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miscellanies (4 May 2024)

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miscellany [ mis-uh-ley-nee], noun
1. a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items
2. a miscellaneous collection of literary compositions or pieces by several authors, dealing with various topics, assembled in a volume or book

I'm going to try something new. Each week, I save and make notes . . .

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May 04, 2024

told 'ya so

not surprised by the UMC General Conference

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Remember way back in 2022 during a period called "Discernment" at our local United Methodist Church?

There isn't much about that season that I want to remember, but a few things are burned in my brain.

Remember how our pastor assured the conservatives that we were overreacting to the notion that the . . .

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May 03, 2024

fourth Sunday after Easter (2024)

contemplating collects

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O GOD, Who makest the minds of the faithful to be of one will; Grant unto Thy people that they may love what Thou commandest, and desire what Thou dost promise; that among the manifold changes of this world, our hearts may there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and . . .

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April 28, 2024

third Sunday after Easter (2024)

contemplating collects

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ALMIGHTY God, Who showest to them that be in error the light of Thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness; Grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s Religion that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are . . .

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April 21, 2024

second Sunday after Easter (2024)

contemplating collects

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GOD, Who, by the humiliation of Thy Son, didst raise up the fallen world; Grant unto Thy faithful ones perpetual gladness, and those whom thou hast delivered from the danger of everlasting death, do Thou make partakers of eternal joys; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, . . .

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April 14, 2024

first Sunday after Easter (2024)

contemplating collects

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Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we who have celebrated the solemnities of the Lord’s Resurrection, may, by the help of Thy grace, bring forth the fruits thereof in our life and conversation; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world . . .

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April 12, 2024

on morality and political expediency

Dr. Albert Mohler reminds former President Trump that the ends do not justify the means

Dr. Albert Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and a very prominent Christian theologian, speaker, author, and commentator. He creates a daily podcast called "The Briefing," which describes itself as a 'daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview.' As . . .

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Posted in: politics

April 09, 2024

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