Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
in Northern Ireland'
diary and Belfast blog
ENTRY 1523 | FRIDAY,
. . .
if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that
one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the
one man Jesus Christ. Then as one man's trespass led to condemnation
for all men, so one man's act of righteousness leads to acquittal
and life for all men. For as by one man's disobedience many
were made sinners, so by one man's obedience many will be made
righteous. Law came in, to increase the trespass; but where
sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin
reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness
to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we
say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By
no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
Letter to the Romans 5:17-21; 6:1-2,
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in Northern Ireland
harpist shown above was playing at the end of the Peace Bridge
in Derry when I went through on Wednesday. The harp is one of Ireland's
possibly an allusion to David the ancient king of Israel who played
a harp for King Saul and was, like St. Patrick, a shepherd in his
youth and is arguably the best poet of all time, as the author of
many of the Psalms.
Jack Lamb and I attended a talk at the Shankill Public Library on
the Irish language in the Protestant communities in Ireland, led by
Linda Ervine of the Skainos Irish Language program. Though I had attended
a similar presentation at Skainos last year, this time I seemed to
engage much better, possibly because I'm more acclimated to the local
accents and are better to hear more without having to ask after every
sentence, "what did s/he say?" Especially interesting was
the discussion of place names in Ireland that are anglicized versions
of Irish words. "Knock," which is the name of a number of
places throughout the island, for example, comes from the Irish "cnoc,"
meaning "hill." And many phrases that we (especially we
descendants from long-past Irish ancestors) use, are actually English
adaptations of Irish expressions which, in English, don't make much
sense or at least are not the easiest way to say it in English. For
example, "he never let on." «
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.
teenager beaten, shot with pellet gun in sectarian attack last night
Charlie Rangel (D-NY) likens Tea Partiers to Hamas terrorists
platoon mate tells Congress he appeared to be planning desertion
Ted Cruz questions whether President supplied arms to ISIS
US Government exchanged liberalism for intolerance, part 2
(This department alternates with Writing
time on my trip to Donegal earlier this week, I finished reading a
short book I bought last week at a lecture at an Evangelical Presbyterian
Church in Belfast by Carl R. Trueman, professor
of historical theology and church history at Westminster Theological
Seminary in Philadelphia. Though I attended a Philadelphia reformed
seminary (Reformed Episcopal) in my salad days (mid-1960s) which had
considerable overlap with Westminster beyond their geographical proximity,
it wasn't Trueman's reformed frame of reference that mainly interested
me (I'm well past that) so much as the fact that he is a native Englishman
now living and working in the United States and writing on what he
considers the excesses of evangelical Americans' political conservatism.
The book is Republocrat, Confessions of a Liberal Conservative.
rather hoped that the little book would have a "moderating"
influence on me, as I consider myself something of a Conservative's
conservative and fear that I've been pushed farther to one side than
I'm comfortable with by recent events. But, alas, the things he is
critical of in American political conservativism are generally ones
that I have long been critical of too. This includes, especially,
heavy reliance on the Fox News Channel, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly,
Rush Limbaugh, and other fast and loose (and secular, non-Christian)
pundits, along with conservatives' disdain for critical or analytical
thinking and such spin-offs of that as republishing false urban myths
without checking first.
The book was
published in 2010, but as it has only a few sketchy references to
Barack Obama and is full of rhetoric about George W. Bush, it appears
to have been written at least two years earlier than that. Which means
that for all practical purposes, it's largely out of date. But the
book does have some interesting points relating to a Christian worldview
that make it worth engaging, so with this introduction I will take
that up next time. «
man a coward; but a life in the Truth of Christ makes Him bold.
John Chrysostom «
has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to
find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In
this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench
all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His
only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.
thought: Paul speaks in today's passage to the ubiquitous
question among skeptics, "what kind of God would give
us such a messed up world as this," and also introduces
the antidote to the poison fouling our world. It is because
of loveGod loving our first parents enough to permit
them to think and act for themselves, even if for selfish
reasons. And even as Adam took the infection into his own
person and passed it on to all of us, Jesus, the Godman, came
with healing in his wings and offered a dose of it (repentance)
to all who chose to try it out. «
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