I have been reading Bishop Spong’s new book. What follows is best described as “thoughts arising.”
Spong writes about the place of miracles in the gospels. My own understanding is that “miracle workers” were two a penny back then, as they are in rural Africa. Jesus “had” to do miracles to get his foot in the door so to speak. We today see his miracles as proof of his divinity, but Mark 2 is quite clear that the really astonishing thing was not the healing of the paralytic, but Jesus’ forgiveness of the man. We tend to write off the fact that Jesus forgave his sins as the easy part. It is one proof that we cannot understand the Bible unless we understand the times.
Spong makes the point that Barabbas actually should be written Bar Abbas and means Son of the Father, which is very close to titles given to Jesus. What Spong fails to add is that Barabbas had a first name and that first name was Jesus. The Revised English Bible actually now has Pilate asking in Matthew’s gospel whether they want Jesus Bar-Abbas, that is Jesus Son of the Father, or Jesus called the Messiah. This strengthens the point that Spong was making and casts a slightly different light on the crowd scene.
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Red Cavaney, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, makes the good point in The Wall Street Journal (6/20/08) that a great deal of exploratory and developmental work has to be undertaken before a “nonproducing” field can be classified as a “producing” field. He then argues that this means that nonproducing fields are not the same as “idle” fields, a charge the Congress is currently making. Fair enough up to a point. Continue reading
This is just a collection of ideas about hardware and software that came to my attention.
New on the market HP2133 with Vista that is downgradeable to XP – a LInux version exists. Already on the market is Eee PC900. Coming is the Eee PC901, Dell E and MSI Wind. (DMN 6/20/08)
I talk a big story about being environmentally conscious, drive a small car etc and etc but two days ago our air-conditioning went out. As temperatures outside rose into the 90’s, the temperature inside soared into the 80’s – and I wilted. I realized as the day went by and I got nothing done partly because of the heat and largely because I had been unable to sleep because of the heat that I simply could not live where I do were it not for air-conditioning. I am as much a child of my age as any of those folks driving their big SUV’s that I like to criticize. If we are to get serious about climate change then we all need to change our lifestyles dramatically – me as much as they. Continue reading
I have been listening to good friends exchange e-mails recently on a variety of topics that include Obama versus McCain and the realities or otherwise of global warming. What has struck and dismayed me greatly is that there is no search in all of this for common ground. Instead, each is simply lopping bombs from their side over an unbridgeable fence. I find myself agreeing wholeheartedly with Fareed Zakaria’s quotation of David Gergen in Newsweek June 16, 2008 in which he says, “With the end of the cold war, we saw a new, destructive kind of partnership and for much of the past decade, we’ve kicked the can down the road on our big problems . . . I have a distinct memory that the World War II generation really put country ahead of party. That is simply not the case with the generation in power now.” As Zakaria says, compromise is hard and we are just not attempting, even among good friends, to work at it- for the sake of the country.