ENTRY 1522 | THURSDAY,
. . .
just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which
likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve
as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. Yet
in like manner these men in their dreamings defile the flesh,
reject authority, and revile the glorious ones. But when the
archangel Michael, contending with the devil, disputed about
the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a reviling
judgment upon him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you." But these
men revile whatever they do not understand, and by those things
that they know by instinct as irrational animals, they are destroyed.
Woe to the ungodly, for they walk in the way of Cain. . .
From St. Jude's
first universal letter, chapter 1,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in Northern Ireland
holidays (as they call vacations here in the UK and Ireland) in County
Donegal Monday through yesterday were very relaxing and refreshing.
I spent all of it on the Inishowen Peninsula, which is the first of
several peninsulas that jut up into the North Atlantic once you cross
the River Foyle in Derry (shown in the panorama above) and a few miles
on across the international border (which you will miss if you blink
at the wrong second). I took the train from Belfast to Derry with
a couple of hours to spare before my bus was scheduled to leave to
the Inishowen Peninsula a little
after 5 p.m. Monday. Michael Tinne was waiting in his car (formerly
"Marda's car") in the center of Culdaff. The map shows the
entire Inishowen Peninsula, with Derry named as Londonderry, the only
place name that's in bold text. Derry spans the River Foyle, though
the map seems to indicate it as being only on the west side. Culdaff
was not shown on the iPad map so I had to ask it to show it to me,
and thus it is now indicated by a "pin."
a rather small country (overall about the size of South Carolina),
the maps are usually very large compared with US state maps, the distance
from Derry to Culdaff only 25 miles. I'll continue the "coverage"
of my trip in future posts. Meanwhile, there are two albums of photos
from the trip on my Google+ page, here.
Jack Lamb and I attended a movie, God is Not Dead, in the CitySide
cinemas, on the recommendation of Steven Hagan, a young man who is
in our C.S. Lewis Society of Northern Ireland. We met him after the
movie and compared notes, but in a word all of us tremendously liked
the indie production about a college student debating his philosophy
professor on the question of God's existence. Jack and I were chuffed
(that's a Scottish word for something between "impressed"
and "thrilled") that one of the student's strongest arguments
was derived from Oxford maths professor John Lennox, whom Jack and
I, along with the Stothers, had seen speaking in Ballymena last fall,
as an adjunct of the C.S. Lewis Festival.
has continued to be summery, with short sleeves outside now even worn
by this California blow-in; about as good as it gets in Ireland. «
to articles on current issues—news 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.
trace the rise of intolerance among American liberals, part 1
interviews physicians who pray with and for their patients
challenges claim likening N.T. Wright's view of 'gay marriage' to
DeYoung: five questions for Christians for believe the Bible supports
Todd on MSNBC claims new poll is a disaster to the President
(This department alternates with Writing
of Titanic Tartans
finished reading a book on a subject I never thought would catch my
interest and found it more enjoyable and profitable than I could have
imagined. Titanic Tartans by Clifford Smyth of Belfast tells
the story of how he caught the vision of introducing "Titanic
tartans," fabric patterns usually associated with Scotland and
its people but in this case decidedly Irish and specifically Ulster
in its application, and kilts made of the fabrics that were registered
and manufactured to mark the centennial in 2012 of Belfast's most
famous industrial achievement, the launching of the world's most famous
oceanliner ever, the Titanic.
in 2009 in a 192-page quality paperback edition by Ambassador Publications
of Belfast, the book has just been re-released in a Kindle edition,
The original edition had the subtitle, "An Ulster Scots cultural
odyssey," which gives a clue to my finding the book highly enjoyable
(history and especially cultural history being among my keen interests).
The Kindle edition has the revised subtitle, "The story of the
ship told in Tartan."
Key to the
cultural history was the discovery in a peat bog in Londonderry County,
Ulster, of a buried stash of clothing that included remains of a kilt
made of a family tartan that was determined to date from the 1600s,
refuting an earlier claim by a well-known historian that the kilt
had been invented by Englishmen in 1727. Smyth proceeds to show that
garments very like kilts, basically pleated wrap-around loin cloths,
date to earliest times in recorded human history and are depicted
in drawings and statues of warriors from ancient times. And like the
find in a Londonderry field in 1956, tartan fabrics have been found
on mummies of caucasian origin, unearthed in Wupu (Qizilchoqa), China,
beginning in the 1980s. Smyth investigated (though failed to prove
either way) claims that St. Andrew, one of the original twelve apostles,
may have visited Scotland, and found that the earliest Irish populations
may not have been descended from the Celts as widely believed, but
Often at its
best when it gets into the author's personal theories and attitudes
on the quest, this book is recommended reading for anyone fascinated
with history, or the history and styles of clothing, or ancient peoples
and their development. «
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