If you don't know about St. Anne's Pub, now is the time to get to know them. St. Anne's Pub is an emerging audio ministry that provides great commentary, interviews, and skethces on current culture from a distinctly Christian perspective.
Their latest issue, "New Draught", deals with controversy in the church - specifically the Presbyterian church within America. There are some fantastic sketches and interviews with:
Dr. George Marsden - a leading church historian in the United States.
Mr. David Bahnsen - son of the late Greg Bahnsen.
Dr. Vern Poythress - professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn - leading expert on history of the Westminster Assembly.
I HEARTILY commend this and all of their editions to your listening.
Someone has recently questioned my Reformed creds and commitment - based on... I don't know what. Doesn't matter. This post should be enough to put his fears to rest. If it isn't, then we'll unmask this dude for who he really is! Don't make me mad! People don't like it when I get mad!
So here it is - the proof of my Reformed credentials:
Meat - 2 lbs. Tri-Tip
Rub - combine in small bowl, then rub on meat:
4 tsps kosher salt
1 tbsp chile powder
1 tbsp granulated onion
1 1/2 tsps granulated garlic
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Roquefort Butter - combine ingredients in small bowl, mashing with back of fork
4 tbsp unsalted butter at room temp.
1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 tsp granulated garlic
1/4 tsp black pepper
Heat grill to 350 degrees. Sear meat for 10 minutes on direct heat, turning once. Then grill for another 15-25 minutes over indirect heat to desired doneness.
I have been a hack grill-chef wannabe for a long time. I have scorched burgers, under-cooked chicken, and messed-up my fair share of tri-tip - that is, until now...
Two key birthday presents have transformed me into a grill master:
"Weber's Real Grilling" book. This is a must have for all you grilling wannabes who don't know what you're doing. I know it is a macho thing to pretend you know what you're doing without a book, but humble yourself, man. This book rocks - and is teaching me the basics that I have lacked for so many years.
"Reveo Marivac Food Tumbler." You put your meat and marinade in a container that then hooks up to a motorized vacuum pump. It opens up the pores in the meat to allow the marinade to penetrate and then it gently tumbles it for 20 minutes. Within 30 minutes the meat is more flavorful and tender than anything I have ever tasted. This thing rocks - go to www.freethemeat.org to check it out. It is a little pricey, but worth EVERY penny! Believe me!
I want to publicly thank and acknowledge my buddy, Dennis, for bringing this to my attention...
Get a load of this. You are familiar with Ecclesiastes 11:1,2 which states,
Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a serving to seven and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth.
Well, most commentators have understood this to be a reference to charity / generosity which should spring from engaging in profitable trade. Eugene Peterson picks this up in his "contemporized" translation in the The Message,
Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Don't hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night.
So far so good, but watch this - "cast your bread upon the waters" is an ancient idiom meaning, "brew beer." Apparently, "casting bread on water" was an ancient and crude manner of brewing beer. Think about it - beer really is the result of soaked / fermented grains...
It makes a lot more sense to understand the balance of verses 1 and 2 in light of this idiom. Are we supposed to serve up a portion of charity to seven or eight folks - or are we supposed to serve up a malted beverage and party hearty? Clearly, we are supposed to serve up malted beverages because we should make merry (Eccl. 8:15) before the "difficult" days come (Eccl. 12:1).
How cool is that? The Bible is encouraging us to make some home brew and throw a party. If that ain't Reformed, I don't know what is.