Weekly Round up of Stuff – The Beer Edition

My Regular feature about random little things I’ve spotted online this week.

Something about Trump being Esther…

No Donald Trump has not had a sex change and started calling himself Esther! Well… I don’t think he has… Anyway, The Christian Broadcast Network has interviewed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during which… well…

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that it is “possible” that President Trump is meant to save the Jewish people.

He made the comments during an interview in Jerusalem with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“As a Christian I certainly believe that’s possible,” Pompeo responded when asked whether Trump is a new Esther, who in the Bible convinced the king of Persia not to slaughter the Jewish people. ADVERTISEMENT

The CBN interview falls on Purim, a Jewish holiday that marks Esther’s story.

The CBN hosts in questioning Pompeo referred to Iran as the modern-day threat to the Jewish people. Trump last year withdrew the U.S. from the Iranian nuclear treaty and reimposed sanctions on the country.

thehill.com

Check out the rest at thehill.com. There’s also a video of the interview… but that acted strange for me…

Update… and a video of it on Twitter…

Vicar Complains About Own Church

Alright. Typing Vicar Complains About Own Church isn’t the most earth shattering thing to ever type. This dude complained to the council… (Thanks to Jon W for finding this)

The PERFECT LENT THING!!!

Some people give up stuff for Lent. Stuff like Facebook, swearing, and beer…

Other people take up things for Lent, things like acts of kindness, Bible Readings, and beer…

Wait a minute…

I may start canvassing opinion on if I should drink only beer for Lent next year…

What do you reckon?

Trumps Spiritual Adviser, Paula White Wants “First Fruits”

According to newsweek.com, Paula White, who is part of Donald Trumps evangelical advisory committee, is asking for the first of peoples money:

Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser has suggested that people send her money in order to transform their lives, or face divine consequences.

Paula White, who heads up the president’s evangelical advisory committee, suggested making a donation to her ministries to honor the religious principle of “first fruit,” which she said is the idea that all firsts belong to God, including the first harvest and, apparently, the first month of your salary.

“Right now I want you to click on that button, and I want you to honor God with his first fruits offering,” she said in a video shared to her website, in which she encourages her followers to donate to her ministries to get blessings from God.

Theres more over at newsweek.com.

So I wondered what it was she actually said… It seems newsweek were watching the video that was on Paula Whites website:

Short version. Give money to my organisation. Good things will happen. Give more money, you’ll get more freebies from me.

It may be worth pointing out that a similar video was posted at the start of 2016, showing that the above is not a new way of thinking.

While I feel there are a few holes in what she says, can I suggest that if you do feel you should give something, how about giving me your local charity / local church something?

For more from Paula White, here’s a few words about how Donald Trump is under spiritual attack.

Donald Trump. What He’s Said About Christmas, And The Results…

May I present, some quotes from Donald Trump about Christmas:

“They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct, We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

and…

“Our religious liberty is enshrined in the very first amendment in the Bill of Rights. The American founders invoked our creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin reminded his colleagues at the Constitutional Convention to begin by bowing their heads in prayer. I remind you that we’re going to start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

also…

“So when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday and we are going to say ‘Merry Christmas’ again,” he said. “Merry Christmas. So, merry Christmas, everyone. Happy New Year, but merry Christmas.”

and finishing on…

“You go to stores, you don’t see the word Christmas,” Trump said last year. “It says ‘happy holidays’ all over. I say, ‘Where’s Christmas?’ I tell my wife, ‘Don’t go to those stores.’ .?.?. I want to see Christmas.”

With the above comments in mind, here’s some Christmas news from Nazareth. Where Jesus grew up. According to Mashable:

The mayor of Nazareth is canceling Christmas, and he’s blaming Donald Trump.

Ali Salam, who is Muslim in the Muslim-majority city, shut down all Christmas festivities in the city in protest of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

“Our identity and faith aren’t up for debate,” Salam said, according to the Times of Israel. “The decision (by Trump) has taken away the joy of the holiday, and we will thus cancel the festivities this year.”

The city council was the bearer of the bad news Thursday after the mayor made the economically risky decision. Religious tourists flock to the city where Jesus grew up, especially for the Christmas holiday.

Read more, including some Twitter reactions, over at Mashable.

While I wouldn’t suggest there is a definite direct line of cause and effect between  Donald Trumps foreign policy, and the above news from Nazareth (with no other factors involved); I do find it interesting that the man who has seemed to concentrate so much on Christmas, has been quoted as a reason for Christmas being cancelled.

I guess Trump isn’t that great making sure that Christmas is all around.

Quotes from CNN, and Washington Post.

God and Donald Trump

There is a new book, called “God and Donald Trump”, which explores Donald Trumps faith in God, and asks if his victory in the American elections was part of Gods plan?

Here is the trailer for the book which tells more about it…

The thing is, I kinda fancy giving it a read. I wonder what sort of conclusions “God and Donald Trump” will make..?

Read more at godanddonaldtrumpbook.com.

Donald Trump – “We’re going to start saying Merry Christmas again.”?

Donald J. Trump addressing supporters at a 4th July event, where it seems that he got a big cheer when he said “We’re going to start saying Merry Christmas again.”

Question.
At what point did America stop saying Merry Christmas, and what does America say instead?

The Alternative Fact Bible.

The political world of 2017 seems a funny place. In the wake of the festival of nightmares that was 2016, the terms Fake News and Alternative Facts have emerged around the internet.

Obviously it can be argued that these are both fancy marketing terms for well placed lies, or at least, a way of helping the establishment make its point of view.

What if the Bible was re-edited for an age of alternative facts?

What would that look like?

Would an alternative fact bible look something like this?

Would an alternative fact bible look something like this?

Any other ideas for verses that could have the alternative fact treatment?