A Royal Sports Bar…

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Chickie’s and Pete’s was a good place to enjoy a rainy evening at World’s of Fun on Friday. For some reason, all the TVs were broadcasting the Royals game with the Mets. Go figure. In Kansas City.

The place wasn’t packed, but there were enough people to keep the tables mostly filled. One group of what I assumed were elementary/middle schoolers dropped in after picking up their pizza somewhere else.  They were obviously more knowledgeable about the royals than I was. They debated the plays and the players with an obvious knowledge that I lacked.

When we got there the score was 1-2 with the Mets ahead. We saw a lot of fun, including an overturned call of safe turned to an out, before the score became 3-2 with the Royals ahead.

Having finished our meal, we exited through the rain to the car, and came home to other amusements. Woke up this morning to find the score was 9-3, with a Royals loss. Nice of the Royals to do their best work while we were there to watch.

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Eureka!

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The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government’s benefit.

The show ran from 2006 to 2012 on SyFy. Great theme music. Excellent exploration of characters. Good science and pseudo-science. Cool devices. I really enjoyed watching it. Via DVD. Only watched the first three seasons.

But there is a subtle flaw in the premise, one that easily passes by most of the audience that watches it today.  It is endemic in the philosophy of our culture today.

The government solves everything. The government funds everything. The creativity comes out of government programs. It is the whole premise of the town, of Eureka. And for the most part the show takes the line of the benevolent government — creating a crisis every week.

But that flaw is also shown as a flaw, but more subtly week after week.For its an individual that always solves the issue, often in teamwork, but individuals are the driving force.

In a subtle way, the show really is a case against the premise, against the flaw I mentioned. No matter how well they try to write it, the individual always comes out over the government.

One Blood — All Nations

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Acts 17:25-27King James Version (KJV)

25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

Today’s post is a small meditation on a point of theology that seems to me to be often reversed in our world today.

When people see the passage about making everyone of one blood, they put the emphasis on the one-ness. Well, Paul does mention that elsewhere — the fact that in Christ we are:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
So there is the fact of oneness in the Acts passage. But perhaps we need to look at the opposite direction of the passage. He took one blood and created all nations from it. Diversification. Tower of Babel. The note is an emphasis on how God has split and diversified all mankind, to better help them to know him.
In much of the science fiction today, it assumes that men will become more alike, the “races” will blend and disappear. Now we know we are all one in Christ, but at the same time there will still be the distinction of races before the Throne of the end times, and that there will be nations in the new heaven and new earth.
Perhaps there is a reason we are meant to be distinct. We can learn more of and from other cultures, but it doesn’t mean we should lose who we are, that they might learn from us.
Just a thought. Haven’t figured out practically what it would mean. I only know that it seems the course of the world, as usual, infiltrates the church and goes against the course of the scriptures, while making us think that the spirit of the age is the eternal unchanging Spirit.

#40: Great is Thy Faithfulness

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 (Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not:

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

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Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided –

Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

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3

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,

Stregth for today and bright hope for tomorrow –

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

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Batman and Robin

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Last night I watched a second season episode of the 1960s Batman and Robin television show. It was a wonderful, humorous, formulaic show. You could always count on the corny phrases, the fight scenes, the cliff-hanger ending that they got out of at the beginning of the next episode by some “logical” trick of science and learning that Batman would pull out.

There have been many other incarnations of Batman, most of them darker than the TV show. But the TV show is the only Batman I ever really known, or ever really care to know.

Batman was perfect in obeying the law, didn’t drink, smoke, usually got both of them out of their scrapes. Only this episode had Robin making one of the escapes and saving Batman.

Just shows how different the sensibilities were 50 years ago.