2 years from the day {16/25}

Well, today is the two year mark since we moved from Florida and began life up here in “Sunny Cleveland”. I stumbled upon the blog entry from that time…interesting to note where we’ve come and gone since then. So, once again, the time machine is invaluable – we’re going to 2006!!!

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So the fluctuation of emotions has finally subsided…we have arrived in frigid Cleveland, Ohio.  I forgot what it felt like to be in 20-degree weather!  Goodbyes were terribly difficult.  Mark and I were trying to figure if Abram and Sarai felt the same way when leaving Ur.  We’re sure they knew it was God who was moving them to “the promised land”, but were they sad to leave the place they established their roots?  I’m not saying that Ohio is the promised land, but we’re just trying to think it through. We’re so excited to see how God is going to use us…this certainly has been a time of prayer for both of us…I do love when God takes away your personal power to bring you to the point of saying, “Man, that was ALL God!”  That’s when He gets the glory…kind of like when we were driving up here on only 3 hours of sleep…13 hours into the trip, we were exhausted…It was ONLY GOD who got us safely into the driveway at 12:30 am!Tomorrow’s the first house-hunting day.  We’re excited to see where God wants us to live now.  It may be for a few years…or like this past move…only a few months.  It’s completely His decision.   
We’re excited to meet new people, make friends, and delve into ministry…but we still miss ministry life in Florida.  It’s kind of like that old song, “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.”

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back to reality

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Inadvertent update…we’re still trying to sell our house. Be my best friend and hyper-click **HERE** to buy it!

flakey-film-speed shopping – aka: a 20 min makeover {17/25}

Well, this week has been odd from the beginning. Classes were canceled multiple times – once for the debates and again for the congregate multitude of snow flakes causing issues on the roadways. So, it is merely natural that things could only get more complicated as the week continues.

I woke up in quite the rush, so I threw on a relaxed outfit: wool pants, a “save the planet” t-shirt, a jean blazer and some comfortable shoes. Well, little did I know that a film crew would be at the college tonight. oh.junk.

The Director of Education gently asked me, “Is that what you’re wearing tonight?” I guess that was my ever-so-slight hint to get in my car, run to the store and grab the first outfit I saw. It turned out just fine, but I’m now looking into the new career of speed-shopping.

 

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The love of a creature {18/25}

As I said in a previous post, I find most of my readings via happenstance. I stumbled across this post by thewordofme called Is God Even Real? A mere glance at the title prompted certain intrigue. I thought I’d clue you into some of our dialogue with a brief synopsis of the initial entry.

ORIGINAL POST:

… to me religion, because God supposedly creates it, or us, or whatever, should have everything right from the beginning…
…If a true God created this universe, this galaxy, solar system, Earth, and man/woman, animals, etc., there should be no questions about it at all. Inquiring minds (no sly comments please;) that many people have, should immediately see the answers. There should not be scientists, or just plain folks who have an inquiring intelligence seeing inconsistencies in our existence. There should be no need for the constant bickering and back at you thing that has been going on for the last three or four hundred years now.
… How long does it take to disprove it by provable fact? If a God did this, the truth would be staring you in the face. But it’s not, and never has been, and the assumptions of facts in the Bible are not valid anymore. But, then of course they never were.
…The evidence keeps building up, and some otherwise intelligent people keep denying its truth. The real truth should be so in your face that its undeniable….by anyone.
…Does any of the melodrama that Christian religion attempts to impose on the whole world make logical sense?

Well, I couldn’t help but react to this set of inquiries. Here was my response:

“There should be no need for the constant bickering and back at you thing that has been going on for the last three or four hundred years now.”
…more like THOUSANDS of years. There’s a scandal, for sure, and you’ve tagged it. There’s a paradox, indeed, and it’s obvious.
How could the faith of a child also be a faith that can be challenged more often during easy or simple times than during trials?
You pose many great questions. You raise many great facts, especially the “melodrama that Christian religion attempts to impose on the whole world”.
I can’t say much that would be any use, but as an academic and an “intellectual” [i.e., professional student], I am in love with the intrigue, the questions, the clear answers and the ones that hurt. I fell in love with the Creator because…well, it made “logical sense”.
Thanks for this post. I love your honesty and was inspired to dig even further. Well done.

Thewordofme graciously answered with this cordial response:

Hi Cathi Stegall,
Thank you for your kind post. I, like you, really like the intrigue and drama that religion has imposed on the world. Even if I sound like I am down on religion, I am really just trying to get reaction, so I can explore peoples personal thoughts on the subject. Even if God turns out to not be true–as I believe, the human history of interaction with Him and the church is worthy of study.
I don’t suppose you would like to share more on what you said about the Creator making logical sense to you? No pressure at all. I will understand perfectly if you are to busy or reluctant to write back.
Again, thanks for your reply.

And my meek reply:

re: “I don’t suppose you would like to share more on what you said about the Creator making logical sense to you?”
Oh, where do I begin? I fear I could write an entire book on the logical reasons why I am so in love with my Creator. Due to the fact that this is a blog comment, I will try to keep this short, but would certainly love additional dialogue upon any such request.
I will list my primary reason as my sole reason and that is, for the sake of circular reasoning – I am in love with my Creator because of the proof in His very Creation.
Let me explain: Did you ever notice that even creation sings the song of redemption? There is death of the day into night and the resurrection of the morning? There is the death of the flowers into the ground in the fall and resurrection in the spring? Even so, the seasons, there is the death of what is recognized as “life” in the winter, and just as the flower, it resurrects into life again in the spring.
I am in love for I am loved. I not only get to read freely of this redemption but I also get to see it over and over again, every day, every season, every year.

I sincerely hope this solitary reasoning does not stand isolated but is recognized to have worth within the promises found in the Bible. I fear, however, using Scripture upon which to draw my argument, I would create further unrest. So, I will comfortably place my justification of my love for my Creator in creation itself.

I am honored that you would seek my response. Thank you for your open mind, your questioning essence and your considerate responses [I could only imagine the myriad responses you ‘could’ have given]. Thank you.

Now whether or not this dialogue had any affect on thewordofme or not, I have journeyed through a revitalized appreciation of creation and a continued love for my Creator.

Stop by his site, read, think and respond. I’m inspired by his inquest and analysis of difficult topics such as religion, and I truly appreciate his rhetoric. I can only speak for myself, but I think you’ll enjoy the intellectually and spiritually stimulating read!

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how to…Rank 190,434,783 {20/25}

 

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In my research on hunger and poverty, I came across this website created by a dandy cup of creative juices from across the pond in London. Meet Poke. They created the Global Rich List to “challenge people’s perception of their personal wealth.” This is an interactive site where you choose your national currency, enter your annual income…

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…and with the magic of the webosphere, within seconds you are shown Your Rich List Position. This summarizes where you rank globally, gives a comparative abstract of your standing and shows what difference you could make for those in need. You may not feel like it, but compared to the poor in Uganda, Haiti or Mali, you are among one of the richest people in the world. I certainly hadn’t considered myself one of the top 4 %.
My favorite part about this site is the opportunity to link and donate to a charity, which changes regularly. So, visit the site, see where you rank, and after your few minutes of shame, donate some of your wealth to the supported charity or one of your choosing.

 

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NADER: persistence is key…i guess {21/25}

some people just never give up…his mom would be proud

I suppose that the “third time’s a charm”!

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the bbc article

the cnn article

the ny times article

the washington post article

the la times article

And what’s news w/o adding an article from The Onion. This one is from the archives of 2004 – a parody of Nader’s Platform:

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