Futon Reformer

An odd collection of Reformed Theology, Baseball, and Pop Culture.

“Regarding Baptism: “Little ones are, of course, presented to receive spiritual grace, not so much from those in whose hands they are carried - though they do receive it from them if they are good believing people - as from the universal society of the saints an believers.””

—   St. Augustine’s Letter to Boniface

SHOWING UP AT A PRESBYTERY MEETING WHEN I’VE BEEN SO FOCUSED ON MY OWN CHURCH THAT I’VE BEEN UNABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE POLITICS

everydayimpastoring:

Or General Assembly…

thebluthcompany:

Canadian NDP leader Thomas Mulcair publicly asks if the ruling Conservative party really lost 3.2 billion dollars of taxpayer money or is the money in the banana stand.

There’s always money in the Banana Stand!

thebluthcompany:

mattzakgoldmanstacks sent a link to a reddit thread where they discussed this scene. 

In S01E10 “Pier Pressure” Buster is pulling out his Medical Marijuana binder from what we can assume are binders related to other ‘Studies’ that Buster has taken part in, and what we observe is a binder labeled:
“HEMISPHERECTOMY SURGERY”
A hemispherectomy is a very rare surgical procedure where one cerebral hemisphere (half of the brain) is removed or disabled.
Might this explain a lot about why Buster as an adult is still needing constant supervision…. among other things…
“may suffer problems with their vision as well.”
“Feeling tired or depressed.”
“…you lose use of the hand opposite of the hemisphere that was removed.”
Q: “What Risks Are Associated With a Functional Hemispherectomy?
A: Delayed (or arrested) development.
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This.Is.Brilliant.

thebluthcompany:

mattzakgoldmanstacks sent a link to a reddit thread where they discussed this scene. 

In S01E10 “Pier Pressure” Buster is pulling out his Medical Marijuana binder from what we can assume are binders related to other ‘Studies’ that Buster has taken part in, and what we observe is a binder labeled:

“HEMISPHERECTOMY SURGERY”

A hemispherectomy is a very rare surgical procedure where one cerebral hemisphere (half of the brain) is removed or disabled.

Might this explain a lot about why Buster as an adult is still needing constant supervision…. among other things…

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This.Is.Brilliant.

Miserere et Guerre et Lent: Plate 28 | Holy Saturday

misererelent:

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I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.

John 11:25

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Holy Saturday seems an odd name for the day Israel awakes from her sleep into a world whose light has been extinguished.

What are the disciples to do with…

Miserere et Guerre et Lent: Day 15 | Plate 15 - On Lips That Were Fresh, The Taste Of Gall

misererelent:

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Lips once fresh with the fruit of heaven’s garden, now foul with the taste of inglorious shame.

I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid. I saw myself as naked; so I hid myself away. (Genesis 3:10)

Once a river of sweet smelling sugar, now an acrid rupture of dung. A restless deadly…

WHEN I GET A NEW COMMENTARY

everydayimpastoring:

This is real life.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

—   Antoine de Saint-Exupery quoted in James K.A. Smith’s Imagining the Kingdom.
misererelent:

It is hard to live…

For we were so utterly burdened that we despaired of life itself. Indeed we felt that we had received the  sentence of death.

Difficulty is no stranger to the life of a Christian. Contrary to the soft-pedaled lies of TV preachers, your life isn’t going to be sweeter than the day before. In fact, somethings get tougher as we walk through them with Christ. Far from the serendipitous dance presented Christian kitsch, our life struggles upward. 

It is no surprise that the our walk with Christ is presented as a distance race or a boxing match. These are two of the most grueling athletic events. Both require painstaking training and discipline of the muscles.

The Christian life is hard because God will not let us dally with idols. He is jealous and ruthless. He will rid us of the things that we love more than him. This is simultaneously beautiful and terrifying. 

No wonder Paul gives us such a hopeful rational to why God puts these obstacles in our lives.

But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
				- 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

misererelent:

It is hard to live…

For we were so utterly burdened that we despaired of life itself. Indeed we felt that we had received the sentence of death.

Difficulty is no stranger to the life of a Christian. Contrary to the soft-pedaled lies of TV preachers, your life isn’t going to be sweeter than the day before. In fact, somethings get tougher as we walk through them with Christ. Far from the serendipitous dance presented Christian kitsch, our life struggles upward.

It is no surprise that the our walk with Christ is presented as a distance race or a boxing match. These are two of the most grueling athletic events. Both require painstaking training and discipline of the muscles.

The Christian life is hard because God will not let us dally with idols. He is jealous and ruthless. He will rid us of the things that we love more than him. This is simultaneously beautiful and terrifying.

No wonder Paul gives us such a hopeful rational to why God puts these obstacles in our lives.

But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.
- 2 Corinthians 1:8-9

misererelent:

We think ourselves kings

For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. - Galatians 6:3

Rouault follows up the plate “Are we not all convicts” with “We think ourselves kings”. 
In doing this, he captures the duplicity of our humanity. One day, we feel our shame, the next we try to cover it over. But this movement doesn’t take days. We go from shame to creating a false self moment by moment. 
In the last plate, the convict wore no chains, in this one the king does. We make ourselves feel acceptable with the things we wear, the things we own, and the things we project about who we are.
Is there weariness in you, Christian? Where does it come from? Does it come from your shame or from your constant efforts to appear to have it all together. Rouault reminds us that we are all convicts and yet we play the part of kings.
Christ calls us away from all of this. He calls us to stop living two lives. The fact that we are already known and accepted in Christ allows us to put aside the chains of the convict and the king. We can live a new life, free.
Free to admit our faults.
Free from the oppression of judgment.
Free to live unto our Savior, the true king.

misererelent:

We think ourselves kings


For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. - Galatians 6:3

Rouault follows up the plate “Are we not all convicts” with “We think ourselves kings”. 

In doing this, he captures the duplicity of our humanity. One day, we feel our shame, the next we try to cover it over. But this movement doesn’t take days. We go from shame to creating a false self moment by moment. 

In the last plate, the convict wore no chains, in this one the king does. We make ourselves feel acceptable with the things we wear, the things we own, and the things we project about who we are.

Is there weariness in you, Christian? Where does it come from? Does it come from your shame or from your constant efforts to appear to have it all together. Rouault reminds us that we are all convicts and yet we play the part of kings.

Christ calls us away from all of this. He calls us to stop living two lives. The fact that we are already known and accepted in Christ allows us to put aside the chains of the convict and the king. We can live a new life, free.

Free to admit our faults.

Free from the oppression of judgment.

Free to live unto our Savior, the true king.