Randall McRoberts

Is there another option besides either choosing the lesser of two evils or not voting at all? That is the quandary I’ve found myself lately.

It seems like people look down on you if you hold your nose and vote for the lesser evil and even more if you don’t vote at all.

To those who are voting: Do you expect that evolutionary progress is inevitable if the right people are in charge? Are you optimistic?

Wright on Theodicy

Would people really like it if God were to rule the world directly and immediately, so that our every thought and action were weighed, and instantly judged and if necessary punished, in the scales of his absolute holiness? If the price of God stepping in and stopping a campaign of genocide were that he would also have to rebuke and restrain every other evil impulse, including those we all still know and cherish within ourselves, would we be prepared to pay that price? If we ask God to act on special occasions, do we really suppose that he could do that simply when we want him to, and then back off again for the rest of the time?

Tom Wright, Matthew for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1–15 (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2004), 168.

5 Common Misconceptions about Heaven and the Afterlife, Richard Middleton

“… the popular views found in the church concerning what God’s future looks like … does not always conform to what Scripture actually teaches.”

My watch has made it to Shanghai.

If you ever want a depressing well-written book, I recommend Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.

Purple and Green and Yellow

To fez or not?

I don’t dislike the Dodgers, but I do dislike Manny Machado. I would love to see him humiliated in the World Series, but I make no predictions.

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Hoping that Mr. Bregman will meditate, during the off-season, on whether it is worth it to be such a jerk.

I’ve gained much respect for David Price this evening.

LCD Discipleship

I recently saw an article by JD Walt in my feed whose title made me think. The idea of least common denominator discipleship is intriguing.

I have generally felt that discipleship has gone by the wayside in today’s church. Most people believe that the whole gospel is about saving people from hell and once that is done, eat, drink, and be merry.

In many churches, there is a two-tier system. The top tier is just for overachievers. They are looked at askance as people who are wasting their lives on over-devotion to God. Why do all that extra “work” when none is required? The mass of people are content to embrace somewhat regular church attendance and cessation of really bad sins as enough.

Most churches that I have been part of really don’t fight that trend much. To the cynical it may seem as if it is important to keep the system in place so people don’t leave for greener pastures and take their charitable donations with them.

Essentially, we have dumbed down discipleship to the lowest common denominator. The fast learners, as in many public schools, are encouraged to slow down to the congregational norm.

It’s a shame. Really.

Rest is found in the taking on of Jesus’ yoke. I hate for so many to miss that joy.

I wonder if Altuve would be as big a deal if he played in another ballpark.

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The time for physical adventuring is over for me. I do enjoy intellectual adventures still.

In fact, there are lots of interesting resources at:

Digital Commons @ George Fox University

And another:

Intermediate Biblical Greek Reader: Galatians and Related Texts” by Nijay K. Gupta and Jonah M. Sandford

Free Open Textbooks download:

“The Simple Math of Writing Well: Writing for the 21st Century” by Jennie A. Harrop

At the Parke County, Indiana, Covered Bridge Festival. Had two ribeye sammiches.

Eovaldi might be over amped, but I love the attitude with which he pitches.

Paul does not say, ‘I am in Christ; Christ has obeyed the Torah; therefore God regards me as though I had obeyed the Torah.’ He says: ‘I am in Christ; Christ has died and been raised; therefore God regards me—and I must learn to regard myself—as someone who has died to sin and been raised to newness of life.’

Tom Wright

It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God - The New York Times

“The decline in our spiritual vocabulary has many real-world consequences.”

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Randall McRoberts
rmcrob@rmcrob.com

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