A Book Buying Excursion & Friday Reads
'Being In Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Investigation in a Reformed Perspective' by Hans Burger.
'Once Upon A River' a novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell
'Letters of Wallace Stevens' Selected And Edited By Holly Stevens
'Joseph Conrad: A Chronicle' biography by Zdzislaw Najder
'As Thousands Cheer: The Life Of Irving Berlin' biography by Laurence Bergreen
'A World At Arms: A Global History Of World War II' by Gerhard L. Weinberg
'Life Class: The Selected Memoirs Of Diana Athill'
'Merry Men' a novel by Carolyn Chute
'Nicotine' a novel by Nell Zink
"So the glorification and exaltation of Christ has a twofold soteriological significance: It is a pattern and example of our future glorification and as exalted mediator Christ is still active for the benefit of the church.
The story of Jesus Christ never ends, according to Owen. Furthermore, his person and work not only have significance for human nature, but for the whole of creation. God created heaven for the family of angels and the earth for the family of man. For their continuance of being, both families dependent on God as their head. As sin disturbed this unity and order, God wanted to bring them all together in one family under one head. Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God is the one head wherein God gathered all and reconciled all things in heaven and earth in him to himself. All God's communication of virtue, power, grace and goodness to all things comes immediately from this head. 'In Him they all consist, on Him do they depend, unto Him are they subject; in their relation unto Him doth their peace, union, and agreement among themselves consist'. So in the recapitulation of all things, everything on heaven and earth is gathered in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He is active in the new creation in the same way as he was active in creation as the wisdom and the power of the Father. This activity shall never end. Christ will give up his kingdom to the Father, but Christ in and by his human nature shall forever be the head of the new creation. We shall never lose our relation with him and he shall forever be the way of communication between God and the glorified saints." pg. 52,53 'Being In Christ' by Hans Burger
It is 10:30 AM Saturday morning here in the death flow. It is a cold sunny early Spring day. Maybe we will see some flowers blooming soon.
I got up this morning around 6:33 AM. I woke up feeling the effects of weird dreams all night. So I got up to face my Life in a broken world. I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast and warmed up coffee I made last night. I messed with our main computer and then I wrote in my paper diary. I have been reading all morning from a book titled, 'Being In Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Investigation in a Reformed Perspective' by Hans Burger. I also got out to look at a book titled, 'Rediscovering The Holy Spirit: God's Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life' by Michael Horton.
Carol got home from work around 9:05 AM and was in bed by 9:30 AM. I plan to drift through this day quietly. I do need to rake dead leaves off our lawn and pick twigs and branches off our back yard today. Get this rubbish into the street for the City to pick up the beginning of April.
Last night I made a video for my Youtube channel and looked at a novel by Joyce Carol Oates titled, 'The Accursed'. I went to bed around 11:30 AM. Now it is another day. We are coming to the end of March 2019. April 2019 is just around the corner. Our lives are speeding by!
I also this morning put fresh water in the bird bath and fed the birds. Maybe we will see different birds by our bird feeder this Spring. I take pictures of the birds by our bird feeder as a way to kill time meaningfully. Why waste time running riot in the streets of the dead American world?
Well I suppose I will close to drift and seek the face of the Lord. We serve a Living Savior!
" Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." 1 Peter 4:1-7
“American history has a kind of tragic cyclical nature to it.” A thought-provoking interview with American writer Joyce Carol Oates, who ponders on how the concept of ‘devils’ has always been predominant in American society.
Oates discusses her novel ‘The Accursed’, which takes place in the early twentieth century but has clear contemporary resonances. She refers to demons and the need to demonize others, arguing that what was once called ‘devils’ was later termed ‘communists’ and now ‘terrorists’: “We have some build-in leanings towards paranoia – fear of the other – but as I say, that doesn’t have the whole story of society, because society can be educated and we can rise above that – and many people have risen above that.”
On her impressive work ethic, Oates credits her many cats, which have sometimes forced her to write for ten hours at a time: “If you try to get up, the cat puts its claws down.”
Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938) is an award-winning American author, who has published a large number of novels, plays, novellas, short stories, poetry and nonfiction. Among her books are ‘them’ (1969), ‘Black Water’ (1992), ‘Demon and other tales’ (1996), ‘Blonde’ (2000), ‘The Falls’ (2004), ‘Black Dahlia & White Rose’ (2012) and ‘The Accursed’ (2013), which writer Stephen King described as “the world’s first postmodern Gothic novel.” She has won the National Book Award (1969), two O. Henry Awards, the National Humanities Medal (2010), the Norman Mailer Prize (2012) and many more. Three of her novels, ‘Black Water’ (1992), ‘What I Lived For’ (1994) and ‘Blonde’ (2000), have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Joyce Carol Oates was interviewed by Kim Skotte at the Louisiana Literature festival at Louisiana Museum of Modern art in 2014. During the interview she reads from her novel ‘The Accursed’ (2013).