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Throwback Thursday: I am the Daria of Christians.

Note: This post originally appeared on my old blog, Far Above Rubies, on July 31, 2012. ~Li

 

After posting this last week, I felt conflicted. Well, maybe more than just conflicted. I think it's safe to say I felt scared. My number of hits for the piece were actually better than most of my stuff lately, so people were checking it out. But... aside from April and Don, no one made any comments. On the FAR Facebook page, it didn't get a single "Like". Sure, a number of my posts don't get feedback. That's why in that little "About Me" bar to the right, I "HINT, HINT, HINT" that comments are welcome. I felt this was different, though. It wasn't so much disinterest (especially with the higher amount of views) as sheer dislike. Had I...

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The Preachers: Charles Colcock Jones, Christianizer of the Negroes.

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It's time for another entry in the ongoing series "The Preachers", in which I look at some of the United States' most influential spiritual/religious leaders. All of the previous entries are of people who had their biggest impact in the 20th Century, even if they were born in the 19th. This post, however, will take us back to the Antebellum Period, when the Industrial Revolution was just taking off in the North and cotton was king in the South. Oh, and there were thousands and thousands and thousands of Black slaves. 

The slaves, coming from various countries (mostly in west Africa), originally spoke different languages and followed different religions. From Kimberly Sambol-Tosco at PBS:

At the beginning of...

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Lent- Day 39: Good Friday.

C.S. Lewis (Image Source)

 

An excerpt from today's reading of my Lenten devotional book, "Preparing for Easter" by C.S. Lewis, titled "What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ?": 

 

Then we come to the strangest story of all, the story of the Resurrection. It is very necessary to get the story clear. I heard a man say, ‘The importance of the Resurrection is that is gives evidence of survival, evidence that the human personality survives death.’ On that view what happened to Christ would be what had always happened to all men, the difference being that in Christ’s case we were privileged to see it happening. This is certainly not what the earliest Christian writers thought. Something perfectly new in the history of the universe...

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Lent- Day 38: Tonight we eat and drink, for tomorrow He dies.

The Last Supper.

 

Today is Maundy Thursday, A.K.A., the day before Black Friday. From Wikipedia:

 

Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, among other names) is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels.[1] It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.[2]

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Lent- Day 32: Be you.

 

While straightening up earlier, I came across the above picture made by Z. She explained it as, "the name of my new song I'm writing." She never ceases to amaze me.

The message- "Be you."- made me smile. A little command to remain. It made me think of I Corinthians 12:14-27:

 

14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many.

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Lent- Day 13: Stay Weird.

Yup, we're weird. Maybe even Carrie just before getting that bucket of pig's blood dumped on her-type weird. Or maybe the after. Most definitely after if you're Pentecostal. (Sissy Spacek in "Carrie". Image Source: Memorable TV)

 

A few chapters into Rachel Held Evans' 2015 book "Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church", this passage just jumped out at me this morning:

Death and resurrection. It’s the impossibility around which every other impossibility of the Christian faith orbits. Baptism declares that God is in the business of bringing dead things back to life, so if you want in on God’s business, you better prepare to follow God to all the rock-bottom, scorched-earth, dead-on-arrival corners of this world—

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Lent- Day 9: I wonder if Heaven has a ghetto.


Tupac Shakur (Image: Flickr Zennie62/ Creative Commons)

 

Yesterday, I went back to 1997, and before I head Back to the Future, I want to stop off in October when Tupac's first posthumous single, "I Wonder if Heaven Got A Ghetto"" was released. 

My Mom shook her head at it incredulously. "Of course Heaven won't have a ghetto! If it did, it wouldn't be heaven!" I'd laugh at her repeated response, and actually the fact she was even listening to Tupac along with me at all. But something about the song simultaneously fascinated and frightened me. A segregated Heaven- even if filled with some of the best musicians and singers and chock full of very worldly pleasures- wasn't Heaven. Was it?

 

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Some Sunday Stuff: November 23rd.

Happy Sunday, All. I've been to church and Starbucks, the forecast for today and the next couple days is above freezing, so I'm feeling pretty optimistic.

 

In pondering what I'd post about today, I considered the big pop culture story of the week: the downfall of Bill Cosby. I linked to a few stories about him on the blog's Facebook page and wound up reaching over a thousand people, which I believe is the best numbers I've ever received there. Comparatively, the story I did a week ago marking the anniversary of my sister's death hit just under 200, while my random stuff hovers around 30 to 40. 

 

Despite the huge uptick in views, I just don't want to go into it here. Primarily because I don't have anything of consequence to...

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Transfiguring life.

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Yesterday was the Feast of The Transfiguration of Jesus, a day observed by millions of Christians worldwide. The story can be found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. Here it is in Matthew 17:

 

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

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