Monthly Archives: August 2007


There may a couple more...but I'm backpacking in the wilderness today...

Where I am today...South Manitou Island.

A new page on my website (The Page of Pages)...along with my latest photos from Meijer Garden.

"Before You Convert to Roman Catholicism...(Top Ten List)" from Reformation Theoiogy

Thinklings Bird's new blog, "Mind's Eye"

From - their take on Malachi 2:16.

"Difficulties with Roman Catholicism" - from 1829. HT Beggers All.

Daniel Gooch was born...I have that stamp.

(I'm starting a new series - I dug out my husband's old stamp collection, not realizing that there are some very cool (and potentially valuable) stamps. So I took photos and some of them will be great blog fodder.

If anybody want to buy a stamp...

English, laid the first successful transatlantic cables. Sir Daniel Gooch was an English railway pioneer and inventor who was trained in George Stephenson & Edward Pease's works at Newcastle upon Tyne. He was locomotive superintendent of Great Western Railway for 27 years, where as Brunel's right-hand man, he designed the best broad-gauge engines and invented "the suspended link motion with the shifting radius link" in 1843. Gooch also experimented with a dynamometer carriage. In 1864 he resigned to concentrate on developing telegraphic communication. Sir Daniel Gooch and his son Charles, were the engineers who laid the first Atlantic Cable from the steamship The Great Eastern. Daniel became member of Parliment. Died October 15, 1889.

2 Comments computer is running slow and so is my brain. I reread Chapter 2 and it was listening to Charlie Brown's teacher.

However...Chapter 2 is..."If It Ain't Broke..." (I'm editing and publishing as I go...there's a thunderstorm rolling in and I don't want to lose my work if the lights go out!)
White points out that there are two extremes in Christianity -

  • "change for the sake of change" - if it's old it can't be good.
  • "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" - if it's new it can't be good.

There's a middle road that chooses to examine things for what they are - not because they're old or new. Tradition is not Scripture; we are not to seek "new truths" that take us beyond Scripture, which is sufficient. But we are not to be so attached to traditions, to "we've always done it this way" that we are unwilling to change/improve/grow.

It does seem that over the last few years (relatively speaking) that there have been perhaps too many translations made available.

(I'm not counting normal gear...most is already packed)
1. My dental appliance (or my kids will want to sleep on the other side of the island!2. Advil. For sure.

3. Extra card for my digital camera...

4. Extra battery pack for my digital camera...

5. Digital camera.

6. Contact case/solution/glasses

7. Cell phone (last time we were on this island, I got a signal from Wisconsin)

8. Swim suit

9. More batteries than I think I need. All of the flashlights, Tom's camera and Amanda's CD player all use AA's.

10. iPod. With sermons

11. Don't forget the headphones

12. coffee - instant and the bags kind

13...great attitude!

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(shaking my head) - HT: Jim West.
"sex Offender Back in the Pulpit"

Yes, forgiveness is a good, stupidity is not.

The basic story is that Jeff Hannah (youth pastor) was convicted of having sexual relations with four underage girls. In 2001 he was paroled and jointed the First Baptist Church of Romeo (where his new wife was a member - yes, that "new" is significant). Soon after, Hannah was asked to fill the pulpit of that church until a replacement was hired.

What makes me think this is stupid? (and there's more later)

What was the state of Hannah's "repentance"? Pretty much non-existent

In talking to the Sun-Times last week, Hannah, 42, was unapologetic about his crimes, saying his first marriage had been troubled and he'd had "urges."

"I honestly believe that had I been a college pastor, I'd slept with college girls," he said. "But I was a youth pastor. It was less about age and more about who I spent all my time with."

If he had been repentant (I was wrong and I'm sorry, help me not to do it again) he might have had a case. What does the pastor of the church where he committed these crimes say?

The Rev. Steve Farish, pastor of Crossroads Church, which has relocated to Grayslake, said he considered Hannah so dangerous that he warned the Romeoville church and a regional Southern Baptist official.

“We thought he could still potentially be a danger to women and children,” Farish said. “He was never repentant and never told the truth.”

The deacon at First Baptist Church said,

"In our church, we believe in forgiveness," said Del Kirkpatrick, one of the deacons who hired Hannah.'s more.

Kirkpatrick hired Hannah as interim pastor (paroled sex offender to be in the pulpit).

So what happened when a permanent head pastor was hired? Well duh...Kirkpatrick (the one with forgiveness, remember?) left the church. WHY?

The new pastor was divorced and then he remarried.

"A pastor should be the husband of one wife," Kirkpatrick said.(...)

Some in the congregation were upset by Hannah's role, but Hamby's remarriage was a bigger controversy, according to church officials. The feud bubbled over last week, when Hamby and Hannah abruptly resigned.

Yes...don't let your lip-service to "forgiveness" extend to the divorced. That would be really bad. Way worse than putting an unrepentant sex offender in the pulpit.

They have made "marriage" the god.

I guess it's a good thing that God came to earth, incarnate, to be our Savior, not to be a pastor (Jeremiah 3:8)

More links to takes on this stupidity story:


The Roland Report