by the sweat of my thorn scratched brow

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Creation: God is good, humanity is good, and work is good (ruling over a good creation). Then came the fall. That is what I am noticing today, not just because it is Tuesday in my 5 day devotional reflections scheme. It really is fallen Tuesday. Genesis 3: 17-19 He told the Man: “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree That I commanded you not to eat from, ‘Don’t eat from this tree,’ The very ground is cursed because of you; getting food from the ground Will …

Johnny Cash and Tuesday mornings

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In the 5 day story retelling, Tuesday corresponds to the fall. God made a good world, so what has happened? Johnny Cash knows. We couldn’t resist, and now things hurt. I remember listening to Johnny Cash as a kid, even at the expense of ridicule from my English neighbors’ older kids: “Johnny Trash” they’d say. But I liked listening to the 8-track recordings lamenting guilt, alienation, absurdity. Folson Prison Blues, A Boy named Sue, One Piece at a Time, The Man in Black… Well, you wonder why I always dress …

The FUN of Folly:short term pleasures and the mystery of misery

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Proverbs 9:13-18 The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house; she takes a seat on the highest places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way, “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”And to him who lacks sense she says,“Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” But he does not know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of Sheol. Short …