can you believe it!? it was down to 60f early this morning and right now (8:24am) it is only 64f with an anticipated high today of only 82f! the sky is clear blue, the humidity is low (for here!), and it is just a perfect and very glorious monday. and that is saying alot for being monday morning! i am glad today is starting off this way. due to some transportation issues (in other words, one vehicle is in the shop for repairs), i am working from home today. it might sound nice but, actually, it is extremely distracting to be at home trying to write papers and take calls and so forth. it is very doable and, believe me, i try to make it work but it, nevertheless, is hard. so…as i wait for the $5,000,000 repair call from the car repair man and attempt to work on real work stuff, i also enjoy, with the door full wide open, a very cool, pretty, and comfortable day outside. i think even the birds are twittering nicer outside this morning!
We discussed the nature of “layered explanations.” For example, suppose there’s a pot of boiling water on the stove and someone asks, “Why is the water boiling?” One could respond: 1) by explaining to the person how heat pushes water molecules into an excited state we call boiling; 2) by telling the person, “I turned on the stove”; or 3) by telling the person “I wanted tea.” These are not incompatible explanations. So too, Haught argued, saying “God did it” while explaining a natural proces by which (say) a species came about are not mutually exclusive explanations. The Bible and science (yes, even evolutionary science) are not in conflict (unless, of course, one insists on interpreting Genesis in a very literal way).
Just think what bridges we could build if we truly followed the example of the New Testament Church. We would go beyond being seeker sensitive, to a new frontier of being community-admired. We would be known, not just by the corner we inhabit, but by the city with which we interact. And people would be drawn to God, not because of the weekly show in our churches, but by the irrefutable lifestyles we incarnate. – Robert Lewis, “The Church of Irresistible Influence
Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it
just got back from justin’s evening viewing in fredericksburg. closed casket. many friends. many young people. many older folks. teachers. tears and some laughter. some excellent picture boards of justin and his brother and family over the years. many very pretty flower arrangements. some nice fancy cars in the parking lot…justin would have liked them, i suppose. people just generally being around and together offering encouragement, tears, talk, and some silence. what one would expect. so much said about how good justin was. a nice guy. a friendly guy. a fun guy. a great tennis player. someone who people liked to like and someone who liked them back. funeral tomorrow. i won’t be able to attend but many will, no doubt. without question, a long and hard week for a lot of people who knew or knew of justin. i am ok…just sad for all of the sad people. there are many of them, too. it is, without a doubt, hard to watch the passing of a young innocent. may god be with you and yours, justin. and may god be with those still living as they deal with this loss.