Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Real Deal

What a great gift for Christmas!
I gave mine away to my best friend before leaving for Kuwait.
Tell 'em Eddie Eddings sent ya...Bob and Mike Ross are old friends of mine.
(Mike always reminded me of a blend of Spurgeon and Hoss Cartwright.)

Just for Laughs #189

All right! Reach for a caption...and make it theological!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

An Ounce of Gold

"If you search through the whole Bible, there is not one sin that God has more followed with plagues than idolatry. The Jews have a saying, that in every evil that befalls them, there is an ounce of the golden calf in it."
Thomas Watson

Friday, November 25, 2011

Flying to Abu Dhabi

My wife and I are flying to Abu Dhabi in just a few hours. Just wanted to share a few pictures of some of the incredible architecture there.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Listen to Corky

Corky also says to enlarge the photo by clicking on it

Up to Parr

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Book by Mrs. Rick Warren

Finney Visits Finney

Benny Finney takes some members of his congregation to the Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin, Ohio, to visit Charles Finney's grave site. Benny preached two sermons. One entitled, "Finney Filets the Five Points" and the other, "Over My Dead Body!"
Photo sent to Calvinistic Cartoons by Papa Razzi.  

Caught on Camera

Tony Compolo, seen here, talking to Brian McLaren and Rob Bell about actualizing Roman Catholic mysticism into a user-friendly, non-offensive worship paradigm. Brian and Rob both agreed that they could use a pair of dimes for their church parking meters.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Night Facts

Fact: My first professional work was for Jerry B. Jenkins. At that time he was the editor of Freeway Magazine, a large newspaper size supplement for Sunday Schools published by Scripture Press. I submitted a three-page illustrated piece on the doctrine of Kenosis. He wrote back and asked for one extra page to finish it out. I was paid a whopping $100 for four pages of art, comic book style. I could have been paid $10,000 - I was so thrilled to see it in print.

Fact: I used to keep a pocket spiral notebook on me, at all times, to jot down ideas for Calvinistic Cartoons. This was great when my wife and I were shopping. She can stay in a clothing store so long I have to shave again before I leave, so I spent most of my waiting time thinking up new cartoons and features. 
One day, after I washed a load of my clothes, I found hundreds of tiny bits of paper all over the dryer. I had included one of my notebooks (the one that was completely full, of course) in the wash. I will never recover some of those jokes but, at least my ideas were clean.

Fact: Dan Adkins, an inker for DC comics, wanted to hire me as his assistant many years ago. I stayed with him for a week in New York City. He offered for me to stay at his home for 3 or 4 months, rent free - until I earned enough money to rent an apartment and send for my wife and kids. I turned his offer down because I didn't want to be away from my family for that length of time.

Pun for the Hills!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Very Common Error Among Preachers, Teachers and Theologians

I see this theological error everywhere. Some of the giants of the faith have made it. Theology books have included this error when discussing the person of Christ. It appears in the ESV Study Bible on a chart on page 2495. I have made this mistake myself in the past. This is a very important distinction in the very words of Scripture.

Jesus is referred to (see 1 Corinthians 15:45) as the "LAST ADAM" (not the second) to show that he is not one of a possible series, but the ONLY alternative to the first Adam.
A few verses later (1 Corinthians 15:47) the word "second" does indeed occur in connection with Christ.

1st man was of the dust of the earth
2nd Man from Heaven

...and here "second Man" (not last) is very appropriate for two reasons:

1. Adam in his innocence was man as God created man, man as God intended him to be, true man. When sin entered the race, man ceased to be man as originally created (for sin always reduces rather than adds. Consequently, Jesus Christ in His sinless humanity was indeed the "second Man", the ONLY figure in history since the fall to stand as fully man in the world!

2. The whole point of His mission as the second Man "from Heaven" was that He might not be the LAST MAN, but rather, the beginning of a new series, the foundation of a new humanity, the "first born" among many brothers. (Romans 8:29)

However, His "success" as "the second Man" depends on His relation to us as "the Last Adam".
(It helps me to think of Noah as the "second Adam" because he was the one God gave the same charge to replenish the earth - note: the Bible never calls Noah the second Adam, it is just to help me remember that Noah fulfilled this role already.)

A full treatment of this is in chapter 14 of "The Glory of Christ" by Peter Lewis. (published by Moody)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Patchwork Arminian Challenge

Name the 5 Arminians who make up this composite.
I'll post the photo answers when someone gets it right.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guess Who #27

at age 16

1. I read and admired Charles Haddon Spurgeon. In fact, I once traveled to England to hear him preach.

2. I became a preacher myself, for a short time.

3. I was able to write simultaneously in Greek with one hand and Latin in the other.

4. I spoke 7 languages.

5. Johnny Cash wrote a song about me.

...while you are waiting for the correct answer
try a delicious krispy kreme donut!

