28 November 2006

Reclaiming the crown from Phil

by Dan Phillips

As we all know, the previous title for "Most Pyro Comments, Ever," was held by yr. obdt. svt., DJP. The meta on Resurrection not essential? ran to 264 comments, leaving me the Comment King since April. My position seemed secure. I had at long last justified my existence.

Until now.

Not unlike a giant casually swatting a mosquito, Phil easily passed me with his Why the lordship "debate" died thread. If he had not finally capped it at 400 (410) comments, it would have been like the song that doesn't end. (I'll say this for the gutless-gracers: they have no concept of when an argument is over.)

Not one to take defeat lightly, I'm already fomenting titles that might regain my crown.

So I ponder, and I recollect: "Hm, talking about the Gospel vs. gutless grace stirred up a lot of comments... a mild remark about Wright did it before... and it always works some folks up when we talk about Da Gifts.... What if I did some creative combining? Hmm...."

And so I'm wondering if one of these just might do the trick:
  1. Calvin was a pre-Tribber: here's the proof!
  2. Why there will be no NIV's in heaven
  3. Who's nuttier: KJV Only advocates, Leaky Canoneers, Gutless-Gracers, or Wrabid Wrightophiles?
  4. John Piper: nice enough guy, but stone-cold-dead-wrong about [insert anything; won't really matter what]

  5. Bill Clinton, C. J. Mahaney, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, N. T. Wright, John MacArthur, Carrot Top, and Jonathan Edwards
  6. How a tongue about N. T. Wright convinced me of Lordship Salvation
  7. Little Marcy and Marc Heinrich: the untold story
  8. Mark Driscoll's new blue-letter Bible: a review
  9. Every Christian song written after 1923 is dumb
  10. Public schooling as an alternative to going to Heaven
  11. 'Less it's the Bible, God ain't talkin' to you, Lambchop!
What do you think? Which one's the winner? I must have my crown back!

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125 comments:

ajlin said...

To get the title back (for all time), you're going to have to find some way to put negative comments about John Piper and N.T. Wright in a cessationist post against antinominianism.

drew@jonah said...

Might I suggest, "Suprised by the Spirit's Endorsement of Benny Hinn" or "Gregg Boyd: Man, this Guy Understands God."

In case it's not picked up on, tongue firmly placed in cheek.

Hayden said...

Dan,

#8 gets my vote. You will definately get the POMO's out for that one as well as stir up the Seattle crowd.

JSB said...

What a great list! Any one of these will be worthy, but as a John Piper fan I'd love to know what the various issues are surrounding him. There's my vote.

But one burning question remains:

Chuck Norris; Jean-Claude Van Damme; Steven Segal; Dan Phillips--

Who wins?

DJP said...

Drew -- In case it's not picked up on, tongue firmly placed in cheek.

(Your fear was mine also in posting this. I prayed, "Oh, God, please, let at least the first commenters 'get' it....")

danny2 said...

you need to add joyce meyer to #6. then you've got a winner!

centuri0n said...

Dan has become a slave to stats.

My work is done here. And it didn;t even take a year ...

drew@jonah said...

Meta-sarcasm is always the hardest. They should make a font for it. Then you can say "Oh c'mon, I was using Davefoley Sans serif 12-point!"

DJP said...

Frank, you have changed me in ways that sociologists and psychologists will be debating for decades to come.

Steve said...

#8 is the one that got an out-loud laugh here. Although taking on the pomos gets rather mixed results. They've shown themselves least able to have a true two-way conversation, but they also cannot let go until they've had the last word, which will drive the commnet count upward.

Whatever you do, remember to add a comic book cover. That's guaranteed to double the comment count.

(Let me insert another "tongue firmly in cheek" disclaimer here, lest those who can't take a dose of humor still haven't gotten it.)

Paul said...

I think #1 and #4 show the most promise.

'How John Piper's leaky-canonism leads to lawless hyper-calvinism' is my suggestion.

Except for the fact that it's not true.

joey said...

