2nd Day Airbnb

I’m sure I’ll post more about our adventures in France later on but it will take a while to think through some of them – for example my very complicated feelings about cathedrals. For now I will once again post the video I made to show my mom the Airbnb we are staying in for the next two days. I’m impressed at the excellent, affordable places Pamela has found fur thus trip. Downtown is a brief walk and the Museum of the Battle of Normandy and Bayeux War Cemetery are just at the end of the block. Pamela has organized an amazing trip without us being stuck on preplanned tours or in hotels.

Speaking of corporate, the plan for the evening was to visit a French market, buy supplies, and made supper back at the Airbnb. Unfortunately, by the time we got around to it all the markets were closed.  Mickey D’s saved the day … or at least kept our stomachs from growling.

SIDE NOTE – here’s Pam at the restaurant where Julia Child had three meal that changed her life and led to get taking up French cooking. Pam loves Julia Child and I tried to encourage her to have a meal there but she decided against it. 150 Euros for Frog Legs and Duck in Blood Sauce weren’t her type of thing.

Hour Reminders Next Week

How I typically draw out Jesus as the mediator.

Today in Tapestry I encouraged the “threads” to pick one or two moments during the day to use as a reminder that as a disciple of Jesus Christ we should recognize Him as mediating our present experience. In other words, for a follower of Jesus we would connect with, view, and experience everything through Him.

I used this image as an example:

I have written about Jesus as the mediator of our lives in this post. Such practice has been a part of the church for a long time as the canonical hours. I will be singing the doxology, a prayer that recognizes that all things do praise God, while also being a confession and commitment that we will praise God.

Anyhow below is the church Google Calendar with the canonical hours setup as a reminders.  That way you can subscribe to the calendar and have reminders on your phone.

Clive Loves Car Rides

I am posting this video just because I believe Clive deserves more blog time than any cat. This dog seriously loves car rides. The video above is from a semi-forced ride tonight that Pam “guilted” me into giving Clive. It was only semi-forced because I really love driving Clive around.

I went to return Pitch Perfect 3 (yeah Shelley!) and when I returned Pam told me that Clive had sat at the garage door whining the entire time that I was gone. I would love to say this was because he was missing me, but the truth is that he was probably just upset that I had gone for a ride without him. This dog seriously loves car rides.

Put his harness and lease on and the dog runs to the garage door. Convince him to walk out the front door so that you can actually go for the walk and the second he exits the front door he starts to run to the outside garage door or if there is a car in the driveway he runs straight to it. Open your car door for a second, and pop he jumps in. If a stranger wanted to steal my dog all they would have to do is open their car door. Given the choice between me and a car ride with a stranger I am pretty sure that Clive wouldn’t even think twice, he would choose the car ride.

The good news is that Clive has good musical taste so we listened to The Clash during our ride through the country roads South of Plover.

Stupid Cat Found the Wyze Cam

I bought a couple of Wyze Cams because they are seriously inexpensive and I am convinced that 1) Clive and Helen do funny things that I wish were videoed when I am gone (they haven’t thus far), and 2) that I would like to know when someone enters our driveway during the day or night. I have the front camera setup to send me notifications when there is movement in front of our house when I am away.

Today I received notification that the stupid cat has found the Wyze Cam.

SIDE NOTE – These little Wyze Cams are awesome and I can’t believe how inexpensive they are.

Remastered Halo & Halo 2

Top: remastered. Bottom: original.

Thanks to Noah I bought an old copy of the Master Chief collection ((I tend to never buy games when they initially come out – I wait till they are older and cheaper)), which includes the remastered versions of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. The remastered versions of the games are seriously incredible. I loved being able to swap between the original and remastered versions during the cut scenes.  They are of such high quality that every now and then I forgot that they were computer animations.

Halo: CE, 2, and 3 are such good games. Halo 4 not so much and I can’t speak for 5 yet since I haven’t played it … yet.

Beth Moore’s Letter & the RESV Matthew 25 Paraphrase

I have written before concerning not being the biggest fan of Beth Moore’s groupies. While I may not be real happy with the manner in which some people aggrandize her I have nothing but respect for Moore herself. I may not connect with her studies but I admire the way she seems to live out her faith in purity in spite of being a big deal. Many people who reach her status don’t seem able to do this. Beth Moore does and I greatly respect that.

Yesterday Moore posted this open letter on her blog concerning the  misogyny that she has faced as a female leader in a conservative, evangelical denomination and community of speakers.

First, it saddens me, but unfortunately doesn’t surprise me, that she has faced such behavior. She shouldn’t have to face this anywhere, let alone in the company of people who profess to follow the One Whose first witnesses (and thereby evangelists) of His resurrection were women.

Secondly, I appreciate her adding this paragraph to her open letter:

The irony is that many of the men who will give consideration to my concerns do not possess a whit of the misogyny coming under the spotlight. For all the times you’ve spoken up on our behalf and for the compassion you’ve shown in response to “Me too,” please know you have won our love and gratitude and respect.

I hope that I have acted in such a manner that the women whose lives I am a part of could and would say the same concerning my behavior. I hope I have acted in a manner that my wife, mom, sister-in-laws, female friends, and the women for whom I have been their minister and chaplain would describe me as being someone who has stood up with them and for them.

Which brings me to the point of my post.

In the small group of people that Pam and I meet with each week to discuss life and faith we are presently reading through Richard Stearns’ modern classic “The Hole in Our Gospel“. During our Wednesday gathering we discussed what we had read in chapters 4 and 5 of this great book. In chapter four Stearns created his own paraphrase of the King’s words in the parable of the Sheep & the goats in the 25th chapter of Matthew. Stearns paraphrased as follows:

For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported. I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved. (RESV—Richard E. Stearns Version)

I love this paraphrase. In light of the awareness of what has been brought to the nation’s and church’s attention through the MeToo movement I would like to add a small addition to Stearns’s paraphrased. Here’s my addendum.

I was harassed and abused because of my gender and not only did you not stand up for me and fight against such behavior with me, but you had the audacity to choose to believe and protect my abuser instead.

Some of us may have acted like sheep in regard to those who are hungry, thirsty, nude, sick and/or in prison (and some haven’t) but may have been real goats when it comes to sexual harassment. Those of us who claim to follow Christ proclaim as Lord the One Who began His public ministry in Nazareth by quoting a passage concerning the year of Jubilee. He quoted Isaiah 61.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

When the King separates the sheep and the goats I fear that some of us are going to regret siding so often with the oppressors, rather than the oppressed. Sheep set the oppressed free because they follow a Shepherd who does so. Goats side with the oppressors. Be a sheep.1

  1. On an entirely different note this parable is why it bothers me so much when I sometimes hear Christians describe those with whom they disagree as being “sheeple” and mindlessly following their opponents ideology. Being compared to sheep should never be an insult for Christians. []