Things I Think

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  1. Dan from Georgia says:

    Hi Michael…will pray again for alleviation of the pain…and surgery soon.

    Re: number 5, can’t help but to think of President Trump and the evangelicals that continue to support him. Of course we are called to pray for our leaders, so there is that.

    Re: number 8…these are horrible times, aren’t they?!?

    Re: number 9…that encourages me. Even through I have no son of my own, maybe someday I will be able to be a mentor or foster dad to a kid and I would hope for the same/similar feeling.

    Re: number 10..indeed. Can’t believe that soooo many believers spend (waste) time on the ugliness and discount the beautiful, like art and poetry!

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks, Dan.

    I just got the call that insurance finally approved the surgery, so now just waiting on scheduling.

    Your point about #5 is well taken…

  3. Rick says:

    Michael, great thoughts in the midst of pain–glad surgery will happen soon. Number 2 is well stated. Grace for the sinner, grace and truth are liberating, Grace without truth is hollow.

    The church faced Nero with less of a record of complaint than what we have heard over the last generation in terms presidents from Carter to Trump. I wonder how much of our failure to leaven our culture with grace is because we spend so much time and energy trying to transform government rather than allowing the personal transformations in us that will lead to cultural transformation.

  4. Nathan Priddis says:

    1. Sorry for your situation.
    5. We are to pray for those placed over us. But I get to phrase the specifics of the requests. Their not going to like it.
    2. Baylor is intriguing to me having noted a few Evangelical/ Right Wing connections in recent years. Not as central as Wheaton, but intriguing. ( Judge Star)
    So what is the Bliss back story that he pops up in Vegas? Is he being tossed a favor by someone? Is Vegas his supplemental retirement income?

  5. Papias says:

    CCLV has one of two options regarding Dave Bliss:

    1) Absorb and defend DB by claiming that he is forgiven and moving on as if that will in and of itself address the concerns,


    2) Eventually tire of the negative publicity(money begins to decline) and DB walks in one day to find someone else sitting at his desk(the Calvary way).

    The guy who got kicked out says this:

    “The school, by the way, has a meet-and-greet scheduled for Tuesday from 5-7 p.m., at which its Facebook page states athletic department administrators and coaches will be present.”

    I would bet that this would get covered by local media and possibly even ESPN.

  6. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    I never understood poetry and chalked it up the musings and mutterings of crazy people — except perhaps Dr. Seuss 😉

  7. Descended says:

    My wife said gallbladder attacks are worse than childbirth. So at least now you have some bragging rights.

    Praying for you

  8. Descended says:

    Coffee houses are passé and poetry died with them. I only did open mike twice, but it was pretty fun.

  9. Reuben says:

    8 is a powerful thought, one that was addressed recently on a call in show called The Athiest Experience, by the host Matt Dillahunty. You two are conjoined on that issue.

    Hitchens often addressed this as well, noting that the times you just spoke of, Genesis 2, people were dying of their teeth. Their teeth. An antibiotic would have changed the course of history, and some of the more bold Christian Apologetics debaters I have read recently speculate that it would have been a scientific tower of Babel, spiraling humanity into depths of wickedness that we could not even fathom today… and I laugh.

    Sam Smith of The Progressive Review will be turning 80 very soon. People are living longer, may I be as useful as him at that age…

  10. Linnea says:

    Michael…so glad your surgery was approved! Praying for a quick schedule date!

  11. John 20:29 says:

    Using their God-given brain to advance knowledge, in most ways people do have much easier lives today (most of us) than they did in centuries past, except…
    Adam and Eve, before they tried to be as smart as God, had it pretty nice I think – dunno ?

  12. brian says:

    Some things to think on, hope you feel better.

  13. BrianD says:

    Michael, happy to hear about your approval for your surgery!

    Nathan, you can google Dave Bliss and Baylor and go from there.

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