#6 and #10 are absolutely amazing! I want to see articles written with those titles! Let's make a deal. If you promise to write articles with those titles, I'll get my whole church involved in posting comments. You'll crush Phil.

centuri0n said...

Headline to stop the presses:

Bono, Dobson and Clinton - 3 of a kind

I'll bet that topic could bet 100 comments with no post under it.

rick said...

great list - I'm looking forward to it. But what is funny about "pomo's"?

Pomo |ˈpōmō| noun ( pl. same or -mos) 1 a member of an American Indian people of northern California. 2 any of the languages of this people.

DJP said...

Frank -- I'll bet that topic could bet 100 comments with no post under it.

Depends on how fast I could delete it.

Pastor Steve said...

I say it should be something against home schooling. I'm not sure any crowd mobilizes faster then them. The public school one was good though too.

candyinsierras said...

If you post about Driscoll, half the comments will come from Steve Camp alone. If you post about Marc and Marcy, you will get one very witty comment from Marc.

You didn't even mention posting about the latest shenanigans from Rick Warren. His issues should get you plenty of comments.

And...leave Santa Claus alone. That belongs to Centuri0n.

Ben Stevenson said...

rick, I think "pomo" is short for post-modern

DJP said...

Hm.

"Why Santa won't be visiting Rick Warren"

Kim said...

Number 10. Definitely.

Richard D said...

How about "Dueling Johns--Why MacArthur and Piper Don't Like Each Other."

or...

"James White and Ergun Caner--Secret Buddies"

C.T. Lillies said...

You'll have to throw something in there about Rob Bell and Driscoll and then stir in something about drinking or private prayer languages--the Baptists'll jump all over that one.

"Bell, Driscoll, and that guy who thinks he's Jesus--Their secret ties to Dallas Seminary and the video re-inactment of my revelation from God I found in my stocking that proves it." Or, "Why Purpose Driven Private Prayer Closet Drinking isn't a sin."

Something like that.

Hey, only 379 more comments to go on this one and you've got it made!

Josh
"...the word of God is not bound."--2 Timothy 2:9

Libbie said...

Dan, Dan, Dan. Crowns are for casting.

*puts hands together piously and hums something sanctimonious*

Oh, and everyone knows that Christian songs started to veer downhill after 1921, so you are just chasing the popular crowd with that one.

Oh, and Rick Warren ate my hamster.

If you really want to ratchet up the comment count, you should do a Frank. I don't mean post one the most barn-stormingly good things you've ever written and lump Clinton, Dobson and Bono together in it, I mean comment-spam your own thread.

easy peasy.

Libbie said...

like this.

Libbie said...

Don't say I never do anything for you, young man.

Joyce Meyer is fantastic!!

Even So... said...

God laid it on my heart that you should post about people who say things such as God laid it on my heart...

Even So... said...

God told me to do that...

Even So... said...

God spoke to my heart...

Even So... said...

I have peace about leaving comment spam...

SolaMeanie said...

I think you should revise the Driscoll one a tad. Something like "TeamPyro Endorses Lenny Bruce-Style Sermons" or "The Seven Words You Can't Say in the Pulpit."

Perhaps you can even get George Carlin to don clerical garb and write a guest post on the subject.

BugBlaster said...

#10

candyinsierras said...

I went ahead and posted something about Rick Warren myself.

Hehe...funny comment about Santa DJP.

If you post a picture and variations of said picture for a few days, you will be guaranteed lots of comments and speculations about your disappearance. Remember when Phil did that?

Kurt said...

How about a followup to the sfpulpit post on xmas trees:

"demon infested pagan idols, and why you shouldn't have them in your home..."

Or maybe you should just name and claim the comment crown again, by the mighty megaton power of faith. :-)

candyinsierras said...

How about... Joyce Meyer supports Rick Warren's P.E.A.C.E Plan by supplying her private jet for Rick to fly about pretending he IS Santa Claus bestowing gifts to the world.

Lance Roberts said...

#8 seems the best, since it's the closest to accurate, It's pretty obvious that Public Schools are training grounds that Satan has setup.

Jonathan Zila said...

