Not Exactly D-Day, But…

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~Spencer Fernando: We must honour our veterans with actions, not just words 

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~ SO THERE I AM in early May 1995, on stage at the 1945 VE Day event for the entire province, in front of 1500 veterans, family, and guests.. only to realize I’d left my carefully crafted sermon… AT HOME, 45 minutes away. [BRAIN SPAZZ!]

Breathe!.. think!.. I normally wrote out my sermons as I’d speak them, if not for my moderate stage-fright. No time for that.

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I start writing it out on a spare piece of paper, hoping the service I helped compose & the other observances will take a few minutes… Phew!
One of the most awkward but most rewarding moments ever, for a young first-time parish minister, proud to represent my grand uncles, my great uncle Gren who died in WW2, and my Grandfather, who served in Burma. Together with the men & women in front of the stage, I refused to fail them all, as they did not fail us.
Current national misleader (and Remembrance Day avoider) Trudeau & his petty minions do not represent or speak for me, or for so many families of veterans, who boldly say, down the years “WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.” Do it.

God gave me enough to preach as I’d intended that day, and I’ve tried to honour the memory of my own family veterans long years since. I also let the vets have their pick of hymns for local Remembrance Day services, without fussing too hard, as some clergy did back then.

Thus saith,

Teh Binks

 

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What Did Jesus Mean, Exactly?

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~ THE NEWS is out there about things which have apparently been said by the Pope. Even if he was somehow misunderstood, the verse in question is still a big deal.

When you’re a baby-Christian, verses like the one of Jesus on the cross crying out in Aramaic “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” can really unsettle you. “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” But how can the man Jesus, one person with God’s Incarnate Son, be forsaken by… Himself?!

Here’s The Thing

  • Maybe Jesus isn’t divine?
  • Maybe he was divine before he was made incarnate by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and then again after He rose again?
  • What is that about, verse, anyway?

OK, let’s back up. Way up.

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After His crucifixion, death, and resurrection, the risen Jesus speaks with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus:

Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” [Luke 24:44]

That is, the teaching of Jesus is that He is the true subject and the fulfillment of the whole of Israel’s history, her longing in the Prophets, and her Scriptures and holy writings. Even the ancient hymns called Psalms are prophetic, pointing to Him; they are His prayer-book, revealing the inner life & meaning of His mission, death, and resurrection.

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So when we find out that “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?” is a quotation from the Psalms (22), it helps to understand that Psalm verse– spoken from the cross– is a window into the mind & heart of the dying King Jesus, Saviour of humanity.

Go and read the Psalm. Slowly.

Note that it is a very specific 1000+ year-old prophecy of the suffering & crucifixion of the Messiah of Israel, even down to the details. It’s amazing, and heartbreaking, and a testimony to the mercy of God.

The sufferings are real, even down to Jesus feeling that He is somehow cut off, forsaken, in the darkness with no obvious light. Although He is the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world: yet that black avalanche of everything in us that cuts us off from God and one another falls on Him.

After the sorrowful verses, this Psalm is a great dawning glow of hope, faith, and trust in the Lord shines through Psalm 22. After the suffering comes joy. After death is hope. God hears the cry of His Son, the suffering servant (read Isaiah 53), and does not abandon or reject Him, or us as found in Him.

Feelings Are Not Facts

So Jesus felt cut off from God, yet quotes the Psalm to say what His crucifixion & death means, to preach from the Cross, to share with us what it is like to feel far from God.

But feelings are not facts. Jesus was still the man divine, the only-begotten Son incarnate in the man Jesus Christ, one person & two natures. The Word made flesh. God in a man like us.

In some crisis we might say “It’s totally hopeless! We’re doomed!” even as our help is about to arrive, unexpectedly, out of the blue, at the very last minute, or otherwise in time to save & help us. In that case, how  truly accurate were our feelings, versus the facts? Feelings must follow facts, else we get lost in a swamp of ever-shifting mirages.

Therefore, to wrongly imagine that “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?” somehow means that Jesus isn’t God (or some other complicated bad idea) shows an ignorance of Jesus, who He was, what he lived & taught, and how the whole of the Hebrew Scriptures & holy writings were ultimately about Him.

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There is no deep where God is not, be the night never so dark. There is no fear or sorrow or sense of abandonment which Jesus our High Priest has not taken into Himself, and burnt up in the fire of infinite love in the offering of Himself to atone for our sins, once and for all.

And beyond that forsakenness, even beyond what seems to earthly a final ending of death, Jesus has conquered sin, and death, and hell, and shared with us the eternal & holy life of God, that we might rejoice in Him who is the Lord of the living and the dead, who went on a head to prepare a place for us, that where He is, we might be also, and that as He is in God the Father, we may be in God the Son, sharing the eternal life & Joy of the blessed Trinity in all the saints, in the unity of God the Holy Spirit, forever in heaven.

Here endeth the preachment,

The Binks

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Never. Not once.

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~ Bernie Sanders tells crying baby to keep it down

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~ NEVER. NOT once. A crying baby during a sermon is aggravating, but those parents made the effort, and they are welcome, too.

Once in a while I’d pause the preachment, and quip

“Looks like someone wants to preach!”

or

“I think we have a new choir member in the house!”

or

“You dislike the sermon? Me too!”

Parents– comforted. Irritated people– reminded that we want young people. Congregation– babies belong, too.

