the über-private blog of Joel

the über-private blog of Joel "L" Watts

Donatism & Church Unity #DreamUMC ##UMCSchism

Donatism & Church Unity #DreamUMC ##UMCSchism

While Joel is on vacation, I promised him I would contribute a few original posts this week on here. For the past year, Joel has given more of his energy to the United Methodist Church and the -ism Schism controversies within it. What are the reasons for schisms, and who are calling for them. There are some rather unwise persons out here in Christianitycalling for schism over their pet issues,…

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about my heart…

about my heart…

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wesley had been on missionary journeys, preached, and taught and yet he did not know the blessed assurance of Christ. He had received this and that advice from pious men, generally to continue on until he knew for himself that salvation was his.

On 24 May, 1738, Wesley was dragged to the society meeting at Aldersgate where they started by reading…

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doctor said i can have one cup a day… this’ll do…

doctor said i can have one cup a day… this’ll do…

when i start to feel normal, there is that pain in the side… and the worry starts again

Sophia fishing

Sophia fishing

the bible and country music – “Song of Solomon”

This will take more than one song I suspect. The first up is a favorite that simply lays it out there.

in defense of victoria osteen

in defense of victoria osteen

Have you seen the video, with the apocryphal ending (like Job or Esther) that makes it better?

This is what she said,

“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. That’s…

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The Catholic Position on Work and Workers Rights

The Catholic Position on Work and Workers Rights

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I was asked by a good friend the other day regarding if I thought that the way society goes will or should the Church follow. My contention is that no. The Body of Christ stands in a safe and abiding place, and must in of itself protect society.

You can find the rest here

Notable quotations from Catholic social teaching on the theme of Work and Workers’ Rights


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science approaches the way memory changes

science approaches the way memory changes

Jesus in the Gospels

Jesus in the Gospels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Memory research is interesting exactly because of the way we remember things – even the way we remember the remembrances of the Gospels. I believe that such science can help us even in understanding how the Gospels shaped the early memory of Jesus and were themselves shaped by the early memory of Jesus.

Some aspectsof the memory can endure a long…

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The ECLA Position on Worker’s Rights

The ECLA Position on Worker’s Rights

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I don’t know much about the polity of the ECLA, but this is a statement from them:

ELCA Churchwide Assembly Action CA91.06.35

Passed by the 1991 Churchwide Assembly in Orlando, Florida.

To approve the following recommendation of the Reference and Counsel Committee as amended:

Whereas, Our Lutheran traditions affirm the basic dignity of the individual, and we place a…

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