Anthing about the NIV being "bad", will in the title!!!

jeremy said...

i would go with piper, the congregation of beth. baptist alone would surpass 400 comments.
perhaps...

"Favorite book Friday: Robert Tilton's Systematic Theology"

or

"My breakfast with T.D. Jakes"

C.T. Lillies said...

Here you go Dan,

"Pastors with Reformed Beliefs Who Preach Like Arminians (But Don't Sweat it Because They Bought That Sermon Online Anyway) and The Congregations Who Hired Them to Tickle Their Ears In The First Place."

Josh
"...the word of God is not bound."--2 Timothy 2:9

Austin Bob said...

I think you are on totally the wrong track. What you need to do is post a list of incendiary topics and let the fires begin.

Rose~ said...

As to your opening in this post:
"Of all the cheek!"

Doug said...

Remember the good old days, when only Phil posted (Pyromaniac), and he told us he was going out of town, and we kept commenting on his blog for about a week about important things like smeradactyls?

Aaahhh! We can always have the memories.

Richard D said...

C.T. Lilies said:
"Pastors with Reformed Beliefs Who Preach Like Arminians (But Don't Sweat it Because They Bought That Sermon Online Anyway) and The Congregations Who Hired Them to Tickle Their Ears In The First Place."
I love it! But since I'm commenting on Lilies' post it doesn't count toward yours, Dan.

DJP said...

...the good old days, when only Phil posted (Pyromaniac)...

Ouch.

Doug said...

Not that I don't thoroughly enjoy everyone elses' posts...

I was just referring to the fact that everyone likes old stuff now.

I especially liked the smeradactyls in the comments thread, and I just haven't seen that kind of originality from the commenters so far.

Echindod said...

Sorry its off topic and everything, but out of personal interest: After you have dismissed perfectionism and the nolordship stuff, Could you guys post a treatment of your own understanding of the relationship between Justification anb Sanctification? It wont get as many comments as "Write is a Loney" but hey, I'm interested anyway.

Doug said...

Hey, maybe we could get a thread going about why Dan is a better poster than Phil and start a whole 1 Corinthians 1-3 thing on the internet!

Rusty said...

#5 had my laughing silly

Rusty said...

me* =)

Connie said...

Hmmm, it's a tie between #10 and #11 for me!

Both home schoolers and Charismatics are known to speak up when given and opportunity--the comments will simply roll in!!

centuri0n said...

I forgot to mention that Dan is a great guy, and whether you agree with him or not you have to like him.

He's pure gold.

a simple bloggtrotter said...

The funny:

Flying Blind - The Wright Stuff

The Church in Need of Unity - Losing My Derision

Obadiah - No, really, it is a Book of the Bible

So, You Hate Your New Pastor - A “Willie Make-it and Betty Don’t” style approach to pastoral authority

The not-so-funny:

You really want to get the buzz a-going: How about a hard-hitting, biblical post on a balanced view of ENVIROMENTILISM? This will brings the heat….and the posts. Or not.

courtis said...

Great list Dan! For me number 5 is the winner.

étrangère said...

Surely, Dan, all you gotta do is post hard and strong on your dispy-ism? What could possibly generate as much heat as a combi of hermeneutics, end-times, and sanctifying Israeli state politics? Why, you'd even have all the non-Americans throwing in occasional, 'I don't get it; it must be an American thing' comments every so often to stoke the fires ;-D And I'm sure you could get Marcy in there quite easily to generate Marc's appearance and witty comment (accompanied by spoof picture on Purgatorio thereby generating more traffic for your post).

Oh, and 1 had me cackling, & 4 had me laughing slightly at myself, but How a tongue about N.T.Wright convinced me of Lordship salvation still has me chuckling even now.

Oh, and I think it's really quite sad that people keep feeling the need to write 'tongue-in-cheek'... I mean, it just sucks the fun out of the laughter :)

Adrian said...

you could try answering the last post I wrote in our cessationist debate....but me thinks you are frit!

DJP said...

Yes, Adrian, isn't it just dreadful when people take a long time to write something we think they should write?

However, I've never been "frit" in all my life.

(Uh... Libbie? "Frit"?)

