27 January 2007

What we have here is failure to communicate

by Phil Johnson



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Note: If you need a PyroFix while we're gone, visit Dan's blog, "Biblical Christianity," or Frank's blog, "And His Ministers a Flame of Fire."
     If Pecadillo ever posts again at his blog, "I Drank What?"—we'll put up a special notice.


Click here for the home-schoolers song.
Click here for Sean Higgins's world-famous video, "Water."



123 comments:

The Clinging Vine said...

Have fun!

You'll be missed.

We'll just be hanging here. Waiting.

;^)

Douglas McMasters said...

Later, Phil. Enjoy the rest.

Daniel said...

Failure to communicate.

<giggle>

- it is nice to know you check in on the kids now and again. A change is as good as a rest - enjoy the rest.

Al said...

I sent you off with a Poem by Edward Taylor.

http://blog.afterdarknesslight.org

May you rest well.

Al sends
PS Trolling at a time like this seems uncouth but it really is a good poem and I can use the traffic. new blog and all.

4:50 AM, January 27, 2007

Carla said...

Enjoy the time away, and wave hello to Puget Sound for me! :-)

MarieP said...

Now that's what I call a Philibuster!

donsands said...

"I can eat 50 eggs."

God bless.

Pecadillo said...

Oh but don't go visit mine...

Jonathan Moorhead said...

Yes boss.

centuri0n said...

Pecadillo:

Not visiting your blog is exactly like looking for you to post something here -- that is, it yields exactly the same result.

Mike Nevarr said...

"A calvinist friend once remarked that the contemporary church often fails to present the gospel clearly enough for the nonelect to reject it. He has a point." -John MacArthur (the Gospel According to Jesus, chapter 12)

"The serpent's gospel," say you, "what is that?" It is another name for the gospel of modern thought - that gospel which casts a doubt upon the threatenings of the law and even denies them altogether." - C. H. Spurgeon

"Let's go surfing now, everybody's learnin' how, come on and safari with me." -the Beachboys

Doug said...

Schmeradactyls.

SolaMeanie said...

I don't know why, but for some reason I am having a touch of schadenfreude. You see, if I have to suffer withdrawal symptoms from the absence of a favorite blog, I feel much better if the feeling is shared.

Chortle. Have a great break, guys.

Stephen Dunning said...

Now I know what cessationism is all about...

Infallible revelation has now ceased, at least for a couple of weeks!

Doulos said...

Bloggus interruptus...

Jeremy Weaver said...

Marc! You out there buddy?
I bet we can get this thread to 400 comments easy!

Doug said...

Marc was always good for a few deep thought type comments...

Jeremy Weaver said...

I was wanting to get Marc's opinion on the pressing issue of whether or not we would allow Ptero-baptists to partake of the Lord's Supper in our Credo-baptist churches, if they hadn't gone extinct, you know...?

bluecollar said...

Marc, where are you? I need to know more about "Schmeradactyls".

BugBlaster said...

Which one of you commenting clowns threw the ice cream cone at the blackboard?

Very rude.

C.H.H. said...

You know what's sad? I just spent a few miutes of my life reading 20 comments on a thread that basically says nothing.

bluecollar said...

Bugblaster, how do you know a Schmeradactyls didn't do that? They can be quite nasty to deal with at times.

Tucker McElroy said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
Al said...

CHH - And wasted another few commenting yourself. The good that you want to do, that you do not do...

Who doesn't believe in total depravity?

Stop the madness!

Al sends

Suziannr said...

Actually I'm sitting here laughing at everyone coming in here to check comments when the place is closed.

Jeremy Weaver said...

If a schmeradactyl lived under water, would he be baptized by coming up out of the water and then going back under?

centuri0n said...

I'd comment, but I always get distracted by BlueCollar's arms. It's like he's Ben Grimm or something -- maybe he has regular arms and he's only 4' 7" tall or something.

I mean, look at 'im. He could probably hurt somebody with those things. Not "prolly" either: probably.

Sheesh.

goodnightsafehome said...

DEEP Sigh ...

bluecollar said...

Cent,

My weight-lifting coach is a schmeradactyl. He's one tough dude.

I'm turning 50 in a month and a half. What you see today will be gone tomorrow, old age is like that.

Doug said...

Actually, the real question is, "If a schmeradactyl started teaching an aberrant view of justification, would he be considered a schmeratyc?"

Jeremy Weaver said...

Schmeradactyls...pheh.

bluecollar said...

"Actually, the real question is, "If a schmeradactyl started teaching an aberrant view of justification, would he be considered a schmeratyc?"

Awwwe, you better say that with a smile!!! Ya don't wanna get one of them mad at ya!

centuri0n said...

Just for the record, over at my b,og today I said "arms like Blue Collar, but a face like Scooby Doo".

