And sorrow and mourning shall flee away:
“[W]e also have to monitor when our systems of interpretation are being privileged over hearing the Word of God afresh.” Clown World (buy hey, America’s got talent!). Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Demon World (the two always go hand in hand). Demon World—homeschool your kids. “Testing is a motif that runs through the whole narrative of God. … Affliction tests, probes, forming; it is character formation.” (Related—Tozer: “What pressure and suffering [Jesus] endured grew out of His position as the world’s sin bearer; they were never the result of moral uncertainty or spiritual maladjustment.”) “The American university does not have a pope. It might as well have a pope. It is as ideologically uniform as the College of Cardinals…. What is up with that?” ( Related.) “[That] the quotation goes back to Jesus is clear from the intentional wordplay between ‘son’ and ‘stone’, ben and aben in Aramaic.” “One cannot begin it too soon.” Donne: “No man is an Island, intire of it selfe; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” ( Related.)
Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie(s)? Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie?
Where was the Garden of Eden?
( Para bellum? Related, but good news. Related, but…not good news.)
Jeremiah 2.5, 11-13: “Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in Me, that they are gone far from Me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? … Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but My people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
Up from the grave he arose:
“For years I used to make fun of that mimeographed map of Hades, Paradise, and Tartarus, these ‘holding places’ prior to the Judgment.” Thread—sing more. Thread—give thanks more. Thread—avoid artificial everything. “[T]his appearance to the women involves a difficult gender (women rather than men), difficult timing (before any appearance to men), and a difficult location (Jerusalem amid so much emphasis on Galilee).” ( Related. ) “Money ain’t everything.” “As tent dwellers, much of the population of Iron-Age Israel would be archaeologically invisible to archaeologists today.” ( Related.) Whoops! ( Related.) Whoops! ( Related. Related.) But this is the most important (and saddest) take. ( Related. Related: “It is better not to strike.”) Isaiah 54.7-8: “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.”
Not National News. Not National News. Not National News. Not National News. And Not National History, either.
“But why need I seek further for proof that Moses and Jesus our Lord and Savior acted in closely similar ways, since it is possible for any one who likes to gather instances at his leisure?”
“[F]or a rebel, all true victories are total. He who makes half a revolution digs his own grave.”
“I loved her without reserve, and reverenced her as the sheerest gift of God’s grace to me.” (Related: “You’re the thinking man’s trophy wife.” Related. Related.)
A blessed belated St. George’s Day to you all!
Carl Spitzweg, Aschermittwoch / Ash Wednesday
May the judgement not be too heavy upon us (nor upon me for accidentally posting an incomplete DBD
“Who goeth in the way which Christ hath gone, / Is much more sure to meet with him, than one / That travelleth by-ways.” (Related: “I am a little world made cunningly / Of Elements, and an Angelike spright.” Related: “Yea, in deaths shadie black abode / Well may I walk, not fear.” Related: “Unless Thou show to us thine own true way / No man can find it: Father! Thou must lead.” ) Correct. Correct. Correct. Correct. Correct. Correct. Correct (we live in Clown World, after all). Mostly correct. And speaking of correct… “[M]ost men would be jealous to have a wife like Anna not just because of her sacrifice to help Cooper but because of her graciousness, generosity, and kindness to all those around as well.” Carnivore success story. Carnivore success story. Carnivore success story. Vegan failure story Carnivore success story. But this carnivore success story takes the cake (or doesn’t, as it were). “Myth is not primitive proto-science. It is a qualitatively different phenomenon.” Why do they always send the poor? (Language warning, but this one hit right in the feels. Related. Related. Related—language warning. Related.) Isaiah 45.15: “Verily Thou art a God that hidest Thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.”
“[A]nd they sang as they slew, for the joy of battle was on them.”
“What does Haman have to do with head coverings and 1 Corinthians 11:1-16?”
“[R]edistribution policies don’t have a big impact on inequality.”
“[T]he world of the biblical writers was not, in fact, extremely limited but instead very cosmopolitan.”
