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!

The 32nd Olympiad is underway in Tokyo. I mentioned Happy Monday beginning in 2012. The Summer Olympics were in London that year. The original concept of Happy Monday was to catch people up on news, events, fun things and get them ready for a new week. It was a weekend review of sorts, hopefully with a fun and encouraging vibe. Those first few posts prominently featured a medal count from the games. The concept of Happy Monday changed but I never completely gave up on that original concept… which in a lot of ways Satur-deja Vu is based on. We mentioned the challenges of these pandemic era games last week; shown above is Naomi Osaka lighting the Olympic cauldron. Expect updates for the next couple of weeks as part of our regular news, fun facts, church things and glimpses of real life that comes to you (most) every Saturday morning.

Bobby Bowden answers the question Is winning everything? “No. But winning is important. If you don’t win, they fire you.” Very few college football coaches – only three if you include Joe Paterno’s unredacted record – score over 400 wins in their career. Bowden retired from from Florida State in 2009 with 377 wins, 129 losses and 4 ties. Paul Chitwood interviewed Coach Bowden about sharing his faith before the announcement was made this week revealing his terminal medical condition. You can read that interview here via The Christian Index.

32 year old Sherrod Alexander Laffitte was strangled to death in his Wayne County, Mississippi home by 41 year old Samuel McDougal after a fist fight broke out over Bible verses. McDougal later turned himself into police, bond is set at $1 million. No word on which Bible verses were at issue.

This is how Phil Robertson has been sharing the gospel for years. Paul Stephens of Whites Ferry Road Church explains the gospel using these symbols in this video. There are many ways to share the gospel and your personal testimony may be a powerful and moving story. Sometimes you need a clear and concise presentation you can get through in under 5 minutes. Others have not worked out giving their testimony in a meaningful way that relates the gospel message of scripture. If you need a method that is easy to memorize and share with others, this is one way to do it.

I saw an ad this week for Radio Shack. Ironically it was for new technology that reminds you of the 1980’s. With Bluetooth compatibility and SD/USB inputs, you can carry around a boom box just like those punk kids did back in the day. Available from Radio Shack, who sold boom boxes to punk kids back in the day. Also plays cassette tapes so maybe check those plastic storage totes in Grandma’s attic. It even plays AM radio, for some reason.

This is an Android compatible smart watch with a display in the style of the USS Enterprise 1701-D control panels. There are many different skins available from the watch face app, presumably the iTunes store has something similar. I was going to cut Radio Shack some slack and say that all joking aside you can get smart watches from their store. When I searched radioshack.com for Android smart watch this was the only result.

Did you know STOP signs used to be yellow? The caption above says there were different colors, there was also a variety of shapes. In 1922 yellow octagons became the standard color and shape. It took 30 years to develop a fade resistant enamel in red.

This week on The Master’s Table I dabbled in writing children’s literature. I took my Sunday sermon from Jonah chapter 1 and reimagined it as a children’s sermon. Part 1 was Jonah Runs; there is an RSS feed in the upper left to the church website featuring sermon audio. Here is Part 1 of Jonah for Kids. Part 2 will be Jonah Prays. So far I have yet to mention Veggie Tales even once.

iMonk Radio Podcast #135

Pirate Christian Radio may have played out just recently. I couldn’t find any content on their site newer than February 2021. Lutheran Pastor Chris Rosenbrough was the man behind PCR and he is still very active on Facebook.

Martin Luther quotes: applying the Gospel to fit the situation.

The Little Team that Could

This was originally published as “Illustrations Can Come from Anywhere” on March 22, 2018. I don’t do a lot of reruns but hope you enjoy this one.

If you are a preacher, know a preacher, or for that matter have ever listened to a preacher, you may have heard the oft repeated statement illustrations can come from anywhere. It’s a truism that may cause us to smile but seriously; a funny thing a child says, a misunderstanding in the supermarket line, words said in anger that have to be eaten later, literally anything a professional speaker hears about could become an illustration for a point being made. Be careful sharing those funny anecdotes around your clergyman. You may hear them again from the pulpit.

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A Biblical Perspective

bibleIf you are a follower of The Master’s Table, or a former student, or have ever listened to me preach, teach Sunday School or lead a small group of any kind, you know by now that I do not pick up a recent newspaper and use the headlines for talking points about Bible prophesy. During Advent I talk about prophecies of the Messiah being fulfilled by Jesus’s birth and the events surrounding it. During Easter and Pentecost I talk about prophesies Jesus fulfilled during his earthly ministry, his death, burial and resurrection, and the promise we have of his future return. What I have never done is point to earthquakes, volcanoes, war in the Middle East or any other current event while quoting snippets of scripture and saying “See, the Bible says so.” I’ve seen preachers and other church leaders look foolish when Mikhail Gorbachev did not turn out to be the antichrist, Saddam Hussein was not the Beast described in Revelation and the world did not end in 1988 despite the list of 88 reasons that it was going to. Continue reading

Signs of the Times

Screenshot 2019-08-21 at 11.25.51 AMI am not one of those guys that studies biblical prophecy while pointing to current events in the newspaper going “See, this is what God said would happen.” That can set a dangerous precedent and sometimes you end up looking foolish. I remember listening to a preacher back in the 80’s, and I remember his name but won’t use it here, that said that if Michel Gorbachev was not the antichrist then he was certainly paving the way for him. He had a poster made up of the birthmark on his head in the form of a dragon and the smaller marks in the shape of three 6’s. This was before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev later taught an economics course for the University of Georgia and made a tv commercial for Pizza Hut. He is still alive but at 88 has yet to reveal himself as the antichrist, the Beast or any other figure in Revelation. Continue reading

The Phenomenon of Billy Graham

Screenshot 2018-03-01 at 10.36.05 AMI don’t know how many tributes have been written, published, posted or tweeted this week about Billy Graham. I am not writing because I think there needs to be another one; sometimes the writing process is how we work through things. But in the process of thinking about it, maybe I can share with you some things to think about as well. Continue reading

Phil Robertson, A&E, and the Beliefs of True Christians

phil A&E has suspended Phil Robertson from the reality series Duck Dynasty, and the Internet is blowing up. It has nothing to do with anything said or done on the show, but remarks he made in an interview with GQ magazine. Here is part of what Phil said:

“Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

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Yes I Am Southern Baptist

sbcIn lieu of yesterday’s post I wish to clarify a couple of issues (before anyone asks).

1. I am Southern Baptist. While I did not grow up in the SBC I have been a member of SBC churches since 2000. I was ordained as a deacon in 2002 and as a minister in 2004. My wife and I served full time on the mission field (stateside) for nine years, 2003 to 2012. I graduated from a Baptist college, attended BSU as a student, taught in a private Baptist school, and led BCM for seven years. The Master’s Table is listed in SBC Voices, a directory of Southern Baptist blogs. This very week my wife and I are teaching 5th and 6th graders during Colossal Coaster World and I’m driving the church bus to VBS. While I may not always agree with everything the organization does as a whole, I am certainly still a part of it. The reason I can say so much about the SBC’s response to the Boy Scouts issue is that’s the denomination I know the most about. Continue reading