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Leonard Sweet has been shared in 4 public circles

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Mark Smith (Marcus T)4,213#Christian  Christian Group 2 of 2Good morning AGAIN everyone!  I also hope you already have all of these wonderful folks in your circles... but here they are just in case.Please reshare if you like it!2012-08-04 13:39:16195340
Mark Smith (Marcus T)2,778Christian Circle 2 of 2Sharing this circle a second of three times just to try to get it out to as many as may be interested. Good evening everyone!Oh, and if you're Christian and not in this or circle # 1 (just shared), please do let me know and I'll adjust.Also feel free to reshare it out with all of YOUR Christian circles too. Woot!Hope you all have a great weekend!+Best Shared Circle +The Best Circles on Google+ +Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You +Shared a circle with you +Shared a Circle with you +SharedCircles +Public Circles +Shared Circles Google+ +G+ Shared Circles Directory for Pages2012-05-05 02:31:011227110
Mark Smith (Marcus T)2,765Yay again! Here is circle two of the Christians I know of here on G+. If you are reading this, are Christian, and are not in this OR the first circle (just posted a minute ago)... then my apologies. Again, please just reply and let me know and I'll get you added right away. I'll be sharing both of these circles a couple more times over the next couple of days!2012-05-04 14:40:59116815
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Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 9

2012-11-03 13:09:09 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"A book is a book is a book. You cannot own an ebook. It has no aesthetic properties: no ornamentation, no weight, no smell; in short, no character. It offers no choice between nice-to-handle and that experience's opposite. It does not furnish a room." Times Literary Supplement, 05 October 2012, 32. 

Most reshares: 11

2012-09-20 13:28:40 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

We are living a gospel that produces nice people rather than saints; that stands for convention rather than adventure; is respectable rather than passionate; that calls for safety first/take care living rather than heroic/take risks living; that is more at home with the status quo than the supernatural. 

Most plusones: 28

2012-10-26 13:01:38 (1 comments, 9 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

"We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love we must know each other. We know Him in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any more. Heaven is a banquet, and life is a banquet, too, even with a crust, where there is companionship." Dorothy Day (from 'Finding God," ed. John M. Mulder (2012)

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2013-03-01 21:56:17 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I thought of this British article as Dennis Rodman talked about how much the North Korean people "loved" their new leader, his new bud 

I thought of this British article as Dennis Rodman talked about how much the North Korean people "loved" their new leader, his new bud ___

2013-02-21 17:44:20 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

One of my favorite people gets "written up." Kudos Rimes McElveen and Mere Christianity Forum at Furman University 

One of my favorite people gets "written up." Kudos Rimes McElveen and Mere Christianity Forum at Furman University ___

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2013-01-24 01:47:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A hymn for Groundhog Day

A hymn for Groundhog Day___

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2013-01-22 02:10:10 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 


When David Kowalski speaks, I listen up.


When David Kowalski speaks, I listen up.___

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2013-01-15 03:05:53 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Never thought to take my own admonition to "make words into images"..... literally 

+Leonard Sweet - Here's a fun semiotics demo reel... kind of a combination of "I is Another" with "Metaphors We Live By" with "This Means This, This Means That."___Never thought to take my own admonition to "make words into images"..... literally 

2012-12-22 21:25:55 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

One night under a star in a little town called Bethlehem, the One who made all things is “made of a woman;” the One who had no beginning is born; the One garmented in light is wrapped in hand-down swaddling cloths; the One who “upholds all things by the word of his power” is helplessly cradled in the arms of his mother; the one who sits on a throne, high and lifted up, is lying in the hay of a manger while smelly shepherds and lowing cattle fall on their knees on the straw floor.

This is Christmas. Be Merry and spread the merriment. 

One night under a star in a little town called Bethlehem, the One who made all things is “made of a woman;” the One who had no beginning is born; the One garmented in light is wrapped in hand-down swaddling cloths; the One who “upholds all things by the word of his power” is helplessly cradled in the arms of his mother; the one who sits on a throne, high and lifted up, is lying in the hay of a manger while smelly shepherds and lowing cattle fall on their knees on the straw floor.

This is Christmas. Be Merry and spread the merriment. ___

2012-12-20 06:01:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

“When I was growing up my parents said, ‘Finish your dinner. People in China & India are starving.’ I tell my daughters, ‘Finish your homework. People in  India & China are starving for your job” Daniel H. Pink

“When I was growing up my parents said, ‘Finish your dinner. People in China & India are starving.’ I tell my daughters, ‘Finish your homework. People in  India & China are starving for your job” Daniel H. Pink___

2012-12-17 21:52:01 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Opera diva Beverly Sills was asked why she was always so bubbly: “Are you always as happy as you appear to be?"

"No," she replied, and then confessed: "I'm not a happy person. I am a cheerful person. A happy person has no cares. A cheerful person has plenty of cares but handles them"

Opera diva Beverly Sills was asked why she was always so bubbly: “Are you always as happy as you appear to be?"

"No," she replied, and then confessed: "I'm not a happy person. I am a cheerful person. A happy person has no cares. A cheerful person has plenty of cares but handles them"___

2012-12-14 16:28:45 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Each season of the soul has its seductions. At Christmas, this is the one I worry about the most: "It is important that giving be truly free. It must never degenerate into charity, in the pejorative sense. Almsgiving is Mammon's perversion of giving. It affirms the superiority of the giver, who thus gains a point on the recipient, binds him, demands gratitude, humiliates him and reduces him to a lower state than he had before."  French philosopher/theologian Jacques Ellul, Money and Power (1984).

Each season of the soul has its seductions. At Christmas, this is the one I worry about the most: "It is important that giving be truly free. It must never degenerate into charity, in the pejorative sense. Almsgiving is Mammon's perversion of giving. It affirms the superiority of the giver, who thus gains a point on the recipient, binds him, demands gratitude, humiliates him and reduces him to a lower state than he had before."  French philosopher/theologian Jacques Ellul, Money and Power (1984).___

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2012-12-06 00:14:01 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

My friend, Margaret Feinberg [www.margaretfeinberg.com], has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called "Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God" which releases Christmas Day. This book will turn your prayer life upside down, stir your desire to live more authentically and abundantly, and take your relationships with others to the next level. 

