73 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-4-19

  1. Morning all. Just 4 in the afternoon here. Enjoying a very quiet Saturday. Just heard our helicopter return from somewhere.
    Rest and refresh.

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  2. Being up at 3:55 CDST is a little suspicious Kim.
    Good morning everyone else but Jo.
    Good night Jo.
    Time to roust out the Sweet One for breakfast.

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  3. Good morning from Charleston!

    We had an uneventful trip, arriving at 11 last night. We’re at the Francis Marion Hotel where the local revelers were singing and carrying on in the square across from the hotel until after 2.

    I don’t know what time I put in ear plugs, took some ibuprofen and put on a face mask, but I’m groggy now.

    I hope Mr. Fit took ID with him.

    Honestly, 77 degrees and humid when we got off the plane last night?

    I’m going to have trouble with the weather . . .

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  4. Michelle, enjoy your trip. Charleston is an interesting town.
    Francis Marion used to be the tallest building in Charleston. May still be. For quiet, I would have suggested the Ft. Sumter hotel. It also has a view.
    But I didn’t know people sang and carried on in Charleston. Except at Citadel football games.
    King Street used to be my playground. That and “the Battery”, what visitors call “White Point Gardens”.
    I used to sell peanuts down there.

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  5. I wasn’t happy to be awake.
    Someone was snoring. I could have gone to the other bedroom but sometimes I can be stubborn or lazy or both? I looked at my phone, read a little, then listened to delta waves. I finally drifted off.
    It is so quite in my house. How is it you can “feel” that no one else is there. Mr. P is off to get is girl. Today we will be using the sprinkler for the first time this year. It isn’t that the yard needs water. It is that a certain girl likes to play in the water. You should see the little thing drag the hose across the yard.

    BG “graduated” from the court ordered program she had to attend. They had a party.
    I think it was good for her. We shall see.

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  6. Good morning all. This is graduation day. I leave in an hour to go to the ceremony at the small university here in town. Then this afternoon Mrs L and I are traveling 90 miles to the homeschool ceremony for my oldest great-niece. Hard to believe she’s 18. Even harder to believe my nephew is almost 40! There will be a lot of family there, so it’s worth the trip.

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  7. Morning! Oh it is a lovely day and that iris is one of my most favorite flowers….I love the scent of an iris!
    Remember when I said a rep from the Social Security office was going to call this morning at 7am? Yep…that didn’t happen….why do I let myself get lulled into the belief that when someone from a government agency tells you they will do something they actually will follow through? I need to remember the words of Ronald Reagan…..”The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” 😳

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  8. Good morning. Husband and grandson arrived in fine shape. We are off to Boise for the birthday party.

    Son graduated yesterday. He did not attend, neither did we. Onward and upward! He will be home for a few days next week before starting the new job in Provo.

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  9. I too love irises, and I know they are hard to photograph well.

    In fact, when I moved to Tennessee and remembered their state flower and state bird were the iris and the mockingbird, I thought I was in the right place! And I planted irises, too.

    Yesterday I shot a photo of a lovely little purple flower, never seen it before and don’t know what it is, that I have posted on Flickr and it has already gotten nine faves. (I only have six shots with ten and above–in fact, for several days I only had two with ten or more, and four with nine faves, and then those last four jumped the line.) This “building numbers” things takes a lot of work, but it’s fun when a particular photo hits the sweet spot. At the rate that one is going, I imagine it will be past a dozen by the end of the day.

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  10. We have no idea how we’ll ever cover the high school graduations in our area this year now that we have a staff of next to nothing. It’ll be a good season for our freelance photographers, as long as our photo department’s freelance budget holds out.

    My cold seems to have gotten worse again, I am completely stuffed up and have what is sometimes a significant cough developing. So it may be a semi-lost weekend for me.

    Does anyone “dunk” or completely submerge, to just above the soil line, their potted flowers and plants from time to time, for an extra-deep watering? I remember my mom showing me that trick years ago and decided I’d ‘drown’ a couple of my potted flowers yesterday, including the hanging flower baskets that seem like they need some new life.

    You push the pot down into a large bucket filled with water and hold them there until the air bubbles all stop, meaning all of the soil is thoroughly drenched. It also is good for clay pots as they will then retain the moisture for days after you remove them.

    I’m a pretty thorough waterer — I use the soaker setting on the hose until the water drains out of the bottom holes in the pots — but I think there are always spaces that maybe don’t get the moisture when the water comes from top to bottom.

