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.
reading for today: Mark 5:22-24, 35-43; 6:1 «
diary - life in Romania
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.
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.
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. «
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worldview - members of Christ (This department alternates with Writing stuff)
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. «
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.
John Chrysostom «
It is perhaps
not so hard to forgive a single great injury. But to forgive the incessant
provocations of daily lifeto keep on forgiving the bossy mother-in-law,
the bullying husband, the nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the
deceitful sonhow 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.
S. Lewis «
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. «
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. «
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). «
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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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