Bonus hint: He did not play Captain Kirk in the last Star Trek movie

Just for Laughs #187

Draw an idea and type out the caption.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blood Shed

I have heard many a preacher say that Christ blood was spilled at the cross. This is not so! The Greek is more precise, and so should we be if we want to communicate God's purpose and redemptive plan. The Bible NEVER says Christ spilled his blood on Calvary. It ALWAYS uses the word "shed". 

"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
                                                                                       Matthew 26: 26-28

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Civil Action

To celebrate our third year in blogdom, Corky and I decided to travel back to the Civil War and do a little preaching to both sides. We passed out Spurgeon sermons and Twizzlers. What a day! And we were back in time to watch the 10 O'Clock news.

3 Years Young

Calvinistic Cartoons is 3 years old today.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Corky's 1939 Newspaper Strip

okay...y'know ya gotta click it
it just ain't big enough to read this way
...and yikes! it's 11/11/11 in Kuwait!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Flying First Class

Yes, that's me at the wheel of my new Calvinistic Cartoonmobile. (it's worth the click to enlarge) Corky Velveeta brought this back from the future and gave it to me just in time for my Dubai trip. Who says a blogger doesn't get perks every once in a while. Thanks Corky! You da man!

Atheist Devotional Book #8


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Just for Laughs #186

Picture a caption...then let us in on it.
Keep it Theological and we'll all be the better for it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fan Photo from Shauna Sheshay

Thanks Shauna Sheshay for this information - and just in time for that Christmas list! We will be sending you a check for an undisclosed amount ($7,000) for your research and loyalty. 

The Biggest Announcement Ever for Calvinistic Cartoons

This is the biggest announcement I have ever made. It cost me $7,000 to have Corky Velveeta write this message in the sky! This is the largest font I have ever used. The date of my last Calvinistic Cartoons and Facets of Grace will be on February 22, 2022. That's when I plan on calling it quits. Have a great day and look to the skies! 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Announcing an Announcement

Dear friends,
This Saturday, November 12, Calvinistic Cartoons will be 3 years old. I have had a pretty good run. I never thought I would be able to maintain a blog of this type for this long. Even though followers are up, the stats indicate that readership is down a little from a year ago. Comments are incredibly creative and I have enjoyed every one of them.
I have decided to set a date for ending Calvinistic Cartoons and its sister, Facets of Grace. A lot of things have happened in these last three years and I am glad for all the laughter and thought-provoking (I hope) satire I might have brought to the table. I have many pre-scheduled posts that are loaded and ready to fire in the next few weeks. Tomorrow I will make the biggest announcement ever by posting the exact date of the last Calvinistic Cartoons.
Keep looking up!
Eddie Eddings

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Random Word Writing Challenge #30

Write as many paragraphs as you like using the words above.
Entries may be poetry, prose, fiction, essays or interviews.
(or any other form of creatively written expression.)
Just be funny, clever and theological...

I Am Saved by Good Works

Do I REALLY believe I am saved by good works? 
Yes, a thousand times, yes!!
Just not MY good works.
It was by the good works of the Lord Jesus Christ
and HIS works ALONE!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Atheist Devotional Book #7

A few hundred yards offshore this morning, a whale broke the surface of the water. I saw its dark rolling back for only a single tantalizing moment. But the thrill of that brief sighting has had me thinking all day about life in the ocean.

Evidence of it lined the beach where I went walking: quahog shells, mussels, slippers, limpets, periwinkles; shore creatures feeding on the ocean's bounty; tern diving for fish; a gull feasting on the carapace of a  horseshoe crab; a flock of sanderlings chasing the retreating waves. 

Mother Nature sure knows how to evolve her children. She's my kind of gal, I tells ya.

I surprised my Christian neighbor the other day. She always tries to convince me that there is a God. I stopped her on the street and told her that I now worship someone greater than myself. She looked at me for a few seconds and asked, "Who do you worship?"

"Evil Lou", I told her, holding back my laugh. "Evil Lou Shun!" Then I burst into laughter and pushed her into the bushes." See ya later, little Miss Goody-Two-Shoes!" Then I caught a bus for Memphis.

Truth be told, I do love evolution. Sometimes I think it is pure genius and other times I think it is an idiot. Why don't we have both gills AND lungs...or wings so we can fly, for crying out loud. It doesn't make sense sometimes...but neither did my late husband. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Composite Calvinist Challenge

See if you can identify the 5 Calvinists used to make this picture.
(1) right eye (2) left eye (3) nose (4) mouth (5) body the Arminian said to anger the Calvinist..."Good luck, you're going to need it!" 
click to enlarge

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