World Chicken Festival- Filled with "egg-citement", more than 250,000 people attend the four-day event each year.
Bullitt County Demolition Derby... yes that's where I am from. All this wonderfullness and this is what we have to offer back home. Sigh.
Kentucky Folklife Festival- This year's festival will feature seven stages, multiple "jamming" areas and exciting new components such as Community Crossroads and hands-on workshops.
Festival of the Horse at Georgetown. Many traditional activities will be included in this year's agenda including the children's parade, grand horse parade, live entertainment, carnival, and horse show.
Cave Run Storytelling Festival- Enjoy eight of America's best loved storytellers in a beautiful mountain lakeside setting. Let these talented artists take you away to other times and places through the intrigue of storytelling.
Paducah Barbecue on the River- This year the annual Arts in Action will team up with BBQ on the River and The Lower Town artists for their first Fine Arts Festival.
And I'll probably slip across the River for Newburgh Indiana's Fiddler Fest, hosted by the Newburgh Arts Community. Hope to join the fun and kick up our heels for a stompin' good time. Eat some great food and listen to some great music.
It's festival time and the Casey County Apple Festival (world's biggest apple pie) and the Morgan County Sorghum Festival will be going on next weekend as well. Sorry no links to those.
September 17, 2003 Media Alert!
THE PATTERNS OF DEVOTION RHYME LIKE RUSHED POEMS. EACH LOST LESSON IS A SCHOOL, AN EVANGELIST MUMBLING CAUTIONS . THE PROMISES THAT MOVE ME, THESE OBJECTS OF DEVOTION OBSCURE MY VISION BLIND ME WITH MY OWN BLOOD. BLEEDING IS BEST WHICH IS DISCRETIONARY. I DISCHARGE A CLOUD TO COVER MYSELF, I RADICALLY LOWER MY EXPECTATIONS. I TELL A STORY OF MISSING THE EXACT RIGHT WORD
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in the Matrix
Here's a song by singing eggplants. Make up your own words and let me hear from you. What are they REALLY singing about?
The Chinese character for righteousness is composed of two separate characters- one standing for a lamb and one standing for me. When lamb is placed over me- a new character- righteousness is formed. Between me( the sinner) and God,(the Holy one) there is interposed by faith the lamb of God by virtue of His sacrifice, I have become righteous in His sight.
In preparation for an upcoming evangelism conference at Southeast Christian in Louisville, I reviewed Camus' The Fall .
In The Fall, one of the twentieth century's greatest writers portrays the modern nihilistic notion of the lack of a possibility of redemption. And Camus is also one of the last people on Earth I would want to come to my ideal dinner party.
The Fall is a sort of confessional narrative by a thoughtful existentialist that portrays accurately the reality of the lost life. The primary character unscrolls his life in minimalist fashion painting a stark picture of the reality of inauthenticity and faithlessness. The metaphor of the book seems to follow from the egocentrism of the main character's domicile in the last circle of hell- his conscience. It is on this stage that the angst and self examination of the hopelesds life is unravelled.
According to Camus there is no meaning to life. Life is boredom. Life is will to power and even the most altruistic act is self aggrandizement. It reads much like Ecclesiastes notion of life as vanity. The difference is Soloman places before us the alternative- the contrast- that there is life under the sun and life under God and that makes all the difference.
A world devoid of laughter is a world devoid of love; a world devoid of love is a world devoid of transcendence; a world devoid of transcendence is a world devoid of God.
"The Fall" is a book of big questions,
questions of existence, meaning and of death, of how we live our lives
and of what motivates our actions.The themes of the book borrow from Christianity.
The very idea of "the fall" is a fundamentally Christian doctrine
of original sin that the book transposes into a notion of lost innocence...
discussions about redemption, forgiveness, and repentance fill the pages
of this work.
"It was night-time and He was alone.
And He saw afar-off the walls of a round city and went towards the city.
And when He came near He heard within the city the tread of the feet of joy, and the laughter of the mouth of gladness and the loud noise of many lutes. And He knocked at the gate and certain of the gate-keepers opened to Him.
And He beheld a house that was of marble and had fair pillars of marble before it. The pillars were hung with garlands, and within and without there were torches of cedar. And He entered the house.
And when He had passed through the hall of chalcedony and the hall of jasper, and reached the long hall of feasting, He saw lying on a couch of sea-purple one whose hair was crowned with red roses and whose lips were red with wine.
And He went before him and touched him on the shoulder and said to him, 'Why do you live like this?'
And the young man turned round and recognised Him, and made answer and said, 'But I was a leper once, and you healed me. How else should I live?'
And He passed out of the house and went again into the street.
And after a while He saw one whose face and raiment were painted and whose feet were shod with pearls. And behind her came, slowly as a hunter, a young man who wore a cloak of two colours. Now the face of the woman was as the fair face of an idol, and the eyes of the young man were bright with lust.
And He followed swiftly and touched the hand of the young man and said to him, 'Why do you look at this woman and in such wise?'
And the young man turned round and recognised Him and said, 'But I was blind once, and you gave me sight. At what else should I look?'
And He ran forward and touched the painted raiment of the woman and said to her, 'Is there no other way in which to walk save the way of sin?'
And the woman turned round and recognised Him, and laughed and said, 'But you forgave me my sins, and the way is a pleasant way.'
And He passed out of the city.
And when He had passed out of the city He saw seated by the roadside a young man who was weeping.
And He went towards him and touched the long locks of his hair and said to him, 'Why are you weeping?'
And the young man looked up and recognised Him and made answer, 'But I was dead once and you raised me from the dead. What else should I do but weep?'"
[Oscar Wilde, 'The Doer of Good']
September 15,2003 Joy for the Journey from my Journals
The words for joy, grace and gift are related. Chara,charis, charisma. It can be the condition you're in if you are the gift receiver.. It can mean the emotional response to being in a gifted state of grace. It can be the practice of celebrating our corporately graced condition together.
Joy is NOT: Happiness, which might be described as wanting what you have or contentment which is not wanting what you do not have. It's not pleasure, that positive sensation that something conforms to your aesthetic sensibilities. Joy is not fun. Joy is not delight or cheerfulness or optimism.
Christian joy is not very American. You don't have it at your discretion. It is a grace gift. You cannot corner the market on it. You don't choose the gift or have it all to yourself. It is not a commodity. We don''t get to choose a bunch of nifty people to experience it with. The thing that ties us together- the most important human glue is the realization of one anotherness by virtue of our common experience of God's love. That is joy.
If you only see one video this year of a wild bear being shot with a tranquilizer, falling onto a trampoline, bouncing up into the air and landing face first on a lawn make it this one!
Chickens in Christian History
1) one who comes from a foreign country into a city or land to reside there by the side of the natives 2) a stranger 3) sojourning in a strange place, a foreigner 4) in the NT metaph. in reference to heaven as the native country, one who sojourns on earth The word parepidemos appears a number of times in the Bible. It is translated differently in various texts appearing as; pilgrim 2 times, stranger 1 time; for a total of 3 appearances.
Becoming too comfortable in Babylon is problematic. We are called to do business like the exiles with Jeremiah as in Jeremiah 29 but not to become entrenched in a way that would keep us here given the choice. As we travel in the land of the seen we will never feel quite at home if we are citizens of heaven.
"A Pilgrim and a Stranger, I journey here below; Far distant is my country, The home to which I go. Here I must toil and travail, Oft weary and opprest; But there my God shall lead me To everlasting rest." Paul Gerhardt, 1666
From the personal weblog of Anthony Foster @http://anthonyfoster.com/blog/