I’m about ready to sneak out of here. I finished two jobs and no one else in my section is here. I think it’s time to leave for my road trip to DuBois. I took the dogs to the kennel last night and Sweetous is probably already off work. So here I go….
Doctors vex me ! I was surfing the web and decided to look up the side effects of zocor which I’ve been taking everyday for several years. So I find this doctor says it may cause forgetfulness, disorientation, and confusion. On the other hand, WebMD says it may cut Alzheimers ! Go figure ! How the hell can it be good for Alzheimers and cause forgetfulness, disorientation, and confusion ?
This is a matter of concern to me because my Mother has memory problems and my Father-in-law has Alzheimers. I would like to avoid these problems myself if I can. I do tend to be forgetful fairly often. An example would be going to the store and not remembering why I went there etc. Last time I saw the doctor I asked about that, but he didn’t seem to be concerned about it. I suppose I’ll just have to keep alert about this and learn more about the subject.
The term Christus Victor comes from the title of Gustaf Aulén’s groundbreaking book first published in 1931 where he drew attention back to this classical early church’s understanding of the Atonement. In it Aulén identifies three main types of Atone
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Today was a busy but nicely productive day at work. Everything went smoothly with no urgent pleas for help or other distractions. I took a half hour walk before work too and when I got home I did 30 reps on our new crunch machine.
After work, I went to Border and since I had a coupon I figured I really ought to use it. So I bought a book: The heart of Christianity : rediscovering a life of faith. This is by Marcus Borg, a progressive Christian. I find many aspects of the Christian left to be good, although I also have some reservations about them. So anyway, I shall learn more about their ideas.
It’s been a really busy weekend. We took of Friday and went to visit Mike and Piglette. While there we went to the fair Friday and Saturday nights; and walked all over the place. Saturday they had a Johnny Cash imitator, he was very good. I enjoyed the show. I also loved all the junk food I ate ! LOL. So today I got the dogs out of the kennel and brought them home. They were happy to be back where they belong. I assembled my new eliptical trainer and Sweetous also got a device for doing crunches which we put together. Then we straightened out the room (Piglette’s old room) and set up a small stereo in there so we can listen to loud music whilst we exercise. Well, back to work tomorrow ! I hope I don’t have a huge back log waiting for me. But we have been busy so I am sure there will be at least a small back log of stuff. Oh well, better than unemployment.
Some more books to read…
I am up and dressed, but no one else is. I was hoping we would all goto church today but this is not likely the case. I suppose I’ll have to wait ’til Piglette and Mike’s wedding to see Pastor Steve’s church.
So anyway, now I’m just doing some web surfing. I found this reading list in my email: The Best Spiritual Books of 2007 (So Far) which led me to look around at Amazon fro more books (as if I don’t have enough books LOL !) Here is a list of lists of interesting books:
Sweetous and I are visiting Mike and Piglette this weekend. We drove up yesterday and then went to the Grange Fair and stayed til 10:00 pm. I was wore out ’cause it’s so hot. We’re going again this evening too. Idle hands are the Devil’s work shop; this proved to be true today. We were lounging around the house and Sweetous and Piglette decided we should all get our nails done ! So we did. That’s a costly way to kill time ! I went to Barnes and Noble for a while too and bought a book to add to my pile of books waiting to be read. Wow, that’s quite a stack of books, I better get reading them and and spend less time lurking in cyberspace.
a quiz for this morning…..
You are the Hanged Man
Self-sacrifice, Sacrifice, Devotion, Bound.
With the Hanged man there is often a sense of fatalism, waiting for something to happen. Or a fear ofloss from a situation, rather than gain.
The Hanged Man is perhaps the most fascinating card in the deck. It reflects the story of Odin who offered himself as a sacrifice in order to gain knowledge. Hanging from the world tree, wounded by a spear, given no bread or mead, he hung for nine days. On the last day, he saw on the ground runes that had fallen from the tree, understood their meaning, and, coming down, scooped them up for his own. All knowledge is to be found in these runes.
The Hanged Man, in similar fashion, is a card about suspension, not life or death. It signifies selflessness, sacrifice and prophecy. You make yourself vulnerable and in doing so, gain illumination. You see the world differently, with almost mystical insights.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
I did not see the CNN special God’s Warriors and although some people in my church participate in Battle Cry events; I am not very familiar with it. Anyway, I do think the military imagery may not be the best way for Christians to express their faith. There is military imagery in the Bible but there is also plenty talk of peace, love, mercy etc.
Jesus came to us not as military conqueror, but as a helpless baby. He is Lord of Lords but also Prince of Peace. In his earthly ministry he said that the first shall be last and the last shall be first. He said the merciful are blessed and the meek will inherit the earth. He spoke of judgement based on compassion for the poor. He cautioned us that things we hate in others, we better look closely at ourselves because that which we hate in others is also part of our own self.
I won’t say military imagery is never appropriate but I do say that Christians need to be aware of and influenced by the likes of St. Francis, Mother Theresa, and MLK at least as much as they are by Battle Cry.
A final thought, if your religion inspires you to hate others, you have a very serious problem. This applies to any and all religions.
Peace be with you…
via email from LB…
Have you heard about the trucker who has painted his cab and trailer with the names of all those who lost their lives in 9/11? The trucker’s name is John Holmgren from Shafer, Minn. He has been ‘pulled over’ numerous times just so the troopers can get their picture taken with the truck…
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It’s been pretty quiet and not a lot happening the past few days. I walked today at lunch but then ate too much at my desk when I returned ! I’ll have to watch that; seems that in the new office I munch more than I did over at suite-6 ! I got a lot done at work the past couple days and hope to have a productive day tomorrow ’cause we are going on a road trip Friday thru Monday to visit Piglette and Mike. Tonight Sweetous and I visted LB for supper. So, now a little web surfing and then to bed or perhaps watch TV or read a while…
some links for today…
the website of the New Monasticism Project–an attempt to discern the Holy Spirit’s movement in the abandoned places of the Empire called America.
If you read or browse my blog, you will see that I am a big fan of the Wikipedia. You can also see from the above blog post that you must use discernment and good judgment when using the Wikipedia or any other resource, especially on the web. A good rule to follow is don’t rely on a single source of information, especially when making an important decision.
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