38 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-6-19

  1. Morning all. A gray, dreary day here. We were all actually cold, which doesn’t happen often. It gets cold at night during July and August, but warms up in the daytime. Today was just chilly all day. Think dog park cold.

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  2. Peter has some good news that he can’t share until Sunday.l
    That means someone is engaged, or pregnant.
    Otherwise it would be news now.
    Sunday is our 62nd wedding anniversary.
    She has had me a long time.

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  3. Good morning! The photo is of the recently renovated Carter Hall on Covenant College’s campus.
    Here is some history from the Covenant site.

    “Carter Hall
    Carter Hall was built in 1928 as the luxurious Lookout Mountain Hotel. Guests came from all over the country to vacation at the “Castle in the Clouds,” as it was nicknamed. However, with the onset of the Great Depression, the hotel did not operate successfully. It opened and closed several times, finally closing its doors in 1960.

    Covenant bought the building in 1964, when the College moved from St. Louis to Lookout Mountain, and named it in honor of Paul Carter, the Chattanooga businessman who constructed and owned the hotel. For several years, Carter Hall was the only significant building on Covenant’s campus. It contained the chapel, library, classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, dining hall, and student residence rooms.

    Today, the first floor of Carter Hall contains administrative and staff offices, the Great Hall, the Tuck Shoppe (the College’s bookstore), and the Blink (the campus snack bar). The second-fifth floors house student resident rooms. The mailroom, chaplain’s office, a lounge, and facilities management offices occupy the lower level.”

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  4. Good morning, all!

    Jo, I had wondered about your weather. I read where Australia had snow, so thought perhaps you would get a little bit of a cool down also.

    Chas, I am inclined to think you are right about PeterL and his news. How fortunate you are to have TSWITW for so many years.

    Beautiful building, Janice.

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  5. I have no idea what dog park cold is. Lol.

    What an interesting building!

    Happy early anniversary, Chas. What a blessing for you and all your family!

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  6. Morning! That is a beautiful building with many architectural styles!
    Chas you and Elvera married 18 years before us….perhaps one day we will catch up with you!! Happy Anniversary this Sunday!
    Cool temps this morning but they say it will be in the 70’s later on…we still have the furnace running in the morning and late evening. At this point I don’t know if we will even need the air conditioner this “summer”…. I am still wearing sweaters and boots!! 🌞

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  7. It’s very humid and rain is suppose to set in which is good for summer crops. Not so good for our fragile house. With all that dry hot air, I found I deal better with that than all the humidity.

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  8. A beautiful cool rainy cloudy day here. The birds were twittering in the nest outside the window at about two thirty this morning, and the roosters started shortly after. But, because it was raining, I stayed in bed until after five. Did a bit of browsing this morning: plantain, chives, dandelions..tasty!

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  9. Give me dry heat any day, I really don’t tolerate humidity well.

    That is a stately building. Is that a bell tower?

    I have a complicated day ahead, starting with a pressing need to buy a new battery for my camera — which I’ll have to use for a 4-6 p.m. graduation assignment. I also need to work on another homeless story today — we were beat by the Times on it yesterday. Not that anyone but journalists really care about who gets it first anymore …

    I spent about 90 minutes in a presentation yesterday by local refinery operators about how safe all their equipment is and how we can best handle upcoming stories when things go wrong there and the public needs to know quickly if they’re in danger or not.

    It really feels like this should be Friday.

    And I see where they’re expecting some opposition demonstrators at our upcoming pride festival (groan) — so the pro contingent, including our most visible public leaders and officials, is gathering steam on social media with plans to walk through the demonstrators (who said they’d be there to pray for people). Both sides promoting probably some unwise ‘in your face’ ideas at this stage.

    I’ve noticed, too, that any opinions other than the acceptable “pro” views on the subject, even very in subtle posts, are immediately leaped upon and beaten down, often rudely. It’s just the wrong side to be on culturally now and any expression otherwise is not tolerated. Period. One commenter said she was a Christian and the only Christians against gay marriage and LGBTQ etc. acceptance are radicals — real Christians, she said, would simply never judge anyone. Much confused and murky thinking in our midst. Not to mention, ahem, intolerance.

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  10. Yes, DJ, a bell tower. Wesley said the only time they got to go up there each year while he was there was for the Covenant Day of Prayer. I thought that was a really thoughtful thing for the college to do for that annual special day. It may be different now that if has been renovated.

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  11. On praying as a form of public protest, the other day I was struck by seeing a very familiar passage of Scripture that I had not seen referred to in years, that of Matthew 6:5-6: “Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

    As for things like the Pride Festivals, Paul’s pithy phrases sum up what the Church’s response should be: “For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside? But God judges outsiders” (I Corinthians 5:12-13).

