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God loves things by becoming them.

God loves things by uniting with them, not by excluding them.

-Richard Rohr, The Universal Christ

5K this morning - pretty decent time for an old dude πŸ˜„

Satire is about speaking truth to power, and pointing out hypocrisy/shortcomings.

The Babylon Bee is indeed going after a powerful international corporation, but the "hypocrisy" they point out is failure to idolize gun possession at any cost.

How can a Christian (a "Little Christ") organization worship weapons of death, when they purport to follow someone who invites us to lay down our lives, and, "In all things, do to others what you would have them do to you"?

So I started watching Lodge 49 (AMC - to catch up on Season 1 I got a subscription to Hulu, which I hope to cancel before the trial period expires). It's a very good show. Solid writing and solid acting. I describe it as David Lynch meets The Dude meets late-stage capitalism. I don't watch much TV, so what I do watch needs to be top shelf, and this definitely qualifies. If that interests you, check it out!

Oh - I have to lead singing on Sunday as well - maybe I should get some songs organized first... 😁

Looks like the poker game I was going to go to tonight doesn't have a quorum - maybe I'll dive into Lodge 49 tonight? Heard a lot of good things about it

Welp the auction was Tuesday. The good news is, it is finally over. The less good news: we got at the very bottom end of what we were willing to take. Our auctioneer assured us it would go for substantially more. Oh well. We're still doing pretty well - just have to postpone some plans. At least we can move on and put this behind us. Onward and upward...

Seems to be less activity here on this mastodon lately - although I haven't exactly been helping to alleviate that. Guess I'll have to start posting more...

What does it mean to be Conservative in 2019, in US politics?

It's been a difficult few weeks here - we're selling our house/small farm at auction, and I've been totally stressed about it. Our realtor/auctioneer tells us he believes it will go for "market value" (which I am fine with), but I know that the nightmare scenario cannot be ruled out, and that freaks me out. I'll certainly be glad when it's all over...

It was so humid this afternoon, my sunglasses fogged up while I was running πŸŒ«πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜Ž

'Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who was carjacked?'
The seminary professor replied, 'The one who had mercy on him.'
Jesus told him, 'Go and do likewise.' 4/4

But an undocumented Guatemalan was driving and came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He pulled over and gave him first aid. Then he put the man in his car and brought him to the local Urgent Care. 'I have $200; help him as far as this will go,' he said to the receptionist, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.' 3/

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?'
In reply Jesus said: 'A man was driving from Millersburg to Dover, when he was carjacked. They took his money and his car, beat him up and left, leaving him half dead. A evangelical christian pastor happened to be driving down the same road, and when he saw the man, he quickly drove by, as he was late for a prayer meeting. So too, a local megachurch deacon, was driving by and saw him, quickly drove past. 2/

The Parable of the Good Guatemalan (Luke 10:25-37)

On one occasion a seminary professor stood up to test Jesus. 'Teacher,' he asked, 'what must I do to inherit eternal life?'
'What is written in the Bible?' he replied. 'How do you read it?'
He answered, ' 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;' and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.''
'You have answered correctly,' Jesus replied. 'Do this and you will live.' 1/

A huge limb of a tree in front of our house came down today. Fortunately, no personal or property damage *at all*, which is a small miracle. An arborist told us last year, This tree is dangerous and needs to come down now. Maybe the village will take that seriously now.

Humans are not meant to sit in an 8-hour training session all day. My body is sad.

No one seems to know the difference between Standard and Daylight Saving Time. Or maybe they think it's backwards from what it actually is. Pro Tip: If you're not completely sure, just leave it out of the time zone! πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„

The kiddo and I went to the local pool and had just finished putting on our sunscreen, when a kid pooped in the water πŸ’©πŸ€¬

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