Category Archives: just thinking

Just One Thing

Just One Thing

Just One Thing
— Read on dominicanes.me/2019/07/21/just-one-thing/

I had to share this.


Makes Sense

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Sad that Illinois representatives voted against her today in the state assembly.


Why is God a He?

Dennis Prager gives a logical explanation. I hadn’t thought of this in this way, but Prager’s convincing. I thought it had more to do with patriarchal societies.


Late Term Abortions

Here are some takes on the new NY Late Term Abortion legislation by YouTubers whom I watch. Yes, it’s a religious issue, but these people show that it’s also a ethical, emotional and social issue.

Prager U

I’m dubious about the flavor enhancer part.


Silent Night Around the World

German

I ran across the Christmas carol Silent Night in German and wondered what other languages it’s been recorded in. Here’s what I found. I think there are plenty more. Enjoy.

Japanese & English

French

Russian

Chinese (Mandarin)

Swedish

Italian

Korean

Arabic

Hindi

Tagalog

Gaelic


Where are the Normal Christians?

Wesley Memorial Church, a Methodist church in ...

Wesley Memorial Church, a Methodist church in Oxford, where the Wesley brothers studied. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Slate.com by Mary Elizabeth Williams

You see them on the news every night. Extremists. Hate groups. The lunatic fringe. And you cringe every time some new radical or abusive psychopath makes the papers again, because you know that strangers and even friends are going to be wary of you now. You suspect they’re afraid you’re like that too. You feel caught in the crossfire between the frightening, hateful fanatics who call themselves by the same name you do, and the bigots who tar you all with the same brush. You’re a Christian.

“The bad news is that we’re all part of the same body,” says Amy Laura Hall, an associate professor at Duke and the creator of Profligategrace.com. “The bad news is that somebody like George W. Bush and I are part of the Methodist church, and he’s condoning what I and many in the community say is torture. But the good news,” she continues, “is we’re part of the same body. Therefore we have a responsibility to keep engaging in political discourse, and conversation with people on all opposing sides.” Not that it doesn’t get exhausting, battling the scorn from both within and without.

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What Do You Want to be Free From in 2012?

On Moody Bible Radio, they’ve been asking people to look within and pinpoint what is something they want to be free from. It’s a good question to ponder.

Here are some things I’d love to be free of:

  1. Memories of the bad job I walked away from and the courage to report the illegalities and bad practices I discovered there.
  2. Worry of what my future will hold and fears of what others may think as I plan my career. That I lose the fears that God won’t provide for me. Of course, He will! But I need that idea to deepen in my heart and mind.

Steve Jobs’ Death Made Me Think of This

Japanese temple bell of the Ryōanji Temple, Kyoto

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Meditation XVII
by John Donne

PERCHANCE he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that. The church is Catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that body which is my head too, and ingrafted into that body whereof I am a member. And when she buries a man, that action concerns me: all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God’s hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another. As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come, so this bell calls us all; but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness. There was a contention as far as a suit (in which both piety and dignity, religion and estimation, were mingled), which of the religious orders should ring to prayers first in the morning; and it was determined, that they should ring first that rose earliest. If we understand aright the dignity of this bell that tolls for our evening prayer, we would be glad to make it ours by rising early, in that application, that it might be ours as well as his, whose indeed it is. The bell doth toll for him that thinks it doth; and though it intermit again, yet from that minute that that occasion wrought upon him, he is united to God. Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises? but who takes off his eye from a comet when that breaks out? Who bends not his ear to any bell which upon any occasion rings? but who can remove it from that bell which is passing a piece of himself out of this world?

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee. Neither can we call this a begging of misery, or a borrowing of misery, as though we were not miserable enough of ourselves, but must fetch in more from the next house, in taking upon us the misery of our neighbours. Truly it were an excusable covetousness if we did, for affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it. No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by and made fit for God by that affliction. If a man carry treasure in bullion, or in a wedge of gold, and have none coined into current money, his treasure will not defray him as he travels. Tribulation is treasure in the nature of it, but it is not current money in the use of it, except we get nearer and nearer our home, heaven, by it. Another man may be sick too, and sick to death, and this affliction may lie in his bowels, as gold in a mine, and be of no use to him; but this bell, that tells me of his affliction, digs out and applies that gold to me: if by this consideration of another’s danger I take mine own into contemplation, and so secure myself, by making my recourse to my God, who is our only security.

I also remember that he as adopted. That his life was an inconvenience for his birth mother. I’m so grateful she chose adoption.


Marge Mercurio: 8 Gifts

Marge Mercurio: 8 Gifts: a good post on eight gifts we can give our friends, neighbors, colleagues, anyone really. Making the world a better place one gift at a time.


Masks

Various Balinese Topeng (dance masks), Taman M...

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Here’s a wonderful post on how we live with and must remove the masks and labels we all wear everyday. This experience of having youth don masks as they participate in World Youth Day 2011  in Madrid. I liked how when the participants wore their masks out and about, which  created curiosity, inviting questions. Also, for the wearers it would give them a physical experience that would teach them about the effects of “wearing a mask,” the emotional, relational and psychological effects.