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  12. That is a lovely building, and interesting inside too. Janice, in the interest of protecting my children’s privacy, I never shared on here the year one of my daughters attended there. So I’ve been to the school three times (for her to check it out, for us to take her down–her sister went along on that trip–and for us to bring her home), and it is indeed a lovely campus! She loved it, too, and made friends there, but ultimately decided she just couldn’t afford the debt. Her roommates from that year, cousins from Canada, have remained friends and she has done some traveling with them. (They elected not to return after the first year, also.)

    We flew her home for Christmas and she brought herself home for Thanksgiving, surprising all of us. She drove down partway with students who were driving home, and then took Greyhound the rest of the way. She had her high school best friend pick her up at the Greyhound station and drop her off at our house. A very sweet surprise! We planned to drive down twice each year, but it was a major drive and we weren’t too unhappy that she decided to seek other options after her freshman year.

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  13. Though you’d be surprised by how many professing Christians are confused by some of these new ethics in the public square.

    The “demonstrators” likely will be a handful of guys with signs, best to be ignored by all. And I also think that praying as a way to protest can come off almost as hostile — or certainly condescending — to those on the other side at these events.

    Best to stay clear and be busy doing other things that day.

    Making judgments on a sinful direction the society or culture is going, however, is not outside the pale of what Christians are called to speak out against.

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  14. In the current environment, though, it’s hard to know how or where those opportunities lie. It seems to me the culture has made its decision and public warnings at this stage would not be heeded, only shouted down and resented.

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  15. The views from up there are fantastic! We spent a night on Lookout Mountain several years ago and as we drove down the hill from Covenant College (where we were admiring the view), the clock changed times several times–that’s where you go from east to central time.

    We stayed at a B&B run by UCLA graduates–we can always find each other–but couldn’t figure out what time it was for breakfast. I ended up arriving an hour early and enjoyed the morning!

    Beautiful day in northern California. I’ve been doing laundry at my son’s house and taking out their trash cans. While standing on the street, a gardener approached me–his daughter knows my daughter and we talked adult kids for a while, which segued into local politics.

    A nearly 70-year old Stanford graduate (architecture), he was a self-confessed liberal and former city council member, but we sure agreed on local politics this morning!

    Along with Netflix, where his daughter works as a producer. “I just asked her to produce something I could watch–like, Sci Fi without the violence. And who could stomach that Game of Thrones?”

    Maybe age DOES make us more conservative?

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  16. “I have no idea what dog park cold is. Lol.”

    Think….. 60…ish……..

    Or, Spring weather, as the rest of us not living in or near a desert call it.

    🙂

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  17. “Best to stay clear and be busy doing other things that day” — and/or praying in private, whether for individuals or the culture and nation as a whole.

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  18. I never watched Game of Thrones but saw something online the other day that I didn’t know — the show was credited with making husky dogs more popular (because they resembled dire wolves !) in the past few years.

    Huskies have become very popular in our area, lots of them can be seen at the dog park where it’s always cold enough.

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  19. Dog Park Cold as I understand it:

    cold enough to wear socks with your sandals
    cold enough to wear a parka over your tanktop and shorts
    cold enough to make your dog really uncomfortable with a sweater thing
    cold enough to put both hands around your Starbucks mug

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  20. Oh, well, we were thrilled to get into the 60’s. Actually too hot here today; into the eighties. Still so wonderful to see all the flowering crabs, lilacs and flowers, as well as all the beautiful shades of green. We are thrilled to just to see the sun again!

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  21. DJ: “Making judgments on a sinful direction the society or culture is going, however, is not outside the pale of what Christians are called to speak out against

    Perhaps, although Roman society was worse than modern Western society when it came to morals, and they practiced infanticide, not to mention the gladiator sports. Yet, whenever the Apostles touch on the evils of the surrounding society, it is only to admonish the Christians to not to take part in those activities. When Paul speaks before Agrippa and Festus (Josephus relates that Festus was appointed by the emperor Nero) he does not talk about the evils of the Empire, but about Jesus Christ and his conversion. Agrippa, as Paul mentions, had some knowledge of the Jewish faith, but Festus was fresh from Rome and utterly secular minded. We do not know what Paul said when he appeared before Nero (think of it, when Paul appealed to Caesar, he was appealing to Nero!), but it would seem, from what Paul said in his epistles about his testimony while a prisoner, that he once again, had simply shared the Gospel, and even people of Nero’s household came to faith (Philippians 1:12-13, 5:22). Really, if we believe the doctrine of total depravity, then we know that changing behaviour is totally ineffective unless the heart is changed first.

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  22. Excellent point, Roscuro. The world knows plenty about itself; its familiarity with Christ’s truth is limited.

    After all, we’ve got infanticide in sterile facilities and gladiator sports in arenas down here in America, and certainly in the hockey rinks of Canada.

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  23. Still, there is a place for Christians to voice a warning as a culture is going off the rails (to our neighbors’ detriment).

    No, we are not surprised. But we see where some of these decisions are headed in terms of consequences. It should at least grieve us.

