Shortly after having unveiled Jared Leto’s take on the Joker, director David Ayer unveiled now the rest of the costumed Suicide Squad through Twitter. The upcoming DC Comics based feature film is certainly gaining some momentum. From left to right, the characters pictured on the leaked image are Slipknot (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). After Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are launching an entire series of new movie characters with Suicide Squad.
The AFP commissioner, Andrew Colvin, and deputy commissioners Mike Phelan and Leanne Close discuss the force’s controversial role in the case, which culminated in the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran last week
WAWARSING, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — State police say three congregants of a Brooklyn church were killed Sunday morning as the van they were riding in collided with a tractor-trailer in Ulster County, New York.
State police said around 10:30 a.m. the van carrying seven people collided with the tractor-trailer as it attempted to enter Route 209 from Nevele Drive in Wawarsing.
Three passengers were killed, and the driver and one passenger were airlifted to Westchester Medical Center for treatment. The remaining two passengers and the truck driver suffered minor injuries and were taken to Ellenville Hospital for treatment, police said.
The occupants of the van had been attending a religious retreat at the Honors Haven Resort in Ellenville, police said.
Authorities have not identified the three victims or the church.
Police said the accident remains under investigation.
God wants us to be sincere. He makes this point very clear. He wants us to have a “sincere heart” (Ephesians 6:5), a “sincere mind” (2 Peter 3:1), a “sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5), a “sincere wisdom” (James 3:17), a “sincere devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3), and a “sincere brotherly love” for other Christians (1 Peter 1:22).
So what does “sincere” mean? The English word has its origin in Latin, though etymologists have a few different theories as to the root words. Here is the one I find most convincing:
The English word sincere comes from two Latin words: sine (without) and cera (wax). In the ancient world, dishonest merchants would use wax to hide defects, such as cracks, in their pottery so that they could sell their merchandise at a higher price. More reputable merchants would hang a sign over their pottery — sine cera (without wax) — to inform customers that their merchandise was genuine. (Taking Hold of God, 69–70)
It is a powerful illustration and, I think, gets closest to what the biblical authors meant: let your heart, mind, faith, wisdom, devotion and love be genuine, the real thing, “without wax.”
Hard to Live Without Wax
We all know insincerity when we see it. Most of really don’t like it when we see it in others. And we roundly condemn misleading marketing by mendacious merchants.
But most of us also find it hard to fully live “without wax” ourselves. I know this by observation and experience. I know it mainly because I know me. I am a clay jar (2 Corinthians 4:7) — and one that is quite flawed. And my sin-nature is a mendacious marketing merchant. It does not want you or anyone else to see my defects. It wants to hide the defects behind a deceptive wax and sell you a better version of me than is real.
Multiply me by about seven billion, and you get a real waxy mess of a world. The serpent gave Eve the “wax treatment” in the garden, and we’ve been “waxing” our wares for each other ever since.
The Gospel for Waxers
But Jesus came to transform selfish self-sellers like us into sincere lovers of others. He came to cleanse us dishonorable jars and transform us into honorable jars (2 Timothy 2:20–21). On the cross, as Jesus became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), all wax was removed and our sin was revealed for what it really is: death and destruction. And then he took these sins away (1 John 3:5).
This means that Christians have nothing left to hide. We have no reason to wax ourselves to impress others. No, the one we want others to be impressed with is Jesus. And Jesus, in all his glorious genuineness, covers our sins in such a way that we don’t wax them over (Romans 4:7) and our weaknesses serve to show how gloriously powerful he is (2 Corinthians 12:9–10). Our insincere wax would simply cover up his glory.
Isn’t that good news? We can put the wax away!
But our remaining, prideful sin-nature does not want to put the wax away. It wants to dress up the grace of Christ with the wax of self-exaltation and promotion. So we will be repeatedly tempted to rub a little wax on our Facebook post, or why we’re running late, or why the assignment didn’t get done, or why we lost our temper, or how old we are, or how much we know, or what’s really the condition of our heart. But let us not listen to our mendacious marketing merchant sin-nature.
Instead, let us seek to “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit” (Philippians 2:3) and to love each other with a “sincere brotherly love” (1 Peter 1:22). Let us be real so that the reality of Jesus can be most clearly seen in us.
Writer and Director David Ayer released the image of the whole crew on Twitter on Sunday, and we have to say, Margot’s Harley Quinn is by far the stand out — she’s conveying so much character in one still image!
Suicide Squad also stars Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney and is scheduled to hit theaters in 2016!
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Some batteries can be tested just by dropping them, but coin cells can be much trickier to test. This DIY pair of battery-testing tweezers can test polarity and charge of coin cell batteries just by picking them up.
Rory McIlroy didn’t need another comeback to win the Match Play Championship. Three times in the last three days, McIlroy had to rally from a late deficit to reach the championship match Sunday at TPC Harding Park. He removed any suspense by winning four straight holes against an errant Gary Woodland and never looked back. Woodland conceded the 16th hole, and McIlroy captured his second World Golf Championship with a 4-and-2 victory.
Letting The Freedom Of Truth Uncover The Value Of Life