Randall McRoberts

Not Ashamed

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:16–17, NLT)

“Christians” are often held in disrepute in today’s culture. It is easy to imagine being ashamed of being a follower of Christ today, as it would have been in Paul’s day.

I myself am quite ashamed of the behavior of many of my co-religionists. Sometimes I am ashamed of my own behavior.

But I am not ashamed of Jesus. Nor of his story. God is at work in that story. Deeper magic.

Ian Paul reviews Welby :


A visitor to your town stops by the local restaurant for lunch and casually asks the waitress to tell him about the church in town. How would the waitress describe the church you presently attend? When people talk about your congregation or your denomination, what do they say? Are their comments accurate? What features would you want them to notice? What is the best way to get the public to recognize your faith? How often does your church seriously evaluate its impact on the community?

Bruce B. Barton, David Veerman, and Neil S. Wilson, Romans, Life Application Bible Commentary (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), 13.

POST The Biblical Story, part 1

Today’s Trendiness Might Just Be Tomorrow’s Foolishness

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Crab ravioli with mustard and apricot sauce, with crab cake
Rick’s Boatyard Café, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

The National Institutes of Health just shut down a $100 million clinical trial on the medical evidence for the pop-science recommendation that moderate alcohol use is part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only did it turn out that liquor companies funded the research, but documents obtained by the New York Times showcase collusion with researchers. They demonstrate that, in violation of NIH rules, the Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism spent money to send scientists to meet liquor executives, pitch to them the targeted result (that drinking is healthy), and solicit donations accordingly. Perhaps most telling was an early email between staffers stating that the trial would be named “Cardiovascular Health Effects of Ethanol Research Study.” Check the acronym.

The National Review, The Week, 09 July 2018

Abortion as a justice issue | Bible Background

My platforms


Inbox - Todoist, Agenda

Ebooks - always go with Logos first because of notes, Kindle; avoid iBooks

Kindle notes and highlights - Bookcision bookmarklet in Chrome browser

Music - iTunes Music

Making music - Reason. I’ve tried Pro Tools. Not worth the expense of a subscription. Still have Logic Pro if needed. Reason should be good for most stuff.

Todo - Todoist

Read later - Reading list

Light Word processing - Microsoft Office

Academic word processing - Mellel, Mellel iPad synced via iCloud

Reading Notes - Agenda→Devonthink

Shared lists - Reminders

DAM - Lightroom; I am on a path of obviating Lightroom for Photos. Just about there. I have until October to prove the concept.

Photo printing - MPix

Cloud storage - iCloud, OneDrive

Reading list - Sente stopped syncing. Using Bookends.

PDF management - Devonthink (icloud sync); Bookends

Photo backup - Backblaze and internal backups for full sized; Offsite system backup - Backblaze; Photos; Dropped Google Photos. keeping Dropbox and OneDrive; Photos backed up in iCloud.

Info database - Devonthink

Papers - Bookends

Text notes — Agenda

Keep ipad minimal; load iPhone with anything you want

Text expansion - Keyboard Maestro (went away from Text Expander because of subscription model); works fine, but not as easy to set up new shortcuts; going with atext.

Ultimate is great at removing DRM from Kindle books and making them PDFs. I have not yet been very successful at turning them into DOCX and then into Logos Personal Books. That’s the grail.

Jacobs - Re-setting my Mental Clock

Alan Jacobs — re-setting my mental clock — seems to be going through some of the same stuff I am in regards to Twitter and blogging, although he is a real writer and and a real good writer, so he carries more weight. Go read what he has to say.

Like me, he has switched to micro.blog as both a Twitter and blog replacement. I am eager for the day I can turn Twitter off entirely. It will probably happen soon, when Twitter makes life unbearable for the third-party apps.

And, with ayjay, I applaud @manton and others who are working to free me from corporate entities. Link: IndieWeb is where it's at!

Seems to me that it is high time for the church to get back to basics. We don’t need to be a community center. We need to be a church. We have lost our core competency by atrophy. It could be redeveloped. But, first, we have to shuck off the husks and get down to the ear.

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The dark side of ‘Plane Bae’ and turning strangers into social media content


Willow: Why The Women Went Public?


Hey, I’m just kidding. Laughing my nose off.

Stackhouse: I’d Like to Have an Argument, Please

And before you post anything, especially if you’re agitated and feeling that old, nasty pressure to spew and injure in self-righteous wrath, take a breath and ask yourself: Is this a truly good word? Is it constructive, literally building something good that wasn’t there before? Is it a gift to those who read it?

Link: I’d Like to Have an Argument, Please – Context With Lorna Dueck


Rusty Edinburgh, IN, USA

This morning I finished my reading of Leviticus. Tomorrow I plan to start a good study of Romans. It’s hard to read Romans without hearing the voices of the Truly Reformed echoing in my head. I need a good set of mental earplugs.

I’ve unplugged myself from Adobe. It feels pretty good. I’m carrying less weight.

It's the Law!

I finally understand why old people, like me, get sidelined in the church. It’s the law!

The LORD said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate someone to the LORD by paying the value of that person, here is the scale of values to be used. A man between the ages of twenty and sixty is valued at fifty shekels of silver, as measured by the sanctuary shekel. A woman of that age is valued at thirty shekels of silver. A boy between the ages of five and twenty is valued at twenty shekels of silver; a girl of that age is valued at ten shekels of silver. A boy between the ages of one month and five years is valued at five shekels of silver; a girl of that age is valued at three shekels of silver. A man older than sixty is valued at fifteen shekels of silver; a woman of that age is valued at ten shekels of silver. If you desire to make such a vow but cannot afford to pay the required amount, take the person to the priest. He will determine the amount for you to pay based on what you can afford. (Leviticus 27:1–8, NLT)

Randall McRoberts