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  24. I saw the stars in the middle of the night, which is very rare here. But now it is cloudy again. Seeing the stars also means it is quite cold as the warm layer of clouds is gone.
    Yesterday was gray and drizzly.
    Made it to market this morning. We have a three day weekend as Monday is the PNG celebration of the Queen’s birthday. I will spend it at school working on report cards.

    Kim, where are you???!

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  25. We in the west have benefited by an evangelized culture that, for the most part, codified just laws and provided believers and nonbelievers alike with a clearer vision of right and wrong. There have been advantages that we’ve enjoyed (and, yeah, taken for granted) for hundreds of years.

    That foundation is, of course, now slipping away and our unbelieving (and sometimes believing) neighbors are naturally confused anew, unable to rightly assess practices, laws and behaviors in light of any kind of truth beyond what seems right in our own eyes.

    It’s that which I think is being mourned (and still sometimes fought in the political realm, though perhaps now in vain).

    That said, God, after all, is sovereign and not a speck of this is occurring outside his will.

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  26. I believe, by speaking out about abortion, and pointing people to Christ, we can make a difference. I suppose it is kind of like the question: is it better to go into the harvest field with the Gospel only, or should we be coming alongside and offering a blanket and a glass of water. If they don’t know they are cold and thirsty, they won’t want the help. If they have been told for years that it is only a blob of tissue, why would they stop to consider if nobody tells them? Yes, we want changed hearts, but that is not under our abilities but we can speak up against evil. Slavery? Prostitution? Child abuse? Those have all been around forever but because Christians and others have spoken up, a few lives have become easier. That is not contrary to the Gospel.

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  27. Mumsee, it is not contrary to the Gospel but it is not the Gospel (a point that is often confused, not that you yourself are making that confusion). It is the Law. And God’s Law is holy and just and good, and there is a purpose for it. Part of that purpose is to show man his depravity. So it is right and good to (gently and humbly) show a person that abortion is murder. And when God gives us the ability to speak in a different way to our culture (if we are legislators, or we can write letters to the editor), there may well be a time and a place to speak against abortion. (I myself had a letter in the Phoenix paper on abortion published when I was a teenager–and a follow-up letter from a reader thanking them for publishing my letter was also published.)

    But we can so easily forget our focus, and so easily forget the God-given purpose of the Law. We can act as judge and jury, and that is not our role. Our part is to be reconcilers, telling others the bad news of the Law so that we can tell them the good news of the Gospel. Law and Gospel are both good, but the message is often confused these days by preachers referring to law issues as “gospel issues.”

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  28. That is the beautiful chapel building. The backside can be seen from the expressway down below the mountain.

    Wesley worked very hard while at Covenant. He did work study during the year and worked every summer at their summer camps. He did not have a car until senior year. He had scholarships, and we helped him. It was expensive but well worth it. It has great academics, and he made wonderful lifelong friends. It gave him a great background for getting into the fully funded Baylor program. We were blessed that Covenant is on the side of the mountain in Georgia rather than Tennessee so Wesley qualified for the Hope scholarship funded by the lottery proceeds in Georgia. We have never purchased the lottery tickets ourselves, and I’d rather the state not have that going on, but we did benefit from that scholarship money. Because Wesley was homeschooled, he had to prove himself to the state by attending a semester at Covenant and getting good grades before he could get that scholarship that would have been given automatically had he not been homeschooled. That did not seem fair, but educators at the upper echelons tend to frown on homeschooling and try to make life difficult for them in every way possible.

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  29. One is also reminded of Wilberforce’s push to end the institution of slavery in his country. Not the gospel, but it was applying biblical principles in how a nation should govern itself.

    I made it through the high school graduation but was not able to be down on a level with the graduates, so the photos were all taken from above, less than standout fare I’m afraid. I felt disappointed I didn’t/couldn’t get anything better than I did, but I got it done and the photos turned in. I wasn’t able to use one of the group shots I really liked — the kids sitting with very interesting and different looks on their faces as their listened to a speaker — because one boy had his tongue sticking way out and his eyes crossed, horsing around with his neighbor. I almost turned it in anyway but figured nah, he might be embarrassed and he’d get the business from people about it.

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  30. I think mumsee was saying (@7 p.m.) that those positions are compatible with the gospel — they can be fairly seen as an outgrowth of it — in terms of how we are to value life and treat other people, even our enemies.

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  31. DJ, I know, and that’s why I clarified I was trying to spring off from what she was saying rather than arguing specifically with her. Remember the old discussions on some church or other preaching “the social gospel”? The newest version of that is for preachers to argue that some social issue (e.g., feeding the poor or being against sex slavery) is a “gospel issue” and that by doing it we can “live the gospel.” No, the gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, that He was buried, and that three days later He rose again. These may be issues His followers should care about, but that doesn’t raise them to the level of “gospel.” Nor can we live the gospel; that was Christ’s act.

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