Reading the second KESTREL book by Matt Gemmell. Matt is is a witty guy, but his writing is exceptionally good. I thought he had a Micro.blog account, but I haven’t see him lately. 📚
“If you can maintain a wide and diverse vocabulary while avoiding insulting anyone or causing any kind of unnecessary psychological harm, would it be appropriate to call you a “linguistic ninja” or not?”
“… like the town willing to foul its air for a few more jobs, Christians have been willing to sully their reputations for a few Supreme Court Justices.”
I have finished Mary Doria Russell’s Doc and Epitaph. I found those two books about Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp to be just as good and engaging as the Jesuits in space ones.
Tim Neverett is out as a Red Sox radio broadcaster. I don’t feel too bad about that. If they would move Dave O’Brien back to radio and get Don Orsillo back on TV, I would feel pretty good about it.
I was reading this morning in Matthew’s gospel (Mt 25:31–46) about Jesus incognito.
The sheep hear: ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,g you did it to me.’
The goats hear the obverse: ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’
Thought #1 - If this separating of sheep and goats represents the judgment of individuals, it doesn’t square very well with the view of Paul’s “salvation by faith alone” theology as articulated by many of our reformed friends. Systematic theology like to synthesize doctrines by combining what is seen in various passages of scripture, various streams of thought and writing. This isn’t very easy to do; in fact, it’s impossible to do. I’m quite skeptical of the systematic theology project overall. It claims to have understanding in many areas where absolute knowledge is just not possible.
Thought #2 - The text says that it is the nations being judged, not individuals. Is this significant at all? I am so conditioned by the interpretations I have heard for the last 66 years that it is often very difficult for me to pretend I haven’t heard them. Is it possible that this is parallel to the judgments of nations we often see in the prophets? Is it my Protestant view of individuality that twists this into judgment of individual people?
Thought #3 - Who are “the least of these”? Are they the down and out of society? Are they the homeless? Are they the helpless? Or are they the disciples of Jesus, as described in earlier parts of Matthew’s gospel? Just who is this Jesus incognito?
Thought #4 - If this passage applies to me as an individual, and if my eternal destiny is predicated on how I treat Jesus incognito, what should my response be in a welfare state where the basic needs of everyone is met by the government, excepting those who for one reason or another do not avail themselves of the benefits they should have?
I don’t know. The Bible always makes me think a lot.
Everyone has difficulties. With some of them I would gladly exchange difficulties. With most I would not.
Dispensationalism, with its concomitant disregard for the world, is the most insidious false teaching in the modern Christian world. Something like 1/3 of all evangelicals still hold to it.
“If we had lived back when our ancestors did, would we have spoken for justice? We •do• live in a time like our ancestors. Documented ethnic and religious cleansing is going on today, for example in parts of Nigeria and Central Africa, in multiple countries.”
“PlayStation 4 users in Chicago were shocked when they turned on their consoles and saw a message from Sony. …they would be required to pay a 9 percent “amusement tax” for PlayStation subscriptions…”