You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ
Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many
witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to
teach others also. You therefore must endure hardship as a good
soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles
himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him
who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in
athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to
the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of
the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding
in all things.
Remember that Jesus
Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according
to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even
to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.
Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that
they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus
with eternal glory.
You may have
noticed that my "life-in" photos have been declining in
quality in the past
several weeks, with an accidental picture of the cobblestones filling
the bill last Friday. And now it's a picture of an advertising poster
in a Belfast bus shelter. The weather and my cold (as mentioned on
Monday) can serve to cover me for today. But actually, I was pleased
to find this poster which is, of course, if you know much of their
menu, a McDonalds' advert for their biggest culinary achievement (IMHO),
the sausage egg McMuffin. This is worth some discussion beyond the
culinary; it lends itself to consideration of contrasts between the
American and United Kingdom language and cultures.
1. What Americans
call "English muffins," which is the type of bread used
in this sandwich, is unknown to the English or anyone else on this
side of the Atlantic. The closest proximation of this type of bread
sold here is what they call a crumpet. English muffins, I've been
given to believe, were introduced by a bakery in the Philadelphia-Atlantic
City area, Thomases. Maybe the Thomas family were afraid Americans
were not ready to eat a crumpet so they thought "English muffins"
might be more acceptable; they certainly have become a nationwide
2. The meat
on this sandwich is sausage. In fact, in America, though we know two
types of sausages, links and "patties," the patty is what
most Americans think of when they hear "sausage." They get
a "full English breakfast" here in the UK with sausage listed
as one of the ingregients, and are let down to see that instead of
either a sausage patty or a lnik sausage as we know them, they get
a shriveled-up weiner. I put emphasis quotation marks around "patties"
on first mention because over here that word is not used for a patty,
either. Hamburger patties and sausage patties are traditionally made
by patting a ball of meat between your hands like patty cake, until
it is turned into a flat disc, so they're rightly known as patties.
And link sausages
in the US, unless they're Italian or Polish sausages, are about the
size of a mid-sized person's index finger, not a weiner. Furthermore,
unlike UK sausages, American link sausages have some sausage flavor.
When my parents once butchered a hog, they bought and used a can of
sausage flavoring which gave the ground pork its distinct sausage
taste, which is available here only on McDonald's and Burger King's
breakfast sandwiches. Italian and Polish sausages, which are about
the size of bratwursts, also have distinct flavors, but they are unknown
here, or anywhere else I've traveled in Europe (I have not been to
Poland and have been in Italy only for a couple of days in the 1960s).
I have no love lost on McDonalds other than my liking of this sandwich.
In fact, I decided several years ago when I had equal access to McD's
and Burger King for breakfast, that I liked BK's version of the sausage
egg sandwich, made with a croissant rather than an English muffin,
even better. But there is no BK available where I live now.
two, my photo of the cobblestones and its discussion elicited more
reader feedback than most items here. The writer said that "macadam,"
the asphalt paving used for most roadways and many sidewalks and paths
these days, is a petroleum-based paving material that deteriorates
very quickly and results in many potholes and high maintenance, compared
with cobblestones. Good point, I have to agree.
weather continued being wet and cold, so I stayed in except for short
walks for my lunch and dinner (I passed on McD's breakfast yesterday
in favor of staying in bed longer). Tonight, the choir I wrote about
several times last week is rehearsing, so I hope to be up to attending
that. Rehearsals have moved from Monday to Wednesday and from the
radio station to the outlying town of Dromore, which is where the
choir director and some of the other singers reside. «
- an Orthodox Christian news aggregator Click
to access articles on news, features, research and opinion pieces.
See caveats, below.
worldview - roots of today's social upheaval (This department alternates with Writing stuff)
headline links, above, include an
article explaining the roots of political correctness, tracing
it to a Marxist think tank begun in Frankfurt, Germany, before World
War Two. I'm encouraging anyone interested in a Christian worldview
to read it, because I believe it offers insights that are unknown
to most people of our time, but facts which should be considered in
any attempt to understand why so much is going wrong so quickly in
our country and the West generally. And please consider these comments
as an addendum to that article.
I have long
suspected that the so-called sexual revolution might have more to
do with disabling or dismembering Christianity than it has to do with
feminism and normalizing homosexuality in modern society. Why, for
one example, has become marriage a major goal for the gay movement
when marriage more generally is rapidly diminishing in the culture
at large (through no-fault divorce and widespread acceptance of cohabitation
without marriage)? In the days of the Anita Bryant battles against
gay civil rights in Florida (late '70s), gays insisted they had no
intention of seeking a right to marry. So why the wholesale reversal?
denying the sincerity and fervent support of the cause on the part
of any particular gay individuals, I strongly suspect that the liberal
establishment realized that the best way to weaken Christianity in
America, which would, in turn, weaken all conservative opposition
to the liberal utopian agenda, the best way to do that would be by
fully enfranchising "gays" as a social political minority,
despite the fact that the only thing distinguishing them from the
rest of us outwardly is their own claim that they're different. Why
did both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton so quickly and easily completely
reverse their positions on the gay marriage issue, unless they'd had
an epiphany along such lines?
And in the
process, I propose that liberal leaders realized that declaring opposition
to homosexual sins to be politically incorrect would give the government
grounds to enact laws crippling Christian individuals first, and the
churches and their clergy in one or two decades on.
And what if,
when several million Islamic "refugees from Syria" are clamoring
for asylum in the west, ...what if canny liberal dreamers-schemers
saw in this a one-two punch they could deliver against America's Christian
community, by letting into the country, for the first time in its
history, a sizeable and highly politically motivated body of religionists
opposed to Christianity and its values and willing to fight to the
death to impose their own, instead? Conspiracy theory, you say? Not
so much if it's true.
make you wonder? «
someone puts his trust in God in a matter, let him not argue with
his brother about it.
St. Mark the Ascetic «
theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the
words of Genesis, that "In the beginning God made Heaven and
S. Lewis «
study notes: Paul
reminds us in today's epistle passage from 2 Timothy that
the Christian life is a warfare. He speaks metaphorically,
of course, as a war for hearts, souls, and minds, rather than
to gain ground or kill literal enemies. But his admonition
is to keep our eyes steady on the prize, the Kingdom of God,
and not let ourselves be distracted by sex, food, and follies
as we make our way through life. Follow the "rules,"
the commandments of the Lord our High Commander, and keep
our allegiance to the church which is our true kinship and
A word with
enable us to have our eyes single to see you and your commandments,
your rules for living, and keep them from wandering to other
interests that distract. In Christ our Savior with the Father
and the 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
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in Silicon Valley, California, his parish in his adopted home
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