Thank God, we have a cause worth fighting for, and a cause worth losing, and a good song to sing:
“The cross is shock therapy for a world addicted to solving its problems through violence.” This guy basically called it. ( As did this guy… and Pat Buchanan… and Alex Jones. Related. Related. Related. Related: “The first casualty when war comes is truth.” Related. Related—another very good and clear analysis. Related—an update as of Saturday afternoon. Related.) “Never read a Bible verse.” A good list of concepts with which to familiarize yourself. “[T]he one who had struck me suddenly with an illness healed me with unbelievable speed, to frighten rather than crush, and to reform rather than to flog.” ( Related.) You can’t trust the experts. ( Related—”new medicines,” they said. Related. Related. Related: “As the general ability of our establishment intelligentsia declines, the reigning theories in every field become more removed from the world, less likely to be useful, and subject to insane arbitrary swings.”) Isaiah 43.18-20: “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honour Me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.”
Clown World (and the clownishness has real-world consequences, doesn’t it). Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Clown World (guess how many children she has in real life). Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. ( Literal Clown World. Very much related.) Clown World. Clown World. Clown World—”Bourgeois”? The sim writers aren’t even trying anymore! Although I have to give them props for this.
“([A]t least) by the middle of the second century the fourfold gospel was received as authoritative in some parts of the early Christian movement.”
Not all heroes wear capes. ( Or have hands.)
“To be true to something beyond this world.” (Related— food for thought).
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning:
“Jesus teaches. But he does so mostly so his hearers—especially his disciples—will not understand. Why?” Don’t institutionalize your kids. (Related: “[I]ntroduce the outside world to them on your own terms.” Related: #ThisIsMyBelovedTeenageSon.) The many metaphors of salvation. ( Related, belatedly.) A good summary. “How can I tell you what it was on a recent Sunday about the words, ‘Doubt and terror are withdrawn’ from the hymn ‘Watchman, tell us of the night’ that nearly had me in tears?” Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie? Where’s the lie? ( There it is!) MacDonald: “No worst thing ever done in the name of Christianity, no vilest corruption of the Church, can destroy the eternal fact that the core of it is the heart of Jesus.”
“Three April perfumes in three hot Junes burned, / Since first I saw you fresh, which yet are green.”
“[S]ince believers are not under the Mosaic covenant, those former laws (including the laws of the Decalogue) have no binding authority over the believer.”
“This is cultlike behavior; there’s no other way to put it.” ( Related. Related.)
Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad Te, Deus.
Tell me that you’ll open your eyes:
Another very belated advent story. (Related: “This is where Jesus would have been in this situation.”) , more than anything else I’ve read, helped me understand where we’ve been and where we’re going with COVID. (Related: This “When the vaccine was first announced, I found a review paper on mRNA vaccinces from 2018. It described the 30 years that scientists had been working on mRNA vaccines. I read about all the problems and thought it was a might[y] odd coincidence that they worked out all the bugs just in time for COVID.”) “How do we change?” (Related: Pray the psalms.) “Lethal aid.” ( Related. Related. Related—lol.) “The identification of Jesus with YHWH seems to have been part of … Christianity from more or less the very beginning.” “[L]iberalism is essentially a Christian heresy.” “You have touched me, and I have burned for your peace.”
“Nothing was ugly / just because the world said so.” ( Related. Also related, if you think about it.)
“Provide for us day by day—the elk, the buffalo, and the salmon. The corn, the squash, and the wild rice. All the things we need for each day.”
Clown World. Clown World. Clown World. Demon World. “Progress.” “Progress.” ( Related.) “Progress.” “Progress.”
Dallas Willard: “Laughter is the automatic human response to incongruity and incongruity is never lacking on the human scene, no matter how far advanced we may be into the kingdom. It is indelibly imprinted in our finitude. There will be lots of laughter in heaven, you can be sure, as well as joy, for our finitude will always remain. Just imagine an eternity in which no one laughs!”
P.S. I will be posting less frequently the next couple months. Please keep me in your prayers (everything is fine, just busier than usual). As always, thank you for reading!