I want to preach on Isaiah 43:19 and I want to title the sermon "And Now for Something Completely Different..."


We're called to care for each other and share the stories of how once upon a time people stood against empire and the people are still here and that empire is gone and some day this empire will fall as well.

And people will still be here. And from those stories we'll learn how to live again.

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And, in the midst of all this, every time without fail, the true church is born again. There are always those who see the hypocrisy and contradictions and say enough! There's always the prophets, dreamers and voices crying in the wilderness.

In every age they return. And we are called to learn from this. To live the best we can, help others however we can, have faith that one day peace and justice will reign.

We are called to care for ourselves and each other in the midst of it all.

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The message of Christ so often gets twisted into this cruel entity called Christianity, supporting cruel people who do unspeakable things to others. This is nothing new. A movement that started so revolutionary, in such opposition to the empire of the day, to the false gods of oppression, has been replaced by the same spirit of that same empire. Many churches serve Moloch and Capital, not Christ. They accept Trump as holy, and sacrifice children at the border.

This is nothing new.

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Sometimes I feel the need to reset...

It is too easy to get caught up in the world, in the rise of fascism, in the plight of the poor and oppressed, in our own helplessness in the face of it all. I find the rage begins to consume me, and bleeds into every other aspect of my life. My work, my relationships, and my spiritual life all suffer.

I think about Psalm 137. "How can we sing the Lord's songs in a foreign land?" Living in the country of my birth so often doesn't feel like home.

Nichiren Buddhism 

Five years ago today I received my Gohonzon and joined the SGI.

Make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is sorrow, joy.

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive, and in pardoning that we are pardoned, and in dying that we are born to eternal life.

If anyone gets confused by my accounts, just remember:

One of them is a corgi
The other is also a corgi

Hope this helps!

religion mention, books, school 

@raphael I'd be inclined to read ahead for classes in that situation, because not having current work to do while in seminary is so very rare that it felt like a constant game of catch-up most of the time.

But maybe that's just me. I'm kind-of a slow reader.

Might set up my own private instance on a Linode, but I know that would likely result in me purchasing yet another domain name when I'm already sitting on like 5 of them.

@IceWolf I love that breadboards are so cheap. I've got one in my office propping up a TV with a wobbly stand.

More self-meta 

@IceWolf I'm on a small instance, so the last dozen posts were all me.

More self-meta 

*Looks at the local timeline in horror*

What have I done?

Self-meta, and a callout 

Today @owashii said I suck at taking a break from social media and he's right, I do.

He's also the best and I'm the luckiest. <3

Now, for reals, I'm signing off and taking a break. Stay safe out there friends! 💗

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