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Each Sunday morning, churches throughout the U.S. engage in a simple ritual. After a few songs and prayers, the children of the congregation are ushered out of the auditorium, accompanied with “Jesus loves the little children,” to their own gathering for the remainder of the church’s worship. As I understand it, this practice serves two functions: the kids have a worship experience “at their level,” and the adults receive a moment’s respite for undisturbed worship—usually the Sermon, and often the Lord’s Supper.
I have always enjoyed my blogging experience with WordPress. But they recently updated their program and now I can say it really rocks!
From an improved Dashboard, to an easier to use tool bar – everything just looks better and cleaner and, for this blogger, just way better. And it was great to begin with.
So, if you are unhappy with your current blogging site, or if you are interested in starting your own blog – Fly with WordPress. Everyone else is just trying to catch up.
For both – “Once a job is first begun, never finish ’til it’s done; whether the job be great or small, do it well or not at all.”
How did Christ's original apostles (excluding the one who betrayed him, Judas Iscariot) respond when confronted with violence?
As we seek the answer to that question, let's consider most closely Simon Peter and John. Why? Because Peter was the one our Lord chastised and snubbed for displaying and suggesting the use of weapons. Peter was the one who Jesus rebuked for attempting to defend him and who took off a man's ear with an errant swing with a sword.
Two thoughts. (1) Violence in our country. It's the topic of the day these days. (2) Jesus Christ. My Lord and Savior, every day.
One question. How did Jesus respond to violence?
Let's find out.
The government ordered his death and sent soldiers to kill him ... so his parents, rather than standing their ground, fled the country with him.
Just a final post in 2012 to thank you all for reading my sometimes disjointed, sometimes cantankerous, and sometimes even coherent posts. This has been a good year for Instrument Rated Theology, and all of you have had a part.
What I have been particularly happy about is that this blog set a “reads” record in 6 out of the 12 months this year. That shows increasing interest, and I am humbled.
Right now my monthly totals would be a horrific daily total for some blogs – but I can tell from my stats from WordPress that my readers are pretty consistent – and that is another reason I am humbled. That someone would come back to continue to read is high praise.
I hope to increase my quality of articles – and I would especially like to hear from you – if you have a question or if something I have said interests you further.
So, on behalf of me and the fine editorial crew at Instrument Rated Theology, thanks for a great 2012 and I look forward to an even better 2013.
Okay, that was short.
I thought I could hang up the pen. Not even close.
When I finished my last post I was done – fried, melted, and scorched.
But then the thoughts just kept coming – faster and faster and deeper and deeper.
I guess I’m not done yet after all. Maybe in a little while, but come to find out there was a little steam left in the engine.
I may hiss and spit more than make any forward motion, but I guess it will be my hiss and spit.
Welcome back Freightdawg – and you are cleared for take-off.
I appreciate the folks who stop by on a regular basis to see what foggy notion has flown through my mind recently. I have not posted in a few days, but it is not because I am not writing. Actually, I am up to my eye balls in paper, ink and pixels. I am completing a project for my Doctor of Ministry program, and when everything is all said and done I will submit between 85 – 90 pages of writing (about half of it in single spaced book reviews).
So, I’m writing, just not in this space.
When I finally submit this project to my professor I intend to distill some of my observations for posts in this space. So, beginning in October I will probably have at least one article per day – maybe more, who knows.
Until then, I am far more tempted to consume distilled products rather than create them.
I have wrestled with whether or not to post this. Just a warning...this is not for the faint of heart. All I ask is that the comments not get into political wrangling but stick with what is really going on here.
Last week I saw something I hadn't ever seen before. I saw a picture of an aborted baby. It was graphic.
Dear readers, it seems like forever since I have had an opportunity to post some new thoughts. I am in the middle of a job transition and it has taken me much, much longer than I anticipated. I hope to be back to my posts again around Aug. 8 or so, so check in with me then. Until then, be sure and keep the shiny side up and the oily side down.