macOS

Are you upgrading to Monterey? I think I’ll wait for Bakersfield.

Truly, this is a big IT day for me. Three Monterey installations. Three iOS/iPadOS installations. Two watchOS installations. Whew. I’ll be ready for bed.

Writing

I haven’t written here for a couple weeks. I’ve been thinking hard about that. A dozen times I’ve said to myself, “That deserves a blog post”, but I have held back.

It turns out that there are people who think I’ve gone liberal or something because of some of my posts. Most of these people have their politics so mixed up with their religion that they can’t tell the difference. That is a big problem to me.

So, I stopped writing.

I will try to figure out a path for the future of my writing. One thing I know for sure: this will be the last time I crosspost to Facebook. In the future, if you want to read what I write, you will have to check here on my website. I’d suggest getting some sort of RSS feed reader to let you know when there is something new.

For those of you who like what I write, thank you. That means a lot.

Staying Alive

Today is my transfusion day. As I write, my 108th unit of red cells is flowing into my jugular vein.

Thanks to all who give blood for those of us who need it.

I need another type of transfusion every day for my spirit to stay alive. You do too. Read the Bible.

For a Little While

No cover-ups can outlast the eschaton. There is no attorney-client privilege at the judgment seat of Christ. That should prompt us—no matter what institution we serve, no matter how much we love it—to call it into the light, into accountability, into the protection of the vulnerable.

And if we can’t, we don’t try to conform the mission to the institution’s demands. We walk out into the mission—with tears in our eyes, shaking the dust off our feet, but with our consciences still intact.

Institutions know how to impede accountability. Sexual abuse cover-ups work. For a little while.

Russell Moore

Sunday School

I have been thinking about Sunday School, and lamenting its demise.

I suppose the day of Sunday School for both children and adults has had its day and gone into eclipse. Now it seem like kids have a kid’s service, focusing on entertainment, while the adults have a church service, also focusing on entertainment. Is that cynical?

Anyway, I’m fine with changing ways and procedures. But what I lament is the loss of biblical literacy. Sunday School was always the main way people learned about the Bible, and read it and prayed through it together.

SS is not an old traditional thing, anyway. It’s a rather new invention in terms of the life of. the church. I don’t know how biblical literacy was accomplished before SS. Maybe I should look into that.

These days, SS has been replaced, I guess, by small groups. But in my experience, small groups are less about Bible study and reading, and more about social connections. I’m not knocking the need for koinonia, but I wish there was a way to accomplish both those goals, both being important to true discipleship.

We need to find a way to replace SS as a way to learn to read the Bible, or the next generations of the church will be without foundation.

Ideas?

Stories

Religious tradition has by and large encouraged us to take the Bible seriously rather than to enjoy it, but the paradoxical truth of the matter may well be that by learning to enjoy the biblical stories more fully as stories, we shall also come to see more clearly what they mean to tell us about God, man, and the perilously momentous realm of history.

Robert Alter

I got to drive Carol’s car today. After checking and adjusting tire pressures, I had to drive it around the block to complete the sensor reset. When I got back, Carol accused me of racing. Sheesh, I didn’t even put the top down.