suffering [Jesus] endured grew out of His position as the world’s sin bearer; they were never the result of moral uncertainty or spiritual maladjustment.”)
  4. “The American university does not have a pope. It might as well have a pope. It is as ideologically uniform as the College of Cardinals…. What is up with that?” (Related.)
  5. “[That] the quotation goes back to Jesus is clear from the intentional wordplay between ‘son’ and ‘stone’, ben and aben in Aramaic.”
  6. “One cannot begin it too soon.”
  7. Donne: “No man is an Island, intire of it selfe; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the SeaEurope is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” (Related.)

More:

Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie(s)? Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie?

Where was the Garden of Eden?

Para bellum? (Related, but good news. Related, but…not good news.)

Jeremiah 2.5, 11-13: “Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in Me, that they are gone far from Me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? … Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”