Never one to shy away from controversy, I have decided to tackle this topic today. I have long put it off, but it is a topic I can ignore no longer.
First things first, it is important that we determine the parameters of a sandwich. That is, what it means to be a sandwich. If you can’t properly define what a sandwich is, then your opinion in this matter bears very little weight. A quick Google search (AKA: “Research”) tells us that a sandwich is an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread with meat, cheese, or other filling between them, eaten as a light meal.
If you ask my lovely bride, a hot dog is not a food item. If you ask anyone who has ever eaten a hot dog, the bun is expected to be cut down the middle, but not separated into two distinct pieces of bread. A hot dog is a sausage that is frequently served in a split single bun, and it shares that category with bratwurst, polish sausage and other sausages of European origin, with a strong emphasis on Germany. The frankfurter and kielbasa are also within this category. Please note that the category is the sausage, specifically the linked sausage. The bun is an optional modifier. The category that houses the hot dog is German while the proper sandwich is of British origin.
Then comes the debate over whether it is acceptable to use ketchup on a hot dog. If the hot dog is intended to be served to children, I say that it is acceptable. But don’t you dare put ketchup on a Chicago style or on a Chili dog. Those versions are not for children but for men.
I got a yo-yo in my Christmas stocking, so I bought a 10-pack of yo-yo string from Amazon.com. I actually feel a little bit bad about not adding to that order. I really took advantage of my Prime account. One pack of ten strings!
Anyway, when I got the notification that it had shipped I wondered if it would arrive in a regular envelope or a padded one. Much to my surprise, it arrived yesterday. In a box about twice the size of a shoe box. Stuffed with those big bubble wrap balloons that sound like a shotgun when you stomp on them.
I’m very grateful that they took such care to ensure that my yo-yo strings didn’t get damaged en route to my home. Those FedEx guys have been known to drop packages on my doorstep a bit more forcefully than necessary!
In 2008, Ben, Zach (neighborhood kid) and I competed for the grand price of Mick Jones’ guitar after the Foreigner concert in Hawaii on New Year’s Eve. We fell short of our goal, but used this experience to become better air-musicians.
People getting stuck in chimneys doesn’t hit the news every day, but it seems to come up more often than it should. As a society, we need to have a serious conversation about this epidemic. Starting with questions such as “What did you expect to happen when you lowered yourself in there?” or “Have you ever heard of someone successfully making it to the fireplace other than Santa Claus?” or “Do you usually play hide and seek in the nude?” or “Assuming the worst, what were you hoping to steal from a local redemption center and what was your plan for a naked escape?”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21 ESV)
In this verse, we are told not to be acted upon (do not be overcome) by evil, but rather we are to act upon (overcome) evil by doing good.
This is an important aspect of the sanctification of believers. We are to actively weed out the evil that remains within us, confessing our sins as we go, rather than hope to drift toward holiness, which just doesn’t happen. Our faith is to be active, not passive. Passivity is the breeding ground for evil.
It has been this way since the beginning. The concept of actively working against your own sin was first recorded as God spoke to Cain, prior to the first murder.
The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:6-7 ESV)