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Issues With WordPress

July 17, 2017
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For almost four days now, I can’t access the WordPress.com web site at all. I post via e-mail, so that’s why this post is making it to the blog. But I can no longer moderate replies, read the blogs I follow (unless I get them emailed to me), or manage my sites at all.

I tried downloading the WordPress desktop app, but it’s 64-bit only so I can’t use it on my old 32-bit desktop. The fancy hand-me-down 64-bit ‘puter had a hard drive failure so I resurrected an ancient Dell Dimension and got it running wonderfully with Linux Lite! But WordPress.com won’t load in any browser from here for some reason.

If your comment is awaiting moderation, or if I fail to respond to a question, rest assured it’s temporary… unless WordPress remains unreachable/unloadable, in which case I may be moving the whole kit and kabootle to another site.

Please pardon the inconvenience, and hope that it’s temporary!


Frenetic Friday

July 15, 2017
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The “culture war” is still as intense as ever, even without a Democrat in the White House to promote this insanity. From the Church of England to popular literature for kids, it goes on… and you wonder why I’m Amillennial? 😀 Anyway, my friend “Keachfan” describes a couple of the current battles in this war.

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Here it is again Friday are you feeling frenetic? I myself am feeling that way and so let’s get started.

Well the Church of England is slowly but surely slipping loose from whatever moorings it had that attached it to scripture. The Church of England has announced that it will create special liturgical services for transgendered people. Now please let us take a moment and think what this means, they are creating a special worship service for people who think they are a different gender than what is their biological sex. A worship service. Let me say that again, a worship service. A worship service to welcome their transition. Now of course this wasn’t a unanimous vote there were those that opposed this but they were overwhelmed by those that have gone with the world. Read the full story here

And sticking to this subject seems that according to Zinnia…

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Great Quote to Accompany Amos

July 2, 2017
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You know the little Old Testament book, Amos, right? It’s a favorite of mine. Today in our church bulletin a great quote was printed to accompany our lesson from Amos 5:18-27:

Why do people at church seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a package tour of the absolute? Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a new batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning.

It is madness to wear ladies’ straw and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw is out to where we can never return.

-Annie Dillard


Theology Thursday: Five Myths about the Ancient Heresy of Gnosticism

June 23, 2017
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Gnosticism was kinda like the mysticism of the modern-day Charismatic movement, always seeking greater and “deeper” experiences “in the Spirit.” Surely a doctrine of demons!

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Written by Michael J. Kruger on December 20, 2016

In the world of biblical studies, at least among some critical scholars, Gnosticism has been the darling for sometime now. Especially since the discovery of the so-called “Gnostic Gospels” at Nag Hammadi in 1945, scholars have sung the praises of this alternative version of Christianity.

Gnosticism was a heretical version of Christianity that burst on the scene primarily in the second century and gave the orthodox Christians a run for their money. And it seems that some scholars look back and wish that the Gnostics had prevailed.

After all, it is argued, traditional Christianity was narrow, dogmatic, intolerant, elitist, and mean-spirited, whereas Gnosticism was open-minded, all-welcoming, tolerant and loving. Given this choice, which would you choose?

While this narrative about free-spirited Gnosticism being sorely oppressed by those mean and uptight orthodox Christians might sound rhetorically compelling, it simply isn’t borne out…

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DNC Affiliates Increase Involvement In Seth Rich Case After Wheeler Claims 

May 27, 2017
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Source: DNC Affiliates Increase Involvement In Seth Rich Case After Wheeler Claims 


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Christianity Ill-Defined by a Cult Member

May 1, 2017
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“If everything that is called Christianity in these days is Christianity, then there is no such thing as Christianity. A name applied indiscriminately to everything designates nothing.” B.B. Warfield His wife called with a report that set him off, enough for him to postpone his back-stage, dressing-room lunch in order to record a nearly…

via Glenn Beck’s Mormonized Rant Against Christianity — Pulpit & Pen


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An Apology to the Eastern Orthodox

April 23, 2017
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As the owner and president of Pulpit & Pen, I feel that I need to issue a public apology to the Eastern Orthodox community in regards to my managing editor’s recent words. In a series of posts, Pulpit & Pen editor, Jeff Maples, took it upon himself to essentially anathematize the Bible Answer Man, Hank…

via An Apology to the Eastern Orthodox Community — Pulpit & Pen


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The Apostasy Continues

February 19, 2017
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Where do you draw the charismatic line? 30 years ago nobody would’ve given this question much thought because it was easy to answer. People either liked Benny Hinn or thought he was crazy. People thought Kathryn Kuhlman was a great woman of God or a dramatic fraud. People were largely conservative, or charismatic. They either…

via Stop Calling Error “Anointed” — Pulpit & Pen


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No More Mozilla

February 15, 2017
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I have enjoyed a three-year love affair with Seamonkey and it was awesome. Mozilla took the old and wonderful Netscape Internet Suite (browser, email client, etc all in one) and resurrected it as Seamonkey. It seemed a low-priority project compared to Firefox and Thunderbird, but it was much lighter and faster for the first two of the three years I enjoyed it. Having far fewer lines of code than it’s siblings, it was small, sleek, and powerful.

Then one day someone at Mozilla dared to express a politically-incorrect personal opinion and Mozilla responded by firing him.

I’ve been loooking for a good FOSS alternative to Seamonkey ever since. Even if I disagreed with the opinion expressed, I would do no less than this, to protest in my little quiet way, the censorship Mozilla imposed on a good man, and the fear they’ve inflicted on others who work there, which stifles their freedom of expression as well.

It took some time to find anything as close to awesome as Seamonkey that wasn’t either buggy or patent-encumbered. The Xfce projects wonderful little Midori browser finally quit crashing on me at random, and the latest version of Geary seems to finally be behaving itself now. It too crashed at random, especially while composing e-mail. K-Mail is far more limited, and Claws Mail needs an external editor to send anything but plain text.

But it looks like the very latest versions of Geary (rumors of it’s demise are false by the way) and Midori have rid themselves of those annoying crashes.

At last I have my replacement for Mozilla’s Seamonkey. It’s sad to even have to look elsewhere, but just on principle, for whatever it’s worth, my little protest.

Goodbye, Mozilla.


What’s Social About Social Media?

January 16, 2017
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Doing my FedEx Ground delivery route last week I came across something that just made my stomach do flips, and apparently it bothered me more than I thought, since I’m still pissed off about it three days later.

It was some kid’s birthday party or something. There was a bounce house, children’s music playing, and several kids gathered. Two were using the bounce house. The rest were all over the yard and some were playing in the street. Where were the parents? Who’s watching those kids?

Oh, there they are. Sitting around on lawn chairs, not even looking up from their cellphones and tablets. Not speaking to each other, not minding the kids. Every. Single. One of them. I slowed to avoid hitting any kids that might run into the street, and kept watching for some sign that at least one of the adults there was paying attention. Nope. Not even one.

“Wait, let me take a selfie.”

Eyes glued to their devices, fingers and thumbs racing across electronic keys, watching videos and taking selfies for posting to social-media. I wanted to stop, get out of the truck, and lecture the mind-numbed zombie-like idiots whose little kids were all over the place, unsupervised because their parents are glued to their stupid devices. They weren’t even aware of each other, much less their children. I didn’t stop and lecture them, though. I like my job and I need it too much.

But I also like kids, and I care about their safety even if their stupid parents don’t. So I beeped the horn in the hope that at least one of the adults would look up for a moment and see what was happening. Nope! No one did. Freakin’ dolts. So I called the cops and reported children in danger.


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