I liked it so much I thought it bore repeating.

bluecollar said...

If I had Scooby Doo's face I could be a star. Most would say that would be an improvement over what I have now...

Hey Scooby, wanna trade?

Doug said...

What's a b,og?

Is it any relation to a sh,merada,tyl?

centuri0n said...

Doug:

It's Hebrew. Ask DJP to translate it for you.

JSB said...

I'm having withdrawal symptoms. Fortunately, I found the link on the main page, "Where the Arson Began." I get to go back into those archives and relive the romance. Cool! Theological Methadone! I just finished August, 2005 and my nurse is now putting me to bed.

Doug said...

Cent,
I looked it up in BDB, but I can't find it. Is it from the NBG root with an assimilated nun or something?

Steve said...

Assimulated nun?

DJP said...

It's from the Hishmeradaktil form of m-r-d.

Doug said...

Thank you, DJP. That really schmears, I mean, clears things up.

centuri0n said...

Do we really have to wait until Feb 12 to post here?

goodnightsafehome said...

Kilroy looks as if he is an Arminian, skulking round this site, peeking to see what's going on.

bluecollar said...

I haven't seen Kilroy since high school. 'Twas good to see him again.

Jeremy Weaver said...

Instead of talking about Kilroy and making fun of him, while don't you share the Gospel with him?

Shame on you Pyromaniacs!



(Sorry, but your lack of sanctification hasn't been reprimanded in a while.)

goodnightsafehome said...

Who is the new boy on the block - sorry - board?

Jeremy: Phil did title this blog:
"What we have here is failure to communicate."

Old graffiti-ists don't die...they just sign off.

centuri0n said...

New shirt at the Pawn Shop which doesn't look good on anyone, especially James White.

centuri0n said...

Dude: Obey Giant?

That ain't right ...

Jeremy Weaver said...

We're getting a little off topic here so I thought I would ask, Are there any schmeradactyls reading this now?
If so could you identify yourself and present your side of the argument?

bluecollar said...

I thought Kilroy would be in a Home by now.

BTW, his father is a schmeradactyl. He is not pleasant to watch at the dinner table. He loves meat... A lot.

Garet Pahl said...

I wish I was savvy enough to deface the chalkboard... oh well, no mischief for me.

Char said...

Well now we know the obey giant has become truly ubiquitous; christians are using it.
I think Pyros' battle threads would make for some interesting phenomenological experiments in themselves.

DJP said...

I don't know from "obey giant."

But I'm wondering who drew a picture of Bob Dole on the blackboard.

Joe said...

Sorry, your permission slip has been revoked.

EJ said...

There once was a blogger named Phil,
Who, in a display of Free Will,
Suspended his blog,
But comment thread fog,
Continued from Pyro fans still.

Quasi-Anonymous

Steve said...

So that we don't have to miss the traditional dose of Spurgeon on Sunday...

When the gospel was first preached, instead of being accepted and admired, one universal hiss went up to heaven: men could not bear it; its first preacher they dragged to the brow of the hill, and would have sent him down headlong; yea, they did more--they nailed him to the cross, and there they let him languish out his dying life in agony such as no man hath borne since. All his chosen ministers have been hated and abhorred by worldlings; instead of being listened to, they have been scoffed at; treated as if they were the offscouring of things, and the very scum of mankind.

Look at holy men in the old times, how they were driven from city to city, persecuted, afflicted, tormented, stoned to death, wherever the enemy had power to do so....

Do not suppose that men like the gospel any better now than they did then. There is an idea that manhood is growing better. I do not believe it. In many respects men may be better--outwardly better; but the heart within is still the same.

Excerpted from Spurgeon's Gems (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1859), pp. 67-68.

Chris said...

Hey, this is very cool, and since there are so many pictures on Pyromaniacs it's extra chaotic. Paste this into the address bar and hit enter:

javascript:R=0; x1=.1; y1=.05; x2=.25; y2=.24; x3=1.6; y3=.24; x4=300; y4=200; x5=300; y5=200; DI=document.images; DIL=DI.length; function A(){for(i=0; i-DIL; i++){DIS=DI[ i ].style; DIS.position='absolute'; DIS.left=Math.sin(R*x1+i*x2+x3)*x4+x5; DIS.top=Math.cos(R*y1+i*y2+y3)*y4+y5}R++}setInterval('A()',5); void(0);

Chris said...

But you have to be at the top of the page to see it.

J.Wizzle said...

Whoa...that was weird.

BugBlaster said...

Very cool. But only works in IE, right? Any idea how to make Firefox like it?

btw chris, in your nerdy honour, I've added this stunt to my blog as a permanent feature, at least until until tomorrow morning.

Chris said...

I don't know if other browsers do it. I'd never heard of putting Javascript into the address line before. Heard of it here.

centuri0n said...

Wha ... ?!

