From the back cover: “The Preacher in Ecclesiastes reminds us that life under the sun does not play out according to neat and tidy rules. He asks us to see the world around us in all its messiness and explores what that messiness reveals about us, our world, and God. The Preacher is plainspoken, because people live in the midst of this mess and we have to talk about it. Zack Eswine gives us a meditation that engages people where they are and invites them to draw near to the God who enters their world to redeem it and them.” Word. #ecclesiastes #commentaries

From the back cover: “The Preacher in Ecclesiastes reminds us that life under the sun does not play out according to neat and tidy rules. He asks us to see the world around us in all its messiness and explores what that messiness reveals about us, our world, and God. The Preacher is plainspoken, because people live in the midst of this mess and we have to talk about it. Zack Eswine gives us a meditation that engages people where they are and invites them to draw near to the God who enters their world to redeem it and them.” Word. #ecclesiastes #commentaries

Worship, Law, confession, Gospel, absolution, Baptism, Eucharist. Then conversations about Dracula, Libertarianism, singleness & marriage. And then fried chicken, meeting new people from Pasadena URC and High Desert URC, pumpkin pie, laughter. Life is short, but I’m grateful for these gifts. (at Ontario United Reformed Church)

Worship, Law, confession, Gospel, absolution, Baptism, Eucharist. Then conversations about Dracula, Libertarianism, singleness & marriage. And then fried chicken, meeting new people from Pasadena URC and High Desert URC, pumpkin pie, laughter. Life is short, but I’m grateful for these gifts. (at Ontario United Reformed Church)

fastcompany:

As Stephen Colbert or any great satirist will tell you, a key to satire is to always stay in character. In The Onion’s case, that “character” is an absurd, alternative world invented to comment on the real one. Every aspect of the fake world has to ring true for the trick to work. That includes the visuals. When nothing you publish is real, every single image has to be made from scratch. “We want to make sure that we’re making our Onion-world fully realized and very real,” says Ben Berkley, managing editor of The Onion. It’s all in service of the joke.
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fastcompany:

As Stephen Colbert or any great satirist will tell you, a key to satire is to always stay in character. In The Onion’s case, that “character” is an absurd, alternative world invented to comment on the real one. Every aspect of the fake world has to ring true for the trick to work. That includes the visuals. When nothing you publish is real, every single image has to be made from scratch. “We want to make sure that we’re making our Onion-world fully realized and very real,” says Ben Berkley, managing editor of The Onion. It’s all in service of the joke.

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But what should you do if you are not aware of this need and have no hunger and thirst for the Sacrament?

To such a person no better advice can be given than this:

first, he should touch his body to see if he still has flesh and blood. Then he should believe what the Scriptures say of it in Galatians 5 and Romans 7.

Second, he should look around to see whether he is still in the world, and remember that there will be no lack of sin and trouble, as the Scriptures say in John 15-16 and in 1 John 2 and 5.

Third, he will certainly have the devil also around him, who with his lying and murdering day and night will let him have no peace, within or without, as the Scriptures picture him in John 8 and 16; 1 Peter 5; Ephesians 6; and 2 Timothy 2.

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Luther’s Small Catechism (Christian Questions with Their Answers, #20)

Way too good not to share.

artofmanliness:

(via How to Deal with Grief, Loss of Loved One | The Art of Manliness)

stonypathsstrongshoes:

There are days-not terribly often, but frequent enough-that I long for places I’ve never been and people I’ve never known.

A simple existence, living off the land, or the sea, working each day with my hands, and coming home to a warmly lit, humble abode, fit with the laughter and joy of a life…

caston-mylove:

Really great discussion on religion in America, and the selling of the Gospel.

fastcompany:

Bill Murray has played an incredible array of characters across a career spanning 74 movies and TV shows. Peter Venkman. Ernie McCracken. Herman Blume. Garfield. Bill Murray. Bill Murray. Bill Murray.
In tribute, San Francisco’s Public Works gallery will host The Murray Affair on August 8 ($12), a one-day show that will feature as many as 200 original portraits of Bill Murray submitted from an open call of non-commissioned artists. Organizer Ezra Croft, who has, in the past, hosted a similar celebration of Nicolas Cage, cites Murray’s “awesome catalogue of greatness” as his muse for the event.
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fastcompany:

Bill Murray has played an incredible array of characters across a career spanning 74 movies and TV shows. Peter Venkman. Ernie McCracken. Herman Blume. Garfield. Bill Murray. Bill Murray. Bill Murray.

In tribute, San Francisco’s Public Works gallery will host The Murray Affair on August 8 ($12), a one-day show that will feature as many as 200 original portraits of Bill Murray submitted from an open call of non-commissioned artists. Organizer Ezra Croft, who has, in the past, hosted a similar celebration of Nicolas Cage, cites Murray’s “awesome catalogue of greatness” as his muse for the event.

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fromexilegrowman:

Check out my first article, as a regular contributor, for Christ and Pop Culture on Humans of New York and how it seeks to remind all of us that every person we meet, including our enemies, are made in the image of God. While you are there check out the other great articles and the CaPC podcast which is one of only a handful of podcasts that I listen to!
Humans of New York: Reclaiming the Image of God

fromexilegrowman:

Check out my first article, as a regular contributor, for Christ and Pop Culture on Humans of New York and how it seeks to remind all of us that every person we meet, including our enemies, are made in the image of God. While you are there check out the other great articles and the CaPC podcast which is one of only a handful of podcasts that I listen to!

Humans of New York: Reclaiming the Image of God