Breakfast with Douglas at 7.30 am was great. May have a study with Sidney at 2.30 pm. Baptism of Eliseu and Fabiana at 3.30, but they'll probably be here around 3. Vicki has a study with Malu at 6.30. All good.
Tomorrow is a holiday, so we're going to get together at 9 am, learn some new songs (Douglas's part), have something for couples (my part; our Valentine's Day was the 16th), and have a brunch (everybody's part). Will be another good one.
Why not shut down all social media accounts and go only with online presence via websites? The thought pummels the mind, dares the will to decide. The act would achieve simplicity in this area. There are people who have done this and survived. Would it hurt outreach, or focus it? Maybe consider starting a webring. There's an open-source option. Would have to find someone who knows how to use the command line in order to do it. Some days you just want to get away from it all.
Footnote of the NET Bible on 1 Cor 3.4, "For whenever someone says, 'I am with Paul,' or 'I am with Apollos,' are you not merely human?" —
6 tn Grk “are you not men,” i.e., (fallen) humanity without the Spirit’s influence. Here Paul does not say “walking in accordance with” as in the previous verse; he actually states the Corinthians are this. However, this is almost certainly rhetorical hyperbole.
Paul's comment seems straightfoward. Whenever someone says such things, such a person is not spiritual. He is carnal. He reverts to his fallen humanity without the Spirit's influence. Now perhaps the writer of the NET Bible comment says, "I am a Baptist," or "I am an Assembly of God member," or "I am a Catholic," and himself falls within this category. Of course, he'd want to consider Paul's statement as "almost certainly rhetorical hyperbole." When you participate in a division far worse than than in Corinth, you'd rather not think of yourself in such terms.
Anybody who denigrates obedience in any way does not have the spirit of Christ. It is one thing to attempt salvation on one's own merits; quite another to lovingly submit to God in obedience to the Lord's commands. By obedience are we all saved, Heb 5.9. A large set of religious folk have confused the two with their damnable doctrine of salvation by faith only.
The research surveys what people actually die from and what they search for information on, as well as news in the NYT and Guardian. It did not include deaths caused by alcoholism, neither directly or indirectly (such as traffic accidents), wonder why?
Homicides are also very overrepresented in the news, by a factor of 31. The most underrepresented in the media are kidney disease (11-fold), heart disease (10-fold), and, perhaps surprisingly, drug overdoses (7-fold). Stroke and diabetes are the two causes most accurately represented.
Perhaps we don't like to admit how much we are killing ourselves.
Good description of "dogs" in Phil 3 by Stephen Bradd:
Paul first declares - "Beware of dogs". Obviously, he's not warning them about any literal four-legged dogs, but he is warning them about humans who were behaving like dogs. From the other warnings in this immediate context, we know that Paul was referring to the Judaizers (i.e., certain Jews who had been baptized and who were determined to force Gentile Christians to keep the law of Moses, particularly regarding circumcision). They were like dogs in that they were constantly barking out their false doctrine, hounding Paul, and biting and devouring others with their error.
Another one from Johnny Polk:
“The pagans do not have full revelation of the truth, because they are not taught by God. So they believe that a thing is evil or good depending on how it suits their self-will and emotions. Therefore, something that is good in one place is considered evil in another. And that which is evil in one place is considered good in another. So oddly enough, the same man who is barely willing to lift up his tunic in public – even to relieve himself – takes it off in the circus, as though determined to expose himself before everybody. Or, the father who carefully protects and guards his virgin daughter’s ears from every polluting word, personally takes her to the theater. He thereby exposes her to all its vile words and attributes.”
—Tertullian c.a. 200 A.D. on the theater, as translated in A Glimpse of Early Christian Life by S. Thelwall, p. 28.