A new stab at diary keeping

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A new stab at diary keeping

 
JONAL ENTRY 1302 | AUGUST 8 2013
 
I think that in view of the present distress it is well for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek marriage.
 
— from Paul’s First Epistle to the 
Corinthians chapter 7, from today’s
Orthodox lectionary readings
See the homelitical thought below.
 
Diary: I’ve been missing reporting on so many details of my life here that I decided yesterday to start a rudimentary real diary (opposed to the entries here that I’ve been labeling “Diary” but which lack most of the details of my days). . . . 
 

 

The land of poets

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The land of poets

 
JONAL ENTRY 1301 | JULY 29 2013
 
. . . take note of those who create dissensions and difficulties, in opposition to the doctrine which you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple-minded.
 
— from the Epistle to the Romans chapter 16, from today’s
Orthodox lectionary readings
See the homelitical thought below.
 
Diary: Last week, spent at the John Hewitt International Summer School in Armagh, was yet another confrontation with poetry, its importance in England and Ireland, but especially Ireland. It confirmed that, allowing that some of the best poets who read their work there are English, Ireland is not only the land of saints and scholars, it is the land of poets. . . .
 

On my fourth monthaversary

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On my fourth monthaversary


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JONAL ENTRY 1300 | JULY 17 2013

. . . in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

— from the Epistle to the Galatians chapter 3, from today’s
Orthodox lectionary readings
See the homelitical thought below.

Another rainy day in Ireland. My not-so-smart phone has been assuring us Wednesday will be rainy after a week and a half with no rain here where it had rained every day (more or less; numerous times, in fact, in many of those days) for my first three months here. So this is the view from the entrance of the cafe this morning. That’s a parasol, not an umbrella, shading the baby in the carriage in the crosswalk. I for one am glad the smart phone is not all-wise.

Diary: I’ve now been here for four months and haven’t had my visa revoked. .

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What shall it prophet, and parading season in Belfast

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What shall it prophet, and
parading season in Belfast

 
JONAL ENTRY 1299 | JULY 10 2013

. . . those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, indeed it cannot; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
 
— from the Epistle to the Romans chapter 8, from today’s
Orthodox lectionary readings
See the homelitical thought below.
 
Diary: After posting yesterday’s thoughts about how much easier it is for me here in Northern Ireland to get opportunities than in San Jose, a friend replied from San Jose to the effect that I am proving the axiom that a prophet is not without honor except in his own country. I don’t doubt the biblical axiom, but her comment gave me second thoughts. . . .
 

A diary update and video clips from our Donegal holiday

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A diary update and video clips
from our Donegal holiday


Jon Kennedy

JONAL ENTRY 1298 | JULY 9 2013

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.

— from the Epistle to the Romans chapter 7, from today’s
Orthodox lectionary readings
See the homelitical thought below.

Diary: On Sunday evening I gave my third lecture in a local church, my third since getting here and perhaps the most highly praised one I’ve ever given, at least outside the college classroom setting….

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A County Donegal photo album

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A County Donegal photo album


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JONAL ENTRY 1297 | JULY 4 2013

For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the effect of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification.

— from Paul’s epistle to the Romans, 5, from today’s
Orthodox lectionary readings

See homiletical thought below.

Diary: As conditionally promised, below is a few views of County Donegal from the dozens of pictures and videos I took last week . . .

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A colorful community event in Belfast’s most historic cemetery

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A colorful community event in Belfast’s
most historic cemetery


Jon Kennedy  

JONAL ENTRY 1296 | JUNE 29 2013

Jesus . . . asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”

— from Matthew 16, from today’s
Orthodox lectionary readings

Diary: . . . I’m backing back up to Monday morning for today’s post to write about a ceremony and celebration in the Shankill Cemetery. My friend pastor Jack Lamb asked me to attend with my press card in my cap to cover it, so (though I don’t have a press card with me and the ones I left in California are 30 or more years old) that’s what I did.

 

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