Protestants no longer protesting

Protestants have come full circle. They now have creeds, clergy, and calendars of religious holidays. Once against the sale of indulgences, they now market the slickest products of health, wealth, and personal fulfillment. Faith-only, always the Reformed touchstone, is now served up as a light froth on the tony drink of individual preference. What they once railed against they now practice.

Remembering the email option

I'm waiting on Posthaven to come out with their themes until the end of December, as they've promised. It's been a long nine- or ten-month wait. It had better be worth it.
At the same time, I really like the option to post by email and it becoming an email discussion at the same time it's posted on site. I've not taken advantage of that.
The demise of email has been loudly heralded. But if fax machines are still around, it's not likely that such a common means of communication will soon go by the wayside. Marketers, though they are by no means the harbingers of technology and trends, still tout email lists as the best way to get a message out there.
I'm testing the quote feature, pay no mind.
Must be that year-end itchiness to regroup, reevaluate, redefine things, but I've been looking more at Known, RedMatrix, GNUsocial, and TiddlySpace, etc., and how to best use them, or if to use them further. Are there too many good options out there? Or do all of them offer something unique?
I'm leaving my email sig in this time to see if Posthaven removes it, as I seem to remember it will. Anything below here?

Cloudburst: What to Say?

Writers and poets often make words and actions their topic, I among their number, and this poem also devoted to the subject. Two stanzas of five lines each, with a rhyme scheme of ABABA, makes for an interesting arrangement. (You already know I love chiastic structures.) The unstressed feet vary between the two stanzas, and the second uses enjambment, furthering the contrast between the irony of the first and the plain declaration of the second.

The last line alludes to James 1.26-27. James, Proverbs, Jesus, Paul, all have much to say about the use of the tongue. Peter talks about how ignorance is not silent — on the contrary, and the first stanza alludes to this fact. "For it is God's will that by doing right you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people" 1Pt 2.15 ISV.

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Cloudburst: In This World

If you've been a subscriber of the email list for long, you know I'm not a melancholy writer. Usually. Today's offering, then, strikes a more wistful tone than normal. Chalk it up to being home alone, with The Missus off with family.

So today you get imperfect rhyme in places. The second stanza could well serve as a refrain if somebody were minded to write music for it.

So here's the question for the list subscribers: Did the poem leave you feeling a bit sad? What note most caught your attention?

Love at the Peak

This piece is part of a work, Choose Love, that I hope to make into a second volume, following my book Choose!. Who knows if it will ever get finished. But perhaps you'll be uplifted by this installment.

Some have considered 1 Corinthians 13 as a parenthesis in the discussion about the use of gifts. In truth, it is the center and peak of the whole discussion, with the discussion in chapter 12 on gifts and chapter 14 on edification as the slopes of the peak. It all comes down to love. Or rather, it is up to love at the peak where we must climb.

Not everyone has the same gift. But every single saint must have the same motivation of love. Here, Paul personifies love. Some think he has the Lord Jesus Christ in mind. If so, he will move quickly from Jesus as love to the disciple as love. But perhaps he seeks to pass on the idea that wherever love is present, this is how it will act.

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