Margaret recently posted a great warning on her site that those who have read Wonderstruck [www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck] have experienced the following symptoms: 

-An inability to stop smiling
-An uncontainable desire to pray
-A loss of interest in judging others
-A quiet, unshakable confidence in God
-A renewed ability to see the wonders of God all around

After reading the sneak peek of the book Margaret sent me, I can add my "Amen!" to those testimonies. Here's one ofm... more »

My friend, Margaret Feinberg [www.margaretfeinberg.com], has a new book and 7-session DVD Bible study called "Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God" which releases Christmas Day. This book will turn your prayer life upside down, stir your desire to live more authentically and abundantly, and take your relationships with others to the next level. 

Margaret recently posted a great warning on her site that those who have read Wonderstruck [www.margaretfeinberg.com/wonderstruck] have experienced the following symptoms: 

-An inability to stop smiling
-An uncontainable desire to pray
-A loss of interest in judging others
-A quiet, unshakable confidence in God
-A renewed ability to see the wonders of God all around

After reading the sneak peek of the book Margaret sent me, I can add my "Amen!" to those testimonies. Here's one of my favorite quotes from the book:

"God is not merely at your fingertips but within your grasp. Live each day like a child digging through an antique treasure chest rifling for the next discovery. Open your arms and your eyes to the God who stands in plain sight and works miracles in your midst. Look for him in your workdays and weekends, in your meeting-filled Mondays and your lazy Saturdays. Search for him in the snowy sunsets and Sabbaths, seasons of Lent and sitting at your table. Pray for—and expect—wonder. For when you search for God, you will discover him.”  ___

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2012-11-21 16:34:59 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

"Hope" (1886) was painted by Victorian painter George Frederic Watts (1817-1904). It portrays a woman with bandaged eyes and broken dreams. She is sitting on top of a world that seems pitted against her, unable to see ahead, to look forward, but clutching in her hands a harp with all its strings broken save one. That one string of hope she strikes triumphantly, as she leans into the lyre and sends out into the darkness a beautiful melody that stirs the clouds and strews a star into the sky. You are seeing Watts' second rendition of the painting, which took out the star because it seemed to Watts too cheesy. As someone who likes cheese, I wish he had left it in. 

Advent strikes the string of hope within the soul, and fills our darkest nights with the song of "There is hope for your future, says the Lord."

"Hope" (1886) was painted by Victorian painter George Frederic Watts (1817-1904). It portrays a woman with bandaged eyes and broken dreams. She is sitting on top of a world that seems pitted against her, unable to see ahead, to look forward, but clutching in her hands a harp with all its strings broken save one. That one string of hope she strikes triumphantly, as she leans into the lyre and sends out into the darkness a beautiful melody that stirs the clouds and strews a star into the sky. You are seeing Watts' second rendition of the painting, which took out the star because it seemed to Watts too cheesy. As someone who likes cheese, I wish he had left it in. 

Advent strikes the string of hope within the soul, and fills our darkest nights with the song of "There is hope for your future, says the Lord."___

2012-11-03 13:09:09 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"A book is a book is a book. You cannot own an ebook. It has no aesthetic properties: no ornamentation, no weight, no smell; in short, no character. It offers no choice between nice-to-handle and that experience's opposite. It does not furnish a room." Times Literary Supplement, 05 October 2012, 32. 

"A book is a book is a book. You cannot own an ebook. It has no aesthetic properties: no ornamentation, no weight, no smell; in short, no character. It offers no choice between nice-to-handle and that experience's opposite. It does not furnish a room." Times Literary Supplement, 05 October 2012, 32. ___

2012-11-03 00:04:43 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Southern novelist and semiotician Walker Percy conducted an informal polling of people in which he asked, “Which of the following best describes you?”

a) “You are extraordinarily generous, ecstatically loving of the right person, supremely knowledgeable about what is wrong with the country, about people, capable of moments of insight unsurpassed by any scientist or artist or writer in the country. You possess an infinite potentiality.”

b) “You are of all people in the world probably the most selfish hateful, envious (e.g. you take pleasure in reading death notices in the newspaper and in hearing of an acquaintance’s heart attack), the most treacherous, the most frightened, and above all the phoniest.”

60% of those polled picked what Percy contended was the “right” answer. They said, “I’m both.”

Are we more prone to thing Either/Or thanBoth/And? ... more »

Southern novelist and semiotician Walker Percy conducted an informal polling of people in which he asked, “Which of the following best describes you?”

a) “You are extraordinarily generous, ecstatically loving of the right person, supremely knowledgeable about what is wrong with the country, about people, capable of moments of insight unsurpassed by any scientist or artist or writer in the country. You possess an infinite potentiality.”

b) “You are of all people in the world probably the most selfish hateful, envious (e.g. you take pleasure in reading death notices in the newspaper and in hearing of an acquaintance’s heart attack), the most treacherous, the most frightened, and above all the phoniest.”

60% of those polled picked what Percy contended was the “right” answer. They said, “I’m both.”

Are we more prone to thing Either/Or than Both/And? ___

2012-10-30 17:03:04 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

A husband whose wife was sick volunteered to do the cooking. One day he became very ambitious. He decided it was time to bake some bread. As often as not, he misread the recipe, but what he misread was the amount of yeast to put in the dough: instead of two teaspoons, he put in two pounds. After getting the rest of the instructions correct, he put the dough near the heat and waited. 

Some time later his wife called down from her upstairs bedroom: “Have you put the dough in the oven yet, dear?” Frantically, he replied: “Put it in the oven? I can’t even keep it in the kitchen!”

That’s the love of Christ, the leaven of life, the Story of God: ”You can’t even keep it in the kitchen.” You can’t even keep it in the house, or in the church. It expands into the world.

