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Marketing the Hall

Much to my surprise, if you search Google for fellowship hall (without quotes), The Fellowship Hall Christian Forums turn up in the fifth space and are the first Christian result in the list. (Admittedly, however, the link refers to Beckman Ministries home page, but considering that the Hall is the most important part of our site…)

Searching with quotes bumps us up to fourth!

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Your Employer Owns You

Apparently it’s now legal for American employers to ban their employees from fraternizing while off duty.

I’ve seen dozens of “stupid laws” lists, in which fun is poked at old laws that still happen to be on the books; perhaps America’s looking to update the stupid laws lists to include more modern variations?

Who knows.

But if employers are wanting to control the lives of employees while they are off-the-clock, maybe they ougth to be paid for still obeying the employer off-the-clock.

At least preventing co-workers from dating makes sense; I see no advantage in preventing co-workers from just hanging out…

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Y! Can’t Park?

I’ve seen some funky parking jobs at the Whitewater Valley Shopping Center here in town, but none of them compare to Yahoo!’s parking lots. Am I the only one thinking it’d be slightly interesting to see a comparison between the Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo!’s lots? Yeah, probably…

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Responding to BibleBasis.org

Shawn of The Christian Example gives another concise reply to the KJV-onlyism teachings of BibleBasis.org; I particularly enjoyed this response as it uses a popular KJV-onlyism tactic against itself: KJV-onlyists often cite verse upon verse from modern versions which seem to diminish or otherwise obscure the fact that Jesus Christ is God. Shawn quotes a few verses form the KJV and the NIV where the NIV more forcefully states the Deity of Christ when compared to the KJV.

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Buy Those Toys

2,000+ clearance price changes in the toy department today, most likely in Wal-marts nationwide… If you know of anyone looking to buy toys early for Christmas or for birthdays or whatever, get ’em while they’re there.

// So hoping that I can unload most of this merchandise before the department reset in two weeks!

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The Jesus Tree?

Christians are flocking in Bosnia to a tree which is now home to, as some describe it, a “freak of nature”–a supposed image of Jesus which appeared in the markings left from when a branch was cut off.

1) Not only are such “natural icons” never found in Scripture, we are also never told what the Christ looked like. For all we know, the image in the tree more closely resembles a rapist or murderous king of the past. That possibility alone ought to preclude its association with the image of Jesus.

2) Scripture does plainly say that nature bears witness of the Godhead (Romans 1). It seems odd to me that so many will openly and strongly bow down before random images on trees and grilled cheese, yet by and large are silent when faced with the beauty of a sunset, rolling hills, the night sky, or the myriad of life on Earth.

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Oprah Winfrey on the Gospel

There seems to be no lack of Oprah fans within the Christian church; I wonder if any of those fans would be surprised to learn of Oprah’s beliefs which undermine one of the foundational truths of the Bible: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Where is the discernment spoken of in Hebrews 5:14?

(Hat Tip: Shawn McGrath via email.)

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Bounce Sheets and Bugs

A few weeks ago I heard the promising theory that Bounce brand fabric softener sheets do a wonderful job with repelling mosquitoes and other insect pests.

Turns out it’s, well, bogus. It does, however, have some handy uses for odor control.

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Falling in Love With Boys

In my excursions across the web today, I happened upont his quote on a blog:

Or, for that matter, where does it say “Thou shalt not fall in love with other boys”? Oh, that’s right, it doesn’t. So why do conservative Christian groups and parents think they have the right to force a young boy into a rehabilitation program for something that doesn’t require rehabilitation? Perhaps we should establish a rehab camp for those who breed mules or wear mixed-fiber clothing. According to most Protestant ministers, ‘a sin is a sin is a sin.’ That makes everyone wearing cotton-polyester blend both badly-dressed and just as bad as homosexuals! Who knew?!

Yes, the person who wrote that paragraph is a homosexual, and he happens to be one that I “know” from a particular forum I am active on. And regardless of how intellectually superior many athiests/agnostics/Bible-mockers/etc. claim to be compared to God-fearing Christians, they prove the Scriptures true when they themselves are unable to interpret and understand its simple teachings. As the Lord says, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; and he cannot know them because they are spiritually discerned; but the spiritual discerns all things, and *he* is discerned of no one” (1 Corinthians 2:14-15, Darby).

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President Makes Choice

Yep, that was the front page headline on today’s local paper… “President Makes Choice.” So, did he like choose eggs for breakfast? Did he pick polka dotted socks with striped pants? Did he decide to get up on the left side of the bed?

And yes, I realize the article was likely referring to the Supreme Court nominee he chose, but the headline really ought to have been a bit more specific.