Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Some Context for the Quote

The Cast, in order of appearance:

Cole (a nine year old boy)

Daniel (a 4 year old boy)

Elisabeth (a 3 year old girl)

Act I
The family is seated at the table. On the table sits a jar filled with a dark and thick liquid -- it's table syrup to schmootz on your bread.

Cole (gesturing at the jar): Is that beer?

Daniel: Yep, it's beer.

Elisabeth: No, it's not beer, Daniel, it's table syrup.

Daniel: NO. It's beer, Elisabeth.

Elisabeth: No, Daniel. It's table syrup. You don't understand table syrup.

The End.

Monday, March 27, 2006

A quote.

"You don't understand table syrup." -- Elisabeth W.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

A Word to Parents

How should parents so act towards their children as to be honoured and reverenced by them?

(1) Be careful to bring them up in the fear and nurture of the Lord. 'Bring them up in the admonition of the Lord.' Eph 6:4. You conveyed the plague of sin to them, therefore endeavour to get them healed and sanctified. Augustine says that his mother, Monica, travailed more for his spiritual birth than his natural. Timothy's mother instructed him from a child. 2 Tim 3:15. She not only gave him her breast-milk, but 'the sincere milk of the word.' Season your children with good principles betides, that they may, with Obadiah, fear the Lord from their youth. 1 Kings 18:12. When parents instruct not their children, they seldom prove blessings. God often punishes the carelessness of parents with undutifulness in their children. It is not enough that in baptism your child is dedicated to God, but it must be educated for him. Children are young plants which you must be continually watering with good instruction. 'Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.' Prov 22:6. The more your children fear God, the more they will honour you.

(2) If you would have your children honour you, keep up parental authority: be kind, but do not spoil them. If you let them get too much ahead, they will condemn you instead of honouring you. The rod of discipline must not be withheld. 'Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell.' Prov 23:14. A child indulged and humoured in wickedness, will be a thorn in the parent's eye. David spoiled Adonijah. 'His father had not displeased him at any time, in saying, Why hast thou done so?' 1 Kings 1:6, 7, 9. Afterwards he became a grief of heart to his father, and was false to the crown. Keep up your authority, and you keep up your honour.

(3) Provide for your children what is fitting, both in their minority and when they come to maturity. 'The children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.' 2 Cor 12:14. They are your own flesh and, as the apostle says, 'No man ever yet hated his own flesh.' Eph 5:29. The parents' bountifulness will cause dutifulness in the child. If you pour water into a pump, the pump will send water again out freely; so, if parents pour in something of their estate to their children, children worthy of the name will pour out obedience again to their parents.

(4) When your children are grown up, put them to some lawful calling, wherein they may serve their generation. It is good to consult the natural genius and inclination of a child, for forced callings do as ill, sometimes, as forced matches. To let a child be out of a calling, is to expose him to temptation. Melanchthon says, Odium balneum diaboli [Idleness is the devil's pleasure resort]. A child out of a calling is like fallow ground; and what can you expect should grow up but weeds of disobedience.

(5) Act lovingly to your children. In all your counsels and commands let them read love. Love will command honour; and how can a parent but love the child who is his living picture, nay, part of himself. The child is the father in the second edition.

(6) Act prudently towards your children. It is a great point of prudence in a parent not to provoke his children to wrath. 'Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.' Col 3:21.
~~Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity.

Friday, March 24, 2006

More Hasidic Karate

Maybe you've had enough of the Hasidic Jew Yellow-belt doing some kind of Karate, but I sure haven't. I want to PARTY with this guy!

Speaking of Hasidic, has anyone else caught a listen of Matisyahu? He's a Hasidic Jew (originally from West Chester, PA!) that does rap/reggae with a Yiddish twist, and I really like the sound of it.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Blessed by the generosity of others

I've been having a rough time of it, emotionally, for the past few days. I go through bouts of this now and again. So, in an effor to focus on some positive things, I would like to share about how we've been blessed by the generosity of others.

I assume most readers here know I now have seven (7) children. If you didn't know, now you know. Well, we've been very blessed in that we've practically spent NOTHING on clothing for them. God has always seen fit to move others to give things to us, without solicitation on our part. Within the past week or so, three different people have given us bags and boxes of clothing, much of it brand spanking new! All thanks and praise be to the Most High God.

The other day, a co-worker of mine and friend of ours stopped by our house with a quality microscope, and some accompanying equipment, in unopened boxes, saying that she bought it for her own kids, but since they were being ungrateful, she decided to give it to someone else to teach her kids a lesson in thankfulness. Hmm... who could she give this stuff to? "Oh, I know... the Waybrights!" This is well over $100 worth of equipment! Well, our children are very thankful for it. Here's a picture we took through the microscope of a mosquito mouth:
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Monday, March 20, 2006

First Day of Work

Here in the Waybright household, you don't have much time before you have to start pulling your own weight. Little Gideon is tired on his first day of work, but he's ready to roll!