A husband whose wife was sick volunteered to do the cooking. One day he became very ambitious. He decided it was time to bake some bread. As often as not, he misread the recipe, but what he misread was the amount of yeast to put in the dough: instead of two teaspoons, he put in two pounds. After getting the rest of the instructions correct, he put the dough near the heat and waited. 

Some time later his wife called down from her upstairs bedroom: “Have you put the dough in the oven yet, dear?” Frantically, he replied: “Put it in the oven? I can’t even keep it in the kitchen!”

That’s the love of Christ, the leaven of life, the Story of God: ”You can’t even keep it in the kitchen.” You can’t even keep it in the house, or in the church. It expands into the world.___

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2012-10-29 23:00:50 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"Molinism" is such a better word than "Calminianism" . . . . thx! David Kowalski for this bridge between Calvinism and Arminianism 

An "Ism" More People Should Know About

Just what everyone wanted -- another "ism" to learn, and this one can be difficult. Still, I consider it an important effort to bridge the gap between Calvinism and Arminianism. I have always found the determinism in strict Calvinism to be unscriptural but have had to admit that Arminianism does not seem to do justice to Scripture's teaching on God's sovereignty. I know I am not alone in this, as many people who do not know exactly how to explain their position call themselves "Calminians." I have good news, Calminians, there is a better name for your view -- Molinism -- a teaching that seeks to reconcile God's sovereignty and man's free will.

The most notable, modern advocates of this view are William Lane Craig and Alvin Plantinga (arguably the two best minds in the church today). Because Craig and Plantinga run in the more philosophical crowd they explain their teaching in philosophical terms such as "middle knowledge" and "counterfactuals," partly explaining why the teaching has not had much of an impact on popular piety. Craig's articles on Molinism can be found at the following address:

http://www.reasonablefaith.org/search/results?q=molinism.

My own views were molinistic before I was familiar with the term Molinism. I had always sought to find ways to harmonize God's sovereignty with man's free will. The following explanation and illustration comes from a paper I wrote in seminary and I believe it presents molinistic thinking about as simply as it can be. 

"…The central question in this controversy [foreknowledge as prescience vs. foreknowledge as foreordination] is how we are to understand the Greek words prognosis and proginosko which are translated into English as “foreknowledge” and “foreknow.”  The Greek words themselves generally imply simple prescience.  They are the Greek equivalents for the English “knowledge” and “to know” with a prefix (pro) meaning “beforehand.”  The nearest Hebrew equivalent for the Greek word gnosis is yada, which has a broader meaning than gnosis, including, among other concepts, a reference to intimate personal relationship.  Thus, the Hebrew concept of foreknowledge, which would have influenced the writers of the New Testament, included the idea of a sovereignly foreordained selection of a person, even though it did not always and exclusively mean this.  It is interesting to note that proginosko is used in the LXX version of Judith 9:6 in a way that seems to speak of the foreordination of events.

With the lexical investigation inconclusive, we turn to the usage of the word in our two main texts, 1 Peter 1:2 and Romans 8:29.  1 Peter 1:2 seems Arminian, since Peter says we are chosen (elected) according to God’s foreknowledge.  If we are to interpret foreknowledge in this verse as foreordination we end up with Peter saying God chose us according to His choice, which is needless redundancy – a tautology.  Romans 8:29, however, seems to allow for a Calvinist interpretation, since Paul speaks of God’s foreknowing persons, a thought that seems more Hebrew than Greek.  An examination of usage in these two texts seems to support prescience, but also allows for foreordination.

I believe we have difficulty understanding the concept of God’s foreknowledge and we try to insist it means either prescience or foreordination because we think in limited, finite terms.  I offer the following imperfect illustration as an example of how foreknowledge can include both concepts:  

Suppose a playwright were given the ability to create real characters in a different dimension.  While these characters would be utterly dependent upon the author, and though the author would exercise omniscient and omnipotent powers over the play, the people in the play would remain real people with the ability to choose for themselves.  

For the “play” to be real the author would exercise his creative powers in such a way as to honor the freedom to choose he originally gave the characters.  Suppose further, this playwright were given the opportunity to “write” an infinite number of drafts before settling on the final version.  By the time the playwright would produce this final version, he or she would know how each character would act in connection with every given set of possible contingencies.  Thus, as the final version was crafted, the playwright would know, and as the author, foreordain the ultimate outcomes, creating the best of all possible worlds.  While it would be true, in one sense, to say that the author sovereignly foreordained the final script, it would be foolish to deny that he or she used in this foreordination the prescience gained from the infinite number of drafts.  

       God instantly and effortlessly knows all of the possible “drafts” of history.  While He does script the final version of it, He does this on the basis of prescience.  His creatures remain real people and history remains a real story.  The New Testament concept of foreknowledge includes the concept of prescience in a way that retains man’s free will yet maintains God’s sovereignty in election.  God knows in advance those who will choose to receive His saving grace, and this foreknowledge of God informs His sovereign election of some to salvation." 

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Matt Slick has as accessible an explanation of Molinism as I have read at the site linked to below.___"Molinism" is such a better word than "Calminianism" . . . . thx! David Kowalski for this bridge between Calvinism and Arminianism 

2012-10-29 17:13:37 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Let's not miss our moment . . . .  thx! David for the call to "serve this present age, our calling to fulfill" 

The Greatest Revival

I have devoted a good deal of time to studying revivals and I think most Christians don't realize we are living in the time of history's greatest one. Sadly, for those of us in the West, we are not participants. We also seem oblivious to the nearly countless lessons we can learn from that revival.

When the communists prevailed in China, they expelled all foreign missionaries -- including the Americans (how could the Christians survive without us?).  The poverty-stricken, severely persecuted, tiny band had no hope -- or so conventional wisdom said. David Adeny of the Overseas  Missionary Fellowship (formerly called the China Inland Mission) admits to feeling pessimistic about the Chinese Church after he was expelled by the communists:

"We felt we had failed...could they [the Chinese believers], a tiny minority, stand against the mighty tide of a triumphant, Communist ideology that proclaimed 'the kingdom of man' -- with no place for a crucified savior?"