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  11. Did anyone else watch the Cubs game yesterday? They played the Cardinals–#1 in the league–and shut them out in a 4-0 game . . . pitched by a complete game by Hendricks, with only 81 pitches. Not quite as good as the other game this week (not sure which team) that had 1-0, with the pitcher having the home run, but still . . . https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/mlb-scores-cubs-hendricks-tosses-81-pitch-shutout-vs-cardinals-red-sox-finally-win-a-chris-sale-start/

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  12. Peter, my oldest niece will be 40 next summer (2020)–it is hard to believe, isn’t it! (I’d only been a teenager for a month when she was born.)

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  13. Ok, reading up on terra cotta vs. plastic, I think I get your meaning Nancyjill.

    I’ve always loved terra cotta for its looks and natural quality. My mom had several heavy pots that I still have and use. The newer ones apparently aren’t made as heavy as the older ones that also look much more rustic.

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  14. I tend to water less, since overwatering kills more plants than underwatering. All plants are different, however, in their moisture needs and how they like it. Gerbera daisies need pretty steady watering; succulents less. Some like to be pretty dried out before watering thoroughly. It is good to look up the preference for them.

    This can be a problem when we are gone for weeks. I have managed to keep one Gerbera alive. Some plants can go for long time between watering and that is best when you have to leave them. I do put them in another container with water when we will be gone. I have also used the ‘wine bottle filled with water and planted in the soil’ method. I think I tried a rope in water and planted in the soil once, too.

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  15. I try to buy that don’t need a lot of watering, but my hanging flower baskets are ones that do as are the impatiens. We’ve been getting so little rain here (until this past season) that landscapes drying out is the rule — and it’s not pretty.

    I’m still thinking I’d love to get rid of my front lawns (top lawn + curbside strip) as they’re also infested (again) with foxtails now — and I’m just getting tired of “the look” of grass, to be honest. I’d love to go with a more natural (and lower maintenance) landscape with native (drought resistant) flowers as long as they’re colorful and easy — but my one neighbor is of the manicured lawn-and-neat side gardens generation (so am I, but …) and I know she wouldn’t like it much. But if the plants are low to mid-height I think they’d look nice and not too wild. Ideally, I’d like to have a drip line installed to handle the moisture issue. And I’d keep my gardener to make sure it all stayed neat and didn’t get out of control looking.

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  16. Cheryl- This is Cardinals’ country, but I root for the Cubs when the two play. I heard the last inning on the radio on the way home.

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  17. I went with church ladies to stamp books at Christian Library International. The we got lunch at KFC. I had chicken tenders with a waffle which I will not get there again. I was thinking tender waffle like the waffle house has. It was a thick doughy waffle. I ate it but as I said, I won’t get that again. The other two ladies had the chicken pie which was giant. I lacked tact in asking how many calories it had. I received an eyeroll for answer. On the way back we stopped by my favorite thrift shop. I found two dresses, a tunic top, and a blouse along with a butterfly necklace, a kitchen floor mat, and a large wicker basket with a heavy duty handle. The store supports a ministry of my denomination that helps young ladies caught up in the sex industry to start over.

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  18. Oh I have been out and about and I found a leather chair on sale…it’s going into my sewing room…so cushy comfy! (Husband will be surprised to learn he has a chore to do by carrying it up a steep flight of stairs when he gets home!)
    Dj since the terra cotta is porous the soil will dry out more quickly but I have been told bacteria/mold/fungus and such does not grow in the soil as is the tendency with plastic pots. I love the old crunchy look of old terra cotta pots…I have several and they are my favorites.
    Just before I headed into town the phone rang…and husband was heading down the driveway on his bike with his friend….it was the Social Security rep calling about 4 hours late! I ran down the drive yelling for husband to come back….he spoke with the rep and verified we were married…I then answered a plethora of questions and hopefully all will be set for my Medicare coverage. She said it appears I have applied for a new SS card….um…no I did not and I told the fella at the office last week, while showing him my SS card, that I did not need a new one…guess I will get a new one anyway! She just laughed at the ridiculous hassle I have gone through with this mess. She was very apologetic for the lateness of her call and I told her I was thankful she called just in the nick of time so I could catch husband! 😊 I suppose government ca work if you have patience and no expectations!…I don’t have the confirmation of this working yet though….we shall see if I get the paperwork in the mail….

