Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
in Northern Ireland'
diary and Belfast blog
ENTRY 1552 | TUESDAY,
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.
first letter to the Corinthians 9:2-12,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in Northern Ireland
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.
weather: pairfect again, after mid-morning heavy haze.
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. «
"In the news"; links to news, features, and opinion pieces.
See Caveat, below.
House has no plans to defund Obama's 'unconstitutional' acts
First: East-West, then the Reformation; now, a Third Schism?
the sitting US President really ever refer to a baby as a punishment?
Today movie review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Court says Utah can continue to ban 'gay marriages' for now
research finds and studies a sizeable 'Christian left' in Democrat
writer discusses the Christian stereotypes in 'Orange is the New Black'
(This department alternates with Christian
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. «
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
Anthony Bloom (1914 - 2003) «
beats upon the damned incessantly as sound waves beat on the ears
of the deaf, but they cannot receive it.
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? «
on "A closer look"; links to articles on current issues—news,
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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
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