It turns out God did not need Western techniques or money. After the communists prevailed militarily, He showed who was really in charge, sending a revival in which over 80 million disciples were made. Mind you, these 80 million are not "adherents." In China, one risks their life to follow Christ. Lukewarm "adherents" do not last.

What I find especially challenging is the quality of the Chinese church. They surpass us in wisdom, power, love, and sacrifice. The Western Church needs to study and learn from these brethren who have much to teach us. Of course, the Chinese Church has aberrant elements, but these kinds of aberrations have appeared everywhere the gospel has gone.

The Chinese believers are now sending missionaries to areas neglected by the West. One of their leaders, Brother Yun, comments as follows:

"There is little that any of the Muslim, Buddhist, or Hindu countries can do to us that we haven't already experienced in China. The worst they can do is kill us, but all that means is we will be promoted to the glorious presence of our Lord for all eternity! ... Many of our missionaries will be captured, tortured, and martyred for the sake of the gospel, but that will not stop us. The Chinese Church is willing to pay the price."

They don't need us. They have all they need in God. We, however, need to learn from their example. Thank you, our Chinese brethren, for your faithfulness. 

Above all, thank you Lord, for showing your mighty hand when your people were at their weakest. And thank you for shining your light most brightly in the darkest place.

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NASB)

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Books are still being written on the Chinese revival and I have not read all of them. I do endorse, however, anything written by Tony Lambert, Paul Hattaway, Brother Yun, or Luke Wesley (see suggestions below). Any differences of opinion between these four authors is minor, in my opinion.

http://www.amazon.com/Chinas-Christian-Millions-Tony-Lambert/dp/0825461154 (Book by Tony Lambert)

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/81852727/china%20house%20church.pdf (Article by Tony Lambert)

http://www.amazon.com/Back-Jerusalem-Chinese-Complete-Commission/dp/1884543898/ref=pd_sim_b_7 (Book by Paul Hattaway)

http://www.amazon.com/Heavenly-Man-Remarkable-Hendrickson-Biographies/dp/1598563920/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347421404&sr=1-1 (Book by Brother Yun)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Church-China-Persecuted-Pentecostal/dp/9718942092 (Book by Luke Wesley)

http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=ecd364e7-e9e0-42b1-b1ae-c5e612858629%40sessionmgr15&vid=2&hid=7 (Journal issue which contains an excerpt from one of Luke Wesley’s books). This issue can also be downloaded from the following address: 
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/81852727/Luke%20Wesley%20on%20Chinese%20Revival.pdf___Let's not miss our moment . . . .  thx! David for the call to "serve this present age, our calling to fulfill" 

2012-10-29 17:09:49 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

We can say “yes” or “no” to God’s call “to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

"But That's Boring, Mr. Kowalski!"

Long, long ago, when I taught high school students, I heard the refrain in the title more times than I care to remember. Students seemed to judge classroom activity primarily by how fun it was. My stock response was, "I'm not here to entertain you. I'm here to help you." It was not always easy to make such essential things as subject-verb agreement seem exciting. One can never judge something's value by how delightful and enthralling it is. I have never found owner's manuals fun to read but they are still very important reading. Comic strips are fun but not important.

Mass media has brought many advantages to us but it has also weakened us in some ways. Pop culture has only a little room for the discipline of thinking. If political pundits want a large audience they learn to blend their thoughts with entertainment (consider Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Rush Limbaugh). The quick-paced world of the internet tends to bring out the sophomore in us all. News stories should be readable in a minute or less. What gets the most attention is gossip and idle chit-chat. Pop culture feeds on intellectual candy but won't eat its broccoli.

Christians are largely products of their environment. The kind of lengthy, thoughtful sermons one would hear in the 18th and 19th centuries would find no audience in the 21st. Real preaching is on the decline in our day. Discernment no longer involves the boring process of hard thinking. We judge teachings by how good they make us feel. We agree with the song that says (in a different context), "It can't be wrong when it feels so right." The question becomes for us not whether we agree with a teaching so much as whether or not we like it. Sermons are evaluated by how much we enjoy them.

As a Pentecostal, I would hasten to add that real Christianity often feels good because it is a delight to have a real relationship with the Lord. Still, God gave us intellect as surely as He gave us emotions, and emotions are notoriously unreliable sources of truth. In this postmodern era we need more than ever to become freshly acquainted with the notion of objective truth -- truth that is true regardless of how we feel about it. 

Feelings are great but truth is even better. It is like honey to those who understand.

"How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
From Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way." (Psalm 119:103-104 NASB)

It is not feeling blessed that sets us free, it is knowing the truth:

"and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32 NASB)

Pop Christianity is in sore need of maturity.

"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ," (Ephesians 4:14-15 NASB)

Sadly, I still hear the refrain from my days as a teacher, only now it is worse, "But that's boring, Mr. Jesus!"


 ___We can say “yes” or “no” to God’s call “to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

2012-10-26 13:01:38 (1 comments, 9 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

"We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love we must know each other. We know Him in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any more. Heaven is a banquet, and life is a banquet, too, even with a crust, where there is companionship." Dorothy Day (from 'Finding God," ed. John M. Mulder (2012)

"We cannot love God unless we love each other, and to love we must know each other. We know Him in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone any more. Heaven is a banquet, and life is a banquet, too, even with a crust, where there is companionship." Dorothy Day (from 'Finding God," ed. John M. Mulder (2012)___

2012-10-06 15:26:53 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

"Dear Lord, you never tell us to do what is impossible, and yet you can see more clearly than I do how weak and imperfect I am; if, then, you tell me to love my sisters as you love them, that must mean that you yourself go on loving them in and through me----you know it wouldn't be possible in any other way. There would have been no new commandment if you hadn't meant to give me the grace to keep it; how I welcome it, then, as proof that your will is to love, in and through me, all the people you tell me to love!" St. Therese of Lisieux, "I Choose All," edited by Teresa Margaret (2007)