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  19. Terracotta pots are cool. I can imagine a large one with a pillow stuffed in it would make a perfect cat bed. Since my brother has been around more, Miss Bosley is endearing herself to him. She is such a people cat. Indoor cats show much more personality than outdoor cats because their priorities are so diffetent and indoor cats learn to work people to their advantage.

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  20. Then I got the best of both worlds, I think. Annie has me wrapped around her paw but still loves napping on a patio chair, poking around in the dirt at the back fence and not letting Tess get the best of her.

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  21. Cheryl, can you give me advice on photographing iries or other flowers? If the plants grow near other plants I often don’t have much choice about how I frame the photo.

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  22. Ah, roses.

    My neighbor’s white roses have exploded this year, I’ve never seen anything like it — huge blooms, dozens of them, just covering the one side of her house now.

    I’m getting some good rose blooms but not in the numbers of sizes of hers.

    This cold or whatever it is I have just has me sleeping so much. I slept 4 hours earlier today and just got up from another 2-hour stretch. I need to be ready to go back to work Monday so I’m hoping this thing lifts by tomorrow.

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  23. Hope you feel better soon, DJ. I think your immune system has been down because of the stressful changes at work. I am so sad about it all and how hurtful it has been on so many levels. After a person puts in many dedicated years to their employment/career it seems just and fair that things would get easier instead of more difficult. God sees what all you and the others have gone through. I pray your immune system will get built up despite all these stresses.

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  24. After taking Saturday off, I got things done today. I wrote seven notes and sent them off with a friend going home for her daughter’s wedding. and got my cooking done for the week. I even decluttered some of the papers this place always seems to have around. It feels good to thank folks for all that they have done for me. Just simple notes…

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  25. Good Morning Everyone.
    Who, besides me, thinks the Kentucky Derby was a disappointment? It almost seems rigged so a long shot would pay off. They cockiness of the jockey after he contested was off putting.

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  26. Morning…what a lovely flower up there!
    Agree Kim…what a disappointment. I read a comment yesterday that said “do they really feel good about their win that will forever have an asterisk beside it?!”…. They should move the derby to Washington DC…the home of everything shady and rigged…..they will fit right in…..

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  27. Good morning, a beautiful day here. Roosters are crowing, chores are done. Well, mine are, the children are not up yet. But a certain small person is trying to make sure he gets the optimum amount of time with granny and gramps. He seems to sleep about one to two hours at a stretch. Unless he is traveling. He is an excellent traveler. Ten hours in the car yesterday after twenty two hours of travel the day before. Slept anytime the car was in motion or the planes were in motion.

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  28. ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

    No, I don’t celebrate it, but everyone asks about it since I am a Spanish teacher. Ignorance abounds in this part of the country, with people who think all of us of Spanish heritage are Mexican.

    Then they think the 5th of May is Mexico’s independence day. No, it is not.

    Here’s a short version of what happened. In 1862, an underdog Mexican army in Puebla, defeated the well-trained French army, which was advancing towards Mexico City. The Mexican government owed France a lot of money and promised to pay, but the French were tired of waiting. So they took advantage of the fact that the US was tangled up in our Civil War (or War Between the States, as some prefer to call it) and could not come to Mexico’s aid. Their intent was to conquer Mexico and reestablish the French empire in the Americas. They failed.

    The Battle of Puebla was the last time a European power tried to gain a military power on this side of the world. But then, the Soviet/Russian empire is now over here with Cuba and Venezuela as its colonies.

    And that is your history lesson for the day. Enjoy the rest of your Lord’s day activities.

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  29. Well Granny/Mumsee if they can only be good in one place it is best that it be in public.
    How old is he? Doesn’t he smell good?
    It is sad when grandparents have to take the baby (remember my dad Nd stepmother had to take one) but is is great when they are in a position to do so.

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  30. Traveling is a good time to be sleeping. I understand he was not pleasant on the walk through customs or at the gates. But plenty of helpful women stepped up and entertained him.

    He is three and a half months. As I was telling daughter, this is just a granny visit. It happens to be longer because we are not close enough to make the trip weekly. In our family, second son’s wife’s parents were able to come live with them for an extended time when she was struggling. Daughter’s in laws live just a few blocks away and help quite a bit. Third son’s in laws moved across the country from Calif to Virginia to be there to help with the grandson. That is what family does. Grandson is just on a prolonged granny visit. It is okay.

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  31. I feel semi-normal this morning, at last. So I’m going to church. Yay.

