Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Books, algorithms, the internet , and cheap Christianity.

I ordered a book published by the respected Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (based in Grand Rapids, MI).

The books is 


N.B.  Dana L Robert is the Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission at the Boston University School of Theology. We are friends,  and had dinner together in Lakeland, FL about two months ago. I look forward to reading her book.

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As a result of my internet order and the mystery of algorithms, I have found myself to be on the e-mailing list of Christianbook.com
(based in Peabody MA). I'll be unsubscribing soon!.

BUT NOT BEFORE I draw your attention to an unfortunate advert from said Christianbook.com


Harrumph!  Is that what we are called to by the Gospel?

"Everything Christian for Less" A discounted and less costly faith than the teachings of Jesus demand?

Dear preacher, pastor, minister, priestly friends: ask Oscar Romero, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr  about "everything Christian for less" before you next get into your pulpits.


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Time to "Fess Up"

Indeed I took a day trip to Inverness  -  but to the City of Inverness in Citrus County, Florida -  about 126 miles north of Sarasota.



A bit of context .. (which will make deeper sense for some St. Boniface Church, Siesta Key, FL parishioners, and for some of my family members who have visited me from England).

I traveled to Inverness and back with my good friend Ashley Lloyd.

Ashley is the daughter of (the Revd) Jack Chrisman and Donna Chrisman.    We went to Inverness and back today, to spend time with Donna Chrisman's sister Barbara - (Ashley's aunt).

We had a good lunch together,  in the very attractive old town area of Inverness, at "Stumpleknockers" in the old Town Square.


 Stumpleknocker is a fish in the Bream family.

Stumpleknocker was not on the menu.  I had a very decent piece of Gulf of Mexico Grouper.

After lunch Barbara's neighbour Stan kindly took us for a one hour ride on Henderson Lake, on his pontoon boat.  Oh such natural beauty.  Oh the bliss of a gentle ride on a gorgeous lake.



Ashley and Barbara on the Pontoon Boat.

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My dog Zion spent the nine hours we were away at Bayside Pet Resort in Bradenton, FL.    It's a great place and he does well there.

I left him there with a stinky/sweaty T shirt which I had worn in bed on Monday night - a comforting reminder (perhaps) of my scent.
Comforting or not, this is how it looked when I picked Z. up just after 5:00 p.m.










Monday, 19 August 2019

A trip at very short notice.

Goodness gracious -  I am taking  a trip to Inverness at very short notice.  Who would have thunk it!



Please be patient: -  more details in a day or two. 

Sunday, 18 August 2019