31 July 2007

Inspiring Graffiti

the words Help Inspire Others as graffiti on wall

This was taken at the 2006 State Fair of Texas. I saw this painted on a wall somewhere in Fair Park. It is not that I'm not saying where, it is that I don't remember where!

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  *   Creative Graffiti
  *   Alternative Christian Art

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26 July 2007

Speaking of Bishops

Four Challenges

I was reading the July/August issue of The Oregon Episcopal Church News that arrived in my mailbox the other day and came across an article about a recent lecture at Trinity Cathedral by a bishop from another diocese. The deacon from one of Portland's suburban parishes who wrote the piece said that this bishop had
challenged us to do four things: 1. Keep telling your story of salvation. 2. Keep immersing yourself in scripture. 3. Pay attention to the people Jesus paid attention to. 4. Be prepared to pay a price for your ideals.
Nothing wrong with that advice. I'm sure many, actually I hope & pray all, of the Bishops and Primates of the Anglican Communion would agree that the above advice is quite good. Even if they do think he shouldn't be a bishop.

Maybe, just maybe, if we all did those four things instead of fighting over church property and left the who gets to wear pointy hats in church decisions up to God, the Anglican Communion wouldn't be in such a mess! We pray that the Holy Spirit helps us choose the right bishop (Presiding Bishop) when dioceses (General Convention) have bishop (Presiding Bishop) elections and then when some don't get their way they suddenly decide that God didn't answer our prayers! Crazy, just crazy, in my opinion. I've mostly started to ignore those who seem fixated on what they think is wrong in The Episcopal Church &/or Anglican Communion. As of next Tuesday, I will have been a confirmed Episcopalian for 14 years and I'd rather focus on God and the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ than on all the bad news about the infighting with our Communion. Wouldn't you?

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23 July 2007

The Internet Has Crashed!

Just the news crawl at the bottom of the screen alone is funny.

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I Think That All Anglican+Episcopalians Can Agree That . . .

. . . this is just wrong on so many levels!

prepackaged single serve quote communion end quote wafer and juice

prepackaged single serve quote communion end quote wafer and juice

prepackaged single serve quote communion end quote wafer and juice

Talk about nonsense. Prepackaged single serve "communion" wafer and juice.

Note:  While the images make this item look much larger than it was in real life, it really was not much bigger than a large thimble. I took these photos last fall, I won't say where as to protect the sacramentally clueless.

From "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.

    * Consecration
    * Elements, Eucharistic (entry 1)
    * Elements, Eucharistic (entry 2)
    * Epiclesis
    * Eucharist (entry 1)
    * Eucharist (entry 2)
    * Eucharist (entry 3)
    * Eucharistic Adoration
    * Eucharistic Prayer
    * Eucharistic Sacrifice
    * Evangelical Catholics
    * Holy Communion
    * Holy Eucharist
    * Holy Table
    * Mass
    * Mass of the Pre-Sanctified
    * Preparation of the Table and Presentation of the Offerings
    * Real Presence

From the Outline of the Faith as found in The Book of Common Prayer 1979

    * The Holy Eucharist
    * The Sacraments

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17 July 2007

Please Silence Your Cell Phones . . .

We've all heard cell phones ring and then be answered in the most inappropriate of places. In church. In class. In the library. At the movies. At the theatre. At the restaurant. We've all wished we had the courage to do something that would convince the phone user to cease and desist such behavior. Well somewhere in London, a violin player did just that, with a little help from his friends. Watch and see . . . and hear too!

Orchestra Owns Cell Phone User

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16 July 2007

A Real Page Turner

Last Friday I polished off The Memory Keeper's Daughter in less than 12 hours of reading. (Yes, I've always been a fast reader.) The story follows the lives of several people, each with their own set of secrets and suppressed memories, starting with a freak Kentucky snowstorm in March 1964 through to a warm summer afternoon in July 1989. This is a page-turner of a book that you just won't be able to put down.

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