Have I seen this before? I’ve been struggling with a name for our weekend review post and was somewhat resigned to the fact that Saturday Doubletake was as good as it was going to get. My wife suggested Deja vu a couple of weeks ago and last night I combined the two words together: Satur-deja vu. I think it’s clever, imaginative, and combines the carefree relaxed nature of Saturday afternoon with the French expression deja vu which literally means “already seen.” Teresa loved it and no one else has given me any input or suggestions up to this point. So let’s reflect on the week that was, wrap up any unfinished business, and maybe throw in a fun bit or two.
As much as I would like to pontificate on Area 51, the bigger news this week is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Today is actually July 20th even though there have been various events and media hype for the past week or two. The Christian Index reflects on the moon landing creating an opportunity to worship and quotes a Baptist Press article published in July 1969. Not everyone accepts the validity of the moon landing. In this short video clip Buzz Aldrin punches a man in the face who denies the moon landing took place and called him a coward and a liar.
The Master’s Table is currently at 492 followers (among WordPress users). Tell a friend, we’ll give the 500th follower a shoutout and share a link to that person’s blog. It would be great if that happened this weekend and Van Til could include that in Happy Monday.
Speaking of followers, regulars may have noticed a change in the left-hand sidebar some weeks back. Our Daily Bread did a total redesign of their website and no longer publish a daily “shareable image.” If you go directly to odb.org you now see a landing page with an option to read the daily devotional but many other choices as well. Give their new website a look-see and of course you can link to the current devotional each day on our sidebar.
Floppy bits. Burger King rolled out their $1 taco on July 8th, available only for a limited time. There has been a lot of reaction on the internet to how different the ads look compared to the product many have now ordered in real life. I took that pic below of one I bought this week. No, seriously. I’ve read several online reviews and almost couldn’t get through this one from Business Insider: “The shell was far from golden, and it clung lopsidedly to the filling. Floppy bits of lettuce struggled to escape from the tortilla’s iron clutches. The shell was crispy, but it was borderline overcooked and drowning in grease.”
The crunchy tortilla is stuffed with meat and cheese and then deep fried before lettuce is added. If that doesn’t sound to you like the way most people fix tacos, it’s not. But that is the way Jack in the Box has been preparing their 2 for a dollar tacos for years now. I live 2 1/2 hours from the nearest Jack in the Box location. The chain is nationwide but there are not nearly as many of them as Burger King. A lot of people tried the BK taco not knowing what to expect, which is understandable if you saw their t.v. or print ads and thought it would look, you know, like a taco.
It does look like a Buick. My mother is still driving at 79 years of age and as a matter of fact just bought another car. She has been driving one of ours for the past three years so everybody wins. I’m going to try to make a long story short; nice old lady at church had a car for sale after her son gave her a newer one. This ’95 Buick Regal is in much better condition than the beater minivan we were about to get rid of in 2016:
Notas españolas: Last week I mentioned embarking on an experiment to brush up on my Spanish. That story was running long and I left out some details. At the end of my junior year of high school the Spanish I class was about to wrap up. Instead of a final exam our teacher assigned a project. It could be anything as long as it demonstrated we had learned to use the grammar and mechanics of the Spanish language. I had announced a call to preach at the age of 17 so I decided to write a sermon. After church one Sunday morning my family stayed behind and Dad filmed a video of me preaching a 5 minute Gospel presentation in Spanish. That was over 25 years ago and that VHS tape has been lost to the ages. I do remember looking up several words and consulting with my teacher on some translations we didn’t cover in class, like heaven and hell.
My dad would later take a Spanish class at a local technical college. He was offended by the segregation he saw in the workplace. He started each lunch at the “Mexican table” and accepting invitations to baptisms and fiestas. He had played the guitar since 15 and ordered a Freddy Fender song book so he could learn “I’ll be there before the next teardrop falls” in English and Spanish. He took his guitar to work one day and performed during lunch in their break room. He was over 50 when he started and never got rolling the R’s but he impressed a lot of people by being willing to try and in his outreach. (Click here if you’re not old enough to remember Freddy Fender.)
We are all broken. I have been commenting on news stories and sharing links to other things but haven’t written any good theology or Bible study posts in a while it seems. Until yesterday. Broken Pieces reminds us that God uses things that are small, weak and broken and also that in some way or another we are all broken. The very act of asking God for anything in pray is an admission that he can and we can’t. When I am weak he is strong. And honestly, when I am not weak? God works in us and through us to do great things but only if and when we are willing vessels.
I think that does it for this week. Church tomorrow, see you guys Monday morning (figuratively speaking).