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  1. Ted Kijeski says:

    Welcome into the Communion.

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael,

    Welcome! It’s been a journey thus far, with a bit more to go. God bless and keep you! We were there in spirit…

  3. Xenia says:

    Wonderful news, Michael!

  4. Noelle says:

    I’m so happy you’ve found your spiritual home.
    I hope for the same one day, I think.
    PS- speaking my love language with #8.

  5. Congrats!! I know how much that means to you!!

  6. Michael says:

    Thanks all…it was a truly blessed experience.

  7. Michael says:

    The amusing part was that this little Anglican fellowship shares space with a Lutheran church.
    I almost accidentally joined the LCMS… 🙂

  8. Michael says:

    Duane, you were there in more than spirit…the bishop mentioned at least three times that I had been very properly prepared for that day by you…

  9. Duane Arnold says:

    #8 Michael

    Sometimes a heart can be too full to say anything profound… this is one of those moments.

  10. Jtk says:

    #10

    I’m sorry about the fact of these false accusations.

    I’ve discovered:
    Satan, the accused and adversary, loves false accusations, full-on lies as well as pernicious half-truths, loves dissension.

    And that the process is incredibly painful.
    And sanctifying.

    You are about to “level up.”

    So many persecuted saints from all over the world say that the Psalms took on new meaning to them. I attest to the same.

    It’s worth the pain and the nuisance, Michae. And I’m continuing to pray for you. My Anglican brother.

  11. Michael says:

    JTK,

    Thank you, my brother…

  12. Josh the Baptist says:

    Wonderful news!

  13. John 20:29 says:

    happy for Michael to have landed well

    i once asked my grandmother for information about the devil and her answer was that we don’t talk about him as he isn’t deserving of our attention… she was seldom wrong, but the two things that the church is too “polite” to mention these days seems to be the devil and hell… if you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you have to come to one of two conclusions: either there is a devil, not chained, but active against the Church today or God is a jokester of the worst kind… and …
    i heard a pastor say yesterday that, while good deeds are a part of the Christian’s life, if good deeds are your justification, your religion, then you’re just making the world a nicer place to wait for hell… worth thinking on IMHO
    i think the comedians’ scorn of the Christian’s devil and hell have intimidated us, perhaps?

    my car is broken and i’ve no way to get off this hill until the parts come in (love my old Pacifica, but its electrical system is touchy), so i sit and think and get wordy here… sorry

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

    “Yesterday morning I was officially received into the Anglican communion.”

    Yay!

  15. Michael says:

    Em,

    I’ve believed very strongly for many years that we were seeing a dramatic increase in demonic activity using the violence in Mexico as an example.

    I said the devil would not respect the border…and I believe that we are seeing the truth of that in our society today.

  16. Kevin H says:

    Congrats, Michael!

  17. filbertz says:

    congratulations on the Anglican reception. The phoenix has landed!

    I’m with Noelle and you on #8. Finally my new puppy is old enough to hike with me…yesterday was her initiation into those hallowed halls.

  18. AA says:

    1-4 Congratulations Michael.

  19. Dan from Georgia says:

    Great news Michael!

  20. Jim says:

    #6-I wish you’d address the border, Mexico, and immigration more often, Michael. I know that you’ve done so extensively in the past, but these are everyday nightly news issues. Both sides of the MSM are lying to us, while you stand as a truth-teller, even admitting his biases when present.

    Just putting that out there…

  21. Michael says:

    Jim,
    It’s difficult to speak to the issue today.
    Facts don’t matter and instead of dealing with it on its own merits it’s politicized beyond reason.
    It infuriates people and I just haven’t had the strength to deal with it.

  22. pstrmike says:

    Congratulations Michael!

    having grown up SBC and then later converted to “Calvary Chapelism,” I understand the value and sense of fullness that being a member brings. I’ve often felt that being considered a member because you simply show up each week, or even worse, being considered a part of the masses that religious goods and services are provided to as a rather shallow ecclesiology.

