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my daughter – a cook’s apprentice


Delicious and new things have been appearing at the end of my fork. Our daughter (Tiger, I call her) is a cooks’ apprentice this Summer. Last night she was stirring up a coffee cake to meet us in the morning. Spinning around the kitchen, rushing from this to that…

“Oh no! There go the blueberries… all over the floor!”

(see why I call her Tiger. she’s full of life and energy – lot’s of energy)

Problem is those fresh blueberries were meant to give up their lives for a new recipe Tiger was trying…and altering to her personal specs. Instead, said blueberries, as if laughing at their captor, were rolling n frolicking across the kitchen floor.
Long-story-short, we had blueberry coffee cake anyway.
No, we didn’t use the floor berries. They still had plenty of friends who didn’t want to play on the floor.
Here is the recipe if you want to try it. It’s a Taste of Home recipe plus (or minus) Tiger’s alterations. Folks, I recommend it, especially with a fresh brewed cup of Starbucks Blonde*. Mmmmm, I love Sunday mornings.

* I patronize both Starbucks and Chic fil-a. From earth to Heaven, enjoy the journey.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (Tiger did not use frozen, thank you, thank you)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (No nuts in this go around. Seems better w/o)
  • STREUSEL TOPPING:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold butter

Directions

  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • Whisk the egg, milk and butter; stir into dry ingredients. Fold in blueberries and pecans. Spread into a greased 9-in. square baking pan.
  • For topping, combine sugar and flour in a bowl; cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 9 servings.


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God afar off comes IN


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The Incarnation, wouldn’t you say, is more than a baby in a manger?To me the incarnation is God going the distance. The incarnation surely includes Bethlehem, but it also reaches as far as Golgotha too and out to places and hearts in between.

R. S. Thomas writes:

And God held in his hand
A small globe. Look, he said.
The son looked. Far off,
As through water, he saw
A scorched land of fierce
Colour. The light burned
There; crusted buildings
Cast their shadows; a bright
Serpent, a river
Uncoiled itself, radiant
With slime.
……        ………..On a bare
Hill a bare tree saddened
The sky. Many people
Held out their thin arms
To it, as though waiting
For a vanished April
To return to its crossed
Boughs. The son watched
Them. Let me go there, he said.

– RS Thomas, ‘The Coming’, in Collected Poems, 1945–1990

(London: Dent, 1993), 234.


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cultural bullseye: why is marriage passe?


Joe Carter hits a bullseye:

excerpt from his ‘How to Destroy a Culture in 5 Easy Steps’

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Step #3: From Acceptable to Sensible — There is nothing more sensible than to submit to one’s god. And while Americans may profess to worship Allah, Jehovah, or Jesus, we mostly worship an American Idol—ourselves. That is why social libertarianism has become our country’s fastest-growing cult. It has tapped into this self-idolatry by preaching a gospel of the Individual. It’s a pragmatic and accepting message. You were, as its chief evangelist Lady Gaga says, “born this way”: “It doesn’t matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M / Just put your paws up /’Cause you were born this way, baby.”
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Have you interviewed God? read His Résumé?


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from a sermon last Sunday: Ecclesiastes 12:13 “…for this is the whole of man”

The whole truth about our existence drops down like rain from large clouds. You may have never seen droplets of water march out the door of the cloud, but we’ve all felt the rain below. The truths we believe are not some localized or era specific notions about Christianity. What we believe is anchored in ancient history. Our Faith drops down from mighty ageless thunder heads. Our Faith has unfolded as one continuous divine effort from the beginning of time. Can you see how God’s interest in Redemption is not sporadic?

God keeps pushing His Redemptive intentions deeper and farther into the human experience – past the Garden, past Sinai, past Babylon, past Golgotha, past Antioch, past Constantinople, past Canterbury, past Boston and still going.

Though the Scriptural canon is closed I have no doubt that as I breath God is still pushing His Redemptive intentions deeper and farther into the life of man and men.

This then means that the things I should do, the ways I should see the now, how I should anticipate the future – as a Christian – are simply positive responses to God’s continuous workings in Redemption History. Life is that simple (somehow we’ve made it more complex).

Living the Christian life is simply a positive response to who God is, what He does and what He likes. In other words, when I see God’s curriculum vitae – God’s resume – the basic record of His divine career as Redeemer (which He does for His glory)

AND

then I act, shift, go, do, move, ponder or whatever in response to that, then I am fully human. I am a whole man.


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if the world ends on 5.21.11 do you know enough about the next one?


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The world may not end on May 21st in the year 2011.  But then again, this wouldn’t eliminate the reality of the next world.

You do know that don’t you?

I can’t help but see a dialogical tendon between physicist Stephen Hawking’s recent comments about the silliness of Heaven AND Harold Camping’s silly prediction that the world will end on 5 twenty one and 2 thousand eleven. (In fact, I kind of agree with part of what Hawking says, but for different reasons than you or he might think AND I kinda wish Camping was right except there’s a nice wedding this Saturday Kristi and I are looking forward to. Can the end wait till after our friends Steph and Keith get married? please).

I love how N. T. Wright works through this ‘next world’ reality. He says,

“Hawking is working with a very low-grade and sub-biblical view of ‘going to heaven.’ Of course, if faced with the fully Christian two-stage view of what happens after death — first, a time ‘with Christ’ in ‘heaven’ or ‘paradise,’and then, when God renews the whole creation, bodily resurrection — he would no doubt dismiss that as incredible. But I wonder if he has ever even stopped to look properly, with his high-octane intellect, at the evidence for Jesus and the resurrection? I doubt it — most people in England haven’t. Until he has, his opinion about all this is worth about the same as mine on nuclear physics, i.e. not much.”

want more of that?

Hawking could be wrong about Heaven don’t you think? After all,  he reversed his long held scientific conclusions about Black Holes (after 30 years). If he’s not sure about Black Holes, how can he be sure of his opinion on Heaven? So maybe you should learn a little more about the next world whether this one ends on Saturday or not.


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how will 2011 be better than 2010?


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period…”

Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.


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is the world going to end on May 21, 2011?


maybe – you never know.

FOR SURE say Billboard ads in Nashville, Tennesee declare that Christ is indeed coming back on May 21, 2011.

umpf

what time of day?

hope at the very least it happens after morning rush hour traffic.

what should I plan to wear?

will I need to bring my Bible?

should I leave something in the crockpot for those who are left behind?

Family Radio and its founder knows.

this prediction gives the word ‘family values’ a whole new nuance.

Oh, and were’s Al Gore on this end of the world topic.  He lives in Tennesee too.  Wonder why he isn’t speaking out on this ‘doomsday’ billboard stuff?

Christ is indeed coming again, but…

btw – Family Radio has stuff on their website you can download, BUT you must observe the copyrights on these things they offer.

why does copyright matter if the world is going to END in 6 months?

update:

apparently judgment day talk is good for business

just saying