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Today's Scripture: Peter said to the people, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him." And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation." So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

Acts of the Apostles 2:38-43,
from today's Orthodox lectionary readings.
See the homiletical thought below. 

Today's diary - life in Northern Ireland

Jack Lamb mentioned this billboard in Belfast City Center during our prayer time this morning, so I had to get a picture, as an illustration on today's homiletical thought about our crooked generation. STI (sexually transmitted infection) is the UK term used instead of the American STD (sexually transmitted disease).

Today has been even more brilliant than any of the others in the past week. Scattered clouds aplenty, but still lots of blue and sunshine, sunshine, sunshine.

Tomorrow, Lord willing, I'll accompany Jack to a historical plaque dedication in the Shankill, then to my weekly Dock Cafe stint. «

In the news

Links to articles worth reading on current issues—news that 'signifies.'

Accused murderer wants to remove 'MURDER' tattoo from his neck before trial

Arab spring? Dhimmis are being imposed on Mideast Christians again

New study by sociologist Mark Regnerus claims religion predicts sexual behavior

Christian worldview


Today's video

Hell is real (but so is God's mercy)



Poor man's curb finder


Today's quotes

Seems this might happen even if you do participate, but . . .


In the spiritual life we can do nothing worthy without repentance, but the Lord has much mercy on us because of our intentions. He who compels himself and holds on to repentance until the end, even if he sins is saved because he compelled himself, for the Lord promised this in the Gospel.

— St. Mark the Ascetic (Fifth Century) «

To what will you look for help, if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?

— C.S. Lewis «

Homiletical thought: Save yourselves from this crooked generation, Peter told his fellow Jews and Romans. Every generation is "crooked" not in the pop-culture sense of being crooks, outlaws, but in the sense of being "bent" by the human condition, sin, which we are born into and which the Good News tells us we can find cleansing through the shed blood of Jesus through baptism and repentance of our sins.

Though I was impressed by the Noah movie's depiction of the bursting of the "natural water mains" under the ground and the deluge from the sky that turned the whole world into an ocean, and how it seemed to live in the ark, I was disappointed by its casual rather than focused depiction of the crookedness—wickedness—of Noah's generation. ("God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart," Genesis 6:5-6.) Mostly, the movie represented that wickedness as a lot of noise, brawling, eating animals, and failure to replant the trees the generation had destroyed. God's wrath might have been a figment of Noah's fantasies if his prophecies of a deluge had not soon come to pass. On the other hand, it does show Noah's own infection by the sin that beset his whole generation and his owning it enough to repent and follow God's will. We were assured in Jesus' teaching of a few days back that a new generation in the last days will be as preoccupied by its lust after sin as Noah's generation was, and He will again judge the world, by fire next time.

How soon, we all must be asking. And whose side am I on? «

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