Things I Think

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  1. Babylon's Dread says:

    We are in a season of visible apostasy.
    The Bible is more and more posited as a problem not a blessing.
    Theology proper is under a withering blast from internal critics.
    Caricaturing a theological opponent to remove them from the field is bearing false witness.
    The note about our manners is significant but hard to parse from seeing Jesus with critics.
    I must admit that all the animal theologizing eludes me. I will leave it to others.
    Drinking can indeed stumble you.

  2. gomergirl says:

    #9 is on my FB page already! Thanks for the heads up…

    And #10… Wow… that is great. Rock on! Can’t wait to get it. God bless you!

  3. Scott says:

    Hope you do well with publishing!

  4. Laura says:

    Very much enjoy the thought provoking Make Your Own Application writings. Looking forward to reading the devotional series. Thank you, Michael.

  5. Michael says:

    Volume 1 is pretty much a reprint of the one we already put out. 2 & 3 are new collections.

    I hope it works out…EricL has done much labor to make it so…

  6. Paige says:

    “Well known Christian blogger”!!!!!!

    That’s pretty cool.

    Visited a Calvary Chapel yesterday. It was VERY GOOD. While chatting with friends after service, whom we had met via “one of America’s top 200 Christian websites” (PhxP), we very carefully (considering our location) referred to this as Pinterest Preacher. 🙂
    You may need a Reformation Day costume with that moniker.

    Anyhow. Cool beans. Very cool. Congratulations….and what a blessing for many more.

  7. Babylon's Dread says:

    I think the real books are in the Things I Think posts…
    Extrapolating the meaning would strike real cords with the less sentimental among us 😉 all I can think about is calling animal protection…

    Alf Dread

  8. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paige!

    BD… in Vol 2 & 3 there will be about a hundred things I thought along with the sentimental stuff…

  9. Tim - Doulos says:

    Congratulations on the publishing deal!

    And a huge “ditto” for number 5.

  10. Em says:

    1, 2 & 3 – we are just people, after all… too bad that we’re so slow in growing in Christ, tho
    4 – books, i guess as good teachers are hard to find
    5 – well … that shuts me up … 🙂
    6 – i’ve wanted to write a book centered on a gathering of the animals in the hereafter that are mentioned in our Bible as they reminisce about their dealing with people here on earth, but my daughter who is a whiz bang writer with some formal training tells me that anthropomorphizing animals is not for amateurs … Michael is definitely not an amateur
    7 – another finger in the wind, perhaps?
    8 – a reverse revival? well put… the perilous times, perhaps, but God knows and the Holy Spirit moves
    9 – perhaps, i will
    10 – already have vol. 1 on my shelf … but i may need a matched trilogy 🙂 🙂
    CONGRATULATIONS to Michael and to all who get these volumes on their bookshelf

  11. Michael says:

    Thank you, Em…

    I might write that sucker if I make it through these…

  12. EricL says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing these books released. We’ve been working on them for some time. Even today I am doing some formatting for the print version of Book 2 (while trying to take care of two boys staying home from school with colds- they both think “resting to get better” means dragging out as many toys as possible and piling them high on the couch)

    Book 1 is a 2nd edition of Michael’s first MAKE YOUR OWN APPLICATION, with about 25% new material. Book 2 and 3 are new, but all could be considered “Best of” collections of Michael’s TGIF and Things I Think About posts. Good stuff, all of it.

    Well, I have to stop commenting- my 3 yr old just grabbed the iPad and is trying to get to PBS Kids, while the 6 yr old is far too quiet back in their bedroom. Trouble brews.

  13. Steve Wright says:

    Michael.

    Congratulations to you on the publishing of your work. That is nice to see come to pass.

  14. Michael says:

    Steve,

    Thank you.
    It’s a challenge for me …I’m not that keen on my own stuff and I hate self promotion to the degree that it makes me physically sick.
    EricL has done all the work, done a marketing plan, done everything so I just sit back and see what happens.
    Very cool…

  15. JTK says:

    “Wherever there is Animal Worship there is Human Sacrifice. That is, both symbolically and literally, a real truth of historical experience.” ~GKC: ‘The Uses of Diversity.’

    What do we do with this quote and your #5

    Signed, a pet owner

  16. JTK says:

    Put a FB link out there when the time comes so OTHERS can promote your animal allied writings.

  17. Michael says:

    JTK,

    I’m opposed both to animal worship and human sacrifice…in most cases. 🙂

  18. Em says:

    “Wherever there is Animal Worship there is Human Sacrifice….” i pick up the most bizarre ponders on the PhxP

  19. Michael says:

    JTK,

    I’ve always been taught that animals have no souls and are basically a created commodity to be used and disposed of.

    I don’t buy it.

    If the essence of God is love and animals are capable of love, then they bear something of the image of God, do they not?

    I am also fascinated by this passage in Genesis.

