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Finess Life

Friday Fitness Not.

Last week there was no Friday Fitness for reasons. Kea needed specialist help and surgery, and I spent most of that week being a worried husband. This is a situation where knowledge — particularly obsolete knowledge — is a very bad thing. The recovery has been frustrating for her. I had surgery earlier this year […]

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Lectionary music

6 December 19

This follows on from the reading from yesterday. There will be a restoration. There will be a time when we will seek righteousness, for the spirit of God will be in us, and we will no longer want to have habits of evil. We shall be restored, and we will not be afflicted. The glory […]

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Christianity Theology

Thursday Patristics.

The 21 chapters are short, and continuing with the letter from Ignatius to the Ephesians three chapters at a time. Note that there were false teachers, heresiarchs, and those who preach comfort, spirituality, and Satanic lies instead of the true gospel. Nothing has changed. CHAPTER XVI Do not err, my brethren. Those that corrupt families […]

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Lectionary music

5 December 19

The coming kingdom will be pure. The New Jerusalem will be beautiful, glorious. But it will be cleansed of all unrighteousness. That will be a judgement, by fire. And then the cloud of the glory of God will again be over the people of God, as it was in the desert, but not the symbol: […]

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Life

Advent Kipple.

Kipling had empathy with working men, the barracks, and those worn by hard graft. In this poem there is a discussion of winter for the fenmen, and one needs some background on what the fens were. The Romans cultivated both islands and silt lands, but in subsequent Anglo-Saxon times the Fens were a thinly settled […]

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Lectionary

4 Dec 19

There is a church in my town that was given this scripture when they were challenged about expanding into a new building. They saw that they needed to get bigger so more people would come in and find Christ. This world would see us barren, and they have examples of the liberal endgame, where we […]

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Poetry

Tuesday Modernism

Eliot knew his Pound and his Joyce. He had seen what happens in the modernist project: one moves beyond communication to technique, and without meaning technique is worthless. I’ve read Joyce — there are rewards in it, but the barrier to entry is too high. The writers and artists forgot that they were competing with […]

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Lectionary

3 December 19

The measures of wordly success are not and never have been the measures of success of the righteous. The world despises the righteous. If they are successful, their work is subverted by their assistants and advisers: if they are not successful in this world they are mocked. But this world does not have the power […]

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Administration Hardware Linux

Monday Technical (and monthly stats)

One of the useful things about Ghost BSD (which is really a freeBSD thing) is that it is semi-rolling. Updates come about every fortnight, are curated, and when you install them things don’t break. (this is different from Debian testing, where the changes come a lot faster). You reboot and get on with it. This […]

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Lectionary Theology

2 December 19

The passage for this day is difficult, Let us first look at the scholastic commentary. Then (v. 4) he proves that we are all baptized in conformity with the death of Christ, saying, we were buried with him by baptism into death. As if to say: Burial is only for the dead: “Let the dead […]