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The Ten Questions thing

Because miscmissmimi is awesome, let’s see what she wants to know. If anyone else wants to answer, come on and play along, I’ll refrain from tagging because I’ve been out of the loop this week while I’m in NOLA helping mom out and I don’t want to tag a bunch of people who may have already done this or asked to.

My Ten Questions for you

1. What is your middle name and were you named after anyone?

Alexandra, I think my dad came up with it possibly in part because there were a number of royals from Poland and Russia and such with variations of the name 

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GPOYPPW - Power Pose edition. Fake it until you make it. If you don’t know about power posing, go check out Amy Cuddy’s talk. It’s science. It works. 

In the spirit of full disclosure, these pics are not from today because I’m in NOLA right now and those are from NYC. Some super heroes have dual identities, I have dual hometowns.

Kind of a perfect image for mom’s birthday today. It has been a quiet day. Mostly gardening. After dinner I went with her on her weekly mother nature walk where she collects newspaper circulars and such from around neighborhood houses that are uninhabited or where she knows the people don’t read them and would just toss in the trash. She tries to recycle as much as she can. She is, like so many, an unsung hero who makes small changes and does small acts of kindness just because they are helpful and the right thing to do. I hope a little of her good works goes into her health karma account and she has a good checkup tomorrow at the doctor. I also wish she could see a little bit of how wonderful she is.

Kind of a perfect image for mom’s birthday today. It has been a quiet day. Mostly gardening. After dinner I went with her on her weekly mother nature walk where she collects newspaper circulars and such from around neighborhood houses that are uninhabited or where she knows the people don’t read them and would just toss in the trash. She tries to recycle as much as she can. She is, like so many, an unsung hero who makes small changes and does small acts of kindness just because they are helpful and the right thing to do. I hope a little of her good works goes into her health karma account and she has a good checkup tomorrow at the doctor. I also wish she could see a little bit of how wonderful she is.

There was a fungus among us on our walk to the store.

There was a fungus among us on our walk to the store.

I was having flashbacks to Home Improvement shows of old. Rick was playing the tool man and suddenly you could hear a voice from over the fence from the neighbor’s yard. She wanted to know why he didn’t have on his hat? What he was going? Why was it built like that? Why doesn’t he screen in the area? I was doing lots of eye rolling during this period. She’s just lucky I didn’t turn the power washer on her. Rick called me Annie H2Oakley. 

Want to influence my sermon?

tj:

So Cary asked:

Have you ever considered group sourcing part of your sermons? Like you know the kernel of what you want to get across, but ask one or more of us weirdos for a take on it that you don’t think of? Even if you didn’t use it, it could jog your brain in a new direction.

I love this idea, and I’m hoping that maybe a few of you will as well.

I’m not sure the best way to go about it, so I’m trying this: Here is the reading that I am planning to preach on next Sunday (August 31st).

Romans 12:9-21:

12:9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;

12:10 Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.

12:11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.

12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.

12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.

12:18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.

12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

12:20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.”

12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

OK, so… what are your:

  • responses
  • thoughts
  • ideas
  • questions

about this? If you were going to listen to a sermon about this passage, what would you want the preacher to address / explain / talk about?

You can either send answers here on Tumblr, or if you need more space, email them to me at sermonthoughts at tjluoma.com

This is such a wonderful idea. How could I not share?

It’s almost too cute to actually put food in. Hard to sneak pics of moving objects.

It’s almost too cute to actually put food in. Hard to sneak pics of moving objects.

Window at Grand Central Terminal Near Midday

Window at Grand Central Terminal Near Midday

"money will buy a fine dog but only love will make him/her wag its tail" _ honschar

"money will buy a fine dog but only love will make him/her wag its tail" _ honschar

Street Artist Finger Paints Amazing Picture On Glass

In an alternate universe apparently Bob Ross was a street artist. :)

(Source: youtube.com)