the extraordinary venture

Julie (aka Cookie) has a video of a sermon by Bishop Gavin Ashenden. The good bishop is celebrating Epiphany (https://www.gotquestions.org/three-kings-day-epiphany.html). Different Christian churches have different traditions. So if you don’t celebrate Epiphany don’t sweat it. That’s not required to learn from and enjoy the sermon.

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Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei


(a protion of the paitning The Sacrificial Lamb / Josefa de Obidos / 1670-1684)

There is so much I wish to share after having watched the 2nd Sunday in Epiphany
posting by Bishop Gavin Ashenden, but time will not permit me to do so.

I am however including the video clip of his homily at the end of this post, which is really so lovely, so welcomed and so needed.
For as the good Bishop reminds us—our pursuit of God, or perhaps that should be God’s pursuit of us, is that of an extraordinary venture…

I will, however, touch on just a portion of what I’ve taken away, as I will do so
over the next day or so, as his words have touched me deeply.

The good Bishop, at one point during his homily, recalls having, not long ago…

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King Solomon, Wicked Evil Leakey Messengers?

When you hear Liberal Democrats attack President Donald Trump using the words he supposedly spoke at a confidential meeting, consider this post. Consider what men and women who cannot be trusted to keep their mouths shut must think is honorable.

Rudy u Martinka

Are Politicians who leak information to the press wicked or evil?

Trying to Negotiate the USA immigration mess that has resulted from politicians turning a blind eye for over thirty-five years will frustrate any businessman manager.

Having sat in business meetings for over fifty years and observing various styles of managers when faced with problems that require immediate decision making and action, I heard many frustrated remarks come out of the mouths of managers. Many would become visibly upset when faced with inaction or indecisiveness, or inadequate unsound reasoning or statements made by people they manage who are paid to get results.

However, in a business management meeting, there is one taboo that everyone attending the meeting knew well. That is everyone in a managers meeting would not repeat one word or message to anyone outside that meeting. To do so was was to violate trust and loyalty to the…

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Introduction to Acts

I am joining this journey through Acts a little late. Yet with a little jogging I have caught up. Please consider doing the same.

The Life Project

In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

Acts 1:1-3

With this prologue, the action begins in this historical work that chronicles the early church for roughly its first 30 years of existence. This then is the story of how 11 young and dazed men became 12 Apostles who challenged the existing order both in Judea and throughout the known world of their time. When all was said and done, they had overthrown the whole order of things…

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“provoke to love and good works”

Here is a post I would like Christians to consider. It is about the state of Christian education in Scotland. Unlike the United States, Scotland does not prohibit religious education in the public schools.

Check this link and you can see the guidelines for it.
http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2005/03/20778/53820

Check this link and you can see how effective it is when the government is put in charge of teaching religion.
http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Equality/Equalities/DataGrid/Religion

Check these links and you can see that putting politicians in charge of education does not seem to work any better in Scotland than it does in the USA.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/06/snp-fire-scottish-education-system-records-worst-ever-rating/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/17/scotland-schools-universities-easier-access-john-swinney

So what is needed to fix things? Why is what is happening in Scotland relevant to us? Well, that is what Julie (aka Cookie)’s post is about. Note that the video is a bit long, but it is well worth a hearing.

Do you have children? Grandchildren? Do you care about their future? The state of their souls? Then please take the time to listen to the video. Understand the education is Scotland does not differ that much from the USA.

Consider this also. Reformation is a normal process. Whenever we create an organization, be it a nation, a church, or a school, over time we lose track of what that organization exists to do. We make it about us, especially if we are part of that organization. We forget the people that organization is supposed to serve. Then, when the realization we are failing to serve the people we are supposed to serve finally kicks in, we have to reform. Unfortunately, there will always be those who like things as they are. That means reformation is always a painful struggle.

Therefore, if we want to understand how to reform education in the USA, we have to study the matter. We have to understand what a good Christian education is about, what is needed to educate Christians, what changes are needed, and how to make those changes. Finally, we each need to figure out what we need to contribute. We cannot stand by idly. These are our children and grandchildren.

cookiecrumbstoliveby

Here also is security for the welfare and renown of a commonwealth;
for no state is perfectly established and preserved otherwise than on the
foundation and by the bond of faith and of firm concord,
when the highest and truest common good, namely, God, is loved by all,
and men love each other in Him without dissimulation,
because they love one another for His sake from whom they cannot disguise
the real character of their love

St Augustine


(poor example of spontaneous note taking / Julie Cook / 2018)

Well….
it happened that before I could elaborate on last week’s video offering
by the Scottish pastor David Robertson..that being a video posting from his
Wee Flea Blog and the SOLAS conference talk given in 2010—
during the course of the weekend here came another posting.

It seems our Wee Flea friend is faster at offering tasty morsels than I am…

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