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Hmmmm. I’m wondering who Anne Rice has been hanging out with?

Also, what a strange notion you can be a follower of Christ and not connected to his Body.

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http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/07/2010_tour_de_france_-_part_i.html

Man, cyclists are tough. Check out some of those injuries!

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Today “the all-you-can-eat buffet” is stigmatized and the “sexual smorgasbord” is not. Eberstadt’s surmise about a society “puritanical about food, and licentious about sex” is this: “The rules being drawn around food receive some force from the fact that people are uncomfortable with how far the sexual revolution has gone — and not knowing what to do about it, they turn for increasing consolation to mining morality out of what they eat.”

Interesting Will column here.

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From the July 20th entry over on Biologos.

The Bible ends where it begins, at creation. The goal of redemption all along has been to get us back to the Garden, back to the original plan of the created order. To be redeemed means to take part in the creative work of God. The hints are there in the Old Testament, and the final reality of it is ultimately accomplished through the resurrection of the Son of God.

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Over the years, I have thoroughly enjoyed the writing of Marilynn Robinson. Her books Housekeeping, Gilead, and Home are incredible in the way they draw you into the human experience and its intrinsic search for meaning.

She’s written a new book entitled Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self. It looks like a fascinating read. Here’s what ++Rowan had to say about it:

She makes the case with exceptional elegance and authority – the authority not only of one of the unmistakably great novelists of the age but of a clear and logical mind that is wholly intolerant of intellectual cliché. She does not set herself to charm the reader, and this book has a greater density (and sophistication) of argument than many three times its length; but it is one of the most significant contributions yet to the current quarrels about faith, science and rationality. At once luminous and relentless, it challenges the ease with which we have got used to the systematic alibis in modern thought that lift the burden of the self and its history at the price of killing the human.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/7771422/Absence-of-Mind-The-Dispelling-of-Inwardness-from-the-Modern-Myth-of-the-Self-by-Marilynne-Robinson-review.html

Add to Amazon Cart…check!

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The Sheep dog quote reminded me of something I heard recently about sheep. Of all God’s animals they were created to be in a symbiotic relationship with another creature. They cannot defend themselves. They are not fleet of foot to run away. Even in numbers, they only offer a buffet for wolves.

Sheep were created to exist in a dependent, symbiotic relationship with a shepherd who offers safety as they offer wool for clothing and meat for food. It’s interesting to think about the intrinsic image of God’s love in the sheep and shepherd relationship.

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We offer ourselves, one way or another, to try to work for God. We want, as it were, to be among the sheep dogs employed by the Lord Shepherd. Have you ever watched a good sheep dog at work? He is not an emotional animal. He goes on with his job quite steadily; takes no notice of bad weather, rough ground or of his own comfort. He seldom or never stops to be stroked. Yet his faithfulness and intimate communion with his master are of the loveliest things in the world. Now and then he looks at the shepherd. And when the time comes for rest, they are generally to be found together.

– Evelyn Underhill

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