Superhero Wednesday: Workplace Huzzah!!

“We’re half way there…”

An Ode To Team Efforts
Many such Kudos by those have been won.

They’ve garnered the “Prize of the Up-Turned Thumb”.

When from the rising up to the setting sun,

All who’ve partaken well

can be said also to have well done.

-KIA

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Xtian Haiku: Are you Ready?

Not my bed or painting by the way…

Ready

One can be too neat.

Life is like an unmade bed.

Ready for action.

-kia

My issues in life are primarily of my own making. I hate change, I love the known, the comfortable, the stable and predictable. At a visceral level, I Fear the unknown and am less prone to try and attempt the New probably more than anyone else I know.

Life is not meant to be lived that way. Life is meant to be Lived. Life is change, and learning, and new, and unpredictable, and unstable. Life is meant to be like an unmade bed. Ready for the day and ready enough for the night that it waits with open arms to embrace you again.

Life is meant to be Lived wide open. Like an unmade bed.

-kia

Tie Tuesday: Books and Reading edition

This is one of my favorite ties. It reminds me of one of my passions in life. Reading and Books. I’m always reading at least one and sometimes more than one.

My current read is about the last and perhaps the greatest Comanche leader, Quanah. But as you can see… I’m a few books behind as well. Happy reading and why not tell us about your current Reading? Comment below and let’s have a conversation on books today.

-kia

** FINAL ** Super Bowl LII Eagles vs. Patriots

PATS 33 Eagles 41 Final.

Wow… What a Game. The Pats have nothing to be ashamed of. They put 33 points on the top defense in the NFL this season. But it just wasn’t quite enough.

  • Brady passes for 505yrds and 3 Tds.
  • Qbr of 115.
  • No interceptions.
  • Only sacked 1 time
  • and Only one fumble

… for the 40yr old NFL MVP playing against their toughest opponent all year. Congrats to the Philadelphia Eagles and Nick Foals. Now try not to destroy Minneapolis and Philly in your celebrations.

-kia

The Christian belief is Faith in Jesus

“Christian belief is 1) an act of Faith 2) in the Historical Jesus 3) as the Manifestation of God.” –John Dominic Crossan, Jesus a Revolutionary Biography.

The gospel story, according to this widely respected, accepted and prominent biblical scholar, is

“Prophecy historicized rather than History memorized”

I just finished this thinner, more popularly accessible version of Crossan’s larger work on the Historical Jesus, what we can and cannot know about Him from the evidence and what History actually says and does not tell us about the Carpenter from Nazareth, His ‘band of merry men’ and the Gospel Narrative that we have come to accept and have been taught as Historical and true to the events that happened 2000yrs ago.

According to the author there is almost universal acceptance, excluding a small number of mythicists, that ‘some’ Jesus, who Crossan referred to a Jewish Palestinian Cynic, lived and walked and died under Roman rule, and even at the command of Pontius Pilate. But that He, the Jesus of the New Testament, is a kind of ‘retrofitting’ of Old Testament prophecies and messianic expectations imposed onto the identity of the Real Jesus.

Crossan says the evidence of history tells us that the Historical Jesus was most probably a religious reformer for the peasant masses who, when he visited Jerusalem and the Temple, probably for his first and only time during the Feast of Passover, was arrested and executed for either causing or the fear of prompting an outbreak of violence and insurrection.

The Historical Jesus, if he had friends or followers powerful enough to secure his body from the final humiliating penalty of the dogs and birds devouring it after he was hung on a Roman Cross for all to witness and as a warning to others not to rebel, he most certainly would have had friends or followers powerful and influential enough to keep the crucifixion from being carried out in the first place.

There was no Nicodemas.

There was no Joseph of Aramathea.

These were literary tools designed to explain away inconsistencies in the previous ‘incarnations’ of the story of how a poverty preaching peasant, Palestinian Cynic rabble rouser could possibly escape the overwhelmingly common and historically unalterable fate of all victims of Roman crucifixion in the 1st century:

You were tried, found guilty, hung on a cross or post of wood until dead… in full view of the rest of the populace as an example to others. Then… left there for the final indignity of denying you a proper and honorable burial until the flesh rotted and fell from your bones or was eaten by the birds above or the dogs who waited below. Afterwards, your remains were tossed into a common grave with others who suffered the same fate as you before or a shallow pit covered over with not nearly enough dirt to save your body from being ravaged again by those same dogs.

No. The Historical Jesus, if he was turned over to be tortured and executed by Roman authorities, would not have had the honor, priveledge or dignity afforded him to have been buried in any tomb, let alone a “New Tomb where no one had ever been laid” owned by a rich and well connected ‘member of the council’ whether he ‘agreed with the verdict’ of his contemporaries or not.

While there is plenty of historical “evidence” of the literary kind for the death of the Historical Jesus in secular or non Christian sources, there is Zero in the way of such unbiased and ‘unaltered’ writings for his miraculous and scientifically impossible subsequent Reconstitution, Resuscitation and Resurrection. Zero.

No again. The Historical Jesus, if he died on a Roman torture stake or Cross, would not have been afforded “intact” and safe burial in a rich man’s family tomb, and he would not have risen from death three days later. These are myths retrofitted onto the Historical Jesus by his followers, some who followed his words and works before his death and more who created and followed the mythologized Jesus afterwards in an effort to hold onto and further their own control of the Greatest Story Ever Told.

Christianity really comes down to Faith in the mythologized Jesus of the New Testament. Faith, not facts or evidence, that the Historical Jesus was the Jesus that the New Testament says he was. An act of Faith, in the Historical Jesus as the manifestation of God on earth. But historically and from the evidence, you cannot demonstrate that such a person as the New Testament Jesus ever lived, died, rose from death and ascended to heaven to return again soon. That Jesus never actually existed and does not exist today other than in the pages of the New Testament and the Hearts and Minds of those who choose to believe by Faith what they could never demonstrate by Facts or Evidence.

I was once one of those. Even taught and proclaimed it. But no more. I’m in Recovery. How about you?

-kia

The Security Code to Answered Prayer

One, seven, three, four, six, seven, three, two, one, four, seven, six, charlie, three, two, seven, eight, nine, seven, seven, seven, six, four, three, tango, seven, three, two, victor, seven, three, one, one, seven, eight, eight, eight, seven, three, two, four, seven, six, seven, eight, nine, seven, six, four, three, seven, six, lock

Well, may as well be. Am I right?

NaPoWriMo: My Poor Sick Boy

Update 1/30/18

Our boy had gotten progressively worse over the last few weeks. And today he’s with the Angels. Sonny boy passed this afternoon. -kia

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This is Sonny-boy. He’s been a member of our family since just after we moved into this home we live in now. That’s 8 yrs. He turned twelve this July. But he had a problem. He had a congenital heart valve defect that has caused Congestive Heart Failure and his heart to be enlarged, as if it wasn’t big enough for us and his sister already.

Family Gifts

We’re all meant to have big hearts

No one can tell when our lives start

Babies don’t come with full shopping carts

It’s up to us to fill them up with loving things once they’re here.

So they in turn can refill to others once our paths part.

kia

Silly little poem I guess…

Yes, he was once a yapper with SDS… Small Dog Syndrome. But that was a long while ago. He just hasn’t been the same. Daisey-Mae will now have to pick up his slack in that department from now on.

We love our boy. We miss the dog he was and will sorely miss him now that he’s gone, which came far too early for us. He gave our lives such joy in return for a doggie treat and a belly rub once in awhile. They just don’t live long enough.

Thanks for reading and following our continued journey.

-kia