Archive for Irony

Oliver’s Silence

Posted in odds and ends, quote(s) with tags , , , on August 22, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

“Silence comes to heal the blows of sound.”


Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Karfreitag

Posted in Christianity with tags , , , , , , on April 2, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

How can someone really call Good Friday “good”? Calling the day of the Crucifixion ‘Good’ Friday is a designation that is peculiar to the English language. For example in German, it is called Karfreitag. The Kar part is an obsolete word, the ancestor of the English word care in the sense of cares and woes, and it meant mourning. So in German, it is Mourning Friday. And that is what the disciples did on that day—they mourned. They thought all was lost.

I’ve read that the word good used to have a secondary meaning of holy, but I can’t trace that back. There are a number of cases in set phrases where the words God and good got switched around because of their similarity. One case was the phrase God be with you, which today is just good-bye. So perhaps Good Friday was originally God’s Friday. But I think we call it Good Friday because, in pious retrospect, all that tragedy brought about the greatest good there could be.

I can see virtue in either terminology. If we call it Mourning Friday, as in German, we are facing reality head on, taking up the cross if you will, fully conscious that the Christian walk is seldom a walk in the park as most all of us know. But if we call it Good Friday, as in English, we are confessing the Christian hope that no tragedy—not even death—can overwhelm God’s providence, love, and grace. Either way seems to work for me!

Holy Water

Posted in Christianity, humor, odds and ends, religion with tags , , , on January 21, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

I guess it had to happen … *sigh* ….

Courtesy of Spiritual Water Spiritual Water claims its product helps you ‘stay focused, believe in yourself and believe in God

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Mystical Law of Nature

Posted in Christianity, God, Photography, quote(s) with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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There is a wonderful, mystical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life …-happiness, freedom, and peace of mind are always attained by giving them to someone else. —

Unknown Author

Sowing The Seed of Greed

Posted in Christian, Christianity, quote(s), religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , on October 12, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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This is the kind of stuff that drives me nuts! What does God’s word say about such things?

Off of TBN a few weeks ago …


“You need to send a thousand dollars. If you cannot send a thousand, send five hundred… if all you have is a nickel, wrap it in tissue and put it in an envelope. If all you have is your clothes, send them.”


“If you want the power, you have to sow the seed”


“We are going together into a spirit of wealth.”


“Last night, you sowed to your ability. Tonight, you sow beyond your ability.”


“I need to give because I need favor. I need it because I need an anointing. I need it because I need power.”


“‘I am giving because I want my daughters to be daughters of Zion.’”


“You have got three days to get that into your mailbox. I am not afraid to say this. I am walking in my authority… if you do not postmark it by the tenth, we will not accept it. God says you have three days to get your thousand-dollar seed in the mail.”


“Give it to me and you will live. Give it to me and you will have more than enough.”“If all you have is $79.36, I double-dare you to empty your bank account. Close your account.” ~ Juanita Bynum

It is saying that when you get blessed you will have to look back and say, “When I gave that thousand dollars, God blessed me” Where does God get any glory, if you have to pay him to bless you? As a Christian, I am ashamed that the idea of “sowing seed” has been used to finance use and abuse of hard earned money to support a lavish lifestyle. This kind of thing comes up all the time in talking to and witnessing to those who do not know Jesus as Lord and savior. It’s really sad how even the unsaved can spot a con before we Christians do!

Tim, ending vent before he really gets worked up …

What About Job’s Wife???

Posted in God, scripture, thoughts with tags , , , , on August 31, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Yesterday the power was out for a few hours due to a small fire. I decided to crack open the spine of my Bible again and started reading. I picked up with Job and read for 45 minutes…. I got to thinking about Job’s wife … Wow. I don’t know about you, but the only thing I’ve ever heard about Job’s wife is that she tells Job to curse God and die. And she’s gotten an awful lot of bad press over those few words she was given to speak. But now I see that she just didn’t actually say that? My question is, how do translators know that this particular passage is or is not sarcasm? I mean, what if Job’s wife truly meant, “Bless God, and die”?

Along with this thought, it occurred to me for the first time that everything Job lost, his wife lost, too. And yet we never hear about it this way. Was it not her children who were killed? Was it not her home that was lost? Was it not also her fortune that disappeared? And was she not having to watch her husband be tortured and waste away before her very eyes? It had to be a living hell … But we hear nothing of her faith, we don’t even hear her cry or suffer along with Job. Surely she suffered! I know these things are “outside the text.” The story is not concerned with Job’s wife, but with Job. Even so, I would love to hear the story told again from her perspective. Just some thoughts on a Monday morning … Tim

Job 2:8-10

2:8 Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes. 2:9 His wife said to him, “Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse/Bless God, and die!” 2:10 But he said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Should we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

A Strange Toast For Sure! ~ Ruth

Posted in Christianity, God, scripture, thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on August 17, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Ruth 4:11-12 “… We are witnesses! May the lord make the woman who is now coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, from whom all the nation of Israel descended! …And may the lord give you descendants by this young woman who will be like our ancestor Perez, the son of Tamar and Jacob.”

A strange toast for sure when one looks at it. Did the Elder really want Ruth to be barren like Rachel, or unloved like Leah was? Then in v12, it gets more bizarre, for did the Elder want Ruth to do a Tamar number and disguise Herself as a prostitute and bear a child by her father-in-law? This is like saying, “I was your marriage was messed up so that you can do the good that only comes through hard times.” So why would this toast possibly be thought of as good?

There is a big obstacle to relating to God. There seems to be no higher goal really than feeling better now ~ the Bible calls this “the flesh.” But the problem is that a lot of the times “Gods best” looks far different from we want it to. Could it be that the Elders prayer is for brokeness, the power to trust God no matter what? We pray often for God to maker things better, I know I do, and then things often stay the same … then we take things into our own hands… We want things to improve! Fixed! Like now …!

Its like the Elder told Boaz, “You married a lovely, beautiful woman, and I want the best. But if the unthinkable happens and Ruth turns out to be conniving as Rachel or insecure as Leah, God will still being at work to bring about the good He intended.” This is a very freeing thing to ponder! I know for myself that having ones dreams smashed around a bit may be God’s best after all. The broken dreams are actually just pieces in a bigger puzzle to help us get to the bigger dreams, not really dreamed up yet. The desire for feeling good now may be a limit on us to really fly later!

Just some thoughts … Tim