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Today's Scripture: You are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to our food and drink? Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a wife, as the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the same? For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain." Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of a share in the crop. If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians 9:2-12,
from today's Orthodox lectionary readings.
See the homiletical thought below. 

Today's diary - life in Northern Ireland

All right, class. I've shown you enough shots of the building in the background that you can surely identify it now without my help. Hint: when in doubt, this is where I always end up when looking for a "life-in" shot. But I have no idea what that beautiful flowering shrub in the foreground is. Does anyone else know? It appears to be related to Australia's and California's "bottle brush" shrub (Callistemon citrinus; Google can make you look smart, too, if you're smart enough to use it), but it has red rather than pink blooms.

Today's Belfast weather: pairfect again, after mid-morning heavy haze.

I'm trying to master my NornIron accent. It's pairfect, not perfect; pur, not pour; noyeye (run together as one syllable), not now (and the same combination of "oye" and "eye" in any word that we across the pond pronounce with an "ow." I'm finding it's easier to spell out "noyeye" than it is (for me) to say it. And NornIron is Ulster Scots for Northern Ireland, of course. «

A closer look
Formerly "In the news"; links to news, features, and opinion pieces. See Caveat, below.

Boehner: House has no plans to defund Obama's 'unconstitutional' acts

Leithart: First: East-West, then the Reformation; now, a Third Schism?

Did the sitting US President really ever refer to a baby as a punishment?

Christianity Today movie review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Supreme Court says Utah can continue to ban 'gay marriages' for now

Pew research finds and studies a sizeable 'Christian left' in Democrat Party

CT writer discusses the Christian stereotypes in 'Orange is the New Black'

Writing stuff
(This department alternates with Christian worldview)

"Weird Al" Yankovic has been a favorite at least since his 1984 parody of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Now he's invaded our territory with the same comedic-yet-instructive effect. See if you find any new-to-you word crimes in the video above. Double points if you don't have to watch it in slomo. «

Today's video




Today's quotes


The whole teaching of the Gospel is really a teaching about loving. The fact that we fall short of it condemns us, but doesn’t make its declaration less true.

— Metropolitan Anthony Bloom (1914 - 2003) «

Good beats upon the damned incessantly as sound waves beat on the ears of the deaf, but they cannot receive it.

— C.S. Lewis «

Homiletical thought: Both of today's readings deal with the support of those who preach the Gospel, and this one speaks of the principle that faithful workers are owed an acceptable wage. Jesus himself, the Gospel passage reports, was supported by the gifts of some widows who benefited from His ministry. Muzzling an ox when it was winnowing the grain suggests that the ox has a "right" to eat some of the grain or the refuse from the grain while it's doing its job (does this say anything to restaurant owners and their workers?).

What has the Gospel given to the world? How has the world been thanking (or giving to) God in appreciation for the Gospel's gifts? «

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Caveat 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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