    I haven’t read anything about the Kentucky Derby finish but was surprised to see just the headlines popping up about the disqualification (with no other details).

    Grand slams are amazing. Way to win a game in one fell swoop, even when you’re behind.

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  32. Peter, I watched the beginning and ending of the Cubs game (I went for a walk), but my husband watched the whole thing. He loved it that someone was deliberately walked to bring the catcher to the plate . . . and then the catcher hit a grand slam!

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  33. Janice, I thought you did well with the iris. I’d say only this year have I got the “hang” of photographing flowers; I have some good flower shots from previous years, but more bad ones, and the good ones are mostly “luck” and not skill. The biggest problems with flowers (in my opinion) are that they often grow with ugly backgrounds (e.g., if a tulip is planted in a bed of mulch, you can’t get a good photo unless you fill the whole frame with the tulip) and that there are so many dimensions in a flower it’s easy to have the wrong thing in focus. Lighting is also quite important, since shadow can destroy a flower picture.

    Basically I just play around with them, take shots from lots of angles (or at least frame a lot in the lens, whether or not I take them all), shoot different flowers, and shoot close-ups and distant shots, and then I see which ones turn out. I took one two days ago that I think is really pretty, and it has shot up in two days to be my second-most faves on Flickr (14 so far). But it was partly a lot of practice, partly a perfect flower (no dead spots), the right lighting, etc. I find it harder to shoot flowers than to photograph birds, at least once the bird settles for a few seconds!

    The other thing (which you have done well with both shots) is that you simply have to fill the whole frame, whether with flower, with other greenery, etc. With a shot of an animal, you can get away with an area in the picture that’s “blank” and/or ugly, but with a flower you can’t. I had a lot of mediocre flower shots before I learned that one. Flowers are a particular challenge since the photo has to be pretty (unless the photo is taken for a reason other than beauty, such as to show the forming seeds or to show how weird the flower is). Both of yours here are very good quality!

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  34. Cheryl reminded me of an event I saw on TV several years ago SC and Clemson were playing each other for the College Baseball World Series (different leagues though in the same state.). Last game, winner is world champion. SC was ahead by one run. ninth inning, Clemson had a man on base, two outs. SC has one out to make.
    A guy comes to bat. The camera switches over to show a woman bowing her head in prayer.
    I shout at TV “NO FAIR” God needs to stay out of athletic events. It skews the results.
    So? Her child hits a pop up fly ball to right field. The fielder and first baseman forget what they learned in HS baseball and ran into each other. The ball lands safely and her child in on first base.’
    And runner advances.
    But the next on is out so SC wins the Series.
    But I’ll never forget that mother bowing her head as her son goes to bat.
    And it seems that God heard her.

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  35. Kim, jockeys are always cocky…as are owners and trainers.

    Peter L. thanks for the history lesson. If anyone is interested, there are some wonderful paintings by Francisco Goya about those battles.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwi2toShioXiAhW5wMQHHesvDg4QjRx6BAgBEAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wikiart.org%2Fen%2Ffrancisco-goya%2Fthe-third-of-may-1808-execution-of-the-defenders-of-madrid-1814-1&psig=AOvVaw0YUg2XF8OT_4Yf48srZU4B&ust=1557169416754849

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  36. I got an e-mail that said, “We’re here to take care of your pests”.
    I’m glad the Sweetest One didn’t see that. She would say her pest is sitting at the computer.
    😆
    Can you tell that things are slow today?

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  37. My “pest” is watching golf downstairs…. 😊 ⛳️
    I am heading out in a few minutes to take a walk with my neighbor. Then we need to head out to our Pastor’s home for a foundations class….4 hour class…’oy’! I will be drinking coffee as soon as I get back from my walk…. 😴 ☕️

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  38. What is a “foundations class”?

    I saw on TV, pictures of a plane engulfed in flames landing in Moscow. I checked Drudge to see if anyone died. I have the TV on mute. Drudge doesn’t have anything.
    I can’t imagine that anyone escaped that inferno.

    We never landed on fire. We had an engine catch fire on takeoff at Prestwick, Scotland, but never got airborne, so they handled it quickly.
    But we often landed with an engine out. A couple of times with two out.
    As we came in with the emergency, there was always a fire truck at the end of the runway. As we touched down, it would race us down the runway until we stopped.
    I was always glad to see those guys.

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  39. Wow, we don’t usually get a heavy rain in the morning. So glad that I am not going to market today. Those poor folks standing around in the rain, some of them a two hour walk from home.

