May. 31, 2009 at 11:55pm
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus SanctiWISHING YOU GOD'S VERY BEST ON YOUR BIRTHDAY. Hello and welcome to Episode Twenty-nine of "Sunday Scriber." Well alright, as far as birthday wishes go, I know of at least one time in my life when someone has wished for me God's very best. Today's opening line is from part of a handwritten greeting on the title page of "Mere Christianity," given to me on my thirty-fifth birthday. The author of "Mere Christianity" was former atheist C.S. Lewis, who was a professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University. Lewis' style of writing and Christian apologist viewpoint is, to me, more interesting than the viewpoint of liberal revisionist's such as Rudolf Bultman, or Marcus Borg of The Jesus Seminar (Borg critique: www.tektonics.org/af/borg01.html). "Mere Christianity" is a book for those who are curious as to what conservative Christians think, and why their behavior should align with the Bible. Now, if you want to go to the source of such content then find a preferable modern translation of St. Paul's Letter to the Romans. So far, in each episode of "Sunday Scriber" I've written about my experiences in Tacoma. When I was presented with a copy of "Mere Christianity," it was from a couple that I had been acquainted with for only a matter of weeks. They were in Tacoma visiting family and they came here from Sri Lanka. Roger is the pastor at Gospel Tabernacle in Colombo. His wife Therese is the founder and director of an orphanage called Lotus Buds Children Home. They're doing God's work (Don't ask me, "If it's God's work then why doesn't He do it."). Anyway, on this last Sunday in May, I wish you all God's very best on your birthday.***For by the grace given to me I bid everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him. For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who gives acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12: 3-8.
This is my real-time novel, "Idealism in Tacoma," which will attempt to sort out the virtual new order I discovered in local blogs and in local 'hoods. I welcome you to join me as I press on in search of answers to the ongoing question: "Is it new?"
NEW! for 2011:
"QUANTUM FOAM," the second real-time novel by Mofo from the Hood, is happening now!
"For whatever mysterious reason, I must act beyond the role of spectator. Something beyond a portable history must be explored.
Therefore in order for me to define the concepts and categories of realities beyond the realm of my real-time novel "Idealism in Tacoma," a wholly other discourse must take form.
Ladies and whatever, let us go forth into the unknown dimension of imagination. I hereby offer you my all new materialist inspired "out of nothing" real-time novel: 'QUANTUM FOAM'."
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*MFTH was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington USA. As a lifelong resident, uninspired by money, power, or fame, he eventually resorted to reading internet blogs, sometimes at the public library. In May, 2008, during the Great Recession, he started "Mofo from the Hood's Blog" on FeedTacoma.com, because it was free. If this blog ever helps him to attain money, power, and fame, he will probably stay in Tacoma.