The Second Coming

John Brown on the Second Coming of Christ:

“When He appears, it will be ‘for their salvation,’ i.e., for their complete and eternal deliverance from evil in all its forms and degrees, and for their being made happy, according to all their various susceptibilities of happiness, up to their largest capacity of enjoyment, and during the entire eternity of their being.”

What a wonderful truth. For believers, we always have the hope of the Second Coming of Christ, for with that, will be the end of our suffering, and the end of the struggle with sin forever. We will enter into eternity completely without sin, being freed from it by the shed blood of Christ, to begin to know what true happiness really is. Our joy will overflow. Our delight will be complete and never ending.

This truth really is a comfort. As I have looked around the web this week, for some reason, I have seen so many horrors in the news and politics, that I haven’t been able to write about it at all. Reading this during my studies was very comforting. Christ will return to deliver us from the horrors that surround us. Those in Him will be completely relieved of having to ever deal with such matters again.

Not so the wicked, i.e., anyone whose name is NOT written the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 13:8). They will have nothing but horrors to face for the rest of eternity. This is a subtle reminder that we need to trust in Christ alone for our salvation. We can only find true and lasting hope in Him.

We will either spend eternity in happy and joyful communion with Christ, or in sorrowful pain and destruction under His wrath. As always, I suggest the first option as the best course of action. Trust in Christ. Lean on Him for salvation, and no other.

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The World’s Dumbest Hymn!

(SARCASM ALERT) It’s one of my all time favorites hymns as far as bad hymns go. I cannot believe there is any hymn worse than this one. It’s so bad, not only do I question the writer, Richard G. Jones, 1969, for writing it. But I also question the publishers of the Hymns for the living church hymnal. The title: God of Concrete, God of Steal.

Yup, you read that correctly. This song is about God being the God of industrial revolution. I have to think that Richard G. Jones wrote it as a joke, and someone took it seriously. I do admit that he is correct on these assumptions he makes, but why sing about it? Why incorporate such a tune into worship? What was he thinking?

Here are more of the colossally ridiculous lyrics.

God of concrete, God of steel, God of piston, and of wheel.
God of pylon, God of steam, God of girder and of beam,
God of atom, God of mine, All the world of pow’r is Thine!

Makes you want to run out and get a copy! In fact, I almost feel cheated this song isn’t in the Trinity Hymnal. How could you leave this out??? It captures the complete essence and nature of God…

Listen to this next verse…
Lord of cable, Lord of rail, Lord of motorway and mail… MAIL??? He’s the Lord of mail?!? Now hear this you mail carriers… you better be reverential when you deliver that mail. Especially those girlie magazines!

But this song gets better: Lord of rocket, Lord of flight, Lord of soaring satellite… NASA has now been alerted.

Please, I know that all the world is the Lord’s and all belong to Him. But to sing about these thing??? I challenge my readers to find a dumber hymn!

Cold shivers…

run up your spine when he says of your potty-training three-year-old:
“Technically, he IS wearing his underwear!”

And there the three-year-old runs, all wally-wallyfied, into the kitchen with his underwear ON HIS HEAD!

Boston: John & Marla


My younger brother and his wife got to go see Boston in concert on Saturday. He wrote and said he had front-row tickets, which must have been a blast. But I have to ask, does Boston still only have three albums? I haven’t followed them in a long time.

I haven’t been to a real concert in years… I think the last concert I went to was Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band back in the mid 1990s.

Of all the concerts I’ve been to, here are my top five.

No. 5 — Rich Mullins and the Ragamuffin Band

No. 4 — Rich Mullins and Beaker in an unplugged concert in Arlington, TX.

No. 3. — Electric Light Orchestra when they had the big space ship stage.

No. 2 — Rush (the band, not Limbaugh) in Madison Square Garden

No. 1 — U2 before they hit it big, in 1982, at the Paladium in New York City.

Other concerts of note: Peter Frampton, he is quite the showman. Supertramp, the Eagles, (twice), Heart (twice), the Doobie Brothers, and Santana.

What is your favorite concert experience???

Rowan Atkinson: The Drummer!

