Final author reading night at CJ's Cafe ~ Don't miss it!
|Authors gathered for a previous reading night at CJ's|
poetry by our hostess, CJ Martin
Posted on 29 August 2015 | 5:24 pm
Au bord de l'eau
Posted on 28 August 2015 | 1:38 am
Escape the grip of unhealthy tradition
|Dress of a Pharisee|
TO CHEW ON: " ' Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.' " Mark 7:13
You've probably heard the story of the young wife who cut the end off every roast before placing it in the oven. When her husband quizzed her about it, she said that's what her mom did. Mom said she did it because that's what her mother did. Grandma finally solved the mystery. "My roasting pan was too small," she said. "The roast didn't fit unless I cut the end off."
The religious pharisaic traditions we hear about in today's reading are just as binding and buried in history. Jesus names two: hand washing and Corban.
The ritual hand washing tradition came about when Jewish religious leaders decided it would please God if all people followed the hand washings done by the priests making the temple sacrifices. As well, "The Pharisees taught that religious defilement could be spread by touch, so they prescribed elaborate ceremonies of cleansing" - J. Lyle Story, notes on Mark, New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, p. 1362.
"'Corban' means withdrawing something from its intended use as though it were an offering made to God" - Ibid. After a person had declared Corban over his property, he could continue to use it himself for as long as he lived but couldn't transfer its use to anyone else. Thus if he changed his mind and wished to move his parents onto that piece of property or sell it for cash, the law of Corban made that impossible.
These traditions offend Jesus. Later on in the chapter He teaches about real filthiness and how to be cleansed from it (Mark 7:18-23). In our reading He scolds the leaders for not allowing the people to obey the moral law of honouring parents with their man-made tradition law of Corban.
I see at least two lessons for me—and all of us—to learn here:
1. We need to be aware of any tradition or custom that would cause us to break God's moral law. For example, does the violation of our church's (unwritten) dress code cause us to be unfriendly to those who come in dressed, say, for the beach? Jesus wants to love the world through us (John 3:16).
2. We need to be aware of any system of rules or traditions that tell us this is what one needs to do to please God. This makes our faith a system of works, not grace. Even a tradition of church attendance and Bible reading could function in this way, reassuring us we've earned God favour. But that's not how it's done: "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast" - Ephesians 2:8,9.
PRAYER: Dear God, please help me to recognize the unhelpful traditions in my life and escape their hold on me. Amen.
Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Posted on 30 August 2015 | 9:00 am
Another quotidian baby part vendor lunch
Posted on 25 August 2015 | 10:29 pm
OMG! I Reached the Target!!! -24.5kgs!!
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Posted on 15 January 2015 | 7:14 pm
Dr OddGlove – or how I came to hate my dentist
Yes, I know, I know, we’re on a “break”. But I just have to interrupt our brief holiday to up-date you on my harrowing experience with the Demon Dentist of Harley Street. I wrote the post below, along with a follow-up, about a year ago, detailing all the ways I’d like to torture my (former) […]
Posted on 2 June 2015 | 12:13 pm
27 Things People With Unnaturally Colored Hair Are Sick Of Hearing
“You could be so pretty if you had normal hair.”
"You're just dying your hair crazy colors for attention."
Fueled By Ramen
"If you keep it that color, you won't get hired anywhere."
—Mikki Ferguson, Facebook
Arista Records / RCA
"You're basically asking to be made fun of."
—Hariadna Paiva, Facebook
Posted on 30 August 2015 | 3:09 pm
A Place You Can Breathe
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 12:02 pm
Politics and its Discontents: Looking Back
Although it was made in 2013, the following 22 Minutes’ video has lost none of its relevance:
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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 4:28 pm
Michael Sam is no Jackie Robinson
(Please note: anonymous comments will not be posted. If you don't have the courage of your convictions to sign your name to them, you're in the wrong place.)
Posted on 16 August 2015 | 5:57 pm
Raising the bar
Posted on 7 August 2015 | 12:03 pm
Posted on 21 August 2015 | 2:13 pm
Senate Reports Give a Glimpse of Potential Future Digital Policies
The trial of Senator Mike Duffy featured several notable revelations last week about the inner workings of the Prime Minister's Office. One of the most important was found in a 2013 memo written by former chief of staff Nigel Wright that focuses on the control exerted by the PMO over the Senate. While the Senate is nominally an independent body of "sober second thought", the memo highlights how the PMO expects Senate leadership to follow directions from the Prime Minister and to avoid developing policy positions without advance consultations and approval.
For anyone who has followed Senate committee reviews of legislative proposals, the Wright memo is not particularly surprising. This past spring, a Senate committee review of Bill C-51, the controversial anti-terrorism legislation, heard from experts such as the Privacy Commissioner of Canada about much-needed reforms. Yet once it was time to vote, the committee left the bill unchanged, lending an air of theatre to the entire process.
My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that assuming that policy control over Senate committee remains a priority, a recent batch of Senate reports provides new insights into future Conservative policies. Weeks before the election call, Senate committees began releasing long-awaited reports on a wide range of issues including national security, digital commerce, and the future of the CBC. In fact, more Senate committee reports were released in June and July (15 in total) than in the previous 18 months combined.
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Posted on 25 August 2015 | 6:05 pm
Senategate: Most Canadians Believe Stephen Harper is Lying
As we all know Stephen Harper has a lot of other problems to worry about.
The economy is tanking, and so are his polls.
And as we know he has other fish to fry...
But he should also worry about his drowning credibility.
Because when it comes to the Senate scandal most Canadians think he's lying.
