Jon Kennedy's 'Postcards from
in Northern Ireland'
diary and Belfast blog
ENTRY 1480 | THURSDAY,
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
from today's Orthodox lectionary
See the homiletical thought below. «
diary - life in Northern Ireland
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).
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,
Lord willing, I'll accompany Jack to a historical plaque dedication
in the Shankill, then to my weekly Dock Cafe stint. «
Links to articles
worth reading on current issues—news that 'signifies.'
murderer wants to remove 'MURDER' tattoo from his neck before trial
spring? Dhimmis are being imposed on Mideast Christians again
study by sociologist Mark Regnerus claims religion predicts sexual
Hell is real (but so is
Poor man's curb finder
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.
Mark the Ascetic (Fifth Century) «
To what will
you look for help, if you will not look to that which is stronger
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 crookednesswickednessof
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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