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Telling an infant to shut up in a public setting is an unspeakably rude, imperious, snarky & humiliating thing to do to the parents. But we know that such Communist characters as Mr. Sanders only love “The People” in abstract.. actual humans are an inconvenience to their high & lonely destiny, and their glorious plans.

FFS, Bern, who do you REALLY think you are? Oh, right… rich & ill-tempered future dictator of USSRmerica. Whole crowds will be swept off to the gulags, including all the babies counter-revolutionary enough to interfere with the oracles of pure truth which drop from your thin & angry lips. You show us in this little instance who you really are under the faux-folksy wise “Grampa Bern” shtick by which you fool.. very few.

Contrast this with Jesus, the incarnate Word Himself, who said “Let the little children come unto me, and forbid them not. For such are of the Kingdom of God.” ~

Thus saith,

Teh Binks

 

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Recent Takes: Unreal Canada, and Evil Mouse

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~ IN 2019, Canada IS Clown land. Sad Johnny/ Jessica  kinda proves it, with his demand that strangers Wax His Balls, or else.

If the state can force you so say what it commands– on pain of fines, job-loss, business closure, a permanent criminal record & reputation, even imprisonment– you are no longer a free person living in a free land. Canada is not free. Trudeau & the radical Left have turned it into a land of evil, oppression, and law-enforced unreality.

This did not start with Jonathan, of course– it started with the state redefining homosexuality, then abortion, then saying that a pre-national institution such as marriage was ONLY what the state defined it to be, and that any combination of people was valid.

My wife & I being married & having kids is EXACTLY the same as Jim & Tim, or Betty & Veronica being joined in a same-sex “marriage”. Cuz the state sez so.

After an OK start, our Canadian place in history may end up being a cautionary warning to all other future nations, states, and would-be loony bin associations….

.. And to silly newcomers to the country, who erroneously thought they could just have a business and go about their work in peace & quiet. Nope: malicious lawfare– aided & abetted by government kangaroo kourts– enable broken people to hit you out of the blue, ruin your finances, shut down your company, and make you wish you’d never come here. ~

 



 

Devil Mouse & Sterile Stories

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~ VOX DAY— “SJWs can be excused if they erroneously believe all is well with the Devil Mouse

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~ WOW. JUST wow. They killed it.

It was the biggest movie-related cash-cow ever, and they allowed it to be tortured, then ritually sacrificed in public. Star Wars. The money is not over, but the joy & excitement  & fun is gone.

A built-in audience of 5-55, massive ongoing toy & merch sales, conventions & LARPing and video games and… and after the recent film debacles and actors & directors & such mocking the fandom online, and ruining the movies and… the new Star Wars DisneyLand park is nearly empty. The new lines of toys are remaindered into discount stores almost as soon as they are released, and this crash even helped kill Toys-R-Us.

They slew the cash cow. Cooked the Golden Goose. Punched all the fandom in the nads, and then laughed their sneering faces off. The woke-tards they’ve been pandering to are not the true fans, whose money kept the thing going all these years. Nope, most of the fandom is done.

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For Satan is a mocker, a twister, a mutilator, a defiler. Disney has separated itself from the Muses, from the Holy Ghost, from deep-rooted stories– and even biological reality– in order to tell lies & woke tales, and to cheerfully wreck things that men & kids love.

Like Satan, the 2019 DevilMouse can only feed; he cannot make anything true, good, holy, beautiful, inspiring, especially not anything that points to The Greatest Story Ever Told, about a Prince who died for his slaves, whose name means The Anointed Saviour, even Jesus Christ The Lord & King of All.

They will still make some money, which is all they care about. Screw DevilMouse, and the kingdom of Lies & predation. ~

Thus saith teh

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Once And For All

 

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~ THERE ARE CLEVER modernist people who make appeal to the simpler days, before Christians got all picky & narrow-minded. You know, like in the horrible narrow-minded so-called creeds. Hippy Jesus & his Dudes just sat around the campfire singing Kumbayah, and thinking clever but vague modernist thoughts, didn’t they?

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Thus saith,

Teh Binks

 

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Oh I saw Santa slapping Aaaarius..

 



 

Deep Breath!

The Nicean Creed of AD325 was a blunt instrument for a theological crisis that could have ended the Church. As it was, it divided Christianity in the worst crisis of the faith, until the Modernist Crisis of the 20th century in Protestantism & Christianity.

Arianism nearly won. Jesus is “divine”, but only in an honorific way. Homoiousios versus homoousios– like the Father, or of one being/ substance with the Father.

So what? Well, either Jesus is the Word of God incarnate, God & Man, or he’s an exalted kind of superhero, but human in the end. If he’s not God, he can’t SAVE us– if he’s not truly Man, he does not share our nature, and cannot save US. Thus, Arianism is a kind of spiritual and moral heroism, with Christ the holy Hercules showing us the way to try harder. And harder. Jesus can’t save you, so MORE EFFORT!

Arianism was popular, simple, had catchy ditties, most of the popular bishops liked it– but really was a dagger aimed at the heart of Christianity, and our salvation in Christ Jesus.

“The whole world groaned,
and was astonished
to find itself Arian.”

– St Jerome

Continue reading “Once And For All”

Learn Braining Gooder!

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Such things are not museum exhibits– stuffed, pinned like insects, and rendered harmless. They are dangerous & alive, just like God Himself. Reality-bombs, just waiting to go off, and wake us up.

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Furthermore

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Fencing Bear at Prayer— Musings of an Entish Presby-Catholic medievalist on training the soul in virtue in the postmodern West.

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