February 24th, 2016

video book collecting

a list of books mentioned in this video

Holy Bible

"Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life" by Richard Rodr

"The Presence Of God: Its Place In The Storyline Of Scripture And The Story Of Our Lives" by J. Ryan Lister

"God Is Impassible And Impassioned: Towards a Theology of Divine Emotions" by Rob Lister

"Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation" by Michael Allen & Scott R. Swain

"Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic" Editors Michael Allen & Scott R. Swain

"Theology and the Mirror of Scripture: A Mere Evangelical Account" by Kevin J. Vanhoozer & Daniel J. Treier

"The Hermitage Within" by A Monk

"The Heresy Of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture's Fascination and Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity" by Andreas J. Kosterberger & Michael J. Kruger

"Commentary On The Psalms" 2 Volumes in 1 by J.J. Stewart Perowne

"Psalms 1-72" Old Testament VII Reformation Commentary On Scripture Edited By Herman J. Selderhuis

"[12] Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
[13] But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
[14] But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
[15] And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
[16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
[17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Tim.3:12-17
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snow storm

It is in the flow of existence 10:45 AM Wednesday Eastern Standard Time. It is a cold gray day. We are suppose to have a snow storm this afternoon. I am waiting for the worse.

I have been up since 7:15 AM. When I got up I immediately put on my street clothes, because our dog Rudy had to be at a dog grooming appointment at 8 o'clock AM. I took him and was home by 8:10 AM. I will pick up Rudy at Noon today.

When I got home I made myself oatmeal and then wrote some crap in my paper diary. Carol got home from work around 8:35 AM and has gone to bed for the day.

I am out of it this morning so I have not read anything. Everything lately seems useless. I suppose I am tired of it.

Last night I made a second video and listened to music. I went to bed last night around 10:55 PM. Now it is another day to wait it out.

Well I suppose I will close to wait for the snow storm. There is no way out.

It is 10:56 AM and it has started snowing. It looks very scary outside right now. I hope I make it to pick up Rudy at the groomer's at Noon. Death is always ready to attack me. I hate driving in bad snow storms!
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    contemplative contemplative

the social and historical transmission of apostolic truth under the reign of the risen Christ

It is now in the snow storm flow 2:50 PM Wednesday afternoon. It looks pretty bad outside right now. I hate to be out on a freeway right now, I am sure there are white outs where one can not see anything in front of them except a wall of thick white snow. Scary!

I left a little early to pick up our dog Rudy at the groomer's to visit a thrift store and a used books store. Did not find anything that caught my eye. After I picked up Rudy at Noon I drove over to a Salvation Army thrift store to look at their used books and found these used books to add to our library-

"Evil Eye: Four Novellas Of Love Gone Wrong" by Joyce Carol Oates

"A Fair Maiden" a novel by Joyce Carol Oates (we have over 40 books by Oates in our library)

"The Rage of the Vulture" a novel by Barry Unsworth (we have in our library two other novels by Unsworth- "Sacred Hunger" and "The Quality of Mercy")

"Native Speaker" a novel by Chang-rae Lee (we have two other novels by Lee in our library- "Aloft" and "A Gesture Life")

"Writers at Work" The Paris Review Interviews 1st Series Edited, and with an introduction, by Malcolm Cowley (I have already 2nd Series and 3rd Series "Writers at Work" I do not know if there was a 4th Series)

After visiting this thrift store I drove home in a snow storm. It is a blessing having a warm dry cell in a world gone insane.

Not much else to report at this time. I am holding on for dear life. When not dozing I have been seeking to read, "Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation" by Michael Allen & Scott R. Swain.

"[11] It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
[12] If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
[13] If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
[14] Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
[15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." Second Timothy 2:11-15
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    Melechesh 'Emissaries'

the Spirit's illuminating work

It is now in the ice snow flow 8:24 PM Wednesday night. I am down in the lower messing with my lap top. I do not know why I came down here in the first place. I think I came down here to quote from the book I have been reading today titled, "Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation" by Michael Allen & Scott R. Swain. But now I am not sure if I want to spend the Time needed to quote from this very interesting book.

