Sunday, August 26, 2007

Online Newspapers: Identify your Locale!

Some of the web sites I visit regularly (,,, etc) often link me to pages on other sites. Sometimes these pages are on a local newspaper's site, and the story may or may not have a byline indentifying the city. But in many, many cases, there is no indication whatsoever of what state or country that city is in. What makes it worse is the ads along the side urging the readers to visit "Historic St. Augustine". Okay, okay, I'll come spend my money in your city, if you'll just tell me where it is!!

So lame. So lame.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Intersections, Part II

You may remember that in an earlier post I mentioned Paul's prayer in Ephesians 3 and how it would make a good prayer to pray at church some time when asked to lead a public prayer.

Last night was the night. We had singing instead of our normal class time, so the feel was slightly more informal than usual. When I went up to lead the closing prayer, I said that I didn't mean to disturb anyone, but instead of me leading the closing prayer, I was going to let the Apostle Paul lead it. I then grabbed the microphone and went down on one knee (I've never seen anyone kneel in prayer at this church before (but then, I've only been there two years)), and with one hand holding a New King James Version Bible and the other hand holding the microphone (which I couldn't get loose from the stand, so I just took the whole stand down with me) I prayed (changing the personal pronouns as needed):
I kneel before you, Oh Father, from whom your whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of your glorious riches you may strengthen us with power through your Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith. And I pray that we, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that we may be filled to the measure of all your fullness.

Now to you who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to your power that is at work within us, to you be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

So I read a prayer instead of coming up with my own; I kneeled; and I did not use the formulaic "In Jesus' name, Amen".

I really expected that it might disturb some folks, but no one said anything, except for a friend who said, "No one could have said it better" (referring to Paul, not me, of course).

Of course, it may be that I'll hear some comments later. Or it may be that I won't ever be asked to lead prayer again. Or perhaps everyone had already closed their eyes by the time I knelt, and never focused back on me until after I was back up, so that there would only be two oddities to them rather than three.

It was definitely difficult to do, but as soon as I read that passage weeks ago, I felt compelled to do this. I'm thankful that God gave me the opportunity and the guts to carry through.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Drugs for Depression and Demon Possession

If you're on some sort of anti-depressant drug, or hear voices, or have anger issues, or just need something worth-while to read, I urge you to read this article:

Saturday, August 11, 2007

It's in God's Hands

I started to make a post of some of the highlights of the book of Ecclesiastes, but I wound up quoting so much of the book that instead I'll just encourage you to read this short book for yourself. You'll know in a chapter or two if it's going to speak to you in whatever stage of life you are in; if not now, save it for later, perhaps when you're wondering "What's the point?". I suggest you read it in The Message version; it'll kick at you harder in that version. Here it is online:;&version=65;

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Plows to Swords to Plows

Joel 3:9ff --
Proclaim this among the nations:
Prepare for war!
Rouse the warriors!
Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
Beat your plowshares into swords
and your pruning hooks into spears.

Isaiah 2:4 --
He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.

Fascinating Yin for Yang. I've never noticed that before.