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“We don’t do funerals…we’re into midwifery”


Among the astonishing sayings of Jesus, comes this one: “Let the dead bury their own dead.” He said it in response to a man who was wavering about following him. The guy said: “First let me bury my father.” Either there was a family funeral he had to attend or -more likely, I think- he was talking about the general pull of family concerns: “I have family obligations. Surely you don’t wish me to shrug off my normal responsibilities?”

Jesus’ answer was an uncompromising YES. In one short remark he divided the world between those who followed him (characterised as those who had life) and those who didn’t (who were dead). It’s a Matrix-like distinction: those who really see the truth and those who don’t. And this difference is so utterly important that it takes precedence over everything. It’s the very first priority. Jesus “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God, and then all these things will be added unto you.” Get your priorities right, and everything in your life will find it’s proper place. (Check out Herman’s paper “One-way journey of endurance” on this).

I’m always fascinated by those church buildings surrounded by memorials to dead people. Why is that, do you think? In rather shocking contrast, I heard a preacher say: “We don’t do funerals. We are into midwifery.” “Let the dead bury their own dead….” “You [however] must be born again”!

Ireland is full of water

(Moy river. Photo by Jan)

The one desire which grows more and more is to give … Giving and receiving are at bottom one thing, dependent upon whether one lives open or closed. Living openly one becomes a medium, a transmitter, living thus, as a river, one experiences life to the full, flows along with the current of life, and dies in order to live again as an ocean.

~ Henry Miller

Internet Shopping 2: SPRITUAL THERAPY


Cutie picture apropos of nothing….but here’s another liberal helping of superlative bloggery

Congratulations to Cranach Blog for receiving the Riversmeeting God’s Golfball Award for thinking outside the box.

  • Adrian Warnock The one where all Noel’s sermons come from?
  • Albert Mohler He’s the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary who also does a daily live radio show.
  • Between Two Worlds What can I say? I love bridge-builders… even the title picture had me hooked.
  • Desiring God Blog We are always referring to John Piper. Check out this uber-blog.
  • And a few hon mentions:

  • Exegetical Reflections
  • Expository Thoughts
  • Girl Talk
  • Gospel Driven Blog
  • Gospel Driven Life
  • Helm’s Deep
  • In Light of the Gospel
  • Jim Hamilton
  • Josh Harris
  • Pure Church
  • Pyromaniacs
  • Reformation 21
  • Spirit of God
  • Stand to Reason
  • Terry Virgo I once shared a lift in a Bristol hotel with this guy and I can assure you that he says “What floor do you want?” in the kindest possible tones.
  • The best is yet to come All this and heaven too.
  • The Shepherd’s Scrapbook High quality pastoral exposition
  • Tim Challies
  • Together for the Gospel
  • Word and Spirit
  • Worship Matters
  • Internet shopping: THERAPY


    Sophisticated pleasure from pistolpete: ENJOY…

    Music Therapy

    Christian Acoustic Praise Cafe :  Christian Folk: Substance over Style.
    FaithRock Radio : Upbeat pop/rock Christian tunes to inspire troubled souls.
    Oh Boy Radio:  Just a taste of John Prine and friends.  Yum.  Yum.


    Talk Therapy 

    Prodigal Daughter:  On a journey back to the loving arms of her Father.

    Haystacks:  From a mystery, wrapped in a riddle, an enigma, and a Twinkie. 


    Literary Therapy

    Miss Austen Remembers : The Place for Charm & Wit & all things Brit

     bookbabie:  Writing, art, books, and other good stuff all in a gluten-free zone.


    Family Therapy

    Subarctic Mama:  Funny, insightful, freezing cold.

    Just Enjoy Him: Ramblings of a Mid-Life Mom – Motherhood, adoption & more.

    The Fuzzball Chronicles: The Life and Times of Curly Mommy

    Them and Us: Another Day of Half-Eaten Apples


    Spiritual Therapy

    One for the road…  A journey of faith within and beyond the Church.

     god4today:  words from today and days gone by following God’s Word.

    Martha, Martha:  stumbling after Christ and totally neurotic.

    Bit of Smoke:  Faith in the Word.  The Word in action.

    More Than Stone:  Trying to live out the resurrection…

    Psycho Therapy

    Dr. X’s Free Associations:  Makes you insane, then restores your sanity. 

    Bipolar Chicks Blogging:  Finding the method behind the madness.


    Self-Reflective Therapy

    Avoiding Crisis: 210 Days of Self-Exploration, one woman’s journey to thirty.

    Experiencing the Journey: A mom trying to follow God in this crazy world.



    Cognitive Therapy

    Matt’s Musings: what’s inside my head?  Answer: A lot!  (some quite good)

    Thought Revolution:  Searching for common sense amidst the tempest of life.

    The Epicurean Dealmaker:  Philosophical reflections on cultural phenomena.


    Educational Therapy

    Life:  The Ongoing Education : Observations of an insightful student-teacher.


    Art Therapy

    s.m. ART:  Art is good.  Art is wise.  Words and images to nourish the soul.