Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
in Northern Ireland'
diary and Belfast blog
ENTRY 1551 | MONDAY,
to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men; not at
all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers,
or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who
bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed,
or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robbernot even
to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders?
Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God
judges those outside. "Drive out the wicked person from among
From St. Paul's
first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 5,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in Northern Ireland
"life in" picture gives a glimpse of the progress on the
construction of the new main campus of the University of Ulster in
downtown Belfast, with the two cranes in the background lifting the
building materials for the first annex. The main reason for taking
that picture today, while I waited for my bus from downtown back to
the Loom, is that it shows this morning as one of those rare "as-good-as-it-gets"
days in Northern Ireland. Actually, I have seen a few days a bit better
in that there were fewer clouds than even seen there, but let's not
quibble; living here, we are grateful for anything even approximating
this level of pairfect weather.
two hours later, however, it's still not even drizzly. Yet. . . .
I'm off to a meeting with the press on behalf of hallTogether, the
nonprofit agency on which I'm a trustee. This weekend a fundraiser
for the agency will be held at the hall and the community paper for
North Belfast is coming to get the five W's for an article.
On a procedural
note, you will notice that our next department has been renamed from
"In the news" to "A closer look." That's because
not all the items I've linked there have qualified as "news,"
or even as "opinion," such as several videos about the churches
carved out of solid stone in Ethiopia that were linked last week.
I've even been mulling whether incorporating some "news comment"-type
memes might be appropriate in that department, and on days when I'm
short of other memes, I will probably use some ("political cartoons"
or philosophical reflections on the geopolitical realm). «
"In the news." Click here to see Caveat.
journalist calls Hamas an Islamic Brotherhood offshoot
Review compares Obama, Putin: which one is 'the bear'?
photos for 40-year anniversary of Turkish invasion of Cyprus
memo buries layoff news in 11th paragraph: 'Hello There'
Amazon’s all-you-can-eat plan to devour the book business
toughest gun laws in the country, 22 shot, 2 dead in Chicago
(This department alternates with Christian
The meme above
is fine for anyone who doesn't aspire to be a communicator, but if
you're a writer, it won't do.
Your main responsibility (and the wording should be "responsible
only," not "only responsible"; always modify your subject,
not your predicate) as a writer is to work to be understood. If you're
not being understood, your writing fails. In that case, a good editor
Are you a
writer? That's another topic, but since I've brought it up, the answer
is, "you are if you say you are." How good you are at the
task is up to you. There are many resources online that can help you
learn the task, but the best way to learn is to write, and write,
and write, then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Another tip: pick a writer
you like and anaylze what it is that makes his or her writing exceptional.
Don't try to imitate it, but learn from it; learn how to do whatever
it is in her or his writing that makes you like it
learn when to use commas, hyphens, and dashes. As the meme at right
says, commas can save lives when properly used. I used to have a desk
dictionary that had a grammar section; the subsection on commas found
eight places where commas should be used. The most underused one is
the introductory adverb (Therefore,) introductory adverbial phrase
(In closing,), or introductory adverbial clause (Once you've finished
the first stage,).
The main thing
to know about hyphens and dashes is that hyphens are used to combine
words, especially compound modifers ("the first-born child");
dashes are used to separate words more abruptly than commas often
are used in similar, less abrupt, cases: "The faiththat
which has been believed by everyone, everywhere, at all timesis
what the church has been entrusted by her Lord to preserve." «
In the Christian
context, we do not mean by a "mystery" merely that which is baffling
and mysterious, an enigma or insoluble problem. A mystery is, on the
contrary, something that is revealed for our understanding, but which
we never understand exhaustively because it leads into the depth or
the darkness of God. The eyes are closedbut they are also opened.
Ware, Metropolitan of Diokleia
(b. 1934) in The Orthodox Way «
does not satisfy when we find it, was not the thing we were desiring.
thought: It may seem surprising that Paul advises the
church to judge among themselves who is worthy of the Eucharist
(another way of saying "membership," as being admitted to
communion has always been the church's main way of acknowledging
full membership or acceptance in the body). This passage must
be one of the major supports that groups like the Amish use
to shun those who have turned their backs on the "order" of
their churches, while they are happy to do commerce on cordial
terms with their neighbors who have never been part of their
communion or communities. The Catholic Church has been debating
the application of this for years, especially with regard
to the refusal of some political figures claiming to be Catholic
but refusing to obey church teaching on abortion in their
elective offices. Some bishops have said all such are not
to take the Eucharist, but most do not. What would you do?
What does your church do to preserve the purity of the faith? «
on "A closer look," links to articles on current issues—news,
features, and opinion that may signify how the cultural winds are
blowing. Note that most 'news reports' are not 'objective' and if
some are 'neutral' it's because the writers and editors are disinterested
(could care less about the topic). Neither are 'news reports,' in
general, highly accurate or unbiased; try to discern the bias of any
report's source; always read aware and at your own risk.
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