Feb -16-?!

I thought we were going bcak on-line next Monday?!

DJP said...

Me 2.

/c:

Ebeth said...

I won't be able to access this from Feb. 14-28 as I will be away on a missions trip of sorts and hoped to see something posted on the 12th as originally indicated. DV I will read you when I get back.

REM said...

Colts Super Bowl champs! That is sweet.

DJP said...

Now Rush Limbaugh's defacing the chalkboard?

I'm so confused.

C.T. Lillies said...

OK this is too much. I keep clicking over to Frank's and he just keeps going on about the gospel...oh wait, we're supposed to do that.

I guess I'm going to have to find some Spuregon on my own.

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

Travis said...

How many comments can a chalk board graphic generate?

bluecollar said...

"How many comments can a chalk board graphic generate?"

At least one more.

centuri0n said...

70 is pathetic, btw when about 20% of the posts are from Me and Dan.

BugBlaster said...

Phil Johnson, not only are you a nerd, but you're not really on vacation from your blog.

That's all I have to say about that.

(very nice, I wish I had thought of it!)

Kim said...

I love the homeschooler video.

Best laugh I've had all day.

Jeremy Weaver said...

I'd like to thank the Lord for saving me and pray for my aunt Sue's corns.

Jeremy Weaver said...

Oops...sorry, I thought I was at church. We always have testimonies after the singing on Sunday evenings.

centuri0n said...

Today Blogger decided to considate my accounts, so the shell-headed superhero avatar is gone.

Anyway that video is. so. true.

beware.

Jeremy Weaver said...

I was home-schooled and I still can't spell. But I do have plans to take over the world. I'm starting with this comment thread.

Janet said...

Very funny video!!

Carla Rolfe said...

Loved the video. :-)

Jim from OldTruth.com said...

Phil is in big trouble for this latest homeschool video; my homeschool daughters are planning on writing an essay against him, as soon as they finish their junior high term papers on ways to improve nuclear fusion using artificial neural networks. Then we'll see who has the last laugh!

:-)

DJP said...

Phil, you are a strange, strange man.

I mean that in a good way.

centuri0n said...

Jim:

I have a local coven of homeschool families (did I say "coven"? I meant "bevy") who have developed telepathic countermeasures to almost all forms of aggression, and I have dispatched their oldest children to protect Phil from harm.

Since this will be the last thing you ever read, repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand ...

Jim from OldTruth.com said...

Um Cent . . . it didn't work.

BugBlaster said...

Phil clearly wishes that he had been homeschooled.

Travis said...

The funny thing, or maybe it's sad, is that I visit here multiple times a day just to check out the Internet's most amazing chalk board.

DJP said...

...which is currently a tabula rasa.

Now I'm just beginning to worry that folks will pressure Phil to dump us, in favor of the chalkboard.

/c:

donsands said...

You know, R. C. Sproul uses a chalk board when he lectures. With real chalk to.

centuri0n said...

DJP -- You're a lot more interesting than the chalkboard.

I'm boring. I need cartoons to get an audience. I'm only as good as my last joke.

Travis said...

..."tabula rasa"...My respect for this chalkboard continues to grow. Not only has it produced 88 comments (so far) but a John Locke reference as well.

That's why I can't quit this blog.

Adrian said...

OK, heres a challenge for you spurgeon lovers. Cross posted at my blog, if you have the answer please help me!
--------
I have a clear memory from a number of years ago of reading a sermon by Spurgeon in which he broke off into an extended passage in which he predicted what he believed would happen in the church in the UK. I remember that he spoke of a period when the Evangelical faith would almost seem to be vanquished. He went on to predict, however, that a future significant move of God would occur that would dwarf anything he had ever seen.

My problem is that I cannot remember anything about the actual words he used, nor about the passage he was preaching on!

I therefore want to set you my readers a challenge. Can anyone shed any more light on this quotation and provide a source and ideally the actual wording? Phil Johnson is allowed to reply, but I will hold his comment in the approval queue to give some others a chance - if in fact he makes one given his current blogging interlude.

I suspect that Spurgeon may have spoken in a similar vein more than once, so feel free to keep posting even if someone has already shared something. If you can't work my comment system feel free to send me an email at adrian.warnock@gmail.com

BugBlaster said...

Three things will happen soon...

1. The chalkboard will soon link to an answer for Adrian.
2. Gollum will be the next defacer of the board.
3. Storms will strike the coast of the USA.

donsands said...

I didn't know C. H. Spurgeon predicted things.
I think Tozer did. But I'm not sure.

The storms striking the coast is good. But Pat Robertson did that one last year.

DJP said...

Link troll.

Jeremy Weaver said...

Click here for a very important message.

Jeremy Weaver said...

$12.00

Kim said...

The Sean Higgins video is priceless!

