New We are the Wards Vlog!

I really want to try and get the vlog going weekly again. I ❤️ sharing but also ❤️ having them to watch back on. Especially Harper’s growth. So, here’s to trying! (If you’re wondering it’s just the time factor…the editing…and the need for sleep…how did I do it for 1 1/2 years five times a week?????)

Gift of Time

This is Harper’s second week of preschool. He’s there from 8-2:30 M-F so on my day off, Monday, I have some time to just sit and do whatever I want…forgot about that kind of time! Olivia had a sub class early so I’ve been sitting on the front porch listening to the cicadas sing and reading a bit.

This Atlantic article so far:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/09/this-land-was-our-land/594742/?utm_source=feed

This is devastating reading about yet another way in which our African American brothers and sisters have been cheated and swindled and stolen from. Lord have mercy.

Im reading two books right now (which I don’t love doing – but my holds keep coming up at the library so I have to make it work!)

The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge

And

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Both very good so far.

Signing off to read!!

No Podcast Today

I tried to record the podcast today but my voice is gone! You don’t want to listen to it – I assure you!

Hopefully will be back tomorrow…praying for you all!

My tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer

Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “Better” by Pat Barrett.

Readings for today…Psalms 45, 47, 48, Joshua 8:1-22, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 26:47-56

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Artwork by David Burliuk

The Google Search for God

Long read but well worth it.  A couple of passages to whet your appetite:

What is God? It is only a subject that has inspired some of the finest writing in the history of Western civilization—and yet the first two pages of Google results for the question are comprised almost entirely of Sweet’N Low evangelical proselytizing to the unconverted. (The first link the Google algorithm served me was from the Texas ministry, Life, Hope & Truth.) The Google search for God gets nowhere near Augustine, Maimonides, Spinoza, Luther, Russell, or Dawkins. Billy Graham is the closest that Google can manage to an important theologian or philosopher. For all its power and influence, it seems that Google can’t really be bothered to care about the quality of knowledge it dispenses. It is our primary portal to the world, but has no opinion about what it offers, even when that knowledge it offers is aggressively, offensively vapid.

And this ending…

And when an adolescent asks us about God? We can at least answer in the negative, by holding up our phones and saying, “It’s not this.”