Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
in Northern Ireland'
diary and Belfast blog
ENTRY 1605 | THURSDAY,
God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced
to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, 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 held
in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger
and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, and we
labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when
persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate;
we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the
off-scouring of all things. I do not write this to make you
ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though
you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers.
For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
I urge you, then, be imitators of me.
first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 4:9-16
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in Northern Ireland - 5 more days
ba-a-ack! And with another look (above) at beautiful downtown Carnlough
on the Antrim Coast and Glens Highway.
been removed from the house, which I'm supposed to have empty by Tuesday
noon, so I was quite anxious this morning. I was assured in a phone
call that one of the "removers" will definitely be coming
over the weekend to fill a van, so maybe I'll sleep better tonight.
Trevor Buchanan has offered to take my bedroom furnishings for his
spare room (with the offer that I can visit him if I'm ever able to
return to Belfast for short stays), so I still have to arrange for
"a man with a van" to pick that kit up, preferably on Tuesday,
before I'm on my way to the airport.
still saying winter is back, so Malta is looking better every hour,
with today again cold under cloudy skies and intermittent rain much
like yesterday. «
to news, features, and opinion pieces. See caveats,
commission tells Christian business owners to leave religion at home
reports that Google 'Street View' will go to the deserts by camel
Harvard students claim US is greater threat to world peace than ISIS
can make decisions while we sleep – here they are in action
will stay in the UK, but some US states are thinking secession
tank scholar says the fight for who defines marriage is far from over
will call kids 'purple penguins'; 'boys and girls' not inclusive enough
woman barred from Colorado pool over dress; code will be changed «
worldview - moral relativism
(This department alternates with Writing
meme may summarize the liberal parties' platform in most Western democracies
but is totally incompatible with a Christian worldview. God is good
and anything that conforms to His will, even if imperfectly, is better
than anything that rejects or does not try to follow His standards.
And "conforming to God's standards" as revealed in and by
His Word, is the measure of everythingthings both material like
works of literarure and art and things immaterial like ideas and teachingscontrary
to the claim of relativist ("liberal," "modernist")
philosophies and religions that good and bad are no more than subjective
opinions; any point of view is as good as the next. See C.S. Lewis's
The Abolition of Man and That Hideous Strength (and
series of lectures by Thomas Hopko on YouTube) for more on this
only time you should look in your neighbor's bowl is to make sure
that they have enough. You don't look in your neighbor's bowl to see
if you have as much as them.
to wonder if s/he actually said that.) «
It is not
you who shape God; it is God who shapes you. Offer the Potter your
heart, soft and tractable, and keep the form in which the Artist has
fashioned you. Let your clay be moist, lest you grow hard and lose
the imprint of the Potter’s fingers.
thought: Now that I see passages like today's as sarcastic
or, more appropriately, Paul's use of literary irony, they
make an important point. And the point is that we are to aspire
to be more like Paul, our spiritual father, in all his weakness
and less like the Corinthians who could boast of their strength. «
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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