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Issue 023

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Pagan Moontide of Juno 8, Anno Domini 2020

Anchors Away: the Strong Name

"You have set your glory in the heavens." Psalm 8

"Next Tide" by Aerroscape

I bind this day to me forever, by pow'r of faith, Christ's incarnation, his Baptism in the Jordan River, his cross of death for my salvation, his bursting from the spiced tomb, his riding up the heavenly way, his coming at the day of doom.
I bind these to myself today.

C'mon, and thank St. Patrick now for reminding us that amidst the turbulence of this rickety world, the anchor of Christ always holds the field for us. Though he reigns behind a veil, ascended far above the world's riots, we may with confidence that he is ever moving all these things toward the great Day of his return according to the promises of him who loves us.

Against the demon snares of sin, the vice that gives temptation force, the natural lusts that war within, the hostile foes that mar my course;

Or few or many, far or nigh, in ev'ry place and in all hours, against their fierce hostility, I bind to me those holy pow'rs.

I bind unto myself the Name, the strong name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One and One in Three, of whom all nature hath creation, Eternal Father, Spirit, Word.

Praise to the Lord of my salvation;
Salvation is of Christ the Lord!

Hot take this week: Pastor Brian Flamme

as well as 
👉 this new TikTok video that Brian Yamabe captured.


Be strong, and let your heart know courage.
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We are all in need of a feel good story right now: A Kenyan boy made a hand-washing machine to help fight coronavirus. 

This reworking of Martin Luther’s "From the Depths of Woe" has been on high rotation this week. Lord, have mercy!

Say His Name

It would seem 2020 is the gift that just keeps giving. Apparently, we’re not doing social distancing any more, as many have pointed out, with crowds of protestors gathering around the US and also in other countries. As one podcaster quipped, it’s like we’ve had the 1917 Spanish flu pandemic, the economic trouble of 1929, and the 1968 civil unrest all wrapped up into one year. Maybe an alien invasion would cap the year off nicely! It’s quite understandable if you were thinking it’d be good to be up in the Space Station with the Dragon crew astronauts. 

An article in Unherd suggests that the angst driving people to the extremes of Right and Left is hopelessness produced by bleak economic prospects. But the writer also notes that her education, “soaked in critical theory,” left her cynical and hostile to "The System." Believing that humanity can reach "Utopia" if we just spend a bit more money and make more rules might sound like a plausible solution for evil. But, this worldview ignores the objective fact that all have sinned.

Imagining that mankind began in a primordial bog, gradually crawling his way to freedom and prosperity, Whig history style, only leads to disillusionment over the "lack of progress" in our nation. What a freedom it is to confess the Truth and know we started in Paradise but have fallen so very far! All the well-intentioned ‘black box’ social media slacktivism, policy changes, and even violence will not change the heart of any racist. 

The “Golden Rule” is so much simpler, and yet so much more difficult than just blaming injustice on a “hierarchy of oppression.” Rather than letting us pin our vices on something external, it doesn’t let anyone off the hook, but exposes the sin in the heart of everyone. Last week on Issues, Etc., Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller gave a Christian response to the riots and the sickening event that kicked it off. He brought the Ten Commandments to bear and their implication for us as we watch these events unfold. 

We feel the world-weariness that comes with watching wall-to-wall coverage of the Devil doing what he does best - bringing mayhem, hate, violence, and fear. (You might consider a break from social media to recover some peace of mind.) So many thoughtful responses are not captured in soundbites, but they are out there. The best plans are not usually made in an instant, but as Rev. Fisk often exhorts us, Christians should strive to be visible in their communities, helping form the future with godly wisdom. Terry Mattingly observed (also on Issues), that when the dust settles, Christians will show up with shovels and brooms to help out and rebuild.

It’s okay. You’re in Jesus. We have been baptized into his name, our life is now hidden with Christ. We know that Jesus has given us new hearts, that he gives us strength to run the race, even now, and that when it is finished, we will hear our King say “Well done, good and faithful one!”

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🇮🇹 Low tide: A submerged Italian village could soon reappear

🔮 With a lack of sports on offer, fans turn to racing marbles

👨🏻‍🚀 Any room for a few more? The crew of the Dragon capsule continue to release cool videos from [the quietness of] space

🇧🇪 A Belgian man has been receiving unordered pizza deliveries for almost ten years

🚽 Testing wastewater could detect Coronavirus two weeks before symptoms show

💭 Scientists have begun working on making an invisible man

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Please join me: Lord Jesus, in mercy, forgive us all, and make us to dwell in the love of peace and unity. Amen.
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A Good Word: Rec's from Rev. Fisk

Here's a resource I found in a recent "Recomedo" newsletter:

This Ultimate Cheatsheet for Critical Thinking is a set of questions to ask yourself when you encounter new (or revisit old) ideas and information. It’s useful for that, but I’m using it to help develop characters and scenes for creative writing.

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Let us pray: Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity by the confession of a true faith and to worship the Unity in the power of the Divine Majesty. Keep us steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now and forever. Amen.