Phil Perkins said...

DJP,
Thought since you were practically begging, I'd give you a comment.

Phil Perkins. PS Hey, Echindod, stay on subject or I'll quit callin' ya.

Nathan White said...

DJP,

[Give me a minute to stop laughing]

#3 and #4, I think, are the only ones where people will take you seriously. But speaking from personal experience, say anything negative about Piper and its an automatic deletion from numerous 'blogrolls'.

jul said...

it's toss up between 4 and 6...

LeeC said...

How bout how homeschooling leads to radical charismatic tendencies?

Oh, and anything even remotely defending us pre mil dispies should pretty much put you out of the park I would think.

;-)

Steve said...

I forgot to mention that Dan is a great guy, and whether you agree with him or not you have to like him.

He's pure gold.


That is so totally out of character for you, Frank.


Oh, and I think it's really quite sad that people keep feeling the need to write 'tongue-in-cheek'... I mean, it just sucks the fun out of the laughter :)

Totally agree. But if you followed this blog back in the era of the comic-book covers and the frozen meat chub incident,I think you'd understand.

Carla said...

Hmmm... I had a feeling someone was going on about homeschoolers, so I figured I better come see what the hoo-haa was all about.

And for the record, I have fond memories of the schmeradactyls. The daily, rotating grapics were hilarious.

:o)

marc said...

Philips you punk!

Lou Martuneac said...

Dan:

You wrote, "I'll say this for the gutless-gracers..."

Not sure that was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. It does not appear to be.

I am not in the Free Grace (Hodges) camp, but that remark is inappropriate and definitely immature.

LM

www.indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com

marc said...

I think you mispelled humorless as gutless Dan.

Lou Martuneac said...

Dan/All:

If the debate over the interpreation of the gospel known as Lordship Salvation died: Why did Nathan Busenitz, John MacArthur and Phil Johnson reopen/reenter the debate?

I am asking this in all sincerity.

1) Why did Nathan initiate a new series on Lordship Salvation, write several articles on Lordship then spend five, plus two additional days, to review and debate my book?

2) Why did Dr. MacArthur post several articles at Pulpit Magazine to restate and shore up the Lordship position?

3) If the debate died long ago why did Phil’s thread generate 400+ posts in such a short span of time?

4) Why, at this time, did John MacArthur, Nathan and Phil invest the time and energy they did to address an issue that Phil claims is a dead one?

I am interested in any answers out there?

LM

Seth McBee said...

didn't take long, under 100 comments for someone to take issue.

Lou, take a joke, that was the whole point of the post and the comments.

Shameless plug for your blog as well, but while we are being shameless...come and look at my blog...come on please, just click my name...

Funny titles Dan, had me laughing.

Lou Martuneac said...

Seth:

Well designed site.

LM

Jim from OldTruth.com said...

Here's one that almost holds the crown on my blog (I think it's in 3rd place).

"All Christians are Calvinists or Arminians, one or the other. There is no in between position, and you can't be neither one".

I believe that has a chance of propelling you past Phil for the lead!

Steve said...

If the debate over the interpreation of the gospel known as Lordship Salvation died: Why did Nathan Busenitz, John MacArthur and Phil Johnson reopen/reenter the debate?

Lou, did you pay attention to what Phil said when he opened the discussion on this blog a few days ago? Here are his words:

Given the obvious lack of seriousness in the commenters here who have advocated those doctrines, I'm no more inclined to devote multiple posts to the subject at PyroManiacs than I would be to discuss the Seventh-Day Adventists' doctrine of "investigative judgment."

But, in an effort to keep the spam out of other comment-threads and appease the handful of people who are itching to debate the issue here, I'll open the comment-thread in this post to the discussion.


Remember Antonio and his constant off-topic attempts to steer a comments thread toward his no-lordship views? He and others have been hijacking these comments threads, and inappropriately so. Seems to me Phil was graciously giving the no-lordship camp MORE than enough opportunity to show that, since the release of The Gospel According to Jesus and all the dialogue that transpired, surely the no-lordshipers have had enough time to come up with some legitimate and substantive arguments in support of their views. Phil even allowed for 400 comments.