"Dear Lord, you never tell us to do what is impossible, and yet you can see more clearly than I do how weak and imperfect I am; if, then, you tell me to love my sisters as you love them, that must mean that you yourself go on loving them in and through me----you know it wouldn't be possible in any other way. There would have been no new commandment if you hadn't meant to give me the grace to keep it; how I welcome it, then, as proof that your will is to love, in and through me, all the people you tell me to love!" St. Therese of Lisieux, "I Choose All," edited by Teresa Margaret (2007)___

2012-09-21 23:55:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

G. K. Chesterton wrote an essay in 1910 entitled "What Is Right With the World." It includes this passage which reframes higher education: "Sincerely speaking, there are no uneducated people. They may escape the trivial examinations, but not the tremendous examination of existence. The dependency of infancy, the enjoyment of animals, the love of another human being, and the fear of death----these are more frightful and more fixed than all conceivable forms of the cultivation of the mind. It is idle to complain of schools and colleges being trivial. In no case will a university ever teach the important things. For before someone is twenty, they have already learned the important things. They have learned them right or wrong, and they have learned them all alone." 

G. K. Chesterton wrote an essay in 1910 entitled "What Is Right With the World." It includes this passage which reframes higher education: "Sincerely speaking, there are no uneducated people. They may escape the trivial examinations, but not the tremendous examination of existence. The dependency of infancy, the enjoyment of animals, the love of another human being, and the fear of death----these are more frightful and more fixed than all conceivable forms of the cultivation of the mind. It is idle to complain of schools and colleges being trivial. In no case will a university ever teach the important things. For before someone is twenty, they have already learned the important things. They have learned them right or wrong, and they have learned them all alone." ___

2012-09-21 03:38:37 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

When Theodore Roosevelt and his good friend, the gun-and-net-toting naturalist William Beebe (whom some call the "father of ecology") were traveling together, they would often go out into the night and look at the skies, searching for a tiny patch of light near the constellation of Pegasus. When their eyes had focused on that tiny patch of light, they would say together, in prayerful tones, "That is the spiral galaxy of Andromeda. It is as large as our Milky Way. It is one of a hundred million or more galaxies. It consists of one hundred billion suns, each larger than our sun." Then Roosevelt would turn to his friend and say, "Now I think we are small enough. Let's go to bed."  

When Theodore Roosevelt and his good friend, the gun-and-net-toting naturalist William Beebe (whom some call the "father of ecology") were traveling together, they would often go out into the night and look at the skies, searching for a tiny patch of light near the constellation of Pegasus. When their eyes had focused on that tiny patch of light, they would say together, in prayerful tones, "That is the spiral galaxy of Andromeda. It is as large as our Milky Way. It is one of a hundred million or more galaxies. It consists of one hundred billion suns, each larger than our sun." Then Roosevelt would turn to his friend and say, "Now I think we are small enough. Let's go to bed."  ___

2012-09-21 03:16:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it."  Bertrand Russell 

"The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it."  Bertrand Russell ___

2012-09-20 22:17:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

In Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Aids to Reflection (1825) there is Aphorism IX: “In Wonder all Philosophy began; in Wonder it ends: and Admiration fills up the interspace. But the first Wonder is the offspring of Ignorance; the last Wonder is the parent of Adoration.”  Elizabeth C. Clephane put it somewhat differently in 1868: “Beneath the cross of Jesus/Two wonders I confess/The wonder of redeeming love/And my unworthiness.”

The wonder of it all is there is no end of wonders until we get to the End’s Creator, The Wonder of Wonders. 

In Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Aids to Reflection (1825) there is Aphorism IX: “In Wonder all Philosophy began; in Wonder it ends: and Admiration fills up the interspace. But the first Wonder is the offspring of Ignorance; the last Wonder is the parent of Adoration.”  Elizabeth C. Clephane put it somewhat differently in 1868: “Beneath the cross of Jesus/Two wonders I confess/The wonder of redeeming love/And my unworthiness.”

The wonder of it all is there is no end of wonders until we get to the End’s Creator, The Wonder of Wonders. ___

2012-09-20 18:04:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

"When the angels in heaven listen to music, and God is with them, they listen to Bach," Karl Barth mused. "When God is away, they listen to Mozart." 

"When the angels in heaven listen to music, and God is with them, they listen to Bach," Karl Barth mused. "When God is away, they listen to Mozart." ___

2012-09-20 13:28:40 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

We are living a gospel that produces nice people rather than saints; that stands for convention rather than adventure; is respectable rather than passionate; that calls for safety first/take care living rather than heroic/take risks living; that is more at home with the status quo than the supernatural. 

We are living a gospel that produces nice people rather than saints; that stands for convention rather than adventure; is respectable rather than passionate; that calls for safety first/take care living rather than heroic/take risks living; that is more at home with the status quo than the supernatural. ___

2012-09-01 23:55:15 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

There is a little gnome in a cartoon that I have identified with ever since I saw the cartoon.

There is a non-Disney color cartoon based on Gulliver’s Travels. A dopey sort of gnome sees Gulliver on the beach and rushes to the court bursting with the news that “there is a giant on the beach.” Excited and inarticulate he gyrates before a sleepy court arguing minor matters, and thus has further trouble saying anything they will listen to.

How I identify with that little guy. There is a problem, and there is a way to deal with it. But no one seems to want to hear it, and you can’t really communicate what you see in a way adequate to the situation and that gets their attention. When the King finally gets the message, he gets mad at you for disrupting the afternoon.

There is a little gnome in a cartoon that I have identified with ever since I saw the cartoon.

There is a non-Disney color cartoon based on Gulliver’s Travels. A dopey sort of gnome sees Gulliver on the beach and rushes to the court bursting with the news that “there is a giant on the beach.” Excited and inarticulate he gyrates before a sleepy court arguing minor matters, and thus has further trouble saying anything they will listen to.