    “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field.”
    (Genesis 2:18–20 ESV)

    It would appear to me that though none of the animals was found to be a suitable “helper” for man and thus, God created woman…the animals occupied a far greater role than simply a food source.

    There is much work to do to keep me from heresy…but it needs to be done.

  20. Steve Wright says:

    MIchael, in seminary on the first day of my anthropology doctrine class, which also was the first day of the Fall semester for some first year students (I was in my 2nd year) the professor lost a brand new student who dropped from the entire school, convinced he was in the wrong school – all because we were exegeting Genesis 1 and 2 and the use of the word, nephesh – and how it was applied to animals as well as Adam (and later humans to follow)

    This professor is a Dallas Seminary PhD, we were not in any way going down an evolutionary road, pure creation discussion using the actual words in the Bible. And this guy could not handle the fact that we were pointing out what God’s word said. One of those moments where other students like myself are jumping in trying to explain, along with the professor, “No, man, we aren’t saying that…” but he would not hear it.

    I’m glad he dropped out myself. 🙂

    Good luck. Expect some interesting stubbornness. 🙂

  21. JTK says:

    Our personal pets clearly have something like a personality. And they bring our family much joy.

    I have noticed an increasing call for people to be killed when a dog is shot, such as in a police situation. I have noticed an increasing hostility towards people that are less pro-animal than they are. That has been aimed at me at least a couple of times.

    But I am not an opponent in your theological quest.

    I’m interested.

  22. JTK says:

    I should add:

    Our national and local laws do NOT reflect how our nation feels about animals, the heart of our nation is much more proanimal. Including malpractice. Including when an animal is killed.

    Pro-animal people should work to change this. I wonder what the lobby for that is and does.

  23. Steve Wright says:

    JTK, before I was a Christian I remember Sports Illustrated used to run a “This week’s sign of the apocalypse” and I still remember one week it was noted that a mountain lion had killed a young mother who was hiking in the woods. The lion was caught and killed as is the procedure and it was discovered to be a mother of cubs and apparently two different groups started donation funds for the surviving children/lions.

    The animal fund was outraising the child fund 10-1 .

    Still remember reading that as a non-Christian…must have been 30+ year ago easily

  24. ( |o )====::: says:

    Yay Michael on the deal!

  25. Michael says:

    Thank you, G… 🙂

    JTK,

    I’ve got a lot of work to do..following up on Steve’s point and other matters.
    I’ll work on it…

  26. Em says:

    there are animal lovers and there are animal lovers… during the years that my grandparents farmed – no tractors back then – they used to say that the first thing my grandfather did when the work day was over was to tend to his livestock… he wouldn’t think of eating a meal until they were fed… but he could also grab a chicken by the feet, place it’s head on the chopping block, take his ax and sever its head with one lightening stroke – when he was advised by a neighbor that it was simpler to just pick up the chicken, grab it by the head and swing it around until its neck broke, he told the neighbor that was barbaric and cruel…
    i understand that the priests in charge of the animal sacrifices of the O.T. prided themselves on their humane techniques (i’ve also heard that they were better than M.D.s at circumcising 🙂 )

  27. Dan from Georgia says:

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE follow through with number 6 sometime in your life. I have NEVER ran across a book about the theology of the animal kingdom, but only have run across (wish I could have run over…JK) idiots who parrot the “animals won’t be in heaven because they have no souls” meme.

    Tell me doubters, how does Jesus return on a white horse? Is it a marble statue of a horse? And what of the lion laying down with the lamb? Ahh..only figurative? BULL-LONEY! If we take these literally and these things occur outside our concept of time and space (meaning they take place in eternity), would it be possible for our Lord to resurrect animals? Just thinking. And no, I won’t debate anyone on this site my views, so don’t even try to bother.

    /soapbox

  28. Dan from Georgia says:

    One other thought. No one, myself included, knows exactly how this would work out. Meaning, what about all the racoons, snakes, mosquitos, and varmits that no one cares for? Do they get resurrected and go to heaven? Well, I don’t know, and you don’t know either.

    Why did I mention racoons? I have a few rabid ones growl at me at 5am near a dumpster outside a gas station in Navarre, MN, and you don’t want to mess with no stinkin’ rabid racoons the size a bear cubs!

  29. Dan from Georgia says:

    I sense a common theme from items 1, 2, and 3! I have been VERY guilty of possessing a very negative stance towards people online. I am trying to change that, but it is tough.

  30. Michael says:

    Dan,

    I hope to put something together quickly…and I like coons from a distance… 🙂

  31. Steve Wright says:

    FWIW – Thank God for things like snakes, spiders and those other critters without which this planet would be overrun with stuff that would not only make life for mankind far more difficult, but in fact, impossible. Now, maybe they are only needed in a fallen world and some of that stuff won’t be here in the coming Kingdom…but I’m glad they are here for now. 🙂

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