Jaunt 17.09

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And then the Murders Began

Author Marc Laidlaw challenged Twitter to add the line “and then the murders began” to the opening line of great books. The most famous opening line of any novel is from Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. Here is how Laidlaw’s challenge works on that line. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times and then the murders began.”

That’s pretty good. But some tweeted the opening line of the book of books, the Bible.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth, and then the murders began.

By the time we get to Genesis 4 that scenario happens.

Jesus in a Sonogram?

A couple in Pennsylvania describe themselves as not religious, but are convinced that they saw an image of Jesus on a recent sonogram. They took it as a sign that Jesus was watching over their soon to be born baby girl.

Since we really don’t know what Jesus looked like, count me a skeptic of this image being Jesus. People have been seeing “Jesus” in clouds, chips, grilled cheese sandwiches, and just about anything.

If you want a good look at Jesus, open your Bible. This is where he is revealed.

God Celebrates Queer Sexuality?

That is a quote from Brandon Robertson in the Huffington Post. Robertson is an “openly queer…pastor” in San Diego.

Robertson travels around and attends conferences (especially Southern Baptist ones) in an attempt to get his message out. He accuses those who disagree with him of misusing the Bible.

Where in the Bible is the part about this supposed celebration of God?

The Question of Revenge in The Salesman

The Salesman is a movie about an acting couple who are forced to deal with the attack of the wife in her own bathroom. The couple are the leads in the Arthur Miller play, Death of Salesman, in modern Iran.

Both struggle in the aftermath of her attack. The husband, Emad expends his energy seeking revenge on the man who attacked his bride. She begs him to let go of this revenge seeking.

The couple are Muslim, but the issue of revenge is a universal issue. Because it is such an issue, the Bible teaches us that vengeance is to be left to God. As Christians we must do that which is harder than getting vengeance. We must forgive.

One Way to Eliminate Down Syndrome

CBS News reported that the nation of Iceland has all but eliminated Down Syndrome. Only 2 or 3 babies are born each year with the syndrome.

How did they do it? By using tests which can show a likelihood for the syndrome, nearly 100% of those who test likely are being aborted.

They have not eliminated the disease. They have eliminated the baby. That is not something to celebrate. It is something to mourn.

Catholic to Convict

Back in the day when Notre Dame and Miami were playing some heated football games, commentators dubbed the game “Catholics vs Convicts.”

While Suzie (my wife) was in the hospital recently, I met an intern from the University of Miami who did her undergrad studies at Notre Dame. I said, “You were a Catholic and now you are a Convict.” She laughed and said that her dad told her the same thing. He is a season ticket holder for the Irish in South Bend.

When he bought her a Miami t-shirt, he insisted that the wording include “Medical School” in big letters.

Hurricane Irma

It has been an interesting couple of weeks here in South Florida, to say the least. We are grateful to the Lord for sparing us and our property of much damage. He also provided us with church family, neighbors, friends, and family to minister to us.

We evacuated to my parents’ home in north Texas. When we knew we had to evacuate, we decided to spend some time with them instead of trying to find lodging in a neighboring state. It was a long drive, but well worth it.

Which brings me to the saddest story of this hurricane. A nursing home without air conditioning in Hollywood, Florida was the scene for multiple deaths of the elderly. Their home was only steps from an air-conditioned hospital.

Surely we have to consider how (little) our culture values our aged population. There is a reason why God made honoring parents one of the Ten Commandments.

***Jaunt is a periodic feature that touches on a few short stories. The title comes from a newspaper headline from my high school football days, “Gantz TD jaunt lifts Chiefs.” The feature is a shameless play on a personal glory so long ago.