I like many things about St. Thomas, but the open arms of Christ welcoming my daughter out of the womb is the best.

ARM Macs solves a big quandary for me. Looks like I’ll get whatever the next Mac Mini is and an Intel machine for games/Linux.

NB: If you’re saying “black lives matter”, but you aren’t wearing a mask; I don’t believe you.

ἐκ παντὸς ἔθνους, Black lives matter

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation — παντὸς ἔθνους —, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb!” — Revelation 7:9-10 (RSV)

God will gather his people from pantos ethnous — every nation — around the throne of his Lamb. Kenyan, German, Chinese, Zulu, English — all nations will praise Christ in their own language and from their own culture. Black lives matter in this moment in history precisely for the same reason Hebrew lives mattered in Egypt. God is not colorblind! God’s favor and attention to the oppressed does not exclude others. The Church’s special attention to Black lives in this moment does not exclude her care for others. It is through God’s care of the Hebrews that all humankind is saved on the cross. In this moment, the Church’s attention and care towards our Black sisters and brothers will lead not just to their Exodus from systems of sin and oppression, but, through this Exodus, blessings for all of humankind. In Christ we are one Body. How glorious it would be and how great an offering to our Lord if we started acting like it.

The Magnificat is a political statement. Jesus is Lord of every facet of our lives or he has none. Secular versus Religious is a false dichotomy. The Christian cannot be Christian on Sunday and neutrally secular on Monday.

Giving mosquito juice a try. Will know this evening if it does anything at all.

If you’re calling ACNA and confessional Lutheran priests/pastors “progressive” or “liberal” for preaching against racism, you might want to rethink your “conservative” Christianity.

New to Racism?

Am I imagining things or did most white folk really think racism didn’t exist and wasn’t impacting our black brothers and sisters? — Y’all really have to “educate” yourselves on racism? Seemed pretty obvious to me. Like, I’m glad people are looking into it and engaged, but I just assumed everyone knew and was ignoring the problem. 🤷‍♀️

Though not perfect, this is the type of platform I would expect from a Christian political party. Why have Christians allowed ourselves to accept anything less? We deserve better than what the GOP and DNC offer us. — Platform - American Solidarity Party

Y’all, if you have to use Facebook to manage a page, this Firefox add-on is a Godsend. It blocks the newsfeed so you don’t see any of the garbage!

This is the first cross I ever purchased. For a post-Mormon, it was a pretty big deal. Hangs in my library to this day. 🎨

I painted this a while back as part of a date kit with Jennifer. 🎨

This icon reminds me of the full humanity of Christ inherited from his mother. The Theotokos suffers along side us and points us to the salvation found only in her son. 🎨

I bought this nativity over a decade ago. I still love it. Displayed all year in my library. 🎨

I was incredibly happy to see how many people were wearing masks when I got groceries today. Two weeks ago (when I went out last) I’d say 2/3 of folk in my Aldi had them on. Today, only saw two people and everyone was giving them side-eye. 😷