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Betty Bowers Reviews "When Christians Break Bad" by Bonnie Weinstein

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 17. 5 Replies

This is new!  Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, reading a book other than the bible???  True enough!  Seems as though some shiksa by the name of Bonnie Weinstein has recently penned a tome with the title: When Christians Break Bad: Letters…Continue

Tags: MRFF, When Christians Break Bad, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Bonnie Weinstein, America's Best Christian

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 30. 42 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees


Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 13. 9 Replies

Hilarious Must Read Letter To The Citizens Of The United States Of America From Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.Published by BhaviniA MESSAGE FROM THE QUEENTo all the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen…Continue

Consumers do not see this coming

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Meri Weathers Jul 11. 5 Replies

GRAIN & FOOD PRICES TO SOAR! China Trade, Farmers, Weather, and GSMWhat can I do to be more self-sufficient? 1. grow more of my food,2. eat lower on the food chain,3. find simple, less expensive pleasures, 4. build support community, 5. prepare…Continue

Tags: community, farmers, poverty

Evangelicals Breaking Up with Jesus (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 28. 10 Replies

Has evangelical Christianity lost sight of Christ?  Seems to me that there are a whole lot of evangelical Christians who are presuming to represent Jesus by not representing him or misrepresenting him or – let's be honest here – talking out of their…Continue

Tags: Franklin, Graham, Trump, Jesus, America's Best Christian

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 27. 15 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on September 18, 2019 at 10:56am

Thanks, Randall. I'm 62 and was a late starter in the world of exercise. One of the best things I've ever done though.

No frost yet, Joan. In fact it's quite warm with 20 C being forecast for the weekend.

Denmark was under the ice during the last glacial maximum and is still very flat. The highest point of the mid-Jutland ridge is 170 metres above sea level - that's about 560 feet. Most of Jutland has been windblown heath until the rural poor of Germany were enticed by the promise of 'free land' and forced into cultivating poatoes on the poor soil. Most families have a 'potato German' somewhere in the family tree. 

Conflicts between the Germanic tribes were not unusual in history. The 1st century CE seems to have been a violent time with migration and 'ethnic cleansing'. Then invasions from the south and east, By Romans, Huns etc forced many peoples on the road. The Angles, Saxons and Jutes invaded Britannia and by the 6th century the 'longbeards' reached Italy and became 'Lombards'. In fact migration seems to have been the norm in many historical periods. My DNA shows some German and French elements from around the 15th/16th centuries, probably from Protestant refugees fleeing religious persecution and wars. We're all mixed up if only we'd recognise the fact.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 17, 2019 at 7:07am

Kudos, Ian, on continuing running! I can't remember how old you are, but it really doesn't matter. I've more or less quit jogging. But occasionally I feel the urge during a walk--just to break the monotony.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2019 at 6:48pm
Skanderborg Lake appears to be on flat ground. If Google Earth and my search engine portray it accurately, the geology is of glaciated land with uplifts exposed, with dunes and huge moraines. Some of the areas are swampy.
I ran across an article that may interest you. It discusses the lake where you hiked, but here are two tidbits:
"New archaeological excavations at Alken Enge, Jutland, Denmark, have revealed a comprehensive assemblage of disarticulated human remains within a 75-ha wetland area. A minimum of 82 individuals have been uncovered. Based on the distribution, the total population is estimated to be greater than 380 individuals, exclusively male and predominantly adult. The chronological radiocarbon evidence of the human bones indicates that they belong to a single, large event in the early first century AD. The bones show a high frequency of unhealed trauma from sharp-edged weapons, which, together with finds of military equipment, suggests that the find is of martial character. Taphonomic traces indicate that the bones were exposed to animal gnawing for a period of between 6 mo and 1 y before being deposited in the lake."
"The date places the finds in the context of the Germanic region at the peak of the Roman expansion northward and provides the earliest direct archaeological evidence of large-scale conflict among the Germanic populations and a demonstration of hitherto unrecognized postbattle practices."
~ Mads Kähler Holsta,b, Jan Heinemeierc, Ejvind Hertzd, Peter Jensenb,e, Mette Løvschalb,1, Lene Mollerupd, Bent Vad Odgaardf, Jesper Olsenc, Niels Emil Søef, and Søren Munch Kristiansenf.
"Direct evidence of a large Northern European Roman period martial event and post-battle corpse manipulation."
By going to this address, you should be able to get a pdf and enlarge it to read. It is a lengthy and interesting article
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2019 at 5:58pm
If Odder, Denmark is 55°N you must have had a frost by now, Ian. We, at 48°N have not had our first frost yet, however, there is a 90% chance we will get a killing frost before Oct. 1. It will be interesting to follow the temperature patterns with climate change.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2019 at 4:58pm
Plinius, happily, you no longer have to deal with the depression of your wife caused by her job. She made a wise choice. Do you find the two of you laugh more?
I hear the sound of Laura's laugh, and it cheers me, even as I am in the opposite side of the house.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2019 at 4:52pm
Ian, I like your idea of "keeping the negative thoughts away" and reframing the experience into a positive thought helps. Laura reframes powerfully, turning feelings of misery into fresh and free ones.
Comment by Joan Denoo on September 16, 2019 at 4:48pm
Ruth, I love those moments with wildlife! Your description of calm face-to-face with a doe feels settling to me, and the two foals add an extra feeling of wonder.
Comment by Ian Mason on September 16, 2019 at 10:39am

Returning slowly to normal today. I ran a ½ marathon at a local town yesterday. A rural route with some views of a lake so it was quite pleasant despite some rain and strong winds. I've done it for many years and have to admit that I get a minute or two slower every year but I want to keep going for as long as I can.

Skanderborg Lake.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 16, 2019 at 10:32am

That's great to hear, Chris. You've really turned things round. The rest of your life could be the best of your life in many ways.

Comment by Plinius on September 16, 2019 at 12:40am

It ís reversible,Ian, and I hope you find the key to do that! It's still wonderful to me how my wife climbed out of her lifelong depression we both suffered under. The last few years were hard, as I constantly had to check because she felt horrible and forgot about everything. I was always organising, reminding and helping her find things. Now that the last ties with her job have been broken and she's busy transitioning, she's a completely different woman and we're very happy about it.


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