A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Some Randomly Not Necessarily Connected Thoughts

August is almost over and we are now in another Labor Day weekend, the official end of summer. I find the end of summer to be somewhat depressing. I love summer! However, I do find autumn to be a pleasant time of year. The changing seasons are a reminder to me that time marches on and we can no more lengthen time than we can summer. In the Book of Daniel we read, "God changes times and seasons, deposes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding: (2:21). As time marches on we must not mourn its passing; rather we need to rejoice in knowing that God is in all our time. We must look upon the past with gratitude, enjoy the present moment, and anticipate the future.

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Today is National Marshmallow Toasting Day. I have to confess that I'm not big fan of marshmallows or meringue. Both taste like nothing more than whipped and inflated sugar. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of inflated sugar toasted to a gold brown, perhaps you should toast one tonight in honor of this day.
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A few weeks ago I preached a sermon entitled, "The Woe-Are-We Church." With the decline of the church in the West it is all too easy for us to bemoan our situation-- "woe-are-we." But the truth of the matter is the Church of Jesus Christ has faced challenges in every age of its existence-- just read the Book of Acts. Moreover, when I think of the challenges the church contronts in other parts of the world, it's real difficult to spend too much time moaning about what is happening to the church in America. We become a woe-are-we church when we forget who is the Lord of the church who promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).
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Yabibal Teklu writes, "African Christians have never lived without persecution. Yet in the midst of the suffering, the African church has expanded." His article is worth your time. You can read it here.
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A nine-year-old girl has accidentally killed a gun instructor at a shooting range with an Uzi. Whatever your view of gun ownership, the fact that this was even possible is just not right. As is often said, "something is wrong with this picture." I remember when my mother used to tell me not to run with a knife in the house." Now we have to say, "Don't point that semi-automatic weapon at your instructor." There are some questionable moral assumptions that made this accident possible.
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As I was just speaking of autumn one of the things I like making the most is soup. I especially enjoy just pulling things out of the refrigerator and the pantry and throwing in whatever I find into the pot to see what turns out. I also like to make enough to freeze. Since the cold weather is coming, I will have to get cooking and simmering.
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If you are a Google Chrome user like me, you might be interested in these five tricks in how to get more out of your web browser.
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Is it possible to see too much Jesus in the Old Testament? Some think so, but I think reading the First Testament christologically is an appropriate and warranted hermeneutic. Of course the Old Testament texts need to be read in their context, but it is clear from the letters of Paul that he is employing a "Jesus lens" in reference to his reading of the Hebrew Scriptures. In fact, it is Paul's experience of the risen Jesus that convinces him that he had been reading the text incorrectly. Yes, we must refrain from the kind of readings that suggest the Old Testament writers and editors actually had Jesus in mind when they wrote, but that there is a fuller meaning to these writings that can only come into focus with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is important to recognize this, especially for preaching.
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Here are twenty-eight things that today's children don't understand. I especially like #2-- passing notes in class.
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Have you ever wondered how the ages of the earth and the universe are calculated? The answer is here.
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Quotes of the Week (Possibly, but Not Necessarily Said This Week):

"Men will wrangle for religion; write for it, fight for it, die for it; anything but live for it." --C. C. Colton

"There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot." --Steven Wright

"The only way to make hunting a sport is to give the animals guns so they can shoot back." --Lewis Grizzard

"Circumstances Can Change, but I'm Still Probably Not Running In 2016." --Mitt Romney when asked if he might run for POTUS in 2016.

"The world is on fire and neither Democrats or Republicans have a clue" --Marc Ambinder
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Interesting and Somewhat Useless Trivia (from Completely Useless Facts):

Dr. Seuss pronounced his name "soyce."

If you travel across Russia, you will cross seven time zones.

Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson"

Apples, potatoes, and onions all taste the same when eaten with your nose plugged.
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Big Word of the Day:

Ignominious: adj. Deserving or causing public disgrace or shame; humiliating: :An ignominious defeat."
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I Love Irony. It's So Ironic:

The founder of Match.com lost his girlfriend to a man she met on Match.com

Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest and didn't even make the finals.
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This Week in History:

August 29, 1958: Michael Jackson is born.

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