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  1. Donner says:

    “ 10. In what only can be described as a real, tangible answer to the prayers of God’s people…I’ve been released from the care of my surgical team and will just have regular followups with my cardiologist. My recovery is weeks ahead of schedule and without many of the issues that normally happen after this surgery. Thank you for your prayers…they matter.”

    Yippee!

  2. Michael says:

    Thanks, Donner!

  3. Em says:

    #7-can the Church survive? Influence building “something better?”
    FWIW……
    I think the Church has been an influence on this nation. If we’ve lost that influence ( history shows we might), then the world is in deep trouble….. ? ? ?

  4. Em says:

    AND #10 ….. Praise our Triune God …. BUT
    Don’t push yourself, Michael…. One day at a time, puleez

  5. Michael says:

    Em,
    I’m not fully healed yet so I’m being cautious…but it’s been a blessed recovery so far…

  6. Nathan Priddis says:

    #10. I’m happy for you Michael. Hope you have many happy days ahead.

  7. Michael says:

    Thank you, Nathan!

  8. Linn says:

    First, Michael, I am glad that your recovery is going quickly and uneventfully! That is such a praise.
    #1 and #2-I think, as a culture and a church, we have forgotten that people are more important than their viewpoints (people who are violent, however, do need to calm down before I will listen to them!). I wonder how much of the backbiting in churches would stop if we really sat down and listened to each other, looked deeply into the Scriptures to see what they teach us about the topics, decide how we can work together to the glory of God.. Maybe I’m living a fantasy?

  9. Michael says:

    Thank you, Linn…and well said!

  10. Jean says:

    “This site has always been ecumenical theologically and my guess would be, politically…I have to guess because such things used to not matter…people who have different views simply provide opportunities to learn…”

    It happened to me! No one who has been here for a short time would probably believe it, but for those who have been here for 7 or so years, they witnessed it. God be praised!

  11. Em says:

    Jean, yes and we pray for discernment as we ponder new views

  12. The New Victor says:

    Michael, great news!

    A friend sent me a letter from the VA to his friend. I made the mistake of asking my other friend, who’s been in the army almost 30 years and is about to retire a E-8, if he was being pressured to get vaccinated. I told him I was. He called me a card carrying nazi sheep who was part of us giving up our freedoms. Then he launched into a long screed about illegals (his father is a full blooded Californio, but I learned from my Mexican immigrant ex that both populations are distrustful of each other with no love lost), the useless government, starting with them telling us that asbestos used to be safe (and subsequent examples) and ending on the note that maybe this “drug” might result in an increase of downs syndrome births years from now. I was sorry I asked.

    If I hadn’t known and been good friends with him since we were teenagers, I don’t think I’d be friends with him as an adult if we met.

    He’s sacrificed a lot in mind and body for the “useless” government so I didn’t point out that he’ll get a lifetime pension soon, and from the USPS where he works in between being activated.

  13. Linn says:

    New Victor,

    My bro-in-law is like that, and I’ve just told him we won’t be discussing politics anymore. I love him dearly, but I don’t like being yelled at. So, when he climbs on the high horse, I excuse myself and go chat with someone else. He is slowly getting the hint. I’m always up for a good discussion with someone who doesn’t agree with me because I often get a better idea of why they believe what they do, and where I may be mistaken. But, I refuse to get into a shouting match. And, when you get to the church, that is one of the biggest issues-we have totally forgotten how to discuss most topics in a civilized manner, be it politics or religion.

  14. JD says:

    I worked for the US Government for 40 years, 3 months, and 4 days. One thing I learned over and over; the US Government cannot be trusted.

  15. Captain Kevin says:

    “people in process are always a mess and we’re all in process…”

    Like our friend Daniel Fusco often says, “Life is messy, but Jesus is real.”

  16. Captain Kevin says:

    #10 – Michael, that’s the best news I’ve read in a long time!

  17. Dread says:

    Night is coming … Jesus went there …. Because they could not … because he did we can and must

    Night is coming — we cannot stay safe

    Glad you are mending Michael.

  18. CM says:

    Michael,

    In regards to your #3, that is a good description. As an asidem what is Gary Gallagher’s take on the Myth of the Lost Cause that has persisted for decades beginning with the late 19th Century? And how that relates to memory vs. history.

    I am convinced that if the Myth of the Lost Cause had never succeeded, we would have been a lot better in regards to race relations. Thankfully, that Myth has been confronted in recent decades.

  19. Michael says:

    Thanks, TNV…like Linn I simply avoid those encounters anymore…everyone has their own “truth” and truth is nowhere to be found…

  20. Michael says:

    Thank you, CK…praying the same for you!

  21. Michael says:

    Dread…thank you, my friend.
    You need to fill out your talk of the coming night…and help us become light bearers…

  22. Xenia says:

    Michael I am so happy you are doing so well! Glory to God for all things!

    I avoid some people, too. What else can you do?

  23. Michael says:

    CM,

    Gallagher uses the Lost Cause narrative to demonstrate how “memory vs. history” works…he destroys it…I suspect in 20 years we’ll have the Myth of the Stolen Election…

  24. Michael says:

    Thank you, Xenia!
    I’ve put real boundaries on my personal interactions…and some people would rather lose the relationship than not be allowed to express themselves on these matters constantly and vociferously…and that has to be ok for now…

  25. CM says:

    Michael,

    That is good to know. For the proponents of the Myth of the Lost Cause, their memory became their Myth. This Myth of the Lost Cause, is why see all these Confederate statues everywhere, and why people have a soft spot for Gone With the Wind.

    As for the Myth of the Stolen Election, you are probably right about that one.

  26. Dan from Georgia says:

    I would hope that the Myth of the Stolen Election will become just that, but like CM alludes to above, “The South Will Rise Again” is still a thing down here.

    I heard a commentator long (as in over 20 years ago) say we live in a post-truth society. Not only this, but we have a seriously self-deceived society. It isn’t just anti-vaxxers that proclaim “no one can convince me otherwise”.

  27. Michael says:

    Dan,

    That’s the problem…the myth becomes the prevailing narrative.
    I suspect that we are going to have a major Covid rebound in the fall…without any will or ability for mitigations.

  28. Owen says:

    Michael, your news is definitely praiseworthy! So happy to hear your recovery is going well, it’s been the subject of many a prayer.

  29. Michael says:

    Thank you, Owen.
    I hope this will be a testimony to the power of prayer and the love that compels it.
    There is no earthly way I should be doing this well…

  30. bob1 says:

    I know I’m extremely encouraged, Michael, by the speed of your recovery.

    It’s really a big blessing know we can make a difference via prayer!

  31. Michael says:

    Thanks bob1…we truly can.

  32. Linnea says:

    #6…no truer statement can be made and it scares me.

    Michael–so very glad you’re weeks ahead of schedule in recovery. That is a definite answer to prayer 🙂

  33. Michael says:

    Thank you, Linnea…you are a faithful friend!

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