For I think
that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned
to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both
to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you
are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are
distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we
both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten,
and homeless. And we labor, working with our own hands. Being
reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure; being defamed,
we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the
offscouring of all things until now.
I do not write these
things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.
For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ,
yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have
begotten you through the gospel. Therefore I urge you, imitate
diary - life in Northern Ireland - a backward look to Tel Aviv
shuttle at the Belfast airport came to deliver us to Jack's car in
the long-term parking, Jack asked the driver if the cold wet weather
had been like this for a couple of days. "It's been like this
for as long as I can remember," he replied; "somewhere around
1969." What an appropriate welcome back home to Norniron! I believe,
in truth, that the day we left Belfast had been bright and sunny,
the only such day we'd had since my arrival from Belgrade 13 days
earlier, during which Norniron weather was unfailingly wet and cold.
And since Saturday morning, it has been even worse...it being, of
course, nearly the first of December now.
Our 12 days
in Israel were perfect, in terms of weather, but also in terms of
touring the Holy Land. Around 70 degrees every day (and warmer below
sea level, where we spent much of our time), and mostly sunny day
after day. We saw no violence, but did hear reports of some not far
from us in both distance and time.
showing you how wet and cold it is here in Belfast, I'm giving a final
glimpse back at Tel Aviv. Israel's largest metropolitan center with
more than a million people, Tel Aviv is a new city, having been begun
near the turn of the twentieth century when Jewish residents of the
then-British territory started settlements there. And its skyline
is reminiscent of Los Angeles's, with outcroppings of ultra modern
buildings like the ones in the photo above, all around the basin it
hope to put on my Santa hat and get into the Belfast Christmas mood,
and hope also to get the Home Page "decorated" for the Nativity
holiday. I took my usual walk to McDonald's for my breakfast and coffee
this morning and, despite an umbrella, felt soaked by the time I got
back "home," about three blocks distance. «
- an Orthodox Christian news aggregator Links
to news, features, research and opinion pieces. See caveats,
worldview - the fathers on abortion (This department alternates with Writing stuff)
catechetical writing in church history, the Didache,
plainly forbids abortion. This is the first time I have encountered
this strong condemnation of it by one of the leading fathers of the
Basil (329-379). Christians who believe that Jesus Christ did
not lie when He said the gates of hell would not prevail against the
church (Matthew 16:18) must, logically, agree with the plain teachings
of the fathers (only if the church was already apostate by the end
of the first century, could its most important post-New Testament
document have been in error). «
celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well
known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
to understand anything we are rejecting the facts as they are for
us in favour of the facts as they are.
S. Lewis «
study notes: Paul
is speaking ironically / sarcastically in today's passage
about his foolishness and his congregation's wisdom and the
other contrasts between his standing and theirs.
A word with
God: Lord we praise you for your faithfulness and your
provision for our daily lives. Help us keep the faith ourselves
and share it with our neighbors to their benefit. In Christ
the Lord and the Father and the Holy Spirit, 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
here for the Flicker site.
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