I drove my wife to work this evening due to the bad winter weather. Now I am alone and not sure what I want to do the rest of the evening. I stopped watching television so I could spend more Time reading my books. So I should read till it is time for me to call it a day a night and go to bed.

I thought of making a book collecting video this evening, but this weekend. This coming Friday my wife and I are going to a local used book sale. There will be for sale a half million used books at this used book sale. I will make a video after this giant used books sale to show what used books I found to ADD to our library.

I thought I could this evening write out some more reflections from reading the book, "Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life" by Richard Rohr. Every page I read in this short book (198 pages) provokes a flood of thoughts in my brain. I could write a book just writing out what I disagree and agree with in this book! And who wants to read all my reflections on true biblical spirituality and false spirituality?

I have been wondering about the titled of this book by Rohr "a spirituality for the Two Halves of Life". Does Rohr mean the first half of life is being unconverted and the second half of life is being saved by God/regeneration?conversion? I do not think so because Rohr teaches everyone is already indwelt by the Mystery. I suppose Rohr thinks there comes a time in ones life when he or she awakens to the Mystery. Rohr writes on page 12 "Theologically and objectively speaking, we are already in union with God. But it is very hard for people to believe or experience this when they have no positive sense of identity, little courage yet, no strong boundaries to contain Mystery, and little inner religious experience at any depth. . ."

Rohr goes on to write on page 13 ". . . By definition, authentic God experience is always "too much"! It consoles our True Self only after it has devastated our false self. We must begin to be honest about this instead of dishing out fast-food religion. . . Early-stage religion is largely preparing you for the immense gift of this burning, this inner experience of God, as though creating a proper stable into which Christ can be born."

I am not sure what Rohr is talking about, but I think that what has to happen in the beginning of ones spiritual life is first being regenerated and then repenting of their sins. Rohr writes about "the false self". I would say instead that in order for a person to come to God, to "experience God" he has to see he is a hell deserving sinner. He has to be humbled or made to see he is full of sin and can do nothing to save himself. I like to quote here from one of my favorite books titled, "The Christian's Great Interest" by William Guthrie (first published in 1658 Scotland)-

"First, The Lord discovers a sight of men's sin and misery to them, to chase them out of themselves, and to put them out of conceit of their own righteousness. Men naturally have high thoughts of themselves, and incline much to the covenant of works; the Lord therefore discovers to them so much of their sin and corruption, even in their best things, that they are made to loathe themselves, and despair of relief in themselves; and so they are forced to flee out of themselves, from the covenant of works, to seek refuge elsewhere [Heb. 6:18.] 'They become dead to themselves, and the law,' as to the point of justification. [Rom 7:4.] Then 'have they no more confidence in the flesh.' [Phil 3:3.] This is supposed in the offices of Christ 'coming to seek and save that which is lost' [Luke 19:10]; and 'to be a physician to those who are sick.' [Matt 9:12.]

The second great end is, to commend Christ Jesus to men's hearts above all things, that so they may fall in love with Him, and betake themselves to that treasure and jewel which only enricheth [Matt 13:44]; and by so doing may serve the Lord's design in the contrivance of the gospel, which was the manifestation of His free grace through Christ Jesus in the salvation of men. The sight of a man's own misery and lost estate by nature is a ready way to make him prize Christ highly, who alone can set such a wretch at liberty; yea, it is not only leadeth a man to a high esteem of Christ, but also of all things that relate to that way of salvation, as grace, the new covenant, faith, etc., and maketh him carefully gather and treasure up his Michtams, or golden scriptures, for the confirmation of his interest in these things." pg. 56,57 William Guthrie

I find Richard Rohr to be vague and confusing. I recommend reading the Bible and books like "The Christian's Great Interest" by William Guthrie on what is true biblical Christian Spirituality/True Religion.
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    Old Man Gloom 'Mickey Rookey Live at London'