And what happened? Same old same old--selective quoting of Scriptures as well as writers and texts of the past (thus failing to be honest about the whole picture), reviews that ignored the actual texts under review, and a resolute insistence on forcefully re-interpreting Lordship views as advocating works salvation in spite of the voluminous explanations to the contrary.

The 400+ posts were proof positive that, after all these years, the tactics of the no-lordshipers have not changed.

And should such off-topic posts pop up again on this blog, TeamPyro can say, "You had your chance...and came up wanting."

Catez said...

I forgot to mention that Dan is a great guy, and whether you agree with him or not you have to like him.

Have to?

Suggestions Dan:

"I'm not frit to say Joyce Meyer is wonderful".
(I have peace about that one and I dreamed about it too).

"How I was delivered of a spirit of smeradactyl at a Rheinhard Bonkke crusade and then helped catch people slain in the Spirit and was signed up for Benny Hinn's newsletter and we are having coffee after the next Toronto Blessing meeting at Frank Turk's house".

everyone knows that Christian songs started to veer downhill after 1921

Nonsense. Queen Victoria was the one who oversaw the removal of that particular avenue of musical delight. As well she should have.

"Psalms only and only in the original language"

"Just because we rented a movie and had pizza and I was wearing LOR t-shirt does not mean I am relevant".

These are the ones laid on my heart.

Catez said...

"Politics is of the devil - come out and be separate"

"You're not homeschooling if you are renting - the unequally yoked"

Paul Doutell said...

Dan,

Did you know that Lou Martuneac has a BOOK? And his own BLOG?

Gummby said...

DJP: I like all of your suggestions, but they just aren't gonna be in the 250+ category. You gotta think big.

Now, something like a free t-shirt contest or weighing in on the colour of a mystery liquid--those are the keys to the kingdom--so to speak. (You'd think do-it-yourself blogspotting would be big, with all the people out there dying for links from Pyro, but so far it ain't been so.)

But unless you're ready to tackle "why [insert high-profile do-gooder here] isn't going to heaven," or invite the Caners over for a debate, I'm thinking that the topic you're looking for is still the coming thing.

Frank: I still think you're wrong about lumping those three guys together. That said, here's an article from Cal Thomas that bolsters your position that the church needs to quit relying on the government to do its work.

Adrian said...

Dan
My tongue was firmly in my cheek during my last comment - It would of course be some cheek for me to complain about how long you are taking when I took like an AEON to do the last one!

Anyway, wouldnt it be sad if THIS post was the one that broke all previous comment records! Having said that, I am not sure that loads of comments is necessarily a good thing. Personally I like to try and write in such a way as to MINIMISE comments - I guess I do quite a good job!

Blessings....

Gavin said...

Number 3 - slightly changed to

Who's nuttier: KJV Only advocates, Leaky Canoneers, Gutless-Gracers, Wrabid Wrightophiles or No Lordshippers.

Gavin said...

Dan - To reclaim the comment crown from Phil you will need to leave comments in your own post answering peoples questions.
(Out of the 410 posts in "Why the Lordship debate died - about 100 of the comments were made by Phil).

Steven, said...

How bout a post on Leaky Canon's?

What the heck are they?

I am serious. Someone define it for me?

DJP said...

Marc -- Philips you punk!

Ah, that's what I wanted to hear. Even with the misspelling.

Kim said...

How about this:

Paul the apostle was a mysogynist.

Kim said...

Misogynist.

That was for you, Dan. I know how much you like spamming.

And I had to defend the stereotype that hs moms are good spellers.

donsands said...

#5 will do the trick. Carrot top alone would get your crown back.

Or,
#3 Couldest be thy post which trow not thou hithereth crown to thee.

DJP said...

Steve -- But if you followed this blog back in the era of the comic-book covers and the frozen meat chub incident,I think you'd understand.