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  40. Peter, are you of Spanish descent? Somewhere I think I saw your last name and thought it sounded French.

    You also didn’t mention the name some other people have for the Civil War – the War of Northern Aggression.

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  41. “13 killed after Russian plane catches fire and makes emergency landing in Moscow”

    That was the CNN alert I got on my phone as I was getting into the Jeep to come home from church. But as soon as I saw “13 killed” I feared it was another shooting. 😦

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  42. Peter is Puerto Rican I believe? We should create a Jeopardy round with each of our names to see what we know about each other.

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  43. Our church is losing a beloved extended family to Georgia in the next couple weeks, I’ve known the mom (a recently retired public school teacher) the most and will really miss her. But we are pretty sure we still have each others’ emails so we can stay in touch. They’re still looking for a church around their new home.

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  44. We had an attention-getting introduction to our sermon this morning (still part of our survey of the entire Bible).

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    The recent synagogue shooting by a young professing Christian has reintroduced a question into the minds of our entire citizenry.

    What in the world is going on? Where is this coming from?

    And this cannot be thought of as an older person’s question. This is not the parents of the 40s dismayed about the flat-top hairstyles of the 50s; or the parents of the 50s shaking their heads about the mop-tops of the 60s. No, there is a radical transition which digs deeper than mere styles. And the shift appears to be in overdrive.

    We might compare it to flight. Throughout the course of human history, we couldn’t get off the ground. But there was a mere 66 years between Kitty Hawk (first flight of 12 seconds) and the manned moon landing. I knew people who had both read about Kitty Hawk and watched the moon landing. They were enthralled about the world — the generation — in which they lived.

    The advancement of immorality has rapidly hit a fever-pitch. We are enthralled now in a different, negative sense. We are spellbound and the experts are without an answer. Not only are we nowhere near figuring out why we are bien overcome by moral darkness, we have systematically sought to remove form the equation of human thinking any objective means by which morality/ethics can be determined. The fire is no longer at our feet, it is at the back of our necks. And we’re scratching our heads wondering why it’s so hot in here. …
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  45. I meant to ask our pastor about ‘kinism’ ? in our Q&A but we ran out of time. Maybe I’ll follow up with an email to him — I need to do it soon as he’s on sabbatical for 3 months after today and we’re advised to try not to bother him too much …

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  46. Kinism does appear in Calvinist circles (https://www.gotquestions.org/kinism.html) and seems to have played a part in the latest shooting, but the way John 8:44 was been quoted in the first (one in October) shooter’s manifesto suggests Christian Identity, which has long been active in domestic terrorism incidents in the U.S. (during the violence of the Civil Rights era, synagogues were also attacked, as several members of the KKK were also part of Christian Identity movement), is also part of the picture: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/11/06/synagogue-shootings-devil-cites-scripture-do-many-killers/1903921002/

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  47. The key will be in finding where online this shooter was picking up those influences. He certainly did all he could to generally link his actions to his Christian profession. It does not necessarily follow that those messages were ones he received through his church or family, in fact he has denied that to be he case.

    Of course, we know how people think so “the church” will take some heat. And none of this implies that the church should not be doing some serious self-reflection through all of this. But heresy remains heresy. It has and always will exist within the visible church, always to be fought and beaten back when it appears.

    This story is to be continued. Can he be forgiven by God? yes. Is he a believer? Based on all of this, the jury is out on that question, I’d say, but the sin he committed was of such enormity (and so far, publicly, accompanied by no visible repentance) that it legitimately calls into question his professed salvation.

    The crime he committed is worthy of the death penalty and I don’t think you’d find many of us arguing that point.

    From what I’ve read, the church and denomination (and his family) have responded appropriately, quickly and unequivocally to renounce his actions.

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  48. Probably neither shooter was actually a member of one of the many neo-Nazi/white supremacist groups that ascribe to Christian Identity ideology/language. Earnest is reported to have posted his manifesto on the news site of 8Chan, a site on the dark web which is known in the internet world for being a hotbed of racist and other angry young men ideologies – the incel movement also has connections to 8Chan. The theories that I have heard and seen touted by a certain in-law come from Christian Ideology material. I mentioned, and this was before the shooting, I was concerned by a heretical book I saw on his desk. Well, it was about Pre-Adamic Theology, and Christian Ideology apparently uses the concept of a Pre-Adamic people in their racist ideology. He has never even been to the U.S., but I do know that he knows how to get on the dark web.

