View from bed

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View from bed

You’re a daisy if you do

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President Bush saves a Secret Service agent.

Now, if only we could get the President to hang out at Detroit Pistons games.

hmmm…

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Apparently, it is not just Republicans who have problems with the UN. The staff of the UN has just done something unheard of. They voted no confidence in the UN senior leadership including Kofi Annan.

Maybe we should send in some peacekeepers or NATO troops to keep things in order there.

Well, I’d hate it, if it wasn’t so useful…

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Google is taking over the world, and you know, I don’t seem to mind very much. Especially if they’re going to make academic research a little easier to find.

A person really can learn a thing or two without leaving the comforts of home. Well, about academic stuff at least.

the Fathers

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I’m not sure what brought this to mind, but I feel I might as well consider it for a bit. Back in 1997 I worked at the US Post Office in San Dimas, CA as a clerk. It payed the bills. Or really, it inspired me to get new bills. I bought some books, the 10 volume set of Ante-Nicene Fathers, and quit the job to read said books.

I had an Early Church history class a couple of years before this which awakened me to the world of the Apostolic Fathers and other early church writers. The professor was great as he had us actually read entire sections of the Fathers. Which seems natural… until one takes other classes on the subject. So we read through volume 1 in that class, and I read through volume 3 on my own over Spring Break for my paper on Tertullian.

I remember writing to a college friend about my insights, which now strike me a little funny. My sixteen week class had been an introduction but it still left me on my own afterwards to wade into what was really an obscure topic. I was an Evangelical and so such post Biblical writings have no place in the church, until we get so post Biblical as to get to this generation.

I note this because in quitting the job and reading those books I didn’t have a professor or guide to shape my reading. I went to a nearby park and read. What was my realization?

Love. I remember writing to this friend that I was shocked how much Love was a central theme in the early church. Of course it’s Biblical but that doesn’t mean it’s a hallmark of the Church in which I was raised. The essence and description of Love in what I read transformed my soul and shot me like a cannon into a renewed perception of Christ and his Church. The holiness and love and devotion I found stirred my heart in a way which still resonates.

I say this now because in re-reading other primary sources this morning I realize how sometimes we get bogged down by how others interpret the text for us. We learn to read as others want us to read rather than reading what is there for us to read. I’m curious how many folks have gone through a class on Early Church theology and been bowled over by the reality of Love within these texts?

Reading on our own allows the work of the Spirit to help us interpret, I think, and in moments of importance or after interpretive experiences revisiting original texts can be quite the event. But, it’s really easier to have others tell us what is there. I again realize how good it is that I have been taught not to depend on that.

So, to my parents and professors who encouraged me to read, and read primary sources in their purity. Thanks.

unity and diversity

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The Spirit of God works to create both unity and diversity within the Body of Christ, developing different emphases and gifts even while tying these separate strands together. In unity and diversity there is strength and fluidity beyond measure.

So, that being said, Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. is an organization quite worth watching. The enemy’s greatest tactic in church history has been divide and conquer, and he has done a stand up job over the centuries.

This is worth breaking some bread and raising a glass of wine over, methinks.

the real deal

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We hear on the news of Falwell or Robertson or we see TBN and it really frustrates me that these are the faces the world sees as representing evangelicalism and conservative Christianity. They may have had their moments, but like many they preach themselves more than they preach Christ. The Message is lost in that vague miasma of vainglory. This makes it easy to become cynical about the Church or its ministers.

But then there are people who really do represent the Gospel, their name is always accompanied by the name of Christ, they are always pointing the attention towards the One who called them. A lot of these people are unknown, as they work in small churches around the world. One who has made it into the limelight is Billy Graham. He is a man who honors the name of Christ in all he does. He’s not perfect by any means, but he is true to the calling and one who has run the race well. The LA Times, appropriately, has an article on Billy Graham. This is a man who is completely unabashed about telling the Gospel as it is, proclaiming the truth of Christ, and he is a man who even the media can’t help but to respect. That’s the power of the Gospel, and the reality that when kept pure the message really is effective.

And now for something completely different…

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John Cleese has a website. Full of good fun it is.

wisdom for the internet

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From Ecclesiastes 12:12 (NLT):

“But, my child, be warned: There is no end of opinions ready to be expressed. Studying them can go on forever and become very exhausting.”

Secretary Rice

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Condoleeza Rice will apparently replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State in coming months.

Christianity Today has written very good biography.

And yes, if she decides to run I would vote for her in 2008 for President.