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Thanks to Baby Toupee, he had no problem finding a job.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Judo Clips

Sometimes when I'm bored I like to stuff like "Judo." Some of the gems I found:

[edit:]"At least you didn't have to fight that guy, Nick."

Sweet Flying Armbar:

SWEETER Flying Armbar:

And since I'm a Karate guy myself, here's a Hasidic Jew Yellow Belt doing... well... something:

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Tall drink of...

People, listen up. I just saw a beautiful thing. There she was, standing there in the room, a gorgeous blonde in a long black dress, so stunning, so so lovely, I had to take a picture. Look at this:
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Look at that lacing. Look at that opaque wonder! Oh ho ho, man! This, friends, is a Stoudt's Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout, and it is very fat, I'm telling you. Nothing wrong with loving a big-legged beer, fellas. This particular speciman was donated to me by a friend through the Beer Exchange Program. If you can get into this program, I recommend it. I am also a member of the Free Beer For Life society, which you can only join when you find your friend a spouse. Go back and look at that picture, and tell me... don't you wanna drink that?

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Tyranny is NOT the Ordinance of God

...I lay down this maxim of divinity: Tyranny being a work of Satan, is not from God, because sin, either habitual or actual, is not from God: the power that is, must be from God; the magistrate, as magistrate, is good in nature of office, and the intrinsic end of his office, (Rom. xiii. 4) for he is the minister of God for thy good; and, therefore, a power ethical, politic, or moral, to oppress, is not from God, and is not a power, but a licentious deviation of a power; and is no more from God, but from sinful nature and the old serpent, than a license to sin.
~~ Samuel Rutherford, Lex Rex.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Field Trip

Sorry the pictures are so dark...

So, as previously mentioned we went to the William Penn Museum in Harrisburg yesterday. Pictured above are the children we took along. Elisabeth and Jesse hung out with their Aunt Renee, while Gideon was strapped to momma. Yes, that's Cole "doing a Lyndie" to William Penn!

Click on the links below for post-museum interviews (56k warning):

Click here to watch Daniel's Post-Museum Interview.

Click here to watch Conner's Post-Museum Interview. He-he, the escalator.

Click here to watch Calle's Post-Museum Interview.

Click here to watch Cole's Post-Museum Interview. Umm...

Click here to watch G-Diddies' Post-Museum Interview.

My favorite part was the collection of Native American pipes, I wanted to smoke them all!

Seeing William Penn's Charter, not a copy, but the real thing, complete with a uniformed guard who gave us "I saw Penn's Charter" stickers, was pretty cool. This was the document that I mentioned in my last audio post, in which Penn is granted a charter due to his desire to expand the English Empire.

And that's all I got to say about that.

Later everyone, we're off to eat 48 lbs of mexican meat, or something!

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Pennsylvania -- "English Empire" Audio Post

this is an audio post - click to play

from a beat up old man.

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This is my left forearm. I guess I wasn't rolling my arm around far enough during Yakusoku Kumite (sparring drills). I have similar marks on both shins, my left foot above the toes, as well as a slight bruise on the outside of my left eye socket, and a sore back. That latter two injuries I accrued while wrestling with the kids (Cole kicked me in the kidney area, and Daniel intentially head-butted my on my left temple/eye -- that's some filthy fighting right there!). I have this thing where I am determined to be able to beat up all my children and the same time, no matter how many children I have, or how hold they get. I do believe I will have to revise my resolve at some point, but for now... STILL THE CHAMP.

The injuries are the bad news, the good news is that any potential attackers are going to have to hit me alot harder than that. You got that?

Today we're off on a home-schooling field trip, should the Good Lord allow it. I plan on posting something on it later. So for now, toodles.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Oscar Recap

It's time for the Confessions of a Raging Calvinist 78th Annual Academy Awards Recap! This is a service for all of you prudes who didn't watch it. Ok, I'm one of those prudes that didn't watch it. In fact, I didn't even watch any of the movies in contention, except one...

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March of the Penguins won for Best Documentary Feature. If you didn't see this, I think you should. What a fascinary story of love, devotion, tragedy, and all that stuff. And it's about penguins. I recommend it, with one caveat: ignore the odd evolution-assuming comment here and there.

Speaking of Penguins, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions About Penguins website. Among the tidbits of info is:

Do polar bears eat penguins?

No, penguins cleverly avoid being eaten by polar bears by living in separate hemispheres!
This has been the Confessions of a Raging Calvinist 78th Annual Academy Awards recap!

