What a commotion in the Netherlands around the recently published Dutch Nashville statement. Dutch pastors and politicians even face threat of criminal prosecution because of the statement.
Check also the podcast from Albert Mohler on: https://albertmohler.com/2019/01/09/briefing-1-9-19/
Even churches and Christians are speaking out against the Nashville statement. Some churches even raise the LGBT rainbow flag. It clearly shows the move of the Dutch Christian landscape into a more post-evangelical one while slowly leaving behind the 5 solae principles.
Its makes me sad because I believe that the statement clearly states what the bible and therefore God says about this subject. Hebrew 4:12 states that the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. That’s not always pleasant. Very often scripture acts as a mirror that shows us what’s good or bad in our live – according to Gods standards that do not change. Besides that God is love, the bible also teaches us that God is holy and righteous.
The public statement is a clear message that is needed after the developments from the past decades. The open letter from hundreds of Dutch pastors in which they state that same-sex marriage is not a problem in their church is just an example of that. It’s needed to see the things right. Its “black or white” as Avalon sings in their song “Give It Up”: “The choice is black or white, not a shade of gray”.
Do not get me wrong. I believe the statement is foremost targeted towards Christians or those who call themselves a Christian. Freedom of speech, lifestyle including the right to sexuality are principles that also Christians see as very important. But the bible also states: “whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Let’s search our own hearts as David writes in Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.”
Based on survey in Metro newspaper from 17 September 1999 a group of people were asked about their opinion on recent events. In a survey about stolen personal data of a Czech saving bank, sold on internet by a unhappy employee, the answer of Vera Pohlova, retiree, was “These affairs only annoy everyone. I would ban all those computers and internet.” Over years she has become a known internet celebrity, despite her hate of the internet.
I have two requests. The first one is for the Czech pharmaceutics. Can anybody tell me how much tablets I should take from the picture below? They always take the doctor receipt and a pencil scrawl is all you get. For the pharmaceutical industry I would expect a printed label or something similar so it is clear how much medicine you should take.
The second request is for the Czech Sdružené inkaso plateb obyvatelstva (SIPO). This is a typical Czech pre-printed transaction form on which several payments can be combined. The goal is to eliminate the individual transaction costs. Some banks in the Czech republic offer costless transactions now so this eliminates the need for this but that’s a different story. My point is that this SIPO form is dropped without any envelope in your mailbox just as can be seen below. All personal data can be seen by the postman. A bit more attention to privacy like with the payroll slip would be great.
I use to commute every day by train. I like the train. It is much cheaper than by car and sometimes even faster. No need to find a nearby parking place and on my way I can quietly read a book, although quietly….
Some trains really make a lot of noise when stopping at the station. Recently I have measured a noise level of over 100 dB. The squeaking seems to make no sense because it won’t help the train to stop faster isn’t it?
Regionova, a new train with a lot of noise
Some years ago they started to use a new diesel engine train called “regionova“. This train seems to be perfect. Good chairs, a lot of space for your legs and very friendly for families with strollers or disabled people. However there is one thing that annoys me a lot about these trains. They really make a lot of noise and especially while braking. The brakes generate an annoying noise of up to 110 db. This lowers the travelling comfort a lot. While braking the train looks like an old coffee mill. Talking or listening to music is not even possible in this train. And guess what. This train is a modernized version of the much older 810 series made by Škoda Vagonka between 1975 and 1982. This train is even being used on the same track and surprisingly makes less noise. The noise level does not exceed the 90dB level both during driving and braking. It is a pity they did not take more care about passenger comfort during the modernization of this train.