When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram
and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.
And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply
you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked
with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you,
and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your
name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I
have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly
fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come
from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you
and your descendants after you in their generations, for an
everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants
after you. Also, I give to you and your descendants after you
the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan,
as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
And God said to Abraham:
“As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants
after you throughout their generations.
reading for today: Isaiah 2:3-11, Proverbs 2:1-22 «
diary - life in Northern Ireland
I got this
photo of another once-famous athlete of Belfast's past during my recent
photo reconnaissance of the Cathedral Quarter near the city center.
Raising a fist on the edge of St. Anne's Square is, according to the
inscription on the base of the statue, "John Rinty Monaghan,
1918-1984, retired as undefeated world, European, British and Empire
flyweight champion. When Irish eyes are smiling."
This is intended
to be the third-to-last blog post before I begin my furlough in the
United States Northwest, Seattle and beyond, next week. My daughter
and grandson, who moved there a few months ago from San Jose, say
they are anticipating my visit and we're already planning outings
to Seattle Center and Pike Place (Seattle's famous open-stall marketplace
where Starbucks had its first store). I'm also hoping to visit the
All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, in Puget Sound. which
serves as Seattle's bay. I have heard the brotherhood's abbott, Fr.
Tryphon, on the Morning
Offering podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio. And I have, last I checked,
a friend from seminary and another from college days living in that
part of Washington State, so I hope to make contact with them.
night, Jack Lamb took me to a Full-Gospel Businessmen's dinner, where
he spoke on visiting Israel, and he engaged me to make a short testimonial
about my visit there with him. Yesterday's weather was similar to
Monday's, beginning with showers after sunrise and heavy, moist cloud
cover the rest of the day. Today began like yesterday, but the rain
has continued, harder than usual for misty drizzly Belfast. «
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worldview - thoughts about thinking (This department alternates with Writing stuff)
Antoninius was the emperor of Rome from AD 161 to 180, is considered
one of the most important stoic philosophers, and though historians
call him one of the five "good emperors" and he has many
quotable thoughts like the one in today's meme, he was one of the
most severe emperors in his persecution of the Christians.
So it's not
the author of the meme that I want to bring to your attention, but
the thought it contains and the congruence of the thought with a Christian
philosophy of life or worldview.
many ways to improve the quality of your thoughts, but the most basic
one is to think about them. Don't just "think," which most
people would say is unavoidable, but think "theoretically."
Make the connections. Fill in the dots. Take your thinking to the
next higher level, and then on to the next, until you're thinking
the thoughts of God himself. Of course for that, the greatest aid
and an indispensable one, is the Bible, which is the only recorded
source of thoughts of God at our disposal. But don't assume that you
can interpret it accurately; that's where the church and its theological
tradition come in.
Read. Go farther
in and farther up. Question everything, especially your naive presuppositions,
your prejudices, which are almost entirely the product of the communications-news-entertainment
media you have let yourself be baptized by. Then compare those with
what God says. Then you'll begin to develop a Christian worldview. «
is no greater love than that a man lays down his life for his neighbor.
When you hear someone complaining and you struggle with yourself and
do not answer him back with complaints; when you are hurt and bear
it patiently, not looking for revenge; then you are laying down your
life for your neighbor.
Abba Poemen «
cannot experience our life as an endless present, we are eternal in
God's eyes; that is, in our deepest reality.
S. Lewis «
study notes: It
seems apparent that God waited until Abraham and Sarah were
"too old" to bear children to give them a promise
that their progeny would fill the whole world. Almost as though
He wanted to give them a miraculous outworking of the promise
so they would be more convinced of it and its importance to
Himto Godthan their normal consciousness could
have taken in.
A word with
God of Abraham, the only Creator-God, our heavenly Father,
help us in our naive unbelief. Cure us of our dependence of
signs and wonders, and give us a continuous and reliable relationship
with you, in faith, in hope, and in love. Hear our prayer
in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, Amen. «
important things; A word from God; a word
with God; taking stock of our place now; catching up on world and
social concerns ("headlines"); an inward reflection (worldview);
something to get you out; something to laugh about; some thoughts
to sharpen your thinking.
on "headlines"; links to articles on current issues—news,
features, research 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, being aware
that knowledge can be dangerous and a little knowledge even moreso. «
specified otherwise, none of the message memes used in this blog are
the creation or property of the author, but are reposted here from
the social networks. «
usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «
used here are embedded from video websites (usually YouTube),
removed from the sites from which they were embedded, or permissions
on those sites change, causing them to "disappear" from
these pages. This is also likely to happen to links to articles
outside this site. This is beyond the control or remedy of this blog
and webmaster. «
I have now uploaded over 5,000 photos and videos from my tours in
Northern Ireland, Malta, Greece, Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland, Romania
and Serbia, 2013-15, and also including several hundred photos and
videos from my summer in Pennsylvania in 2012, some photos of the
family, on my
Flickr site. Most of these are now organized by albums. Click
here for the Flicker site.
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in Europe, his friends there, his friends in his home parish
in Silicon Valley, California, his parish in his adopted home
base of Belfast, UK, and his friends in his native coalfields
of Western Pennsylvania, and any others interested. When time
for deeper reflection is lacking, this may consist mainly of
reposts of things from online networks that seem to resonate
with members of his circles.
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