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Offended by Christ?

 

 

Matt at The Church of No People posts this provacative piece:

 

The apostle Paul called the cross “offensive.”

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Procafinating.

 

 

It's raining like crazy out, K's gone to work, Z's still sleeping, and I'm on to another cup of coffee and some leftover danish from Randy. I'm procastinating on doing the household chores. I don't know how people in Seattle or Portland ever get anything done.

 

If you'd like to procastinate with me, grab a warm beverage of your choice and press play to these truly old school jams.

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Look at this photograph.

 

 

Randy, my friend of fifteen years, came over yesterday morning. I made coffee on my Kuerig. He brought danish.

 

His paternal grandmother passed of cancer and the memorial was Saturday. Dutiful grandson, he delivered the eulogy. He had emailed it to me last week to proofread.

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Ahh, real monsters.

Yesterday afternoon, I got a visit from a cable guy.

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But they really exist!

 

 

Amazing, right? Looks like an image out of some fantasy world. Yet, it's real and is called the Tunnel of Love and is located in the Ukraine. Check out more unbelievably beautiful places at Bored Panda here.

 

 

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True or false.

 

 

The above photograph of a fourth grade science test made the rounds on various websites and blogs a few weeks ago, and I saw it in my News Feed on Facebook. My friend Kathy posted it and questioned if it's a fake. I looked at it, did a quick facepalm, and wrote that if it was real, it was probably from a private Christian school. And I admitted that in my fourteen years of attending such schools, I'd been taught much of the same stuff.

 

Turns out, it isn't something dreamed up by Christian-haters at reddit or 4chan. According to Snopes:

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Behind My Lens: MJ Mearns

Editor's Note:

 

This first appeared at Jumping At The Sun last year.

 

~ADF

 

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Christians & tattoos.

Scott Hill (Beliefnet)

 

 

Yeah, so the ship has sailed in regards to "Are tattoos forbidden for Christians?" for me. I've got four and have plans for more.

 

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"My Little Miracle: Abby"

 

Today is Abigail Joy's first birthday, and her mom, Naomi, has written a very beautiful post in commemoration:

 

Surprise: You're pregnant!
To say that the pregnancy of our second child came as a surprise would be an understatement. To give a little background on the few months before I was pregnant, the springtime I had been experiencing some health problems that gradually became worse. By June 2011, I had woken up one morning and had no feeling from my stomach down. I spent the remainder of summer in the hospital and doing rehab to relearn how to use my legs again. (There was no definite diagnosis until recently where it was decided that I likely have a condition called CIDP, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating...

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She's got a bouquet.

 

 

 

Since I got inked in memory of Joscelyne, our cousin Shay and her best friend Jen did, too. All lilies. I know the Diva would be quite pleased, having us walk around with visible reminders of her.

 

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Some Saturday Stuff- May 4th.

I was smiles. Z, not so much.

 

 

May the fourth be with you, happy Kentucky Derby Day, and an early happy Cinco de Mayo, to you, too. I didn't have time to post this Saturday Stuff until now because I've been pretty busy. Errands, cafe time with Z and K and then the park. Got home, and while napped, K and I caught up on some family business. Now the hubby and his female mini-me are out, so I can sip some iced coffee (soy milk, sans sugar) and type this.

 

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Living out a Christian marriage.

 

If you've got an hour, listen to this interview by Hank Hanegraaff with Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada. The two talk about being married for over thirty years, her battle with quadraplegia, the stress he endures because of it, her cancer fight, and their reliance on God. It's beautiful.

 

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Snot and tears and heaving chest.

 

 

 

Late Sunday night, I sent out a quick email to blogger buddy Rod Dreher about his new book, "The Little Way of Ruthie Leming":

 

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Where is the Love?

 

 

 

Last Sunday at church, my pastor read aloud from John, chapter 13. When he read verses 34 and 35, I mentally froze. It says,

 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

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Our government, at work.

Well, this is just stupid. From Before It's News:

 

Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I’m about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else.

 

Check out this  news report out of Salt Lake City, Utah, about the issue. It’s illegal in Utah to divert rainwater without a valid water right, and Mark Miller of Mark Miller...

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Praise Report: AJ is OK!

 

For all those prayer warriors who have been lifting up little Abigail Joy, great news: this weekend she was released from the hospital! So happy to be home, she was all smiles within hours of being with her whole family again. Her parents, Naomi and Trenell, are so grateful to God, the dedicated staff at the Children's Hospital at Pittsburgh who saved her life- twice!- and all family, friends and those who have been a support.

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Welcome to the world, Dawson Tyler!

 

My lovely friend Kathy and her husband Tony welcomed their second son, Dawson Tyler into this world on April 18th. Weighing in at a healthy 8 pounds, 15 ounces, Dawson has already outgrown all his newborn clothes! Older brother Cody, who will be 2 in August, is already protective of Dawson.

 

May God continue to bless your awesome family!

 

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Reaping.

 

My latest drawing... Me.

 

 

I'm in a strange mood. Not a bad mood. Just strange.

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Some Saturday Stuff- April 27th.

Happy Saturday. It's a bright, beautiful day here in Jersey, signs of spring, indeed. As is my morning ritual of sneezing and nose wiping. I'm not complaining, though. Despite this being a very bad allergy season, so far, I've only have some rather minor sinus discomfort. I don't know if it's the change in my diet or what, but I'm grateful.

 

I've been throwing out junk, donating clothes, shoes and more, and reorganizing things around the apartment over the past few weeks.

 

Bye-bye stuff!

 

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Making me Blue.

Nothing like a story about a grown woman attacking a baby's hair to raise my ire for the day. I'm referring to gossip blogger Sandra Rose's quick jab at Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter Blue Ivy's soft poof of curls. From Beyond Black & White:

 

The day after her concert in Paris, Beyoncé had lunch with her husband and their 15-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy. Little Blue Ivy looked just a little girl should, all chubby checks and smooth, blemish free skin. But it was the little girl’s hair that made SOME black women stand up and take notice.

 

After seeing Blue’s hair, blogger Sandra Rose wrote “It’s a shame that Beyonce brought her daughter out in public with her nappy hair looking like Buckwheat. Bey doesn’t carry a brush in her...

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