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Making idiots of us all

There is a danger, a craftiness, about the internet. Humanity has only been living with it for a short time, compared all of human history. Social media is a particular pitfall few recognize it seems. It’s clear people like Lisa Desjardins don’t see it.

She’s let go from her job with CNN, a media company. For someone involved in media she doesn’t seem to understand the repercussions inherent in reporting news, especially when the news is her own. Making videos like this doesn’t come without consequence. Why would anyone in a hiring position with a company not consider a video like this? One tweet on her account reads “if i evr get laid off i hope i do it the way”. Stupidity will get them nowhere. Upper corporate executives can afford to do things like this, not plebes like this woman. Metaphorically, you shut up, and ride the horse until it dies or the horse is shot out from under you. Then you find another.

Taking pads and pencils from a former employer when packing up to leave for the last time? It doesn’t look good, no matter what the justification. Employers are often concerned about appearances, regardless of the facts, as are news reporters and correspondents.

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Pure Funk

One of the best from the Isleys

Account Killer… just not this one.

Great little website to delete accounts, not deactivate them, as in Facebook. Check ’em out.

http://www.accountkiller.com/en/

 

Church is where the home is

Imagine my surprise as I find a news article demonstrating a point I’ve made in a previous post, and on the same general subject. It didn’t take long. Yeah, imagine that.

The reverend of a St. Paul church says he needs to raise $200,000 to pay off a church loan after most of his followers left because of his support for gay marriage. The Rev. Oliver White runs Grace Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul. The 69-year-old said he needs to raise the money by June 30. “We lost our income when we lost a number of people from our congregation.” White said.

If it’s the money that fuels the church then it’s understandable when the money runs out that the church loses its home. For if the building is the church’s home then it is predicated upon something the Lord never intended. On the other hand the church should be at home in the same place Christ lives. In imitational church the pandering goes on to keep the lights on and the bills paid. Unfortunately, following the Word of God diminishes and becomes compromised before such requirements. Such pandering, in my opinion, keeps the people of God from realizing the true nature of church.

The best thing about all this with Grace Community is that they could lose the church building. If that were to happen perhaps they’ll discover where their heart really is.

Happy Birthday, Aldrich Ames

Happy Birthday, Mr. Ames. I hope you find your current accommodations to your satisfaction. Thank you for your thoughts…

Because interrogations are intended to coerce confessions, interrogators feel themselves justified in using their coercive means. Consistency regarding the technique is not important; inducing anxiety and fear is the point.

Truth is such an overrated thing. Interrogators give the impression of wanting it while really not being the least bit interested in it. It’s all about manipulation and control. Anxiety and fear are tools. Thanks again.

Considering (and Surviving) Unhealthy Christian Organizations

It’s interesting that I find this article by Ed Stetzer on the heels of My Church Posts of a week or so ago, as his piece seems to dovetail. It’s an article which bears repeating, and I’d recommend the comments which follow as well.

So I’ll simply give the link: http://www.edstetzer.com/2012/04/unhealthy-christian-organizati-1.html

Isaiah 60:19,

 

Skandalon

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8,9

On a day such as today, there is nothing of ourselves in which to boast. Nothing. Everything there is and was and is to be is of, for and to Christ Jesus. The word skandalon is Greek for the concept of “a stumbling block” or “an offense”, that which arouses opposition. Everything about Resurrection Day is a skandalon, an offense, to those who know no sin, because Christ became the blame for sin, the skandalon, for everyone who ever lived.

In this I’ve received grace which I do not deserve and forgiveness which I cannot merit. To Him be all glory, honour, power and dominion, both now and forever. Happy Resurrection Day.

Christian Television

Christian television is screwed up.

There, I said it.

Doesn’t matter what form, or who is doing it, or what church or religious organization is doing it, it’s royally screwed up. Every so often I encounter it and take about 30 seconds to observe. It’s an embarrassment. All of it. Any of it. I get more enjoyment from watching the test pattern on channel 61.

That is all … for now.

To Infinity And Beyond

Michael Nesmith, the tall one of the Monkees group and heir to the Liquid Paper fortune, had this to say about the passing of Davy Jones…

“I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don’t exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity.

“That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you,” he continued, “I will miss him, but I won’t abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane. David’s spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.

Safe travels, indeed. These wishes from someone who doesn’t “exactly know what happens in these times” all sound quite gentle and caring, but to me much of what he states is just amorphous muddle. The yearnings and even pleadings of someone attempting to transcend death with words, feebly trying to understand something of an existence beyond. None of us sees beyond the veil separating physical life and death. Some of us, through no provocation of our own, remarkably manage to capture a wisp of that nature of the immortal from beyond the grave. (More on that in another post.)

I can agree with two things he said, though. Death is a transition. Some may consider the transition drastic, the change extreme. One moment living in the “animating life”, as Nesmith puts it. The next, motionless, lifeless. I rather believe that the transition can be one as swift and subtle as pressing a button on a television remote. Many of us hardly think about the reality of death in a way that doesn’t draw us toward seriously pondering that which is beyond. Transition it is. Into what is the money question. Secondly, he mentions the “certainty of the continuity of existence”. I understand that as his way of expressing immortality, and I believe he’s right, we all carry something of eternity within us. There are those who believe there is nothing, no existence, beyond death. I’m no philosopher or great thinker, but if that were the case I’d have no reason not to involve myself in all sorts of hedonism. Perhaps one concept that restrains even the most heinous of criminals is the idea of an after-life and consequently a judgment. I could explain eternity from within from a biblical perspective using Ecclesiastes 3:11, but personally I think anyone, from Christian to Atheist, knows something intimately about eternity, immortality or the continuity or persistence of existence, even if they don’t care to admit it.

Immortality doesn’t give us many hints as to its nature. But I’d suggest there are some.