Enjoy the rest of your day, and be glad to know that that gay cow-buggery movie didn't win Best Picture.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Law and Gospel in the Old and New Testaments

In the Old Testament are many promises, which are nothing else but the Evangelion or gospel, to save those that believed them from the vengeance of the law. And in the New Testament is oft made mention of the law, to condemn them which believe not the promises. Moreover, the law and the gospel may never be separate: for the gospel and promises serve but for troubled consciences, which are brought to desperation, and feel the pains of hell and death under the law, and are in captivity and bondage under the law. In all my deeds I must have the law before me, to condemn mine imperfectness. For all that I do (be I never so perfect) is yet damnable sin, when it is compared to the law, which requireth the ground and bottom of mine heart. I must therefore have always the law in my sight, that I may be meek in the spirit, and give God all the laud and praise, ascribing to him all righteousness, and to myself all unrighteousness and sin. I must also have the promises before mine eyes, that I despair not; in which promises I see the mercy, favor, and good-will of God upon me in the blood of his Son Christ, which hath made satisfaction for mine imperfectness, and fulfilled for me that which I could not do.
~~William Tyndale, A Pathway Into the Holy Scripture.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Users and Abusers

Disclaimer: If you think this post is about you, GOOD! maybe you have some issues to work through. But the fact is, the people I primarily have in mind, to the best of my knowledge, are not likely reading this blog.

I’ve had contact with more than a few users and abusers in my life. Sadly and regretfully, I have even behaved like one towards others in the past. Some of the users and abusers are from within my own family, others were supposedly friends, and some were essentially strangers. Users and abusers, it seems to me, have one goal in mind, and that is self-gratification. That drive for self-gratification can take different forms – some drown themselves in drunkenness, some are sexually deviant and/or abusive, some are physically violent, some verbally attack, berate and belittle, while others may be more subtle in their worship of self, seeming only to seek comfort for themselves (at the expense of all others).

Users and abusers have a way of simultaneously being sorry for, and yet defensive of, their behaviors. They will say sorry, while continuing the behavior they’re supposedly sorry for. They will say sorry, while defending their right to behave that way. They will say sorry while telling you it is not their fault. They will say sorry, while telling you it’s YOUR fault. Do you know why their apologies end up being apologetics? It’s because they are not saying sorry because they are sorry. They are saying sorry because the situation they are in is causing them greater discomfort, in conscience as well as in their relations with others, and saying sorry is an attempt to relieve that discomfort (remember, they’re only seeking self-gratification). The “sorry” then, is no true “sorry.” They are not truly sorry for their behavior, or they would stop. They are not truly sorry for their abusive words, or the words would cease. They are not truly sorry, because their saying sorry is not about the person who was hurt at all, it’s only about relieving their own discomfort.

After saying their quick and dirty “sorry,” users and abusers demand immediate forgiveness. Any attempt to stay away from, lessen the contact with, keep yourself save from, users and abusers, is seen as cold cruelty, lack of forgiveness, something less than Christianity. No matter that the “sorry” is not a true sorry, and that the using and abusive behavior has not stopped, the user and abuser is not concerned with that at all. The user and abuser only wants you to relieve their conscience QUICKLY, and ultimately, to make yourself available for more use and abuse.

Users and abusers have an incredible way of making the root of the problem to be found in the used and abused, rather than in themselves. Rapists say the victim wanted it, wife-beaters say the wife had it coming, drunks are driven to drink. They might have a problem, they might be “sick,” but the true root of the problem lies in the used and abused. Those being used and abused are viewed with contempt, as objects somehow deserving of ill-treatment, and sadly, the used and abused are often convinced of the same. There is nothing more pathetic than an abused person who has been convinced that they deserve it.

There is a rule with users and abusers. The rule is, users and abusers are permitted to behave in any way they so choose, but you may never ever speak against it, act against it, or allow the natural consequences to occur. I'll explain. A drunk expects to be able to drink, no questions asked. If you ask, "Have you been drinking?", you will likely hear a lie ("No, I'm not drinking") or a curse ("Go to Hell! I'll do what I want!"). No speaking against it. No acting against it either. No pouring the booze down the drain, no leaving the area, no anything, just sit there and take it. And finally, no allowing natural consequences to occur. Suppose the drunk is now in jail after wrecking the car. If you let the drunk sit in jail, you broke the rule. If you refuse to pick them up after they're released, you broke the rule. If you refuse to even be around them until they stop their behavior, you broke the rule.

That's it! That's the game. Users and abusers win every time, because they made up the game and its rules, and they try to force us to play.

I'm not playing anymore. My coat and my cloak are gone. Both cheeks have been slapped. I've walked twain, and I don't expect to ever get back that which was borrowed. "Pray for them which despitefully use you" -- God, give me the grace.