...thoughts expressed here are not necessarily
July 19, 2004
Paraphrasing the Word of God
Here's a neat
article that is in keeping with our present theme language and the
language of Christian formation by Eugene Peterson, who has a bit of experience
in the genre: "In Other Words: How to Paraphrase Godıs Word for Yourself
Disney has struck
a deal with Christian billionaire Philip Anschutz to bankroll the
upcoming Narnia series. Andrew Adamson, who directed "Shrek," will begin
filming this summer. Walt Disney Pictures expects a Christmas 2005 release
and will retain the option to release future films in the series.
AF:Lots more news:
I talked to my pastor last night to try to set up a meeting about the
possibility of enrolling in Southern Seminary's online program. He is
heading out on vacation today and Earnie will be leaving for her shift
in Paducah before he returns. So I get to exercise patience :-)
James 1:3 "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith
worketh patience." And it's the hardest work I am involved in...
If it works out, Earnie and I BOTH would be pursuing degrees. We have
long wanted to see our work lives converge- we are much more together
than the sum of our parts. It is extremely affordable -since we have been
in SBC churches for over five years now, we'll get the preferred rate.
We want to see if there is a possibility of some support from the church
or perhaps a place for part time ministry for Earnie while we attend.
I intend to work full time , continuing here at SLCC for now while we
attempt the first thirty hours or so. At some point (like when I land
a job) we hope to transition to within 50 miles of Louisville to finish
Earnie will be attending the St. Louis venue of the 2004 "Women
of Faith" Conference Friday and Saturday.
She relishes these national conferences as they provide a source of sustinence
not available at the local level. A women's retreat from our church that
was planned for this week was cancelled so we were glad to find this available.
On more terrestrial matters, our lawn has been invaded by moles and Japanese
beetles. I have Grubexed, treated the lawn and flowers with other chemicals,
used mole traps and poison peanuts this season to little avail. Maybe
I need professional help.
||We attended the wedding of our friends' daughter
this weekend in Paducah. I was encouraged by the spiritual depth of
the ceremony and that was a boon after last week's defeat of the amendment
to protect marriage. The biggest thing we can do as Christians is
to protect the sanctity of marriage ourselves. According to data,
we have not done so well on that front. I have often seen disparaging
notes on this but I have never seen the breakdown on the numbers related
to whether divorce is just as high for Christians if you consider
whether the divorce occurred before or after conversion.
While we were there, Earnie also got to spend some time
with an adopted niece who she considers to be a sister (only two years
difference in age). Linda lived at Earnie's home for several years before
Frances and Ron adopted her upon Ron's graduation from college. Linda
came in from Conroe, Texas to visit with Ma Smith and Frances.