Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
in Northern Ireland'
diary and Belfast blog
ENTRY 1601 | TUESDAY,
Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.
Let all that you do be done in love. Now, brethren, you know
that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia,
and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints;
I urge you to be subject to such men and to every fellow worker
and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus
and Achaicos, because they have made up for your absence; for
they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition
to such men. The churches of Asia send greetings. Aquila and
Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty
greetings in the Lord. All the brethren send greetings. Greet
one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with
my own hand. If any one has no love for the Lord, let him be
accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with
you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, chapter
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in Northern Ireland - 14 more days
mentioned earlier the frequent encounters one has here in Ulster with
papier mache cattle. This cow was inside a community center we visited
to get tickets for an event, and not only does she have an untypical
color scheme, she's wearing boots. But really, who wants to walk through
cow pastures with less?
of the items in the housethe Loomare beginning to disappear,
so the finality of my last two weeks in residence here is coming home.
Unfortunately we learned today that the owners are not going to rent
the flat any longer, but to put it up for sale.
This morning was again warm enough for short-sleeve shirts outside,
but now a storm is blowing in. This could be a longer-term change
in the weather, October
blowing in, as it were. Jack Lamb, Trevor Buchanan and I are hoping
to make it to New Grange and Tara on Friday, but now a rainy day is
being predicted, so that may have to be scratched. «
to news, features, and opinion pieces. See caveats,
Telegraph on Iraq crisis: 'every single Christian wants to
news site calls Obama most militaristic US President ever
News reports that 'thousands are flocking' to anti-Facebook site
the late Catholic philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand
D. Jakes threatens to sue rappers for sampling his sermon
from workplace terrorism about domestic radical Islam
Kasper: Some fear a domino effect at synod on the family
useful 'facts' about global warming and climate change extremism
latest Forbes 400 listing of this year's richest people in America
Rider' gives a Downs syndrome fan a ride of a lifetime in KITT
racial discrimination and marriage 'equality' are not similar
Al Sharpton to keynote dinner for group linked to Hamas
space mission welcomes a new trio aboard; icons in space
webpage: celtic worship more like Eastern worship than today's West «
worldview - how much can you handle?
(This department alternates with Writing
Not only is
today's cartoon meme laugh-out-loud funny, it may have some food for
theological thought helpful to the development of a Christian worldview.
Is it true that "the Lord will never give you more than you can
handle," even if that is a commonly repeated saying in various
meme forms? I wouldn't want to recite it to any of the martyrs, like
St. Ignatius of Antioch who was devoured by lions, or those who were
burned at the stake, or those beheaded by Islamic axes or buried alive
in Iraq in recent weeks. Most Christians over the centuries have believed
that the great tribution prophesied in the New Testament occurred
in the first three centuries of the church, at the hands of Roman
caesars, but most contemporary evangelicals prefer to believe that
the great tribution is yet to occur, and they will be spared it (through
"the rapture") because "the Lord will never give you
more than you can handle."
"handle" can be interpreted in a range of ways. Some can't
handle a hangnail, but others can "handle" beheading, and
one martyr burned at the stake is said to have asked his tormentors
to turn him over as he was now done on one side (St.
Lawrence of Rome). It may even be possibe that some can handle
beheading easier than a hangnail. The point of this department is
not to tell you what you have to believe to have a Christian worldview,
but to point you in the direction of constructing your own with the
aid of godly friends and the church. Though the Bible is the first
line of investigation, I would also recommend immersing yourself in
church history before coming to any hard and fast conclusions about
what Christians might be called upon to suffer. «
at Antiochian Village, Ligonier, PA)
throw a nail into a fire, it gets hot and starts to glow like fire.
In the same way you, when you listen to divine teachings and live
accordingly, will become like God.
Symeon of Daibabe «
is by human avarice or human stupidity, not by the churlishness of
nature, that we have poverty and overwork.
thought: Most of this passage is about taking care of
business, but the key thought is one to heed: "Let all that
you do be done in love." Sometimes that entails subjecting
our wills to brothers and sisters farther up the path to holiness.
Be teachable, be patient, and let those God brings into our
lives minister to our most important needs. «
on "A closer look"; links to articles on current issues—news,
features, 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. «
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 (most frequently 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. «
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