Ephemera

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  1. Sarah says:

    The Shawna Forde FB page is strange…i can’t think of a better word. Social media has changed the dynamic of things so dramatically. I honestly don’t know anything about her story. If I have some down time I might try to read about her…but what is strange is to read her thoughts on FB.

    To know and have access to someone on death row…so very different than in the past when they would have to make their appeals and establish their character through a slow and tedious process. Now…able to make their appeal and establish a fan base even, in quick time and almost instant replies. Bizarre. I wonder how that will change things in the future.

  2. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    If All else fails with North Korea we can always send Dennis Rodman over there.

  3. Thanks for your hard work, Michael.

  4. Linnea says:

    Thank you, Michael– great articles from Ed Stetzer and Brian Broderson. The church should be a safe place and I love the model where a professional mental health program works alongside the church. I have to add that, because of many churche’s “subculture” and response to mental illness, there have to be believing folks who are pushed away from the very place they should be able to seek reprieve. Thanks for sharing these articles.

  5. Linnea says:

    BrianD, if you’re checking in, thanks for doing this for the blog 🙂

  6. Brian Broderson said: “I have had the privilege of pastoring and being friends with many who struggle with mental illness over the years. They need lots of love, compassion, patience, understanding, and a continual reminder that God loves them; and medicine is His gift to help them. They need lots of prayer too.”

    I can’t even begin to express how happy it makes me and how proud I am of Brian for making this statement.

    He also mentioned that he suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which I also have. This is an “invisible” condition, so a lot of people deny its existence and say it’s all in your head. I have a new appreciation for Brian Broderson.

  7. filbertz says:

    My son Taylor, who recently returned from Afghanistan, is slated to go to South Korea soon. He will be located just south of Seoul. The troops already there are on high readiness status. It is more tense there than our media suggests.

    I’ll do a small part to educate kids on a compassionate response and attitude toward mental illness as we start our final novel for the eighth graders, “Bless the Beasts and Children.”

    Preparing to do the funeral for my father-in-law who will die any moment now. He’s been married to my mother in law for nearly 67 years and has been a model of faith, fatherhood, and expressions of selfless service. It will be quite an honor and tall order at the same time.

  8. Michael says:

    Fil,

    Hug your wife for Trey and I…we’ll be praying some measure of comfort from the loss and covering for your son.
    We love you both and I hope you know that.

  9. filbertz says:

    Thanks, Michael, and yes, we know that. He’s been on the brink of eternity for the last couple days and is peaceful and pain-free.

    Oh, and thanks for the new thread–BrianD is truly missed, too.

  10. brian says:

    Michael I sent you something I hope it helps.

  11. brian says:

    Can I ask a question something that has really bothered me. I read through the bible several times looking for a time when people did something to remediate or stop a clear judgement of God. Look I know there is 1 billion loop holes and apologetic responses. I have scoured the bible and the commentaries. But I will admit, a bias, an emotional component, more bias, an “agenda” (though I dont know what it is but I am told I have an agenda but that is another post.)

    For example, AND I COULD BE WRONG ABOUT THIS, AND OFTEN AM the causes of illness, first is the sin / the fall, the devil, some illness is for the glory of God, judgement for sin of a specific person or nation, response from God for a sin such as when the Ark of the covenant was taken, some illness is to test us such as Job and so on. Biblical responses to sickness, exorcism, prayer, anointing, repentance, wine, joy, a kind heart, humility, healing balm, obedience, perseverance, Divine intervention, mud, water, touch, rebuking, there is more but I think I got some of the major ones.

    In those causes is also actions that can be to get healing. What I did not find, antibiotics, vaccines, all cancer interventions, treatment for people with diabetes, any aspect to germ theory what so ever, blood transfusions, modern sanitary procedures, cardiac care, dialysis, all surgical interventions, dealing with burns, testing for issues with liver, kidney, heart disease, actually this list goes on for about 10 pages.

    My question is it wrong to intervene in these issues, are we thwarting the will of God?

    Now a big one, a bit Syfy but tenable, in Russia a small metier detonated with the force of a small nuclear device . One of these things could wipe out our species and the world including every single microbe on this planet. We have pictures if one is interested, if the comet that hit Jupiter hit us we would be wiped out. So we have pictures of this event and it did happen that is a fact.

    Imagine if we could intervene such an event on Earth, if we could stop such an event with our weak science, probability based presuppositionalism (which is what science is) to some degree. Would it be a sin to intervene? Are we thwarting God’s divine plan ? This is one extinction event we might be able to stop, is it wrong to do this? I think not but from my studies I may be wrong, we should trust and pray for intervention, but we still put on our seat belts and wash our hands. I dont get it please help me with this.