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Posted on 23 August 2015 | 1:30 pm
Sky Rift Films - DJI Inspire 1 Demo 2015
Posted on 27 August 2015 | 12:14 pm
I Knew the Harper PMO Reminded Me of Something.
Word has it that Harper chief of staff, Ray Novak, will be doing his best Sgt. Schultz impression when he gets grilled under oath in November.
Novak told CTV's Bob Fife, “Bob, I did not know that Mr. Wright was going to cut that cheque. Beyond that, I will speak at the appropriate time. Now is not the appropriate time.”
Fife then asked Novak if he had read the email in which Wright informed him that he was sending the $90,000 cheque.
“No I did not see that email, Bob,” Novak replied. “I first saw that email when it was disclosed much, much later.”
So, Sugar Ray, is going to say that Special Counsel Ben Perrin's crystal clear testimony that he watched Novak's face when Wright told them he was cutting the cheque to Duffy was a fabrication, an outright falsehood, rank perjury. Then he'll fall back on the now-standard "dog ate my homework" excuse to explain not reading the email from the then chief of staff, Nigel Wright.
It's hard to say if Duffy will spend any time behind bars but it's possible that Novak might. At the moment, Novak has two choices - spin wildly implausible tales or expose his prime minister as a chronic and willful liar.
Apology: Try as I might I was unable to find a suitable Mr. Burns and Smithers clip to post here. My failure has left me deeply remorseful.
Posted on 28 August 2015 | 11:46 pm
Will This Be Remembered as The Summer North Americans Woke Up to Climate Change?
Smokey haze, intense heat, encampments of evacuated residents next to the highway: these were the conditions that greeted Renee Lertzman when she recently drove through Oregon. It’s no wonder why the environmental psychology researcher and professor resorts to the term “apocalyptic” to describe the scene.
“It was a surreal experience,” says Lertzman, who teaches at the University of San Francisco and Victoria’s Royal Roads University. “We’re all driving along and it’s so smoky and it’s terrifying. Yet we’re all doing our summer vacation thing. I couldn’t help but wonder: what is going on, how are people feeling and talking about this?”
It’s really the question of the hour. Catastrophic wildfires and droughts have engulfed much of the continent, with thousands displaced from their homes; air quality alerts confine many of the lucky remainder behind locked doors (with exercise minimized and fresh-air intakes closed).
Firefighters have been summoned from around the world to battle the unprecedented fires, which are undoubtedly exacerbated by climate change. Yet the seemingly reasonable assumption that witnessing such horrific natural disasters may increase support for action on climate change is vastly overestimated, Lertzman tells DeSmog Canada.
Posted on 29 August 2015 | 4:07 pm
2015 RotoRob NFL Draft Kit: Running Back Rankings
Posted on 29 August 2015 | 6:13 pm
Food news: Recall on some B.C. oysters
Posted on 28 August 2015 | 3:46 pm
Planned Parenthood’s “best attempt at a defense was a miserable failure”
Posted on 29 August 2015 | 1:02 pm
His Voice, Another's Words
|Photo Description: Handwritten words in capital letters reading: Tomorrow you'll have to live with the things you said.|
We were on a brief vacation and though the weather was unseasonably cold the whole time, we had a good time. One day we were out walking with Ruby and Sadie, heading over the the museum, when we walked by a car filled to the brim with children and noise and chaos. Suddenly something smashed to the ground and an angry father appeared out of nowhere. "You stupid, stupid boy!!! You can't do anything right!!" Tears flowed silently down the boys face. I felt Sadie's hand slip into my own, it seemed that she had been frightened by the man's voice and felt his anger reverberate through the air. I too felt the narrow timbers that hold up my self esteem tremble as words, not aimed at me, nonetheless echoed within.
They were gone.
Car and all.
When we walked back.
Today Joe and I were headed down to do our grocery shopping. We like to go early so that the store isn't packed and the streets are quiet. We walked by a young man, sitting on the pavement where he'd slept the night before. His head was down and his voice a mumble, his face was hidden by the brim of a baseball cap, tattoos of red dragons chased each other around one leg. Just as we passed by the mumbles got louder. A block away, his voice exploded into the air. It was an angry voice, a harsh and hateful voice, his voice, saying another's words, "YOU STUPID, STUPID BOY!!!! YOU'LL BE NOTHING. NOTHING! NOTHING!!" Silence. Then. A sob.
I had change in my pocket on the way back.
But he was gone.
As if he'd become ... nothing.
Posted on 30 August 2015 | 4:30 am
Lavazza Series 2015: Sour Cherry Breakfast Cake
What is could be better than a steamy cup of Lavazza Espresso in the morning? A delicious, nutritious, economical and homemade “fresh from my own garden” breakfast with a steamy cup of Lavazza, that’s what! Oh, how I love the abundance of summer and the bounty a small urban backyard garden can provide. This is...
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Posted on 27 August 2015 | 1:04 am
Let’s Stop Calling Exercises “Functional,” Shall We?
A massive buzz word in the fitness industry is “functional,” which is touted as being an exercise or type of exercise that is thought to help with completing activities of daily living, or to help improve specific aspects of performance for certain activities like sports and being awesome in general. In many ways this is…… Read More
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Posted on 27 August 2015 | 4:46 pm
The edible helium balloon!
I don’t have an actual bucket list, but if I did, inhaling helium would have been on it. I finally got my chance to do it a couple of weeks ago, in the most unlikely of places. An edible helium balloon was served as a dessert course in a fancy restaurant!
I took GC to [...]
Posted on 25 August 2015 | 6:16 pm