I’m posting this for my neighbor who also happens to be a drummer. He is the type of drummer that you would find in a club where someone like Sammy Davis Jr. would be performing, only Davis is dead now. I think my neighbor has met the likes of Sammy Davis Jr., as well because he has been at the drums since the ending of World War II. That’s a long, long time ago. But he’s still at it. He also is very traditional using a traditional trap set, with a snare, symbol, base and maybe one tom-tom. This is obviously not the same type set that Rowan is using!

So for my neighbor Bud, this drummer is for you!

White Horse Inn: Imputation Part 4

Here is the final in the series. Please listen to these, they are vital for understanding the gospel of Christ. Please do not let the large vocabulary scare you away. These terms are biblical terms, and terms every Christian should be familiar with.

Blessings and Have a great Monday!

White Horse Inn: Imputation Part 3

Happy Lord’s Day!

Here is the third portion of the White Horse Inn’s piece on imputation, the biblical understanding that our sin is imputed to Christ on the cross, and His righteousness is imputed to us, so that we stand before God justified. Not because of any righteousness found in us, but because of Christ alone. This is key to the gospel, and the Reformation.

Be forewarned, they take down Charles Finny in this, for those of you who like Finney. Those in Reformed circles understand Finny to be a blight on the church, not a blessing. I know, strong words, but Finny didn’t believe in imputation at all. He rejected outright, even though Paul writes about that over and over again in Scripture.

British Open: Without Tiger Woods


Believer it or not, the British Open is just as exciting without Tiger as it would have been with him. Why? Because several players that many in golf have not heard of since before the Woods era have surfaced and are making a run at the coveted Claret Jug. Mainly, Greg Norman. Most of you probably know more about his line of clothes than you do his golf. Apparently, he has made far more money on clothes than golf, because he just went through a divorce in which he had to pay his ex-wife $103 million. That’s a lot of cash.

Seeing that this is the case, he really doesn’t need to win. But it would make for an interesting story. Read one such story here.

The other golfer not heard from since the mid 1990s, is David Duval. He is only three strokes back from the leader, K.J. Choi. I’m pulling for the old guys. That would be fun to have them surge and win the Open for a change. It would be a victory for the older guys…

Speaking of which, I was in Kroger the other day doing some shopping on behalf of my lovely bride when the check out girl looked at me and asked me if I qualified for the senior citizens discount. I was speechless. I mean, I’m under the impression that I should still be carded when buying communion wine. But alas, I guess not. Marriage and two little boys will put the gray on!

Stinker!

Andy caught in the act of being a stinker again… that’s lipstick on his face. Yes, he is trying to shave the counter top with lipstick. Fortunately for us, the razor had no blade

Response for Holly

Hi Holly,
I think I need your email :).
I’m going to respond to you in the paragraph you sent so that I can address all the questions, then make it a post since it’s so long. I love helping!

Those are all great ideas! 🙂 Thanks!

I will have mostly students who are struggling with math, so it will be important to make it interesting. I’m teaching pre-algebra and transitional math. They should be in algebra by 8th grade.
It’s highly important to make it interesting. These are the kids who are not mathmatical/logical thinkers and are right-brained thinkers. If they struggle in an area, they have a tendency to be discipline problems, too. You also have to deal with developmental issues with algebra. These guys are beginning to be more abstract thinkers, but sometimes can’t get but only concrete thoughts to gel. Algebra is more abstract. It is very important that they have the foundation for algebra laid in the 7th grade. They’ve got to know the process of balancing the equation and memorize basic formulas.
“Do unto one side as you do unto the other.”

Oh, and to the tune of Are You Sleeping-
“Opposite of B.
Opposite of B.
Plus or minus square root.
Plus or minus square root.
B squared minus 4AC. B squared minus 4AC.
Over 2A. Over 2A.“

I’m planning on having at least one big project for each grading period, so I need about 6 big ones to keep them busy. They will usually present their projects to the class after they have completed it. Some will be group projects, class projects, and some individual.
For grading, use a rubric. There are some rubric makers online. It helps the kids (and parents) see what you are expecting. Do most of the work in class.

