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Chef Gordon Ramsay Has Absolutely No Criticism for Mennonite Girls

Chef Gordon Ramsay Has Absolutely No Criticism for Mennonite Girls

LONDON, UK

Surly British chef and television host Gordon Ramsay was briefly tongued-tied on Friday, after being stunned by the kitchen chops of Mennonite cookbook author Lovella Schellenberg and her team who appeared on Ramsay’s television show. The host of Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef usually rips chefs apart leaving them crying in their soup by the end of the episode, but Ramsay was so impressed with the Mennonite Girls that he offered no criticism for the first time in his career.

“What can I say?” said Ramsay. “The culinary ability of these Mennonite ladies is unparalleled in the history of network television cooking shows.”

The Mennonite Girls impressed the famed chef with Ellen’s hamburger soup recipe and Anneliese’s meatballs with mushroom sauce, before leaving him speechless with Charlotte’s Toberlone cheesecake.

“These ladies cook with soul,” said Ramsay. “There’s not a single thing I would change about any of these dishes.”

Ramsay says he plans to make the ‘Mennonite Girls Can Cook’ cookbook mandatory reading for chefs in all his restaurants, and is considering modifying the format of Hell’s Kitchen to allow for more Mennonite content.

“These ladies turned Hell’s kitchen into Heaven’s kitchen,” said Ramsay. “I guess it’s true. Mennonite girls really can cook!”

(Photo credit: by gordonramsaysubmissions )

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Upside Down

Wow!  Astonishing words from Isaiah that really parallel our current government.  Are we upside down?  Have we been told that we “have not built this?”  Are our leaders honoring the Lord with their lips but not with their hearts?

It seems that our nation, colleges, leaders and society are getting more confused every day.  Are we turning against each other?  Has wisdom vanished?

Isaiah 29

13 The Lord says:

“These people come near to me with their mouth
    and honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
    is based on merely human rules they have been taught.[b]
14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
    with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
    the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
15 Woe to those who go to great depths
    to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
    “Who sees us? Who will know?”
16 You turn things upside down,
    as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
    “You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
    “You know nothing”?

 

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Brown Shirts

I’m sharing this over to the mission blog for those of you who don’t follow Random Thoughts.

Random Thoughts

I have made mention of the “brown shirts” in recent posts and I have received numerous questions on what they are.  Since this blog is a little lengthy, I am breaking it up into sections.  The first is a brief summary.  The second is a more detailed history.  The third is how this topic relates to current events.  The fourth is some of the references that I referred to.

1) “Brown Shirts” is a nickname for groups of men in the beginning of the Nazi Party.  They were put together by Hitler to create fear in the public, weed out dissenters, begin persecution of Jews and provide protection during rallies.  The term brown shirts came from the uniform that they wore.  During rallies and marches, the brown shirts would assault anyone who was not participating or showing support for the Nazi cause.  Their fear incitement is largely the reason why…

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Jane

As we soon head into the summer (and beach!) I wanted to re-post this.

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My post today is an observation Laurie and I witnessed at Ocean City New Jersey yesterday and today (we took an overnight get away).  There are two points.  I hope you enjoy this true story.

We witnessed an older woman (70ish) standing about ankle deep in the ocean.  Her back was to the water and she was holding a child’s swim ring that had a cord tied around it and it was also tied to her swimming suit.  Her head hung down and she was slowly making her way out into the water.  Because of how she was hanging her head and moving in the water we first thought that she was mentally challenged.  After some time, we realized that she was blind.  She continued to back into the water until she could sit on the ring.  As the waves brought her back to shore, she would reach down and…

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We’re all going to hell

We’re all going to hell.

Muslims > Christians – hell

Christians > Muslims – hell

Catholics > Protestants – hell

Protestants > Catholics – hell

Christians > Jehovah’s Witnesses – hell

Jehovah’s Witnesses > everyone else – hell

The list goes on.  You get the point.  Every group thinks they are on top of the heaven bound train and everyone else is missing it.  Even within denominations, there is judgment.  Amish to Mennonite.  Conservative Mennonite to liberal Mennonite.  Liberal Mennonite to Gay Mennonite.

I was reminded of this recently when I heard of a friend that joined a very small rigid church (I would call it a cult).  This group has no room to spare for anyone who doesn’t follow their exact teachings.  I guess they will be in a mini-heaven of about 30 people.  The rest of us are all going to hell.

Seriously, i guess it’s normal for everyone to think “I found the way”.   Even those who believe that everyone can go to heaven believe that “evil” people are going to hell including the self righteous that judge.

So who is going to hell?  There are very few verses in the Bible that mention hell.  We could discuss it here . . . but we probably won’t agree.

But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. . . . . And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Elaine is going to hell – YouTube   www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE0nenGeW5A

Poor yet Generous

I am working on this year’s “Person of the Year”. My leaning is towards a “poor” person who gave sacrificially. I came across this blog last night as a potential in running . . . Stay tuned.

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Not long ago I was in line at a downtown Wendy’s when a homeless guy cut in front of me. He literally acted as if he didn’t see me. He stepped up to the counter and ordered a .99 cent hamburger and a water. He handed the teenage girl behind the counter two wadded up dollar bills to cover the grand total of $1.07. As he stuck out his hand for the change, I noticed him reading the label of a donation box for kids with MS. In one quick move, he took the .93 cents he was given in change, jammed every penny into the box, spun around and bolted out the door.

It caught me off guard. And it was my lesson for the day (if not week).

Today I found an article that interested me and reminded me of this experience. It was written by Frank Greve…

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Manure Spreaders

Mennonites

A friend told me a great story today.  Let me paraphrase:

I was born into an Amish family.  My dad needed a new manure spreader for the farm but he couldn’t find any with steel wheels.  He searched and searched but he couldn’t find one.  He finally bought one with rubber wheels and used it for a couple years with no issues.  One day, a man came and told him where he could get one with steel wheels.  He was happy with the one he had and chose not to change.

The Bishop soon came by for a visit and told dad that he had to change to steel wheels or leave the church.  Dad replied “My relationship with God isn’t based on manure spreaders.”  That’s when we left the Amish Church and became Mennonites!

With all the changes affecting the church today, what is your relationship built on?

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Euthanasia, part 2 – my thoughts

Random Thoughts

When I heard the term euthanasia as a child, I thought it was “youth in Asia”.  I couldn’t understand why people were against youth in Asia.  I now know what the word is and I still don’t know why so many are so against it.

I recognize the dangers.

I value life.

I honor God’s value of life.

I think there needs to be many safeguards and checks to monitor this and I think it should only be available in the most extreme cases.

But!  I value quality of life.  I see the sufferings of people trapped in a physical body that won’t stop – often because our own medical system has prolonged it unnaturally.  I respect God’s value but also realize that He doesn’t always take people home based on our time table especially when medicine has prolonged it.

I witnessed my mom suffer for years with Parkinson’s Disease…

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Love is a Battlefield

Since we are looking back two years – I wrote this in June 2012 – 4 months before Isaiah took his life. This is a snippet of what we were going through.

missiontomission

This was a popular song by Pat Benatar in the late 70’s.  We’ve all read Ephesians 6:12 that states that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces.  This is very true until the battle becomes physical as it did in our house this week.  I picked my wife up off the floor this week after she had been punched in the face by our son who continues to rage against battles in his spirit.  His battles include pornography, abuse, and abandonment (to name a few) from his birth family and years in an orphanage.  We don’t totally understand his battles.  We try.  We try to help but the battles linger.  We hear his pain and love him through it but sometimes love is a battlefield and we experience the pain of it too – Laurie’s face is black and blue, very sore, and she probably…

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