Ode To The Overhead

Turn in the Word and watch the screen

While I expose John Seventeen.

Point one’s begun, behold the Son.

(He’s outlined red.)

He kneels to pray; What does he say?

(It’s outlined blue.)

Here’s my thesisexegesis

Verse four’s my theme.

(It’s outlined green.)

And notice this—no aorist!

Jesus never strides a fence;

His verb here is the perfect tense,

Gesinius, Arminius, and Lenz agree.

Now let’s change slides:

Here I have shown

What leftist theologians think

(Get it? Leftist? Outlined in pink?)

Great scott! The bulb,

It’s blown! You’ll mark

The Holy God grows silent

When the screen is dark.

Miss Jones! Could you go out and get

A d.y.s. Sylvania (projector lamp)

There, in my office cabinet?

Be patient, folks, I’ll change the bulb.

What? What, Miss Jones?

There is no lamp?

Oh woe! No mighty rushing wind

Or tongues of fire!

And having eyes, we cannot see

The great verse three transparency.

Oh, how we long to set men free With lens and light technology.


Capital Punishment

There may be scant New Testament prescription for the death penalty; there is none in either Testament for incarceration [“The Death Penalty: Two Sides of a Growing Issue,” Mar. 2]. God appears to have authorized capital punishment, corporal punishment, involuntary servitude, and restitution as remedies for the sins of humans against one another. Would those who wish to abolish capital punishment be willing to reinstitute corporal punishment and involuntary servitude, or do they totally reject God’s remedies? The typical felon has no ability or means to make restitution aside from involuntary servitude (community service is a form of involuntary servitude that does not benefit the victim).

God deals in justice, mercy, and love in proportions that contribute to his own ...

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