Comments for internetmonk.com http://www.internetmonk.com ...dispatches from the post-evangelical wilderness Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:47:52 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Comment on iMonk Classic: Thoughts At 8 a.m. Mass by JoelG http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/imonk-classic-thoughts-at-8-a-m-mass/comment-page-1#comment-922943 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:47:52 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=51235#comment-922943 This post is as relevant to today as it was then. One of the things I noticed when I visited my folks smaller Nazarene Church is how all ages came together as one family. It was beautiful to see.

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Comment on Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (4): The Whirlwind Creation Museum by That Other Jean http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/51244/comment-page-1#comment-922939 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:20:45 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=51244#comment-922939 Absolutely!

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Comment on iMonk Classic: Thoughts At 8 a.m. Mass by numo http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/imonk-classic-thoughts-at-8-a-m-mass/comment-page-1#comment-922936 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:51:52 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=51235#comment-922936 Adam – just give over. There’s nothing to argue about.

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Comment on Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (4): The Whirlwind Creation Museum by w http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/51244/comment-page-1#comment-922931 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:24:04 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=51244#comment-922931 nice

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Comment on Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (4): The Whirlwind Creation Museum by EV http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/51244/comment-page-1#comment-922928 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:08:45 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=51244#comment-922928 Recently I stood with a 10 year-old student looking down the Long Black Strip – the Montessori lesson on the length of time light takes to reach us from the smallest dimmest star – stretched across my front yard and half of the neighbor’s yard. It’s pretty long.

He hears me say, “You’ve put out 13 flags. Each flag marks the spot which represents one billion years. You are standing next to the present moment here at the end of the strip. This little piece of white tape is 1/4th of an inch long. That is how long the planet Earth has been in time. Yet the white does not represent the time of animals. It is not the time of man. It represents the time of the Earth – hot broiling, swirling, cooling, shriveling, spewing lava, raining acids – obeying the laws of the elements that the God Who Has No Hands spoke at the beginning of all time. Our moment on this Earth took such a great and long time to prepare. What a Gift is Creation!” The student looked for a moment down that representation of 14 billion years and said, “This God is so amazing. This God is so big.” He went on to say how much larger the God of the Whirlwind is that the God of the literal creationist.

We’ve had lots of follow up discussions ranging from were Adam and Eve hominoids, to cave paintings and their age, to original sin, to missing links (in humans), to giant cockroaches, to sea lilies, to not trying to convince our friends whose parents are teaching them a 6,000 year-old earth (He views it like not telling your friends Santa isn’t real.) but being there for them when they are beginning to ask questions about God later.

Oh the wisdom of the child.

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Comment on Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (4): The Whirlwind Creation Museum by Headless Unicorn Guy http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/51244/comment-page-1#comment-922924 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:48:03 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=51244#comment-922924 See what we lost when the Bible became nothing more than a Spiritual Engineering Handbook of FACT, FACT, FACT?

“His mind is made of wheels and metal.”
– Treebeard re Saruman

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Comment on Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (4): The Whirlwind Creation Museum by w http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/51244/comment-page-1#comment-922923 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:45:49 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=51244#comment-922923 The thing that I get from Job is no matter God spoke to him. I heard the most beautiful voice that I had ever heard in my life in a dream and as I awoke right away the only thing I wanted to do was fall back to sleep so I could hear it again. Twenty minutes went by as I so wanted to hear it again that the translation going over and over again finally sunk in. He said the same voice that blesses me curses me. Instantly I knew that my getting angry and frustrated at work and swearing was what this meant. Didn’t matter if I did it around others or not which I usually didn’t. Immediately I was elevated out of this beautiful voice and it was love that had elevated me. What a difference that made in me. He cared enough to correct me in the most beautiful way ever and it has so worked coming out of this incredible love. When he spoke to Job for such a long time I just know Job was elevated to such heights that few men will ever know for this is how he was and is loved. I understood thy rod and staff comfort me and that is still being built on today as I learn.

I am a hunter here in Pa. Seems kind of funny to some here because I love the animals so much. I pray over them all the time and I have seen some healed. Even had one fall down on me as I was praying and I thought he had died till he got up all staggering around and all. It made me laugh as I thought you just got knocked down by God and you should of saw the look in his eyes. These are mountain animals I have met on my walks there. I even put a lost fawn in a hiding spot once after a storm as it had gotten separated. The next morning I checked and mom showed up as did I at the same time needless to say she wasn’t pleased with that so I left quickly. A couple of years ago I went hunting with my youngest son. He had already filled his tag and was going to help me as I hadn’t and usually I try for others to be successful first. I always pray for safety for all who enter and this morning he grabbed my hand and prayed first which was a first. Got set up and he was going to drive and I was praying because I was having a hard time with taking life and I had just said if you send something out I will take it. Just then the entire hillside was filled with deer and there were so many that I had to choose which one. I did and it fell immediately. I broke out into uncontrolled crying and sobbing so much I couldn’t see. I thanked him and I said please help me take care of this responsibly and help me control myself before my son shows up. He did. My son showed up and I said nice drive to many came out to count. He said I never got started and you shot. He said I knew it was you because I had just got done praying when you shot. My son doesn’t talk about praying and doesn’t like church yet. I had such a hard time with this kill. I thought God was teaching my son how to pray. The next morning I heard his voice,” the animals are mine and they would die a million times over for you to know about me”. It fell on me in power and I cried again as I thought about such love. It was a year later when my son told me he had given himself to Christ in that prayer and it fell on me all over again in such power. You see he told me then he had a dream where a raccoon came down the path he walked with its paws open wide and that happen that day there as did two weeks before a monarch butterfly wing dropped to my feet on the dusting of snow as I was untying my hunting boots in late December and leaving unsuccessful. This was right after I had told him I was disappointed for not having harvested a deer which if I had the day with my son would not have happened. That butterfly wing goes with me everywhere all the time. His ways go so much further than mine. True story every word. Sorry for the length. God is faithful.

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Comment on Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (4): The Whirlwind Creation Museum by Damaris http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/51244/comment-page-1#comment-922919 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:32:38 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=51244#comment-922919 It might be useful to say that we can KNOW God (have a relationship with him, recognize him, etc.) but not UNDERSTAND God. (In French it would be easier to distinguish: we can connaitre God but not really savoir God.)

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Comment on Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (4): The Whirlwind Creation Museum by Damaris http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/51244/comment-page-1#comment-922918 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:30:09 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=51244#comment-922918 I’ve only seen Fata Morgana, and I really wouldn’t like that to be my life! :-)

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Comment on Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (4): The Whirlwind Creation Museum by Richard Hershberger http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/51244/comment-page-1#comment-922916 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:21:46 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=51244#comment-922916 I’m holding out for its being like the Jetsons. Where’s my flying car?

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