I loved the cartwheels at the end. Very nice touch.

centuri0n said...

Hey Higgins --

Who sings that song again?

Yeah, next time? let her sing it ...

... ouch ...

donsands said...

Nice video to kick-start my day. Cracked me up.

It's like water to me.

Suziannr said...

This blog has it all, even with Phil on break. Even a video with Sean Higgin's feminine side in evidence. The whole essence of this blog is like water to me.

Carla Rolfe said...

Re: the Sean Higgins video...

Everything about it, is just wrong! The prancing through the grassy field just killed me.

ROFLOL.

Carla Rolfe said...

And for no other reason than to be able to say I was the 100th commenter...

:-)

Kim said...

Hey Frank:

The other day you were complaining about being boring. When will we see a music video by you?

I'd love to see that.

centuri0n said...

My family is out of town for the weekend. If I can lay my hands on a DV recorder, I'm going to make all of you sorry you asked.

All one of you, Kim.

candyinsierras said...

That. was. painful.

BReformed said...

That video brought tears to my eyes.

Jim from OldTruth.com said...

Does Mr. Higgins take requests? I would like him to do a "you are like fire" song (he could wear a protective suit) or something with "I'm stumbling over the rock" kind of lyrics. Yeah, that would be good.

Hey, how many comments are we up to here? Phil I'm trying to help you out, so that your comment count is way out of reach of the other guys. The funny thing is DJP and Cent keep helping it along :-)

Lee Shelton said...

That performance should certainly be good enough to garner Sean Higgins a Dove Award nomination.

SolaMeanie said...

Reading these comments, I am reminded of the old Bill Cosby comedy record where he described a scene from his childhood. He and his brother were clowning around after bedtime, and Father kept coming to the stairs..."If I have to come up there!"

Here everyone is yakking it up after Daddy Phil declared a moratorium. I can see him now cutting a big switch off of a palm tree when he gets back.

Head for the hills (or Big Bear) while you still can.

centuri0n said...

I didn't post that video.

DJP: did you post that video?

DJP said...

I can't even see it; they're blocked at my current location.

Jason Vaughn said...

Wow, you guys are more entertaining when your away then when you are here! :)

Janet said...

Sean Higgins is my hero.

Phil, you are so not on a break!!

Deborah Howard said...

Phil,

I'm from the Bible Church of Little Rock and heard you speak there recently. Just wanted you to know about a source that may have eluded you. One of the missionaries I support is in Dominica. His name is Dan Shanks. He prints tracts of . . . guess what . . . Spurgeon sermons. Then he distributes them among the islands. His mission is contained in Isaiah 42:12, "Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands." Anyway, I wanted you to know about him -- about his ministry. His newsletters are eloquent, inspiring and reading about what he's doing there is exhausting! He puts my paltry efforts to shame! :-) He doesn't have a computer, but I intend to tell him about your ministry, as well. His contact information: Dan Shanks. Metropolitan Press. P.O. Box 2168. Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica. West Indies. Write to him. You two could mutually encourage each other in your ministries and your obvious devotion to our Lord. Just an FYI. Your friend in Christ, Deborah Howard.

Connie said...

The new/current Pyro menu looks great--when do we eat? :-)

Steve said...

Thankfully, Phil isn't offering to serve up his more offbeat cuisine...the stuff that made the rest of us turn several shades of green whenever he described it upon his return from a trip to the Philippines or India.

Jeremy Weaver said...

I just figured out the whole closing the blog for two weeks fiasco.

One week of Super Bowl preparation and one week of Super Bowl recovery.

Nothing gets by me, Phil.

reglerjoe said...

This is probably off topic (assuming there is a topic), but does anyone know what happened to the spurgeon.us website? I have been getting an error page everytime I try to navigate there. I loved that website!

Impacted Wisdom Truth said...

Noting Phil's fondness for Indian commercials, her is my favorite "Indian" commercial.

I just wonder how he pounded the glass headlights into shape...

donsands said...

Four days to go. Anticipation is good for the soul.

Jason Vaughn said...

It seems as if you cannot stay away from communicating; which begs the question...If we didn't know you guys better, it would seem that your major form of communication had changed from written to impressionism; this would lead one to wonder if you were "emerging" out of your vacation with a different 'flare?'

centuri0n said...

Jason:

yeah, that's exactly it. We'll be adding Chris Seay to the team and we'll be reinventing the Gospel starting Monday. Exactly.

... people ...

Jason Vaughn said...

I can't wait! But don't forget about Brian McLaren and his seven Jesus's...

:)



(Of course you know I say all of this in jest and good humor)

Doug said...

I would really like to see a new Pyro tee-shirt with a schmeradactyl on it and a snappy saying like, "Team Pyro...so cool a schmeradactyl would like them."

HOOKEM said...

Money blog...am truly intrigued...