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  49. RK- Great Goya paintings, but the wrong time period. Those are from the French invasion of Spain in 1804. The Battle of Puebla was in Mexico in 1862.

    Kevin- DJ is correct that my family is Puerto Rican. But you are correct that there are those of French descent with the same name. It’s pronounced differently in either language. There is also a variation in one version of the spelling, using a different vowel in the last syllable. One theory is that we are of Jewish descent and the family split up during the Dark Ages, with some going to Spain, and some to France.

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  50. By the way, in the initial posts I made on this topic, I never said I thought that the shooter was influenced by teachings from his church or his family. I specifically related the story to what I was seeing being shared on the internet by people claiming Christianity. I had never heard of either the terms of kinism heresy or Christian Identity when I made those posts. It was only after I made those posts that I found that others had been observing the same phenomenon I had been observing, and that there were names, kinism and Christian Identity, for it. I had stumbled across both Christian Identity and kinism materials, without learning the origins for the material, in my searches on other topics. For example, a search I was making on ancient Babylonian music somehow turned up a YouTube video, purportedly Christian in origin, about this apparent Babylonian conspiracy (the conspiracy theory, as explained to me by a certain in-law once, involves a theoretical perpetuation of Babylonian paganism in Judaism – the idea of a Satanic cult being hidden inside Judaism is a Christian Identity theory); while a search I was making about the various ethnic origins of the early church writers (as I wanted to know which ones came from North Africa, Middle East, Rome, etc.) turned up what I now know was a kinist website which was attempting to use quote from the early church writers to support their views. I would stumble across this material by accident, reject it as false, and then I would see references to the same material from commenters claiming Christianity on a whole variety of articles, news stories, etc., which when I cross linked it to what the in-law was saying, alerted me to the fact that there was a definite trend. It is now apparent that others have been seeing the same trend, so I was not imagining things.

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  51. What was even more disturbing to me was the fact I was seeing Christians whom I knew to be nowhere near anti-Semitic (due to their vocal support of Israel) were sharing videos that also appeared in anti-Semitic material. For example, some of my very pro-Israel Christian relatives (of whom I have a large number), were sharing on FB a clip from the opening ceremony of some tunnel connecting European countries and the video claimed to be visible proof of a Satanic rite being performed by European leaders (when I watched it just looked like badly done performing art that symbolized the Alps that the tunnel ran under). Then, the in-law, during a visit, showed me the same video and claimed it was evidence of the conspiracy that I have before mentioned him touting (that the Satanic cult in Judaism had infiltrated world government – another part of the Christian Identity ideology). The pro-Israel relatives on FB (in-law is not on FB) clearly knew nothing of the origin of the conspiracy video they were sharing. One of those same relatives has shared other videos that claim things like Europeans being descendants of Israelites, once again, that is related to Christian Identity ideology, but he is a vociferous defender of Israel, so he did not verify his sources at all. As I gathered more and more information and began mapping it together in my mind, it began to appear clear that Christians who were not maliciously inclined, but sharing material that was, were not investigating the sources of the information they were sharing on social media sites.

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  52. Frightening, really.

    Our pastor today (in SS) was remarking about how listening to some political commentators on the radio can really appeal to him, the frustration, even anger, over some of the trends that have taken over in our culture.

    He said he needs to stop and realize that the appeal he feels is to his flesh, that the anger is not biblical but needs to be resisted.

    It becomes so important for the church to be strong in its teaching, though even that — as the Escondido example shows — cannot guard against all sin in what is a fallen world.

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  53. Another portion from today’s sermon:

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    This recent shooting is particularly disquieting because we cannot relegate it to a far-away people from a far-away land. You’ll notice that when there is an international plane carash, the American news outlets inevitably mention how many Americans were on board. They do this because there is an intimacy that hits home. We can no longer ask, ‘what is wrong with them?’ We have to ask ‘What is wrong with us?’
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  54. Home from our Pastor’s home and it was a nice time of information and fellowship. The foundations class is a class must attend if they ever want to officially join the church. Church history, foundational belief, church order…stuff like that.
    And somehow I find myself hosting 5 mountain man type fellas for lunch after church next week….they own a landscaping business and all live together…bachelors…I’m not certain there is enough food in this town to feed them…this shall be a challenge! But it should be fun 😂

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  55. Just got the bill for our flight to Goroka last month. They asked to have one account to charge so it was all charged to mine. The bill was $288 more than what we were told and I charged the others. Yikes!

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