We voted against
The Missus and I received our absentee ballots on Monday, promptly marked all the items of interest, and put them back in the mail. We voted against casinos, new taxes, and medical marijuana, as well as against candidates who support taking the life of unborn children, restrict religious freedom and conscience, and promote homosexuality, among other issues of interest to all Christians.
• Our Internet Provider, which hosts BNc, FMag, FPress, BPrayer, and my own little blog, has locked me out of all of them for working hard. I was testing themes in the first site when the hammer fell. Hours later, I’m still waiting to hear from the honchos about my situation. In the meantime I can’t even open the sites. Nada. This is the third time this has happened. Seems like there ought to be a better way to protect a server than by walloping a hard worker. Bellyaching over.
• The BNc site is stuck with an experimental theme until I can get back in and settle on one. After almost four years of the same theme, it’s past its prime. Time to update.
• Speaking of honchos, do you know from what language the word is borrowed? Think before you answer! English is a fascinating language, borrowing from so many of the world’s tongues, so that, according to linguists, it has the largest vocabulary of all of them. No excuse for lacking for a word, now is there?
• If all works out well, tomorrow The Missus and I will host two good American brothers for the day. Their main work this fall break is to teach in Peru. They’re swinging by Brazil to see us in our setting. We’ll have a couple of days with them next week as they head back home. One of them, representing a supporting congregation, we’ve known for some years; the other we’ll have the pleasure of meeting.
• For lunch today, The Missus fried up some manioc from the organic garden of our brother in Christ, Liu, who brings us home-grown delicacies on occasion. I grew up on fried taters, but it would be hard to beat the taste of the light and crispy manioc. The chicken and lentils-and-whole-rice were quite good as well. How to stay a long time on the mission field? Learn to like the local culture, including the food. OK, so I’m still working on the feijoada, with the pig ears and tails and other less seemly parts.
• Last night in our home Bible reading group, we read the whole chapter of Matthew 18. Big idea there are the little ones. See my blog for a devotional on that. Don’t miss the line of application where I take on big-dog preachers, theological education, and building programs. Is there anybody I didn’t offend yet?
• A number of interesting reports recently on BrotherhoodNews.com. A sad one tells about a missing preacher in Michigan. We pray for him and his family. And that it ends well. For his and their sake, as well as for the sake of the kingdom of God.
• Another is the amazing story of Carl Sims, regular guy, evangelist to the glory of God. As I read it—this was Glenda Williams’s write-up—I asked God to multiply his tribe. I’d trade 100 full-time college-trained preachers for one of him, if I were in the God-business. I’d even put myself in on the trade. The church has lost badly in the past decade, fewer churches, fewer saints, in the USA. Carl is the kind of worker we need today, in every country, in all the world.
• Somehow my kids never heard me tell that I was in two theater productions in college: Wilder’s “Our Town” and Master’s “Spoon River Anthology.” (Speaking of the latter, I have now been to Peoria!) My old room-mate outed me. But I have better secrets than those still untold. Don’t we all? Or, more likely, secrets long forgotten. I’m glad that God’s memory is worse than mine. He forgives and forgets.
• Harding University searches for a new president, and progressives already call for someone to engage “other denominations” and represent all branches of the Church of Christ denomination, as they see it. Will it be Harding’s turn to follow Pepperdine, ACU, Rochester, and Lipscomb into the progressive/liberal wing? Will they turn to the evangelical world in general? Why do we love our colleges so much when history has taught us that most of them wind up turning against us? Do we figure this out only after we’re old and too tired to buck the direction they’re going?
• A more positive note to end on. In a given place and time, truth may be abandoned. But God does not stop working. Man may give up on the gospel, but the Lord ever seeks for that soul who will heed the call and light his fire at the Cross to become a beacon of holy light to the world. You may be that soul.