I should do a post on Chiquita. Idea #12.

ajlin said...

djp,

Paul's suggestion above of, "How John Piper's leaky-canonism leads to lawless hyper-calvinism." Is the funniest one I've seen so far. If you wrote that post and could somehow work in something about alcohol, you'd be a hero in some Southern Baptist circles. Heck, they'd probably invite you to speak at First Baptist Church Woodstock in Georgia.

ajlin said...

I also want to make known that i appreciate doug's reference to smeradactyls. Every time i bring those up, everyone (including Marc Heinrich) pretends that they don't know what I'm talking about.

ajlin said...

Of course, what would REALLY be funny is if this comment chain itself passed Mr Johnson's record.

DJP said...

It would. And it would be emblematic of our age, if talking about doing something outperformed actually doing something. But the thing is, Phil's did it in, what, a couple of days? This one'll be (deservedly) down the chain pretty soon.

I could just start a series of posts saying, "Kim?" Then when she comments "What?", I could reply "Nothing" -- and then start over.

But that would dip just below my patheticity tolerance level.

bluecollar said...

djp

Steve said...

I should do a post on Chiquita. Idea #12.

I'd forgotten about that one!

Maybe at year's end, Pecadillo can put together a "scrapbook post" of great moments in Pyro history.

DJP said...

djp

What?

candyinsierras said...

uh oh. You showed Chiquita with the OTHER skirt, you know, the one that generated so many comments.

bluecollar said...

Are you following the goings-on at Debate Blog? If so, what are your thoughts?

Lou Martuneac said...

Dear Steve:

I appreciate and understand what you are trying to convey. Please continue…

In addition to Dr. MacArthur’s (some old, some new) articles on LS at Pulpit Magazine and Nathan’s extensive look at the issue and 7 days review of my book, Phil did an 8 part series on Lordship.

This was my way of showing that, even for these men, the Lordship debate must not be altogether dead. That is why I asked if it is dead, why all the effort to define, defend, discuss and debate the issue.

You wrote, “Remember Antonio and his constant off-topic attempts to steer a comments thread toward his no-lordship views? He and others have been hijacking these comments threads, and inappropriately so.”

Yes, I believe I saw some of that, and it was wrong. I believe you will agree that I did not do that sort of thing. I posted on LS in the tread that Phil dedicated to that discussion. I think I had one other post in one of his eight LS articles.

Incidentally, in mid-October I was contacted and invited by Nathan to visit Pulpit Magazine and participate in the LS discussion he was about to begin with an initial series of five articles. I waited nearly two weeks before submitting my first post. That initial discussion lead to the five (then 7) part series he did on my book. Until Nathan sought me out and contacted me I never heard of Pulpit Magazine.

You wrote, “And what happened? Same old same old--selective quoting of Scriptures as well as writers and texts of the past…

Again I did note that Antonio does cite Hodges extensively and those arguments are dated. By the way, he pasted a long Hodges quote in one of my threads.

Now, you may call this a “shameful plug,” but my book does not come to the LS debate from the “same old” FG platforms. I select, quote and address the Scriptures used by Lordship advocates to defend their position, such as Luke 9:23-24; Rom. 10:9 and Acts 16:31. This is why I chose the subtitle: Biblical Answers to Lordship Salvation.

Nathan acknowledged that my book is very close to a lordship position, but I must reiterate that when it comes to the reception of eternal life there is a wide gap.

Ask yourself: If my book was the “same old” rehash of out dated arguments, why the extensive articles from John MacArthur, Nathan and Phil? Why the review and discussion of my book?

LM

Lou Martuneac said...

BlueCollar:

What is the site address for Debate Blog? Never heard of it.

LM

bluecollar said...

The Debate Blog...http://q-and-a-blog.blogspot.com/

bluecollar said...

IMHO, Frank just won, big-time!

Tom Chantry said...

Lou wrote a book? I hadn't realized!

Lou Martuneac said...

Tom:

Can I count on your featuring my book under the "Book of the Month" link at your web site?

By the way, nice web site.

LM

Tom Chantry said...

Uhhh...Sorry, Lou, but it's not on our shortlist. :)

Thanks for the compliment on the website, though. The design is all the doing of Jim at oldtruth.com.

Doug said...

