OYB April 28

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Judges 8:18-35, Judges 9:1-21
NT: Luke 23:44-56, Luke 24:1-12
Ps: Psalm 99
Pr: Proverbs 14:9-10

Gospel Thread - OT:

But Gideon told them, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you."

Judges 8:23 (NIV)

God's original intention was to the sole ruler over mankind - to be man's sole and benevolent source for leadership and governance. However, due to man's sin, our perfect relationship with God was broken, and mankind has had to endure being ruled by fellow man. Christ's redemption of man will one day bring about the restoration of God's original intention, when Christ returns to establish His eternal kingdom. What a wonderful day that will be, when we once again look to our Lord as our sole source of governance!

Gospel Thread - NT:

6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'

Luke 24:6-7 (NIV)

Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection are the balance point in the history of civilization, and the pillar of God's plan of man's redemption from sin.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

Fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.

Proverbs 14:9 (NIV)

True repentance and godly sorrow bring about not only a desire to flee from sin, but also a desire to righting the wrongs of our past sin.

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My First Hate Mail!

Filed in Personal, PoliticsTags: Mailbag

This evening my humble blog reached an important milestone: a received my very first hate mail.

Using the pseudonym "Elroy Spankster", someone undoubtedly from the Party of Tolerance sent the following [expletives edited]:

For the love of God give it a rest. If he/she wanted you two to be married it would have already happened. Claire McCaskill rocks and your hero Georgy W. sucks Hillary [male reproductive appendage]. ...now [perform fellatio on] that you disgraceful republican [male homosexual].

(I guess I struck a nerve of some sort with ol' Elroy...)

Apparently, "Elroy Spankster" wanted this missive to remain anonymous, as the email address given was an obvious fake; however, a simple google search reveals his true email address to be spankinelroy@charter.net (and, for the curious, he is a technician from St. Louis, and his Yahoo ID is spankinelroy).

I particularly like the "girls rule, boys drool" argumentation method in the Claire McCaskill/George W. Bush reference. And while I'm sure that, to those of his liberal persuasion, "republican" and "disgraceful" are redundant, Elroy should know that using a slang term for a homosexual male in a disparaging manner (in this case, associated with either "disgraceful" or "republican" - my apologies, Log Cabin Republicans) is considered "intolerant", and unacceptable.

Overall, as far as hate mail goes, this one is not a particularly good example. It is neither intelligent nor creative, although it does include the obligatory ad hominem and hypocrisy. Maybe it's the best "Elroy" has to offer, but I consider it a sub-par performance. Better luck next time!

Upgrading to 2.1.3

Filed in Web DevelopmentTags: Web Site, WordPress

I'm upgrading to WordPress 2.1.3 this evening. If anything looks strange, bear with me.