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My Doctrinal Knapsack


This is an excellent post, well worth sharing.

Originally posted on Chaos To Grace:

We Believe

I have not been able to say this in a long while, I have been absolutely fascinated by a series of sermons, Bruxy Cavey has been presenting at The Meeting House this summer.   The fascinating element for me has been the topic – Systematic Theology – something that I have wished for a long time to be able to really get into, and even fantasize about studying one day when I become 65, because seniors get to attend University lectures for free at some universities.  (Is that still happening??? Do Universities even offer classes on Systematic Theology??? )

Granted, many people would think that such a weighty topic would be best presented  NOT  during a time when we all just want to be relaxing our minds and enjoying the pleasures the mix that sun and warm weather bring to our region, but not this Geek.  You should have seen…

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Why do so many of my fellow Christ-followers behave in such an un-Christ-like way?

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed today when I came across a post from someone I haven’t met IRL, but whose take on issues I’ve learned to appreciate.  It read (and I’m deliberately not linking to the original post, lest the original writer get slammed):

It appears yesterday, being Good Friday, was a free day for Christians to bash non-Christians on FB. At least on posts I saw. Is this new?

The first response was also not encouraging:

But in general, vitriol between Christians and non-Christians is pretty par for the course on the web.

I replied to both of the posters thusly:

wish I could refute your comments about vitriolic Christians, but the evidence is overwhelming.Don’t condemn all tho

(The joys of being limited to 140 characters.)

To which the reply from the original poster was:

Nope. Just the behaviours.

Now, the original post was seven hours ago, and I’ve found my mind circling back to it throughout that time.

Why do people who purport to be ambassadors for Jesus “bash” people in a “vitriolic” fashion (and I could think of even stronger terms to use)?  Are they unaware of how poorly they’re living out the faith (I hope) they’ve been taught?  

I know I’m privileged to be attending a church that is part of the Anabaptist tradition, where bashing (physical or verbal/textual) and vitriol are not part of the DNA, but if anyone reading these words was among those harangued by these people, please let me extend my sincerest apology.  

Please don’t judge us all by the yahoos among us (and I guess I’m guilty of judging them).

Do You Want to Be Made Well?


Excellent piece, particularly poignant for me as two years ago today was when I was transferred to the rehab hospital after almost three weeks in ICU and hospital.

Originally posted on Stacy N Sergent :


Sometimes I get to the point where I think I’ve seen it all. And then I walk into a patient’s room to see several leeches on him. I’ll admit, I got a little woozy. In theory, I knew that leeches are still used in modern medicine, but I had never actually seen it until recently. I’m guessing this is not what the patient expected when he checked into a Western hospital in the year 2014. But healing can take some unexpected, and rather uncomfortable, paths.

In the fifth chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus encounters a man who has been ill for thirty-eight years, and asks him what always seemed to me a ridiculous question: “Do you want to be made well?”Um, of course he does, Jesus! That’s why he’s there with all the other sick people at the pool that’s supposed to have magical healing properties. I mean, honestly, what…

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Twitter for BlackBerry 10 Updated


The Joys Of Technology: It’s really encouraging (NOT) to check out this blog post on an update I installed the other day, only to see that it has issues and has been withdrawn. I’m glad that Blaq is my preferred Twitter client on my phone, or I’d be pursuing the “downgrade”. (I believe this is the first time I’ve used that particular word in this context.)

Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry:

Twitter v 10.2.2 is now available for download in the BlackBerry World storefront — 02/06/2014

The Holidays are an important time for communicating. Whether you’re checking in with loved ones, or staying connected with friends around the globe, we’ve updated the Twitter app for BlackBerry 10 to make it that much better. Designed to be the best way to stay connected to Twitter on your BlackBerry 10 device, the Twitter app for BlackBerry 10 v10.2.2 comes packed with new features:

Twitter v 10.2.2 Highlights:

Twitter Screenshots for BlackBerry 10

  • Home Timeline Photo Preview – Tweets with Twitter photos let you be part of the moment. Image thumbnails are now displayed on the Home timeline for all pic.twitter.com images – just tap the image to reveal the full screen version.
  • BBM™ Connected – If you love BBM and Twitter, you’ll love this update. Now Tweet and update your BBM™ status at the same time.
  • Reply within…

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How to make Twitter EXPLODE!


Today in social media: Hard to disagree with Tim Burrows’ (@T_Burrows) take here, and let’s hope that this doesn’t represent the views of a public relations professional.

Originally posted on Walking the Social Media Beat:

Holy crap…you want to see Twitter explode in negative feedback?  Try making a Tweet like this…

@JustineSacco 10:19am from Hillingdon, London

@JustineSacco 10:19am from Hillingdon, London

OK…so this is an ignorant piece of work that no one should give the time of day to and should just be ignored right?  Maybe, maybe not…let’s look closer.

Head of CorpComms at IAC??? WTH

Head of CorpComms at IAC??? WTH

OK…so she is a professional communicator for IAC, InterActiveCorp.  Google also has her listed as the head of PR for IAC.  Well, since she is the head of PR, I will assume that she has an awesome plan in place for this type of instant crisis communications that she has just created.

Google also has all the latest and greatest blog posts that have gotten all fired up in the 7 hours since the faux pas.  Click here for the highlights

So, lets consider this for a minute before we jump to conclusions.

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In praise of detective fiction

“…detective fiction …  is a pleasure much indulged in by scholars, pastors and theologians. Gabriel Marcel always insisted that we have to choose whether we treat life as a problem to be solved or as a mystery to be entered….” — Eugene Peterson, Living the Message:  Daily Reflections

As a former associate pastor, that might help explain my fascination with this genre.