Only 98 comments? Come on Pyros! I thought we could do better than this!

Doug said...

I just wanted Dan to at least get to 100.

DJP said...

LOL, thanks, Doug.

Catez said...

"A female is worth twenty shekels - and that's all!"

Catez said...

"I'm not frit to hug the Pope"

(Don't worry about what frit means - it's alright, you'll be fine)

Catez said...
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Catez said...

"I might become a Mormon"

(a doctrinal adjustment on your part but the comments will be off the scale. And then you can follow up with a part two position reversal that no-one takes any notice of.)

Catez said...

Anyway, wouldnt it be sad if THIS post was the one that broke all previous comment records!
Tosh.
Personally I like to try and write in such a way as to MINIMISE comments
We can't all be the same.

"Commenting in the spirit and the gift of interpretation"

I like to do my bit.

PhotoJoeAZ said...

I suggest:

"Margaret McDonald, Joseph Smith, and Edgar Cayce: The Secret Connection"

or

"Divergent With Emergent"

numComments++;

Adrian said...

Clearly the answer is to make THIS POSTthe one.

What about saying Billy Graham, John Anott, Steve Long, Rick Warren and Benny Hinn all have something useful to say to the church today

That would get the comments in!

Catez said...

"Say what you like about me but don't criticize my pastor Chiquita"

Catez said...
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C.T. Lillies said...

"Short Skirt Evangelism: Can Chiquita Really Save the World With Exposed Ankles?"

Josh
"...the word of God is not bound."
--2 Timothy 2:9

Cindy said...

Any anti-John Piper comment would probably get things going...but being a "Purgatorio" fan (especially Divine Vinyl), I've gotta love the Marc/Marcy one! :)

Backwoods Presbyterian said...

#9 to be sure is true...

FreedfromBondage said...

NICE TOPIC:

"Never was there a CALVINIST, who read ONLY Scripture."

Calvinism must be passed on through books, blogs, opinions, etc. You will never find a Christian who claims "Calvinism" after having only read the Bible. So where does that leave a Calvinist?

DJP said...

Yes, something as ill-informed, self-defeating and foolish as that likely would generate a lot of comments. Good idea.

Lou Martuneac said...

The Calvinist embraces a rationalistic fatalism rather than biblical faith in his approach to theology. This is how he arrives at the conclusions found in Calvinism.

Rationalistic fatalism is understandable in light of dictionary usage. According to Franklin's Dictionary & Thesaurus, “rationalistic” is literally: “reliance on reason as the basis for the establishment of religious truth,” and “fatalism” is the “belief that fate determines events.” Of course “fate” is a cause beyond human control to determine.

Looking at the statement in this light demonstrates that those referred to rely on reason rather than revelation as the basis for their theological moorings.

The “circle logic” of five-point Calvinism is just that for the whole system crumbles when a single link in the chain is broken. One must approach the system with reason rather than faith.

This of course leads to the fatalism just mentioned, which holds that God has predetermined the destiny of human souls and that all the witnessing, praying, and missionary effort in the world will not change the outcome.

LM

DJP said...

You seem like a real fun guy, Lou.

I think I've figured out how to make 500 posts.

Someone — anyone — just has to keep saying something to Lou.

Lou, you ought to write a book, or something.

Catez said...
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Catez said...

"Book Review: The Rationalistic Fatalism of Internet Trolls"

Catez said...

This one will not opnly get you over 500 comments but will make it the most visited post on the internet:

"Open Thread: Do you have a BOOK and a BLOG?"

DJP said...

catez -- you are so naughty!

Catez said...

Aw shucks.

(shouts across living room "My name got mentioned at Pyros!)

Got you over 120.

My two favourites:
Even So's "God laid it on my heart"
and
C.T. Lillies on Chiquita's exposed ankles.

LOL. They cracked me up.

Catez said...

Sigh. I took a couple out as I wasn't happy with them. Meant to be lighthearted but could have been better. Tongue in cheek etc and so forth.

DJP said...

BREAKING NEWS

CateZ: Going soft.

Film at eleven.

Catez said...

LOL.