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  1. Sher says:

    In my reading and prayer time this morning I came across a couple of links to Diane Coy’s updated testimony which included her saying “I am no longer a pastors wife.” My heart sure goes out to her. Any update about what former “pastor” Bob is up to these days? Bob’s whole debacle brought a sense of anger and sadness to me that still surfaces from time to time when I come across articles such as the one I saw today .I do realize it’s none of my business ( although I was sending some of my tithe to that ministry ☚ī¸) was just curious if anyone had an update.

  2. Michael says:

    Sher,

    The only updates I’ve gotten from insiders I haven’t been able to completely confirm.

    It’s my understanding that the situation was far darker than is publicly known and I sincerely doubt we’ll hear from Bob Coy again.

  3. Michael says:

    I posted this on Facebook a few minutes ago after seeing umpteen hysterical articles about the Cascade volcanoes…

    What is it these days that makes us need a crisis when none exists?
    Does something new have to be wrong every day to make some content?
    The earthquake activity under the local volcanos is completely normal.
    It’s not a sign of the times or yet another harbinger of impending doom.
    It’s normal activity for the area…sorry to disappoint those who desperately search for the apocalyptic.

  4. Babylon's Dread says:

    Hey Michael,

    Do you know anything about what became of the man in El Sicario … does anyone know his recent story?

  5. Michael says:

    BD,

    No one knows for sure and Chuck was the only person who knew how to make contact with him.

    I do know he is presumed dead by those who were involved that are still living.

  6. SJ says:

    Is that flick posted up free anywhere yet?

  7. Michael says:

    It is available to rent on Amazon Video.

  8. SJ says:

    Thank you.

  9. Michael says:

    Calvary Chapel pastor to debate James White on Calvinism.
    I will be amused, because I’m not a good person…

    http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/SoCal-Debate.jpg

  10. Em again says:

    #3 – absolutely correct – however
    every tremor and passing comet and wind and belch of fire from the earth should remind us that we are in a very tenuous situation – riding a rare planet through time and space, solely by the will and grace of God… maybe some folk need the occasional nudge to focus? dunno –
    i’ve been through earthquakes, volcanoes and tornadoes and i’m here to tell you they do remind you of your puniness in the universe… i, for one, sure wouldn’t want to get God’s attention by declaring it’s all just an accident of the ingredients 🙂

  11. Dan from Georgia says:

    Michael, re: your #3: same goes for sharks biting swimmers off of Florida. Happens ALL. THE. TIME.

    Re: the volcanoes, if Yahoo! news posted a story about it, it would have a headline something like this:

    “Mt. Hood About To Erupt. Here’s Why You Should Be Afraid.”

  12. Michael says:

    Dan,

    There have been some earthquake swarms under three of the volcanoes…happens all the time, but the headline reads just like you wrote.

    Of course, all the apocalyptic Christians jump on it as another sign of the times.

    These signs have been happening for thousands of years.

  13. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    speaking as someone who grew up in Oregon and lives Seattle, the occasional rumble from the usual suspects is preferable to decades of silence before a legendary blow-up.

    The Toast is going to be closing down later this summer and to keep things themed with stuff that befits the Pacific Northwest …

    http://the-toast.net/2016/05/18/the-seven-stages-of-aspirational-produce-shopping/

    All my other writing this year about superheroes withstanding, I’m totally planning to see Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship when it’s out. Kate Beckinsale finally getting back to Jane Austen adaptations for film should be a blast.

  14. Em again says:

    #14- the best way to handle sugar snap peas – eat them instead of potato chips

  15. Jean says:

    This link is to a 28 minute interview by Steve Brown of Rod Rosenbladt. It is one of the finest interviews I’ve ever watched that in a very short interview will discuss the Gospel of God’s grace from the perspective of Calvinists, Lutherans and evangelicals. It’s quite respectful, so I can recommend this interview to everyone with enthusiasm.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VkNNeMgZcY

    I only learned about Steve Brown here, and I’m finding him to be an impressive man of faith. Enjoy!

  16. Although many here are not big on the church calendar – tomorrow is Trinity Sunday.
    Here is a good discussion on the doctrine of the Trinity

    http://issuesetc.org/2016/05/20/1-the-doctrine-of-the-trinity-pr-peter-bender-52016/

  17. Dan from Georgia says:

    Michael (#13),

    Yep. I was a kid when St. Helens blew and remember some of the details. Now I work in the aviation industry for a very large airline, and I dread the day I am on shift if Hood, Ranier, or St. Helens erupts big time. That is a big IF.

  18. Michael says:

    Dan,

    Shasta would be worse…

  19. Em again says:

    i remember long years ago (i’ve got lots of them) living on Puget Sound and watching thru the binoculars as Mt. Baker’s steam vents sent up their signals – and the back side (East) of Shasta has stuff going on, too – not to mention Lakeview Or.
    what are we doing sitting here? why couldn’t my forebears have stayed put in the Rockies?

  20. Em again says:

    MLD, why is there a Trinity Sunday?

  21. A day that the church has decided to remember (not in the I almost forgot context, but in the remembrance context) and commemorate the Trinity. Similar to Easter Sunday.

    The church calendar has something all 365 days. It is a great morning that we all confess the Athanasian Creed back to God and to each other.

  22. The Athanasian Creed

    Written against the Arians.

    Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

    And the catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three Eternals, but one Eternal. As there are not three Uncreated nor three Incomprehensibles, but one Uncreated and one Incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Ghost almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and Lord, So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.

    The Father is made of none: neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before or after other; none is greater or less than another; But the whole three Persons are coeternal together, and coequal: so that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped. He, therefore, that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

    Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe faithfully the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right faith is, that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world; Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood; Who, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two, but one Christ: One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking the manhood into God; One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead; He ascended into heaven; He sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty; from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give an account of their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.

    This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.

  23. Em again says:

    “The church calendar has something all 365 days. – thank you, MLD for answering my #21

    “It is a great morning that we all confess the Athanasian Creed back to God and to each other.” … a great confession

    it just occurred to me that the Athanasian Creed would make a great tract 🙂

  24. Surfer51 says:

    Just for grins:

  25. Surfer – I think it would be cool – I would do it just to piss off my dispey friends… just for grins. 😉

  26. surfer51 says:

    I have an aversion to pain so I wouldn’t do it.

  27. I was thinking about our public confession of the creed this morning. We broke it up in 3 sections during the liturgy – it is quite a bit longer than the other two- (at the beginning, before the readings and after the sermon.) But I thought what a great witness to visitors from other churches or family members of our peeps or just an unbeliever to hear the entire church stand and declare our beliefs in public assembly. – and this doesn’t count our own strengthening of our faith knowing that our belief is that of our church and the historical church.

    No one leaves without knowing what we believe.
    I just don’t understand those churches who do not do this and those who even worse refuse to do it under the guise of being “non creedal.”

  28. Em again says:

    #28 – amen MLD, so glad you put it in this thread as it is a beautiful creed and you blessed me with this opportunity to read it again here last night

    FWIW – doubly blessed because it affirms the incledible God we believe in without having to debate baptisms 🙂

  29. Michael says:

    MLD,

    You shamed me in to changing my text for tonight.
    Bless you for doing so.

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