Category Archives: Bible

Reconsidering “Don’t come uninvited.”

Ambrose and Olga Worrall took the doctrine of “Don’t come uninvited” to extreme lengths — or so I thought. A key story involves their relations with one another.

From The Gift of Healing, pages 118-120:[*]

Some time before our marriage Olga had injured her left hand in a fall on an icy sidewalk. Following this mishap a small lump appeared in the injured area. It did not disappear, but grew larger until it was as big as a good-sized walnut. Continue reading Reconsidering “Don’t come uninvited.”

Podcast — The U.S. and the New Jerusalem

A city set on a hill cannot be hid.

The U.S. and the New Jerusalem

Music:

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Podcast — Saint and sinner

We’re each both, at all times.

Saint and sinner

Related:  The Way of Peace, chapter 17:  “About organized religion”
Related: The Way of Peace, chapter 19: “Sacrifice”

Music:  Don Henley, “The Heart of the Matter”

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I don’t believe in belief. Here’s why.

Arnie (not his real name) has been the sole student of my course on effective prayer.

Sunday after church he told me he’d found a couple online resources about effective prayer, that he hoped we could review together.  Each of them begins with the necessity of “belief.”

When he said this, I became nervous.  There are many such sources online, but I’m not comfortable with them.  On the one hand, trying to make myself “believe” that the outcome I pray for is inevitable, feels too much like wading into the world of delusion.  On the other hand, although there are many New Testament references to “belief” in connection with prayer, I’m convinced that either (a) those expressions don’t come from the historical Jesus himself, or else (b) Jesus used that term to mean something very different from what we normally take it to mean today.

None of those whom I regard as experts in the field ever refer to belief this way.  Never.  Not once.  Ever.

By Monday afternoon, I would feel my reservations had been powerfully confirmed.

Related:  From my diary: Learning to pray
Related:  I will not be disappointed
Related:  When prayer backfires
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The Freddie Gray demonstrations

As of Monday, 04/27/15, let me say this.  We had five days of completely orderly demonstrations.  Only after that did the interlopers arrive, and only after that did any trouble begin.

Everybody, I think, wants certain things.  We want to find out the facts.  We want appropriate prosecutions, if warranted.  We want …

I’ve just read this article, which indicates interlopers were indeed allowed to address the crowd at the original gathering Saturday 2015-04-25.  They said things I do not believe any native Baltimorean would have said.  They had to rationalize their presence, and in my judgment, failed.

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God will wipe away every tear

Isaiah 25:

6On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. 7And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. 8Then the LORD GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.

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