How I identify with that little guy. There is a problem, and there is a way to deal with it. But no one seems to want to hear it, and you can’t really communicate what you see in a way adequate to the situation and that gets their attention. When the King finally gets the message, he gets mad at you for disrupting the afternoon.___

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2012-08-20 12:55:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Truman Capote (1924-1984) is not remembered for being an interviewer, but this 1957 "interview" with Marlin Brando (1924-2004) in Kyoto, Japan, a dinner conversation where Brando thought that he was interviewing Capote more than the other way around, will rank as one of the greatest interviews of the 20th century (imho).
The story goes that when Capote got to the other side, he asked for an interview with the Virgin Mary. The meeting was arranged, and once the Virgin Mary entered and was seated, the interview began.
 
“Please, Virgin Mary, the mothers of the world want to know: How does it feel to be the mother of Jesus the Carpenter, the very Son of God?”
 
“Well, frankly,” the Virgin replied, “we’d hoped he’d be a doctor.”

Truman Capote (1924-1984) is not remembered for being an interviewer, but this 1957 "interview" with Marlin Brando (1924-2004) in Kyoto, Japan, a dinner conversation where Brando thought that he was interviewing Capote more than the other way around, will rank as one of the greatest interviews of the 20th century (imho).
The story goes that when Capote got to the other side, he asked for an interview with the Virgin Mary. The meeting was arranged, and once the Virgin Mary entered and was seated, the interview began.
 
“Please, Virgin Mary, the mothers of the world want to know: How does it feel to be the mother of Jesus the Carpenter, the very Son of God?”
 
“Well, frankly,” the Virgin replied, “we’d hoped he’d be a doctor.”___

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2012-08-14 03:36:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"Recall the face of the poorest and most helpless person whom you have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he be able to gain anything by it? Will it restore him to control over his own life and destiny."
   The quote from Gandhi inscribed at his place of cremation at Rajghat

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"Recall the face of the poorest and most helpless person whom you have seen, and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he be able to gain anything by it? Will it restore him to control over his own life and destiny."
   The quote from Gandhi inscribed at his place of cremation at Rajghat

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2012-08-10 04:02:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

To cut down your forests is to give yourself a lungectomy, as the ancient Mayans found out too late 

To cut down your forests is to give yourself a lungectomy, as the ancient Mayans found out too late ___

2012-08-08 15:31:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Once upon a time there was a king who, when he became sick and was about to die, summoned his court around him. "I die," said the king, "and it is time for me to bequeath to you all my kingdom. Know that my rule is based upon a certain knowledge, and that this knowledge alone will enable you to continue the rule I have established. Therefore listen, and I will instruct you as to how you may achieve this.

The principle of this knowledge is simply that you must join together, helping one another and working as one: let the lesser obey the greater and let the greater have mercy on the lesser. Let the knowledgeable teach the ignorant, and let the ignorant accept the teaching. Let the wealthy give to the needy, and let the needy repay with gratitude what was given. Let the sinner confess his fault and let the one sinned against forgive and accept atonement. For if you are united you... more »

Once upon a time there was a king who, when he became sick and was about to die, summoned his court around him. "I die," said the king, "and it is time for me to bequeath to you all my kingdom. Know that my rule is based upon a certain knowledge, and that this knowledge alone will enable you to continue the rule I have established. Therefore listen, and I will instruct you as to how you may achieve this.

The principle of this knowledge is simply that you must join together, helping one another and working as one: let the lesser obey the greater and let the greater have mercy on the lesser. Let the knowledgeable teach the ignorant, and let the ignorant accept the teaching. Let the wealthy give to the needy, and let the needy repay with gratitude what was given. Let the sinner confess his fault and let the one sinned against forgive and accept atonement. For if you are united you will live, but you will perish if each goes his own way.

Then turning to one of his attendants, the king said, 'Fetch me ten arrows," and the attendant did so. The king handed the arrows to the strongest of his knights. "Take them all together and break them," he told the knight. The knight tried with all his might but could not do so. Then the king said, "Now fling them to the ground." When this was done, he turned to the weakest and smallest of his servants. "Take each of these arrows," he told the servant, and break them one by one." And the servant did with ease.

"I repeat to you all this most important of lessons," said the king. "If you are united, you will live, but you will perish if each of you goes his own way." 
ancient Jewish folktale, as referenced in Parabola, XVII (Spring, 1992), 11. ___

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2012-08-08 00:07:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Orcas Island "summers" extend well into September. 

Orcas Island "summers" extend well into September. ___

2012-08-07 22:10:25 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

"The Welsh heard the gospel and they sang about it.
The English heard the gospel and they preached it.
The Irish heard the gospel and they evangelized it.
The Americans heard the gospel and they wrote about it.
The Asians heard the gospel and they meditated on it.
The Hispanics heard the gospel and they celebrated it.
The Africans heard the gospel and they danced about it."
adapted from Calisto Odede (Kenya) 

"The Welsh heard the gospel and they sang about it.
The English heard the gospel and they preached it.
The Irish heard the gospel and they evangelized it.
The Americans heard the gospel and they wrote about it.
The Asians heard the gospel and they meditated on it.
The Hispanics heard the gospel and they celebrated it.
The Africans heard the gospel and they danced about it."
adapted from Calisto Odede (Kenya) ___

2012-08-07 18:01:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Ambrose Bierce's satirical lexicon "The Devil's Dictionary" (1906) defined "Politics" as "A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage" 

Ambrose Bierce's satirical lexicon "The Devil's Dictionary" (1906) defined "Politics" as "A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage" ___

2012-08-06 14:57:48 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

An Olympic victor was entitled to carry the epithet "Agonistes" after their name (e.g. "Samson Agonistes") as a tribute to their triumph over the struggles (alas, our word "agony" only has the negative, not positive connotations). The city priding itself on having bred an "Agonistes," an Olympic victor, would tear down part of its fortifications in symbolic act showing it was not afraid of foreign
ers, having bred within its walls such a hero. Indeed, the Olympic Games themselves were seen as the "Agones" par excellence. In Bible, the word "agon" was used in reference to the spiritual struggle: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2Tim.4:7). There should be the word "Agonistes" after the name of every Christian who dies in the faith.

