the über-private blog of Joel

the über-private blog of Joel "L" Watts

Austin Farrer on the #Rosary

If I had been asked two dozen years ago for an example of what Christ forbade when he said ’Use not vain repetitions,’ I should very likely have referred to the fingering of beads.

Austin Farrer on the #Rosary

If I had been asked two dozen years ago for an example of what Christ forbade when he said ’Use not vain repetitions,’ I should very likely have referred to the fingering of beads.

Two Asses and Jesus (Matthew 21.2)

Two Asses and Jesus (Matthew 21.2)

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Really, Joel? That’s the title you chose to go with? #clickbait

This is another quick post (mainly for memory’s sake).

In Mark 11.2, Jesus commands his disciples to go and get a colt. Matthew sees this, but expands this passage. In Matthew 21.2, Jesus commands the disciples to get the colt andthe mother. But, Matthew (21.5-6) goes further and ties this to Zechariah 9.9. I believe the Hebrew…

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Be Careful about the Company you keep, the idols you worship - Tony Jones

Be Careful about the Company you keep, the idols you worship – Tony Jones

IMG_3015.PNGI don’t care much about getting into the details of this, but for sometime now the one and only Tony Jones has been held up as someone important in progressive/emergent circles, so much so that you’ll see him on various by even UMC pastors (this, I guess, counters the use of Mark Driscoll by UMC pastors). In fact, the emergents are usually idolized as the ideal “Christian.”

The problem is that To…

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Since I started this week talking about crazy dreams… 
Had two really weird ones last night. One involved crazy things found in moustaches. Ther involved rehearsing what I have recently retweet and some of my political views with some of the people on my board. Crazy, man, just crazy

Since I started this week talking about crazy dreams… 

Had two really weird ones last night. One involved crazy things found in moustaches. Ther involved rehearsing what I have recently retweet and some of my political views with some of the people on my board. 

Crazy, man, just crazy

Orthodoxy for those living without creeds

Orthodoxy for those living without creeds

I grew up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
If you’re not familiar with this group, the organization began in the late 1790’s in what could described as the first “non-denominational” movement. Many settlers were coming to America back in that time with beliefs and creeds they have learned in the “old world”. What happened in Europe in the 1600’s when the Church of England sought to…

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Lucid Dreaming as Shamanic Consciousness

This week, I might think more about dreams. I admit, as skeptical as I am about this sort of stuff I tend to regard lucid dreaming as “real.”

If you could control your dreams, what would you do? Who would you visit? Where would you go? Or, would dream about sleeping?!?

;)

In the mail from @ivpacademic

In the mail from @ivpacademic

Introducing “United Methodist Scholars for Christian Orthodoxy”

It is also one of the main reasons we started UMSCO. We believe scholars have an important role to play in the church, one that extends far beyond the conventional and sometimes stereotypical view of college and seminary professors.

Introducing “United Methodist Scholars for Christian Orthodoxy”

It is also one of the main reasons we started UMSCO. We believe scholars have an important role to play in the church, one that extends far beyond the conventional and sometimes stereotypical view of college and seminary professors.

Recovering the Mainline’s Voice

Recovering the Mainline’s Voice

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Jesus is angry you’ve forgotten him

In discussing something recently with a friend, we both agreed it was okay to say “this is right,” “this is wrong” but we must find a way to do it without arrogance or self-righteousness. The further into politically correct culture you travel, the more difficult it becomes to speak to black and white matters. Relativity reigns.

This is not always a bad thing.…

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