I mourn

I mourn with the Jewish people. I will be silent remembering the murder of innocents in Pittsburgh. I stretch my hands to our Common Help.

We died in our places of worship and we are still hearing the lies of a cowardly nation’s pride in bigotry.

We died in our places of worship and the words of the heartless hold little comfort in the face of this evil.

O that my head were a fountain to feed my eyes in sympathy and grief.

Spiritual skulduggery

Thursday October 25 2018

I am sure you have heard the scriptures read in public – in church- and wondered what happened, due to the reader’s many stumbles? Or perhaps you’ve heard an assembly reading at the same time from 5 or six different English translations. When Paul encouraged to Timothy to give attention to reading he was not talking about private reading or study. In those days the public reading of the Scriptures was essential so that the entire body of witness could be heard by all. This was no different from Jewish practice. The learned read and the unlearned listened (and committed to memory).

Listening, reading and writing are intended to elicit thinking not mere haste to say “Been there, done that!”. Any hurry to click “got it” ends in disasters, such as answering questions that do not exist or something like making majors of minors

No founding apostle made his mark apart from accurately handling the message (orally delivered by Yeshua and later committed to writing).

Consequently there is no New Testament hymn to ignorance or death. God wanted us literate and hospitable. Attentive listeners become expert reciters, and in due course reciters become readers and exegetes themselves. So let us read our Bibles in pursuit of Christ because once we have drunk the living water our search changes. We will have changed.

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Verse and command syndrome

Translations can help communicators as well as muck things up. People with large audiences who post verses need to show the proper care.

Every place where we think we see some action we turn it into a command. We love being told what to do so we turn up every rock hoping to say we have applied the message.

1 Peter 5:7 does not tell us to
“cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you”.

Peter’s command is humble yourselves.

Casting all our anxieties… is the context in which we need to stay humble.

1 Peter 5:7 gets posted as a verse (which it is!) when in effect it is a mother isolated from its baby. In context

1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting (having thrown once for all) all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

We can see how easily people fall for glitter. The apostle calls for continued humility in accordance with the fact that we have already thrown all our anxieties on the Saviour.

The throwing actiion is easily illustrated because the word for throw/cast appears in one other place: the Lord’s donkey ride into Zion.

Greek New Testament

ERRIPTO – I throw on

To be sure, verses seem necessary, but verses are not always complete thoughts. Verse by verse comments amount to little understanding if one ignores the clear sentence breaks in the Holy Books.

I hope this verse had not tripped you up into a thinking a commandment-keeping response was in order. If it had that is a concern you can happily lay on the Saviour

The word out of the whot?

Every word out of the evangelical lodge (1600 Pennsylvania’s) smells like

  1. Arson being planned
  2. Smoke to cover crimes committed
  3. Vomit being enjoyed
  4. Babylon burning

What is a whot?

Most messages out of the executive mansion in the US elicit a “what?” that is either incredulous or disgustingly shocking. The big “what” today is a white house orange threat to all that is good and decent and generous. The press office has been forcing whots out of the assembled press by the unrestrained use of whoppers (I hope Sarah Sanders is not a drug addict. How does she sleep after lying like she does?) Lies elicit a what and another whopper from the lying bigot st the top, hencevrhe revolving door of:


what! (Naaaah)

(bigger) Whopper

If you call … you are in deep trouble.

If you call often for an investigation of America’s investigators you are a likely to be a semiliterate rabble-rousing pussy-grabbing lying nationalist puppet of Russia who lives in the United States.

“Trust needs to be earned in human relationships” is a common saying that applies to government and corporations. Trusting a bigot is a bonfire big enough to bring the great to its knees.

Do not China and Russia have the whot (white house orange threat) on his knees cowardly denying what everyone knows? The whot is a thieving businessman who is about to face the music.

All that glitters is not gold. The brother in church may be a walking dead. Nationalists ought to their pay taxes and stop threatening the poor and non-pink skin people. A lot of modern religiosity and political platforms is dreadful emptiness. It is not so surprising that people thought they were safe flying in hydrogen-filled balloons. The Hindenburg disaster is happening to jurisdictions around the world.

Inoculate yourself with God’s word.

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. Luke 8:12