An Olympic victor was entitled to carry the epithet "Agonistes" after their name (e.g. "Samson Agonistes") as a tribute to their triumph over the struggles (alas, our word "agony" only has the negative, not positive connotations). The city priding itself on having bred an "Agonistes," an Olympic victor, would tear down part of its fortifications in symbolic act showing it was not afraid of foreign
ers, having bred within its walls such a hero. Indeed, the Olympic Games themselves were seen as the "Agones" par excellence. In Bible, the word "agon" was used in reference to the spiritual struggle: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2Tim.4:7). There should be the word "Agonistes" after the name of every Christian who dies in the faith.___

2012-08-04 21:17:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

President Lincoln could not his commander of the army General McClellan to move. The general kept making his army stronger and better, but was so afraid of making mistakes that he was immobilized. Finally Lincoln sent him this brief but explicit letter that called him back to Washington: "My dear McClellan: If you don't want to use the army I should like to borrow it for a while." Yours respectfully, A. Lincoln. 

How many of us spend more of our time building up our assets than risking them in service and mission. 

President Lincoln could not his commander of the army General McClellan to move. The general kept making his army stronger and better, but was so afraid of making mistakes that he was immobilized. Finally Lincoln sent him this brief but explicit letter that called him back to Washington: "My dear McClellan: If you don't want to use the army I should like to borrow it for a while." Yours respectfully, A. Lincoln. 

How many of us spend more of our time building up our assets than risking them in service and mission. ___

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2012-08-04 16:35:12 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Of all the stories that come out of this Olympics, this may be the one I shall remember most. 

___Of all the stories that come out of this Olympics, this may be the one I shall remember most. 

2012-08-04 16:06:15 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Life is either tragic or pathetic . . . Early in my ministry I heard William Sloane Coffin preach a sermon on "Limitations" where he portrayed death "more friend than foe." I hated the sermon, but for the first time heard the name of Sam Keen as Coffin quoted him. Here is the quote from that sermon that I looked up, clipped, and kept in my Bible(s) ever since: "There are many lives I want to live, so many stiles I would like to inhabit. In me sleeps Zorba's concern to allow no lonely woman to remain comfortless ('Here am I, Lord, send me!'), Camus' passion to lessen the suffering of the innocent, Hemingway's drive to live and write with lucidity, and the unheroic desire to see each day end with tranquility and a shared cup of tea. 

I am so many, yet I may be only one. I mourn for all the selves I kill when I decide to be a single person. Decision isa... more »

Life is either tragic or pathetic . . . Early in my ministry I heard William Sloane Coffin preach a sermon on "Limitations" where he portrayed death "more friend than foe." I hated the sermon, but for the first time heard the name of Sam Keen as Coffin quoted him. Here is the quote from that sermon that I looked up, clipped, and kept in my Bible(s) ever since: "There are many lives I want to live, so many stiles I would like to inhabit. In me sleeps Zorba's concern to allow no lonely woman to remain comfortless ('Here am I, Lord, send me!'), Camus' passion to lessen the suffering of the innocent, Hemingway's drive to live and write with lucidity, and the unheroic desire to see each day end with tranquility and a shared cup of tea. 

I am so many, yet I may be only one. I mourn for all the selves I kill when I decide to be a single person. Decision is a cutting-off, a castration. I travel one path only by neglecting many. Actual existence is tragic, but fantastic existence (which evades choice and limitation) is pathetic. The human choice may be between tragedy and pathos, Oedipus and Willy Loman. So I turn my back on small villages I will never see, strange flesh I will never touch, ills I will never cure, and I choose to be in the world as a husband and a father, an explorer of new ideas and styles of life. Yet perhaps Zorba will not leave me altogether. I would not like to live without dancing, without unknown roads to explore, without the confidence that my actions were helpful to some."___

2012-08-04 15:34:07 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

How to study theology? Martin Luther found in Psalm 119 a method for becoming a theologian: prayer (oratio), meditation (meditatio), and testing (tentatio). We often forget the last one, so here is Luther on the role of testing in producing a theologian: "For as soon as God's Word takes root and grows in you, the devil will harry you and will make a real theologian of you, for by his assaults he will teach you to seek and love God's Word. I myself am deeply indebted to my critics, that through the devil's raging they have beaten, oppressed and distressed me so much. That is to say, they have made a fairly good theologian of me, which I would not have become otherwise." From Luther's Works (Fortress Press, 1960), vol.34.

How to study theology? Martin Luther found in Psalm 119 a method for becoming a theologian: prayer (oratio), meditation (meditatio), and testing (tentatio). We often forget the last one, so here is Luther on the role of testing in producing a theologian: "For as soon as God's Word takes root and grows in you, the devil will harry you and will make a real theologian of you, for by his assaults he will teach you to seek and love God's Word. I myself am deeply indebted to my critics, that through the devil's raging they have beaten, oppressed and distressed me so much. That is to say, they have made a fairly good theologian of me, which I would not have become otherwise." From Luther's Works (Fortress Press, 1960), vol.34.___

2012-07-29 18:45:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This is good criticism. Frank McPherson is right. I thought about it, but didn't pursue it. Thx! 

As much as I am enjoying the +Leonard Sweet book on social media and the church, I think part 4 that looks at the iPhone as metaphor missed an opportunity to look at the strong relationship Googlers have with Apple. I recommend Steve Sinek's TED talk on leadership for some insight.
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
___This is good criticism. Frank McPherson is right. I thought about it, but didn't pursue it. Thx! 

2012-07-13 17:45:03 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Don't show this to Frank Viola . . .. . At the Westminster Parliament in 1657, Major Morgan itemized the "three beasts to destroy that lay burthensome upon us. The first is the wolf, on whom we lay five pounds a head if a dog, and ten pounds if a bitch; the second beast is a priest, on whose head we lay ten pounds, and if he is eminent more. The third beast is the Tory, and on his head, if he be a public Tory, we lay ten pounds, and if he is a private Tory, we pay 40 shillings." Why are priests and politicians so often lumped together? 

