Smoking a stogie and reading the bible.. that seems about right.. the smoke and odor would make sure that no one bothered you and your time was quiet. :)
Or..."Do I consider myself to be a 'GOOD PERSON'?! What's THAT supposed to mean?!!"
Isn't that William Bendix from "The Life of Riley?"
"Don't you ever interrupt me when I'm reading The Book!"
It says right here:"For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving"So there! I'm thankful for this cee-gar and no one's gonna take away my rights to smoke it! There! Glad that's settled. Now, get outta my face! And I mean that in the most loving manner.
Spurgeon enjoyed a good cigar, but methinks his attitude was a wee bit different.
Get that cancer stick out of your mouth, boy!
@ Stranger:It is William Bendix who played Chester A. Riley. Bendix made Riley's frequent exclamation, "What a revoltin' development this is," into a national catchphrase, back in the day.
@ Joel: We call it a cancer stick to, ha ha. :D
Now there is an idea,...on how to get a quiete moment in a busy family home.. take up cigar smoking. except I can't stand smoke so I would cough my lungs out and not pray at all!
HMMMM a good cigar and the word of God. What more could you want?Gregg MetcalfColossians 1:28-29Gospel-driven Disciples
Spurgeon's Friend: When will you stop smoking cigars?Spurgeon: When I smoke to excess.Friend: And what is smoking to excess?Spurgeon: When I'm smoking two cigars at the same time!(paraphrase of actual conversation)
I also the one when his friend and guest speaker at the MT prayed Spurgeon would glorify God at the close of the service and Spurgeon said, paraphrasing, "I will enjoy a cigar to the glory of God."Gregg MetcalfColossians 1:28-29Gospel-driven Disciples
Some of my Reformed/Presbyterian friends think a cigar or pipe is the perfect complement to theological discussion. Not to mention a tall mug of beer. Good for them, they can have it! I'll stick with coffee.
"How's your pipe?""Marvelous, my boy! I can feel the cancer-inducing chemicals working splendidly!"
Another Spurgeon wannabe! Enjoy your ruined lungs.
@THEOparadox: I'm with you there. Keep the pipes and beer, I'll take a pot or two of coffee. (With extra caffeine!)
How'd you ever get a picture of William Bendix holding a Bible???(I think I know the answer!)
Yeah, I Photoshopped the hand and the Bible into the photo. You will notice that the hand is "younger" than it should be.
...and in Spurgeon's defense...tobacco wasn't considered as dangerous to one's health in the nineteenth century. (Before they banned cigarette commercials, the ads would tout medical approval of certain brands of tobacco). The most offensive aspect to cigar smoking was the "aroma". Looking through twenty-first century glasses we can see the danger of this practice. Back then, not so much.
Yes; Spurgeon didn't know what we do now.
I think that too often this is what we look like to God when we are trying to understand His word. Some of us may not smoke, but we each have sins that have not yet been mortified preventing us from understanding the revelation fully. So, don't judge this poor brother ungraciously.
Well, if you're going to bring love into the equation, that changes everything!
I don't personally have any unmortified sins. But I've got plenty of things to throw at people who do.
I don't have any either.
Don't listen to those silly Calvinists. You're not a sinner. Put that thought as far from your mind as possible.
Actually, I think that's his modern pastor trying to ease him into his new Christian life (because he made a decision while drunk last week), hiding under the table and trying to hypnotize him into a practicing church member by lifting the Bible into his face.I know, that's pretty radical for a modern pastor.