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Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
29Jun
2011
Wed
10:11
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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The Fruits and Nuts We Left Behind

so glad we're not in Oregon anymore

"Resident Anita Sullivan summed up a common viewpoint: 'So you say I pledge allegiance and right there I don't care for that language,' Sullivan says. 'It sort of means loyalty to your country; well, I feel loyalty to the entire world.'"

There is compromise and furor over the Pledge of Allegiance in Eugene, Oregon. Strangely, it's not with regard to the '54 addition of "under God," but about being American. I swear the fruits and nuts of the country are concentrated in that state.

Ms. Sullivan, if you have an issue pledging allegiance to the country in which you are given the privilege of electing leaders among other privileges, I'm sure, then get out. If you don't like the place, leave!

24Jun
2011
Fri
15:01
author: Stingray
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Going to the Movies

Just got out of Cars 2.  I seem to recall reading or hearing that Sig Hansen was going to be in it, but I was still surprised to see the Northwestern and hear his voice. And it was nice to see and hear my favorite F1 driver’s likeness and voice used—Lewis Hamilton.  It was a very good movie—a good story—the kind of quality I’d expect from Pixar.

19Jun
2011
Sun
23:57
author: Stingray
category: Sermons
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Holy Trinity

Matthew 28:16-20

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

On this Holy Trinity Sunday, we are confronted once again with this sobering reality: we worship one God in Three Persons—the Father, uncreated, incomprehensible, eternal; the Son, uncreated, incomprehensible, eternal; the Holy Spirit, uncreated, incomprehensible, eternal. Yet, they are not three uncreateds, incomprehensibles, and eternals, but one. This is sobering because, as a brother-in-office once put it, “If we were inventing a god and a religion, we wouldn’t go this way.”

Yet, we go this way because this is how God reveals Himself to us. Thankfully, out of His divine mercy, God only says “go this way.” He doesn’t add the caveat, “and fully understand it, too.” This side of eternity, we will certainly never fully understand it. We may try to explain it using analogies, such as triangles and shamrocks, but even these do not allow for full comprehension. No, He simply says, “I AM, believe it,” then gives us the faith to believe it, so we, by faith, say, “Amen. Yes, yes, it is so.”

13Jun
2011
Mon
09:35
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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This One's For You, Dad

12Jun
2011
Sun
23:17
author: Stingray
category: Sermons
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Pentecost

John 7:37-39, Acts 2:1-21

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.

If you’ll pardon my jumping ahead a week, this is what we’ll confess next week, speaking in no uncertain terms on Holy Trinity Sunday that we believe in one God in three Persons, distinct yet the same God. I bring up this portion of the Athanasian Creed because today is a day set aside to acknowledge the work of one of the Persons in particular—the Holy Ghost—and when speaking of the work of the Holy Ghost, one cannot escape speaking of the work of God in three Persons; one, because He is one God always at work in all three Persons whether we recognize or acknowledge it or not; and two, because the work of the Holy Ghost is almost always behind the scenes, and drawing attention away from Himself.

15:18
author: Stingray
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Sermons Coming Soon

With today being Sunday, I wanted to drop a quick line to indicate that I plan to post a few sermons from over the downtime as soon as I get home.

5Jun
2011
Sun
20:15
author: Stingray
category: Sermons
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Seventh Sunday of Easter

John 17:1-11

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Jesus is praying. He is soon to be captured to be crucified, and He prays. “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” He prays for a glory unlike any other.

It’s nothing new, the world’s idea of glory. Those who are highly esteemed are said to have the glory of men. We pin medals and ribbons on them. We award them gold, silver, and bronze medallions. We present them with trophies. We pay $10 a person to spend an hour and a half to watch them on a 30-foot high screen. We pay upwards of hundreds of dollars to sit with thousands of others to watch them play a game. Fame, fortune, and beauty (and maybe valor) are the defining characteristics of glory to the world.

But Jesus is praying for a glory unlike the world understands. “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself,” He once said. (John 12:32) Glory does draw people.

4Jun
2011
Sat
21:05
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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This is Awesome

Bank Gets Foreclosed

Read this link.

08:26
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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This is Kinda Funny

Use the links at the bottom of my site to validate either the rss or atom feed right now, and you see this line: "style attribute contains potentially dangerous content: biblereference". Wow, a Bible reference is dangerous content! Hahaha.

For the sake of information, "biblereference" is the name of a css style at my site. It's what I use to make reference of (usually) Bible citations of a smaller text size than the rest of the text (usually in sermons posted to the site).