Don't show this to Frank Viola . . .. . At the Westminster Parliament in 1657, Major Morgan itemized the "three beasts to destroy that lay burthensome upon us. The first is the wolf, on whom we lay five pounds a head if a dog, and ten pounds if a bitch; the second beast is a priest, on whose head we lay ten pounds, and if he is eminent more. The third beast is the Tory, and on his head, if he be a public Tory, we lay ten pounds, and if he is a private Tory, we pay 40 shillings." Why are priests and politicians so often lumped together? ___

2012-07-11 13:24:53 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Denis Waitley tells of an office worker who was going through some old files in 1958. These were the rules of conduct for employees he found, issued in 1872:

∙ Office employees each day will fill lamps, trim wicks, and clean chimneys. Wash windows once a week.
∙ Each clerk will bring in a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's business.
∙ Male employees will be given an evening off each week for courting purposes, or two evenings if they go regularly to church.
∙ Every employee should lay aside a sum of his earnings for the benefit of his declining years so that he will not become a burden to society.
∙ The employee who has performed his labor faithfully without fault for five years will be given an increase of five cents per day in wages, providing profits permit it.
--Denis Waitley, The New Dynamics of Winning (New York:  Morrow,1993), 77-... more »

Denis Waitley tells of an office worker who was going through some old files in 1958. These were the rules of conduct for employees he found, issued in 1872:

∙ Office employees each day will fill lamps, trim wicks, and clean chimneys. Wash windows once a week.
∙ Each clerk will bring in a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's business.
∙ Male employees will be given an evening off each week for courting purposes, or two evenings if they go regularly to church.
∙ Every employee should lay aside a sum of his earnings for the benefit of his declining years so that he will not become a burden to society.
∙ The employee who has performed his labor faithfully without fault for five years will be given an increase of five cents per day in wages, providing profits permit it.
--Denis Waitley, The New Dynamics of Winning (New York:  Morrow, 1993), 77-78.

I wonder how we're treating each other today will appear to our descendants? ___

2012-07-10 21:12:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

There is an ancient Japanese legend called The Silk Drum about Lady Yumiyo who did not want to be married, but her father, an aging Lord, kept encouraging her. Finally she agreed to marry the suitor who could hear her drum- but it was a unique drum- silk wrapped across bamboo. The Lord was distraught as many suitors left disappointed. “How foolish you are. Your drum of silk will make no sound — and I will surely die without having seen my grandchildren,” he said.

Finally a calm suitor arrived and lingered. “She is only for the man who can hear her silk drum. Do not tell me that you have heard its sound in your far-off kingdom, across the mountains and the seas,” said the father. The young man answered, “You are correct, my Lord, no sound of the drum has reached me."

"Then be on your way. Like all the other before you. Why do you linger longer?"
"Bec... more »

There is an ancient Japanese legend called The Silk Drum about Lady Yumiyo who did not want to be married, but her father, an aging Lord, kept encouraging her. Finally she agreed to marry the suitor who could hear her drum- but it was a unique drum- silk wrapped across bamboo. The Lord was distraught as many suitors left disappointed. “How foolish you are. Your drum of silk will make no sound — and I will surely die without having seen my grandchildren,” he said.

Finally a calm suitor arrived and lingered. “She is only for the man who can hear her silk drum. Do not tell me that you have heard its sound in your far-off kingdom, across the mountains and the seas,” said the father. The young man answered, “You are correct, my Lord, no sound of the drum has reached me."

"Then be on your way. Like all the other before you. Why do you linger longer?"

"Because, my Lord, I hear its silence.” Lady Yumiyo smiled and put away her silken drum, since she had no further use for it.

God speaks in the thunder of a mountain, but also in the silence of a silk drum. Have you inserted silence in the intervals of your music, your dance, your work, your play?___

2012-07-08 15:27:05 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I love how the Psalmist portrays idols as zombies: "Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see; They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them are like them, and so are all who trust in them" (Ps 115:4-8). The more idols we manufacture, the more we become zombieland.

I love how the Psalmist portrays idols as zombies: "Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see; They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them are like them, and so are all who trust in them" (Ps 115:4-8). The more idols we manufacture, the more we become zombieland.___

2012-07-07 18:39:52 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Conductor Herbert von Karajan said there’s only 6 things a conductor should tell the orchestra: too loud; too soft; too late; too soon; too fast; too slow. Pastors conduct other people’s ministries

Conductor Herbert von Karajan said there’s only 6 things a conductor should tell the orchestra: too loud; too soft; too late; too soon; too fast; too slow. Pastors conduct other people’s ministries___

2012-07-07 16:28:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"Speak when you are angry -- and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret." Laurence J. Peter

"Speak when you are angry -- and you will make the best speech you'll ever regret." Laurence J. Peter___

2012-07-07 15:49:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Ten different jobs in a person's working life was the average . . in 1990. Wonder what it is today. . . . 

Ten different jobs in a person's working life was the average . . in 1990. Wonder what it is today. . . . ___

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2012-07-06 16:36:16 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2012-07-06 14:38:06 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

There is an ancient Midrash about the Greatest Show on Earth (of the time), the Parting of the Red Sea. "The sea floor was covered with mud, still moist from the ocean water. Whereupon one Reuben remarked to one Simeon, 'What's the difference?! In Egypt we had mud. Here we have mud." You just can't please some people. Complainers will complain even in the midst of a miracle. 

There is an ancient Midrash about the Greatest Show on Earth (of the time), the Parting of the Red Sea. "The sea floor was covered with mud, still moist from the ocean water. Whereupon one Reuben remarked to one Simeon, 'What's the difference?! In Egypt we had mud. Here we have mud." You just can't please some people. Complainers will complain even in the midst of a miracle. ___

2012-07-04 04:41:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

There is only one pool into which we step and can’t feel the bottom . . . the pool God prepared for us to spend our lives in.

There is only one pool into which we step and can’t feel the bottom . . . the pool God prepared for us to spend our lives in.___

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2012-07-02 19:43:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Thx! to Derek White for finding this

Thx! to Derek White for finding this___

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