Monday, June 29, 2020
Well, first of all - contrary to her accusation - there happen to be grownups who are aware of social injustices and actually have been addressing them for some time - this person and her young friends just don't have enough history in their background to realize that. Or perhaps they don't socialize with enough grownups to realize it.
However, the main response is simple: Grownups have more sense than to let their kids decide what is best for our society.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
II Kings 7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? 4 If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.
If I do nothing, nothing will happen. If I do something and it is not right, God will shut the door. If I act, and the door is open, then God's will is done. So, imitating these lepers, I get up to do XYZ that is at hand, and whatever other good I may do. I will watch God work. Why not?
The next steps will become evident as I act.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020
I begin my sermon around 27 minutes into the video; text is the last part of John 16:23f. Of course, I start out with a goof up, saying Jesus wants us to pray in the Father's name. Thankfully, I got on track. :-)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Having recently re-read Carpenter's biography of Tolkien, I keep thinking about how he often wrote or talked about discovering elements to his stories. For example, he would come up with a name for character in a story, and then he would say he had to "discover" where this person came from and what they were like, and so forth. He treated his stories as if there was a real history behind them, and he had to research and find out what that history told him.
My past reaction to this method of "discovery" was simply that this was a verbal construct on his work of imagining. "I have to discover," meant "I'm going to go off and dream this stuff up." However, I have also recently been learning how the act of writing can lead to thoughts coming to us which may not have come to us otherwise. There is something about the connection between how our brains work and the act of putting pen to paper. I'm now wondering if this is connected to Tolkien's method of story creation.
Was it the case that Tolkien experienced over and again how the act of writing fired his imagination and brought ideas to his mind about his stories? If so, there is a sense in which a real discovering occurred. The things discovered were out of his own imagination, but the experience of creation in the midst of writing was as if they just "came to him," as if they were already there - somewhere - and he was coming upon them, discovering them, for himself?
If so, we ourselves can imagine how Tolkien would be anxious to get to his study and start writing in order to experience this discovery of things that he himself enjoyed creating. He experienced discovery. His saying that he had to "discover" this or that was not a way merely of talking about "dreaming something up." It was, to him, a real experience of discovery, and what he discovered moved him deeply.
We probably will never confirm this idea, but it is an interesting speculation about the psychology behind Tolkien's method of discovery. What do you think about this?
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