Father Stephen writes yet another insightful post, Pray About It. The whole post deserves carefully reading and meditation, but I want to highlight one point from it. “We cannot make God abandon us or hate us. It is simply not within our power.” If it was possible, the chances are vanishingly small that I would be anything like a Christian today. We can dismiss God. We can worship other gods or none. We can even hate God. But we have no capacity to make God stop loving us. That is not within our power. Yet we often act as though it was.
How Not to Conduct Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue. As someone who is neither Catholic nor Orthodox, but who knows something about both (both doctrinally and historically), I found the post well-stated. I do tend to lean toward the Orthodox in the areas where they differ from the Roman Catholic Church.
The imagery of this picture of Hades (death) before and after the Resurrection is well done.
I’ve loved to cook my whole life, but baking has never been my strong suit. (My wife, by contrast, is pretty amazing as a baker.) This post on gluten free baking makes me want to give that approach a try. I will say that the discussion of measuring by scale reminds me more of the days as a teen that I worked as a tech in his lab than it does of cooking. But it does make sense for baking.
Jason Fried’s TEDxMidwest talk, Why Work Doesn’t Happen At Work, is a good one. I’ve had a lot of different sorts of jobs in my life, and what he describes certainly doesn’t apply to all jobs. If you are working construction, laying cable, or planting pine trees (all jobs I’ve had) you must be physically present to do the work. If you are in the military, as I have been, most jobs are tied to a location and a mission. If you work security, you are specifically being paid to provide a visible presence. I’ve never worked retail or other service jobs, but they also require that you be present at the store or other location where the service is provided. The same thing is true for farming, ranching, and manufacturing. The list goes on at length. There are many sorts of work for which his talk simply doesn’t apply. However, for most of my adult life, I’ve been a programmer. And for most creative and “knowledge” (I’ve never liked that term, but it’s the one commonly used) work his talk nails it.
I enjoyed this literal Cataclysm trailer video. Sometimes the literal videos are pretty funny.
News and Commentary
In Texas we tend to like our politicians strange, but watching this exchange with Anderson Cooper was almost painful at time.
Because, you know, feeding hungry kids is a bad thing.