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Today's Scripture: Brethren, from those who were reputed to be something (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality) - those, I say, who were of repute added nothing to me; but on the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter for the mission to the circumcised worked through me also for the Gentiles), and when they perceived the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised; only they would have us remember the poor, which very thing I was eager to do.

St. Paul's letter to the Galatians, chapter 2:6-10,
from today's Orthodox lectionary readings.
See the Bible study notes below.

Additional reading for today: Mark 5:22-24, 35-43; 6:1 «

Today's diary - life in Romania

Today began as a nice day in Cluj like this one, snapped earlier, but now the sky is clouding over so I may need my umbrella (which is back at the hostel) by the time to return from Starbucks. Pictured is a busy intersection at the end of Cluj's Central Park; just to the left of the crosswalk is the memorial to the anti-Communist resistance that was featured here in an earlier installment. Not visible is the river, which is at the bottom of Fortress Hill, with Belvedere Hotel on the left and the cross shown here several times earlier on the right.

Though I said that yesterday was shaping up as another heatwave day, by the time I was done in the mall clouds had come over and the rest of the day was cooler than predicted. Last night I met Floyd Frantz and a couple of friends of his at a German-Viennese restaurant near Museum Square.

Tonight I'm to have dinner with Radu Cristea and his co-author, Tom Sears, visiting from New York state, and possibly others, at the German restaurant that was featured in the video blog on August 22 as a participant of the festival.

Another resident at the hostel mentioned over breakfast that this weekend is expected to be the beginning of a cooling off, with a low of 42°F expected by Tuesday night. See you, D.v., on Monday. «

Headlines - an Orthodox Christian news aggregator
Links to news, features, research and opinion pieces. See caveats, below.

Claim: Hillary Clinton paid to hide the identity of people maintaining her email server

Oxford dictionaries add 'microaggression,' 'manspreading,' 'social justice warrior'

Dem chair Wasserman Schultz proud of young people pushing Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter activist calls 'Pigs In a Blanket' chant no more than 'playful'

NYT via Dinesh D'Souza: James O'Keefe will stalk campaigns for wrongdoing

R. R. Reno defends Kim Davis's conscientious decision in First Things editorial

Target Store in hard-drinking Chicago is introducing drink-while-you-shop service

Immigration waves raise the question if Europe will still continue to be Europe

Police in Hungary force migrants off a train in what is being called an asylum crisis

Texas woman who tweeted that deputy deserved execution arrested for assault

Christian worldview - members of Christ
(This department alternates with Writing stuff)

I chose today's meme not for any profundity in it but because it reminds us that everything we have, even in the members of our physical bodies, has been endowed by our Creator with an inherent purpose and we can worship Him with and in all of our bodily members by putting them into those intended purposes. Our voices can speak kind words to strangers but can also praise Him and give glory to Him. Our ears can be listening for ways to be more helpful, but we can also be listening to His still small voice. Our hands can enable us to help make a shelter for our neighbors, help push someone's car out of a ditch, or make the sign of the cross. And, as the special focus of this department is, our minds can be in an unending quest to know the truth as He reveals it to us, and put that into terms we find familiar and may be helpful to others. Finally, our hearts were made for love, love of God, love of our families and our neighbors, but also for our enemies, so that we can begin the process of healing and reconciliation that was Christ's purpose in becoming one of us and dwelling among us to teach us by His words and example. «

Today's video




Today's quotes


We are commanded to have only one enemy, the devil. With him never be reconciled! But with a brother, never be at enmity in your heart.

St. John Chrysostom «

It is perhaps not so hard to forgive a single great injury. But to forgive the incessant provocations of daily life—to keep on forgiving the bossy mother-in-law, the bullying husband, the nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the deceitful son—how can we do it? Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say our prayers each night "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us." We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse is to refuse God's mercy for ourselves.

— C. S. Lewis «

Bible study notes: Continuing from yesterday's reading, Paul today establishes the biblical record that he was chosen to be the apostle to the gentiles (the "uncircumsized") and Peter was the leader of those being sent to the Jews (the "circumsized"). He speaks of James, Peter, and John, the core group from among the disciples during Jesus' earthly ministry, as "the pillars" of the church in their time, thus establishing them as the original metaphorical pillars of the church. And if you've always thought of "the right hand of fellowship" as a cliche of American evangelicals, you now know Paul said it first.

A word with God: Lord Jesus Christ, endow us with your Holy Spirit so that we can forgive as we are called to forgive, to not hold the trespasses committed against us but to forgive those who abuse and misuse us, or underuse us, so that we can seek and be assured of your forgiveness of us in our own failings and oversteppings. In the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit now and ever and to ages of ages, Amen. «

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Every-day 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.

Caveats 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. «

Unless 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. «

Quotations usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «

Videos used here are embedded from video websites (most frequently YouTube), and occasionally these are 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. «

Comments: Please leave comments on my Facebook or Google+ page. «

§ I have now uploaded over 3,000 photos and videos, mostly from my recent 19-month visit to Northern Ireland, but also including several hundred photos and videos from my summer in Pennsylvania (2012), some photos of the family, and some new ones from Malta on my Flickr site. Most of these are now organized by sets. Click here for the Flicker site.

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Please pray for my mission to Europe. You can read my background overview of this undertaking here. My permanent/postal address is 632 North 20th Street, San Jose, CA 95112; my telephone number is +40 741 370 148; within Romania: 0741 370 148.

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