  12. Filbertz, may the strength and comfort of our wonderful Lord bless and keep you and your family.

  13. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    brian, I don’t think it’s wrong to intervene with the best medical options available. How the gift of healing manifests may differ from one time and place to another but believers who have attained the capacity to be healers should use their gifts. Having at one point been a Pentecostal who was taught that the mediation of the gifts of the Spirit had to be X and Y in Pentecostal understandings I’ve become a Presbyterian who thinks that that box is restrictive and that eye surgeons are wonderful! 🙂 I’ve lived with a disability or two my whole life and yet being alive at all was only possible, for me, due to medical advances that took place in the last century. I don’t think it’s bad to pray for healing and I also don’t think it’s bad to go see a doctor or get help from foundations when medical expenses are beyond what you can handle.

  14. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    brian, the fusion thing’s cool. Heh, it also makes me think that of all the impossible figures from Marvel comic books Doctor Octopus seems like the one that would be most possible in a real world setting in the next forty years. 🙂

  15. BrianD says:

    Hi guys. Thanks Michael and Linnea 🙂

    Linkathon takes time and dedication, to monitor at least a hundred of the top blogs and stay on top of them. That works well if you’re into it and have the spare time. Before I pulled the plug I had neither, and it got to the point where I was running way behind.

    Also, I got to where I didn’t give a rip what the Truly Reformed were doing or saying.

    Wartburg Watch, FBC Jax Watchblog and SGM Survivors do a good job of keeping one abreast of that, as does the Stuff Christian Culture Likes Facebook page. Wenatchee the Hatchet still keeps one up to date on all things Mars Hill.

    I suppose if you want to keep up on links, Challies is the place to go from a Reformed perspective. Another best bet is to follow folks on Twitter. If you’re looking for blogs, start by going thru the blog rolls at Wartburg Watch and Internet Monk.

    Me? I’m around…and trying to get some affairs in order (Michael and Reuben, you can FB me for the details).

  16. BrianD in da house! =)

    it truly is a good day!

  17. What the Guitar Guy said!!!

  18. filbertz says:

    Here! Here! BrianD. great to see you.

  19. Please Note says:

    Michael…nice ephemeral efforts !

    BrianD…I always felt bad when you apologized for being behind on your Linkathon…I always thought it was a blessing whenever we got it, but felt bad that you were under the gun to get it done…

    Fil…praying for God’s Blessings of Love & Peace be with the family, and your heart, as you prepare.

    Hi Cap’n…please give G a hard time for me, but don’t break any strings 😉 …

  20. Please Note!
    Filbertz!
    CK!

  21. Hey G!

    We’re the ephemeralogists 😉

  22. Please Note says:

    Hey Mods…day was me…

  23. brian says:

    I would like to offer a more “practical theology” for a subject that is rather off topic but also on topic with defining love, God does not respond to us the way we think He should, patience not necessarily North Korea though I think many of them have a deep commitment to this group. This group of “family members” joins us every day; receive our “wrath” when we are alone and they continue to want to “fellowship” with us. They do not understand the world as we do, or maybe they do, they are a constant theme in our lives but are often ignored and even abused, but they offer some of the most Gospel centered poignant moments of our lives. We love them and we think they love us but at times, we are not so sure. They are independent yet need us; at times, they are the only communion we have, especially at night. We call them “pets” but they are much more than that.
    A few times, I have heard folks compare our relationship with our pets to our relationship with God. I think this fails, our pets are much faithful, and God is far more patient and forgiving. I have a cat, it stuck with a family member that was dying, it stayed with her each night without fail, and the cat would lay on the lap, purr, and squawk “talk” to “this” family member. The metaphor of us being compared to pets can seem insulting but pets are our companions, they are our friends and at times our most close companions. Jesus calls us friends because He tells us what he is doing, well we tell or pets, come admit it you talk to your pets. I know I do.

    From the very first days of human community, we “domesticated” animals, the lamb stayed with the family during the exodus because God wanted us to understand in a very small way the sacrifice. I know the cat I love, yes I love the cat, brushes up against me, walks on my keyboard, meows at all hours and insists on taking the middle of the bed and a few times insists I sleep on the floor. Someone asked me you mean you would get out of your bed for your cat and sleep elsewhere. I guess I think God would do the same for us, I think I read that somewhere and for this other being, which has given so much comfort. God is God I do not deny that, The Holy Trinity, the Apostles creed. But in the real world is the interaction between us and it is much like how we interact with our “Pets”, actually I think we interact more honestly with our “pets”, our pets lack an opposable thumb so they can’t stab us in the back.

    The most telling point, when my mother died and I was at the absolute depth of my grief, this 10 lb pound fir ball jumped up on my bed and purred. It was just there, no pretense, no apologetic, just a warm body rubbing on my leg reminding me I was still alive and there was another being that shared my grief, and my life. I sometimes think church should be like that, but then I understand that is not rational or logical. Of course it’s not the Gospel is not logical or rational but it is healing. I hope people get my point. God be with you all and grant you His holy peace.

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