Hurricane Michael

Tomorrow will be 4 weeks since Hurricane Michael hit my home. My church has major damage. My flock, their homes range from minor damage to completely destroyed. It is a blessing that none were injured by the storm. Now we start with the rebuilding process. You think the storm is scary but it quickly passes. The process of navigating the rebuild, hiring contractors and working with the insurance in monstrosity of a task. One of my prayers for the last three years is when to start the remodel of the church. God says now. 😊

Cherished Painting

Painting by Faye Dasher

This is one of two sail boat pictures my mom painted when I was a little boy. I cherish both of them.

I have always been fascinated by boats. Recently I have been thinking of building my own sailboat. I don’t know if I every will. The one I would like to build cost more than I have. Even if I had the money I have no place to build it. So perhaps it is one of those dreams that will have to wait until I am on the new Earth. 😇  I am patient. I can wait a 1000 years if necessary. It would be a lot of fun to sail along the shore with Jesus.

Twitter Not So Bad, IF

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People that have known me for years know about my on again and off again relationship with Twitter. Well I have finally found, I think, a balance with the use of it. It seems to be working rather well this way. All I do is follow some local, national and international news sites, some of which are visible in the picture. I follow 15 at the moment. I don't follow any individuals, I don't DM anyone and I don't retweet. I don't really tweet anything besides my blog post. It turns out this makes for a rather useful and pleasant Twitter experience. Every morning I scroll through my Twitter feed and see what happened in the last 24 hours. Sometimes I'll check it at night.

So if you find that your Twitter use is raising your blood pressure then maybe you should just unfollow everyone and add back just a few news feeds. Because who really needs 500 hundred retweets in their Twitter stream of the same news article.

Gunslinger

The cave was dark and dusty. McGumory held a handkerchief to his face with his left hand to keep the large particles of dust out of his lungs. He grunted with pain as his right hand held his left side with the feather end of an arrow sticking up between his fingers. He limped as his right leg still had a bullet in it from yesterday.

“That was dumb.” He mumbled to himself. “This is where you are going to die.” He limped to the glimmer of light emanating from the lantern he had lit earlier.

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Summer Language

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By the time you read this school will be out for most kids or very close to it. For kids summer begins on the last day school. But that is not really true  summer starts June 21st, the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. But that is not really true either for there still only 24 hours in that day. We just call the longest because it has  the most hours of daylight. On the June 21st sunrise will be at 5:41 and sunset will be at 7:46. But thats not really true either for the sun does’t rise or set. The earth just rotates so you can’t see the sun any more.

What does summer starting at the end school, the longest day and sunset all have in common? It is a linguistic device that in seminary we called language of accommodation. I said those things are not true but that is only in a technical sense. To a kid summer begins that last day school. Most people think of a day as daylight hours and not 24 hours. What is going on is that we are talking in way that is using agreed upon metaphors.

Why is this important? Because the language of accommodation is used in the Bible. So when studying the Bible you have to be very careful to look at what is being said based on the context of not just who is talking but on when. the Bible was written over a period of 4,000 years and involves many different cultures. Sure it has one author, God but He spoke to each group in their language.

For example in John 8:44 Jesus tells some people their father is the devil. Jesus does not mean that literally. Most people realize that but there are other places where the language of accommodation is more subtle. 1st Timothy 2:9 the word modest. Today people erroneously think Paul is contrasting revealing vs modest modern clothing. He wasn’t because none of the clothing we wear today even existed then. If you look at the whole verse it is a contrast of simple vs flashy and inexpensive vs expensive.

Those that know me know I believe every one needs to read their Bible regularly. As you read it listen to what is being said and think about the time period and the audience of that day. Find the principal God was teaching them and bring that principal forward to you.

Stop Taking Quizzes on Facebook

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I have been telling people for years that you should not take quizzes on facebook. They are offered by companies to get information from you so they can sell it. It has now come to light that not only do these companies get to scrap your data (not just the answer to the questions you give them) but they get to scrap all your friends data.

So stop taking quizzes. Don't do it. It doesn't matter if they promise to tell you the comic book character you are most like. Just say no.

While we are on the topic of facebook don't share a story you have only read the the tittle to. I mean why are you telling everyone they need to read something you have not read.