  23. John 20:29 says:

    Today i am pondering the ACLU and the NRA both… I seem them as indicators of a change already accomplished in this nation or we’d need neither …
    We should not have hordes pouring over our border looking for a better life… “should” is the key word, IMV…. i have to agree with Michael as to the devil at work… We cure physical diseases while the devil foments the diseased thinking of ambitious criminals, guiding their successes with his genius? It seems that way to me today…

  24. Michael says:

    We haven’t had hordes coming over the border for years…the migration has been in reverse since 2012.

  25. John 20:29 says:

    I stand corrected on the term “hordes,” Michael
    Perhaps, it is better described as a steady stream out of the south and the east all over the world?

    On the subject of evil, the results of the use of poison gas in Syria that is shown on the news today… God have mercy! The poor children… I doubt that the public really knows who is doing this… All over the world evil men are at work for illusory gain.

  26. Michael says:

    Neither hordes, nor a steady stream is accurate. There are sections of the border where the Border Patrol is averaging two arrests per agent per month…yet the President wants to send in the National Guard.
    The American people are being played and someone needs to ask why…

  27. Jim says:

    I understand Michael. I can still wish…

  28. Jean says:

    “The American people are being played and someone needs to ask why…”

    You know why.

  29. Michael says:

    Jim,
    I’m wrestling over whether this is part of my calling…I’m leaning toward that it is.
    I’m just not sure how to proceed…

  30. Kevin H says:

    Yesterday at a family gathering I witnessed a conversation between a teenager and a much older family member. I’m not sure how the conversation got started, but the teenager said that she didn’t like Hillary but would have preferred her over Trump. This immediately sparked concern in the older family member who jumped to Trump’s defense and told the teenager she would learn as she got older.

    The younger, impressionable, and probably a bit naïve, yet concerned and desiring to learn teenager stated one of her biggest worries about Trump was what he was doing with immigration. She stated that she thought Trump is racist in this regards and had learned of stories of families being torn apart due to deportations and didn’t think that was right. She said the wall might do some good things, but didn’t really like the idea. The older, set-in-her-ways family member stated that the wall is a great idea that would keep out the Mexicans and Puerto Ricans and would really cut back on the drugs coming into the country. She also said there was no truth to the families being separated stories and that Trump needs to keep pushing and working hard at all the good stuff he is doing because the Democrats have many more members in the Congress and are stopping everything Trump wants to do.

    There are some people who are very set in their ways and probably will never change, let the facts be damned. There are others who are more open to learn and want to find the truth the best they can. The truth needs to be told for those who are earnestly seeking it.

  31. Michael says:

    Jean,

    I don’t know why.
    The propaganda precedes Trump.
    There out to be real concern over building a wall that has superhighways running through it and a call for the military to police something already over policed.
    There’s something far more fearsome at play than too many migrants looking for work…

    I don’t blame the average citizen for not knowing the reality…they have been overwhelmed with “fake news” about the border for over a decade.

  32. Xenia says:

    A wall to keep Puerto Ricans out of the United States? Did she really say that? Jeepers….

  33. Kevin H says:

    Xenia, yes she did. Like I said, the facts be damned.

  34. Jean says:

    Michael,

    The root of the problem is theological: The MAGA agenda is agenda of self justification. The policy prescriptions point to the problems originating anywhere except within us. Things would be great, if someone else or something else were fixed. In the mean time, here’s some borrowed money to cheer you up, that our grandchildren will have to contend with.