1. Value of an Education (They calculate their salary as a high school drop out, salary as high school grad, salary as college grad..maybe find the salary of their dream job)Problem: This should only take one class?
The research will take a day or two. Then, you’ll have to show them how to calculate the salary on an example. Then, you need to have them practice the calculation with an example. Then, you need them to work on their project and make the final product. Probably 3-4 days. On this one, you’re going to have to go through the teaching cycle.

2. Degree (I’ll pick a few local universities for them to research different degrees. After they pick a degree, they have to find the course requirements including general education from the universities I selected. That way they can see how many math classes they have to take in college to get the degree they’d like.)
You can write to the colleges and get a couple of their catalogs. You might have the counselor come in and help them “register.” It would be good to do this at semester when they have to pick the new electives they’ll have to take. Make sure to get Texas A&M!!!

3. I have a ton of graphing ideas. One is where I measure their height on the first day of class and then near the end of the school year… we put that on a graph together as a class at the beginning of the year and then re create the graph at the end of the year. Another idea is just get them to collect data on fellow classmates.
Take a look at the schedule on the first two days. You may have an early release, plus, seventh grades have an awful time reading their schedules. Focus on things like “This is where you sit.” “The bathroom is ______.” “My name is Mrs. Seufert.” “This is your math book.” “This is how you work a lock.” “Here’s the syllabus.” “Here’s the rules.” Seventh graders are scared to death the first few days and will be lost. Be firm and set boundaries from the first. Take care of basic needs those first two days. Do some activities that get them to meet others.

4. Planning A dream vacation (from your idea)
Map Quest. com is awesome.

5. Decorating a room with furniture. This will help them understand area. I could get them to calculate the cost involved in decorating their house as well.
Have them also figure out how much paint and wall paper is needed and how much they cost. Set a budget like they do on trading spaces. They could also make a diaramma of the new room. You might be able to get old wall paper books and paint chips from some place for them to use. Call around and get quotes from home improvement stores, or have the student check online for them.

6. Maybe a probability activity… I just need to think of a project to do on this? I could get them to come up with a probability game in groups and then show the class their game?
Have them create a board game. On their game, have them write up the probability of spinning something or rolling a die. You could also have them conduct a poll of drinks, favorite sports teams, favorite musician, tv show, etc. Have them put the results in a spreadsheet with a graph.

I agree with you about homework, but the principal doesn’t like homework at all. I figured I could give them homework from the book, but use class time to get it done? Put them in groups, get a dry erase board for each group, assign a team leader, and have them go through each problem step by step? I would walk around and make sure they are solving them correctly.. This is the way they work through problems in the AVID program. I was an AVID tutor for about 2 years. The team leader (I would pick a different one each week) doesn’t have to write out the problems because they are writing them on the board, but the rest of the group has to write them all out step by step to get full credit.
Yes. You’ll have to use class time for independent practice from the looks of it. It is one way to insure that you get their assignments. If they do not finish, give them until 8am to get it in to you. Make sure you have them show their work. It is good for them to use their heads, however when you’re trying to find out where they messed up, you need to see their work so you can see their thinking process. I like your cooperative activity. Assign jobs. I copied these rules and gave them a grade for participation. I counted off the participation grade when they failed at one of the expectations. 1. Everyone works. 2. Everyone works quietly. 3. Everyone cooperates. We learn best when we teach someone else. Having the team leader is a good idea. If they don’t know how to show the team, have them call in the relief pitcher- you! Only after they tried first. Trying is what’s going to have to count here. Remember that you will have special ed kids in your classes. Check with their IEP’s as well for modifications they will need.

I really like bouncing ideas off people who have taught before. 🙂 I’m sure you were a very good teacher! 🙂 Uhm… I have some stories to tell on this one…

Is it true that 8th graders still enjoying drawing? I have some ideas where they make key concept sheets which they can decorate. For example, I was thinking about getting them to decorate the first key concepts for solving math problems (explore, plan, solve, and examine). Does that sound ok?
YES!! Absolutely. Concept mapping is pretty cool, too. Art is an awesome way to pull in math objectives. Scale. Proportion. Rotate. Flip. Slide. Sequencing. Tessellations and MC Escher (btw I have a lesson plan for that one with art work. You can even teach a multimedia lesson with it too.)

