Satur-deja Vu

Here’s a Christmas card that I like. Some Christians struggle with the idea of sending secular cards with Santa Claus, snowmen or winter scenes on them. The religious cards may have a nativity scene or wisemen following the star to Bethlehem but are wildly inaccurate based on a careful study of the text. Christmas Card Theology is a post from all the way back in 2009. Rethinking the Angel Choir and Rethinking the Wise Men are better written with scripture references included. Those posts are ancient by internet standards but we’re talking about the Bible here.

Most Americans believe Jesus is the Son of God. A slightly smaller majority believe that his birth in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago is a historical fact. The numbers drop when you ask about Jesus existing before his birth in Bethlehem but again, this is a sample of the general population not just among Christians. The image above is a screen grab from my phone, read the full article here via Christian Index.

December 7th marked the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Shown above the USS Arizona Memorial which sits above, but does not touch the hull, of the final resting place of some 1,100+ servicemen. Someone, a FB friend or news service, posted a trivial fact that oil is still leaking from the hull of the ship at a rate of about nine quarts per day. The Park Service estimates it could continue to do so for another 500 years. This caused me to question how much oil the thing had on board in the first place.

The USS Arizona was launched in 1916, on the brink of the United States entering The Great War. (It was not identified as World War I until World War II broke out two decades later.) The Arizona never saw combat during that war for a couple of reasons. One is because it was too valuable. It rarely ventured into the ocean at all during WWI and only then when accompanied by a fleet of ships to protect it from U-boat torpedoes. Perhaps a more practical reason to send other ships to Europe was that coal was more readily available from our British allies than fuel oil. The steam power turbines of the USS Arizona were fueled by burning oil, not coal. At maximum capacity she could hold 2,305 long tons which, after reading up on short tons and long tons, I have calculated to mean over five million pounds of fuel oil. A gallon weighs about eight pounds, nine quarts would then weigh a little over 16 pounds. One might assume it lost quite a bit the day it was bombed but obviously after nearly a century it hasn’t run out yet.

Name something people think is in the Bible but is not. That’s what I was responding to with “Money is the root of all evil.” This helpful person, whose name I’ve omitted, suggested that is in the Bible and cited 1 Timothy 6:10. That verse says that the love (or lust) of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Like so many things money itself is not the problem but the attitude we take towards it. How do you feel about money? The issue is not how much you have but how much you desire more and what you would be willing to do to get it.

The Hanging of the Green will take place during Family Worship at 10:30 AM on Sunday. It’s right there on the sign. If I were a member of the Green Family I might sit this one out just in case.

Be honest, at first glance did you see the pole labeled as “sin” or did you wonder what “NIS” stood for?

This is a zoom-in of the blackboard Jack Skellington works on in The Nightmare Before Christmas. The copy shown is from an article about fun facts and Easter eggs from our favorite Christmas movies. Now I don’t just sit around figuring out ways to be pedantic but it seems to me that releasing a Christmas movie on Christmas Day is a little late. The Nightmare Before Christmas is arguably not a Christmas movie at all but an animated Halloween/horror film. The film saw a limited release on October 13, 1993 in the US with wider release on October 29th. Just in time for Halloween. So why is the date 12-25-93 on Jack Skellington’s board? Because Christmas Day is always December 25th and he was attempting to understand Christmas. That’s not an Easter egg or hidden detail of any kind.

I feel this picture. It’s funny because it’s true. I was a child in the 1980’s and I really grew up in the 90’s. I got an Atari 2600 for Christmas in maybe 1983 or so but I didn’t have an unlimited supply of disposable income because I was 8 years old. I remember Reagan getting shot and the Challenger disaster but a lot of the pop-culture and entertainment stuff I wouldn’t experience until later.

In the words of Dudley Morris “Don’t poke the bear or you’ll get the horns.”

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