  35. Michael says:

    Jean,

    All I know is that people want to believe the worst scenarios about the border and I suspect that it will lead to something none of us expected.
    I’ve said here before that these attitudes could lead to a very leftist or communist government in Mexico…and the latest polls in their presidential race say I’m a prophet…

  36. John 20:29 says:

    That made me smile, too Xenia… Somebody doesnt know where or what Puerto Rico is…
    Im not against a wall, but there may be better ways to define the border and to po!ice it… The rounding up and deportation that breaks up families began before Trumps election, BTW…

    Does Michael have a calling to support the immigrants? Is that what he asked up there?
    I have children whose work puts them in daily contact with illegals… They enjoy them for the most part. But…
    One thing they’ve told me is that the good ones are at the mercy of the bad ones. That is, the bad guys use them. Not often, but it is understood that they will hurt you, your family, if you cross them. One conversation related to me, asked the question, “Would you hurt me even tho we’re friends.” ” i’d have to. ” “even kill me?” “If they told me to, i’d have to or they’d kill someone in my family at home.”
    It was a hypothetical conversation, true, but it hangs over the heads of these migrants and you won’t often get that candid rep!y. They are useful – assets once they’re here.
    Perhaps the real effort to protect them from the gangs is impossible… dunno… It isnt the world i or even my children grew up in…
    in this hemisphere, crossing the border may give some respite, but it isnt much of a real soluution, IMV

  37. John 20:29 says:

    Interesting ponder: communist Mexico and facist U.S., What wil! Canada evolve into?

  38. Duane Arnold says:

    “What wil! Canada evolve into?”

    A new home for exiled Americans?

  39. John 20:29 says:

    Dr. Duane, i live very close to border, so i think i can beat the hordes. ?

    Almost moved to B.C. in the 1980s – almost bought a town with a government dock on one of the gulf islands, but couldn’t get any of our kids to leave the U.S. with us… we love British Columbia and the people, the indigenous and the Brits…. course we’d have had to get to church by boat, and to market and to the doctor and….. maybe our children were smarter than their parents.

  40. Everstudy says:

    “facist U.S.”

    Wow, that escalated quickly.

  41. John 20:29 says:

    Everstudy, just tongue in cheek – in fun – but some do accuse us of facism, if we don’t hate Trump. ?

  42. Dan from Georgia says:

    Love your thought number 8! I love being near the sea and large lakes. Grew up going to Lake Superior shoreline many times and now love going to the Atlantic and Gulf Of Mexico coastlines.

  43. bob1 says:

    Congratulations, Michael!!!

    So many great Anglican writers and theologians out there — NT Wright, C.S. Lewis,
    Packer, Stott, etc.

    Very happy for you!

  44. covered says:

    Way to go Michael. I have enjoyed watching you journey toward your calling. I would love to hear where this will lead going forward.

  45. London says:

    Congratulations Michael!

  46. Babylon's Dread says:

    Free at last!

    Thank God Almighty Dread

  47. SMH says:

    Michael

    I have a dear relative who works with the migrant children sent over on the trains. Before that he worked in the holding facilities translating. He does not agree with your opinion on the immigration reversal. Says it’s been quite the opposite until the last two years or so.

  48. Michael says:

    SMH,

    Your relative would be working with refugees from Central America who have legally…read that again…legally…applied for asylum according to the laws of the United States.

    The Mexican migration (meaning those from Mexico) has been in reverse since 2012 according to the governments own numbers.

  49. bob1 says:

    Adding to the hit parade of Angflicans:

    Madeleine Albright, our first female secretary of state.

    Fernando Ortega

  50. Outside T. Fold says:

    @ John 20:29:
    “I have children whose work puts them in daily contact with illegals”

    illegals

    There is a solid article in the linkathon that addresses the language we use. I wrote about it in that thread.

  51. John 20:29 says:

    #50
    For OTF… I will rephrase…
    I have children whose work puts them in daily contact with people from various regions, most of them from south of our botder, people who have come to the United States from a variety of situations and for a variety of reasons, people who have not yet applied for citizenship, nor had their requests adjudicated, people who ignore our broken and confusing system knowing there is less risk in that approach than there is in attempting to comply…. Pilgrims? Travelers? Homeless? Disenfranchised? Desperate souls? Probably all of those…

    If you are one of those or those near and dear to you are, illegal refers to citizenship status, not your place in the human race or your value to a community…
    I apologize to all those here who are, from deep conviction, advocating for …?… is undocumented a more genteel expression? I guess i’m tired of being at the mercy of self-appointed tongue police… ?

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