Treasures in heaven redux

Saturday, May 17, 2014.  Another deep med session this morning.  Afterwards, I considered my upcoming (May 22) interview for a different secretarial position at the Water Department.  I’m not as excited about it as I feel I ought to be.

Matthew 6:

 19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Man, do I ever want to go out and smoke again.  I smoked immediately before this writing.
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Donald Trump isn’t helping.

From last week’s post:

Decades ago, I conceived The William Tell Show in response to the pain I heard on the airwaves in the world of talk radio. If we can cast aside all theories, opinions, beliefs, ideologies and value judgments, and attend instead merely to What Is, we may be able to begin from a state of agreement.
What Is is indisputable.

Until now, I’ve paid no attention to Trump’s tweets.  It’s clear that I could spend all my time deconstructing them according to the guidelines of Free Speech Handbook.  But this is not my only task in  life.

Two recent ones, however, caught my eye.

He points people directly away from What Is. Continue reading Donald Trump isn’t helping.

The Synoptic Problem

Matthew, Mark and Luke report many of the same episodes, often in almost exactly the same language; but the sequence in which these episodes are reported differs greatly from one to another.  In the late 19th century, it was conclusively determined that it is absolutely impossible to harmonize these chronologies — to establish a single sequence in which the alleged events would have occurred.

In the PDF file linked to here below, the center column lists the episodes reported in Luke 9—12, in the order Luke records them.  The lefthand column lists those that also appear in Matthew, in the order Matthew records them.  The righthand column lists those that also appear in Mark, in the order Mark records them.

The Synoptic Problem – Luke 9-12

(Originally posted 08/20/14.)

Mordochai the troll

Bottom line:
Quarreling with you won’t advance my ministry.

My first act online tomorrow will be to Block a certain person, a Friend of a high school classmate, who I have concluded is a troll.  She loves to hate and be hated, and she’s skilled at both.

It recalls to me another troll I dealt with for several years some time back; who has a fascinating story. Continue reading Mordochai the troll

Out of reach

From my diary:

Thursday  2014-06-19.  13:30.  In a recent column, Dan Rodricks mentioned Manna House, which I’d never heard of before.  At McD this morning, Roy was talking to somebody and mentioned having been at Manna House last night — “with the critters and the crazies.”  I was quite surprised to hear him talk like that, since in my book, he’s “a critter and a crazy.”  The people who frequent that place must be really bad off.  I would recall [a former therapist, whose principal practice was in addictions]‘s saying, when I asked many years ago about the mentally ill among the homeless, that “they’re so sick they can’t be treated.”  Part of my heart reaches out to them; can it be that I might sink so low as to become able to see the world as they see it?  What does the Gospel look like to a hopeless schizophrenic?

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