Satur-deja Vu

Tokyo Meal Count – The United States is tied with China for the number of total medals but falling even further behind in the quest for gold. China is really showing up and showing out this year. This is a busy weekend with track and field events starting up and overlapping swimming and gymnastics that haven’t finished. Daniel Jepsen is back from vacation and has a full Olympic special edition on the Saturday Brunch. He covers some events that have been dropped over the years (such as live pigeon shooting and solo synchronized swimming) and unveils the 2024 Olympics in Paris logo. The internet is having some fun with it, per the usual.

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iMonk Radio Podcast #144

Intro music by Christy Nockels.

Q1: Is evangelicalism child abuse? Q2: Should evangelicals apologize?

Trevin Wax interview with Danny Akin, who is still the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Akin put together a plan for the Great Commission Resurgence. His observations on the state of the SBC and the need to engage younger leaders is very relevant today.



Jonah For Kids Part 2

Jonah Prays

Begin by reading Jonah chapter 2, either in your own Bible or one online.

Have you ever put something off that you didn’t want to do? It might have been homework, washing the dishes, cleaning your room, mowing the grass or any number of things. You planned to do it later, just not right then. Later the job has gotten bigger so you really don’t want to do it. If you keep putting it off then the assignment will come due, you will run completely out of dishes or the grass will be so tall it is almost impossible to cut. Sometimes we know what the right thing to do is but putting it off until later keeps making things worse.

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Satur-deja Vu

The Satur-deja Vu turns 100! In number of posts, not years. Post #100 was actually last Saturday, this being post #101. Even that technical detail is not precisely correct. Back when this weekly column started in 2019 it took a few weeks to come up with a good title. Double Take 5-4-19 was the first weekly review that would in time become the Satur-deja Vu. I tried Hindsight, Saturday Doubletake and even one post simply titled Still Need a Title. So if you count those we are actually up to 106 posts as of this week. Don’t overthink it. With 52 weeks in a year it took about two years to reach 100 review posts. Happy Monday has been posted weekly since 2012 and is now well over 400 posts. The Master’s Table has been online since 2008 and this post will make 1,633. There have been 2,469 comments made over the past 13 years. There are currently 668 WordPress followers, 192 Facebook followers and another 24 email subscribers. All right, enough numbers. Thank you for being a part of what we do here!

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iMonk Radio Podcast #143

I have not listened to this one yet. Back in 2009 Michael wrote “This week: a few stories from Advance 09. Friendship. Answers to the ‘Too God-Centered’ Objection.”

Note: this is the third episode in a row he has identified on the air as #142. When he posted it to Internet Monk it was labeled 143. (I listened to the first minute just to make the audio file uploaded correctly.)

Jonah for Kids: Part 1

Maybe think of this as a creative writing project. I’m not entirely sure what my motivation for this endeavor is, perhaps divine inspiration. I have an 11-year-old at home and this is sort of a children’s sermon version of the Jonah Runs sermon I preached on Sunday. I printed it out for her and turned in her illustrated children’s Bible to Jonah 1. If you or anyone you know could be served by this series then please share and God bless.


Jonah for Kids
Part 1: Jonah Runs

Jonah is the story of a prophet that did not listen to God. In Jonah 1, he does exactly the opposite of what God tells him to do. When God spoke and told him to go to Nineveh and preach, he tried to flee (run away) from the presence of the Lord. It can’t be done and our hero will learn that lesson the hard way. Notice everything in chapter 1 goes down. He went down to Joppa, down in the lowest part of the ship where he then laid down and went to sleep. Later he is thrown into the sea. The Bible does not use the word down again but we can reason that he goes down into the sea and into the belly of the whale. When the chapter ends he is somewhere under the Meditterarranean Sea.

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Satur-deja Vu

They’re calling it a one in a million shot but it’s probably more rare than that. Over a million Americans could easily play golf this weekend without this happening to a single one of them. Tomas Gomez was going to make one final drive as thunderstorms approached in San Antonio, TX. Friends and family were able to get this shot on video of his golf ball being struck by lightning in mid-air. This was probably God’s way of saying “All right, y’all head on inside now.” Video here, including an interview.

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iMonk Radio Podcast #142

Introduction bits and pieces: Maise is a bushland terrier. Facebook, Twitter, and what is low information action ratio? Critique of Mark Driscoll (keeping in mind this was recorded in 2009, Driscoll did not resign from Mars Hill until 2014.)

Longer discussion of celibacy in Roman Catholicism and evangelical married life. Father Alberto Cutié did in fact become an Episcopal priest.

Link to On Being Too God-Centered and/or Answers/Responses to that question.

Link to Stories of Science/Faith Resolution.

Sign of the Times

We’ve all see the “Now Hiring” signs, open interviews and sign on bonuses being offered. I hear people say “Every place is hiring right now.” Are they actually hiring or are they trying to hire? For businesses to actually hire people have to come in and apply that actually want to work.

The Burger King sign shown here was up for about six hours in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before you complain about work ethic, lazy kids or minimum wage laws let’s add some context. A manager put in her two weeks notice and about eight members of her crew did the same. At the end of that two weeks nothing had changed in the store and that’s when this sign was lettered up at about 6 o’clock one morning. The store has been short staffed for some time and the employees had been working 50 and 60 hours per week to keep it open. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the air conditioning going out in the kitchen. That’s when they had enough. As the marquee sign went viral on social media, the store began getting calls from higher and higher levels of upper management. By lunchtime it was changed to read “Now Hiring, Flexible Hours.” Time will tell.

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