Also, I heard you should never ever play a game on the first day. Would it be okay to have a competition between rows of students on multiplication tables?
Do games that day for sure. But make sure they understand that you’re class isn’t “fun and games.” It is a great time to practice you’re classroom procedures, expectations and cooperative rules. That’s a social-emotional strategy. Brain teasers are great, too. A math race would be a great idea. Be able to modify on the spot for physical impairments. I have a game called swat the fly that might work, too. Let me know if you’d like that.
Wong says have even a pass-in procedure. Also, have a way of getting their attention without yelling. I raised my hand. The first one who saw me raise theirs, and so on. Counting backwards from 5 works, too.

My old expectations: (No more than five, keep them positive.)
Everyone is on time and in their seat when the bell rings.
Everyone respects the feelings, rights, property, and education of others.
Everyone works and cooperates with others.
(i can’t remember the others right now. 😦

BTW- Doing the “three strikes you’re out” means that the kids get to act up 3 more times before you deal with their discipline issue. Warn the first time. Act the second.

Pull up your students test data and find out which skill(s) each one needs to be addressed. Make a card for them. Have them practice those skills throughout the year. Give practice tests so you can see how they are improving.

I’m done bombarding you with questions! 🙂 I just have a lot of thoughts going through my head…
You’re not bombarding. I love being asked. Yes. Even more will be going on as day one gets closer. Find a mentor teacher to have come along side you.

Thanks for all your suggestions! I really appreciate them. No problem. You’re going to do a great job.

White Horse Inn: Imputation Part 2

This is so sad. White Horse Inn sent some reporters to a pastor’s conference and asked pastors, what the importance of the doctrine of imputation is and found that most of them don’t know what it is. Those that do know, refuse to talk about it. WHY NOT? Why do we have to feel like we have to dumb down the gospel. Uhg! It’s depressing.

Watch the video and listen to Horton’s explanation of how prisoner’s fully understand this doctrine when it’s explained to them. If prisoners in our prison system can understand it, so too can our children, our adults, our singles, our married couples… They all can understand it. We just need to teach it and quit assuming our congregations are ignorant dolts. When it comes to spiritual truth, it’s not up to us to convey it, or make our members “get it.” That is the job of the Holy Spirit. Not that we should be lazy in our preaching, but it’s really up to the Holy Spirit for them to understand spiritual truth. Therefore we should not shy away from the truths of scripture.

July 4th Pictures

I just now got around to posting some of our pictures from July 4th. One of neighbors rented an inflatable slip’n’ slide and we went over to spend part of the day letting Andy play on it. When we first arrived, he was extremely afraid of it. I had to go back home, put on my swimsuit and help him the first couple of times. In fact, I just put him on my back the first few times, ran, and dove as hard as I could. He loved it.

After a few piggy-back runs, we jumped on it hand-in-hand. He would end up behind me, so I would sling him forward with one hand. He loved it. Of course, I lost all momentum and had to crawl the rest of the way, but it was worth it.


John Calvin: On Communion

“For this reason, the Lord instituted for us his Supper, in order to sign and seal in our consciences the promises contained in his gospel concerning our being made partakers of his body and blood; and to give us certainty and assurance that in this consists our true spiritual nourishment; so that, having such an earnest, we might entertain a right assurance about salvation. Second, for the purpose of inciting us to recognize his great goodness towards us, so that we praise and magnify it more fully. Third, to exhort us to all sanctity and innocence, seeing that we are members of Jesus Christ, and particularly to unity and brotherly charity, as is specially recommended to us.”

Ronald Reagan: Do You Miss Him?

‘Here’s my strategy on the Cold War:
We win, they lose.’– Ronald Reagan

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‘The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
– Ronald Reagan


‘The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.’
– Ronald Reagan


‘Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.’

– Ronald Reagan


‘I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.’
– Ronald Reagan


‘The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.’

– Ronald Reagan


‘Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.’

– Ronald Reagan

‘The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.’
– Ronald Reagan


‘It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.’
– Ronald Reagan


‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it’
– Ronald Reagan


‘Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.’
– Ronald Reagan


‘No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.’
– Ronald Reagan


‘If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.’

Ronald Reagan