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  1. First,

    Well, Michael, Chris Kreider is a beast, and the Rangers snuck out with a win…..tonight it’s the Knicks’ turn 🙂

  2. Michael says:

    I think the rangers are Cup bound…I hope Quick gets a turn…just for old times sake.

  3. Me too….as a Rangers fan, I have been very lucky with goaltenders. I’ve always been in awe of Quick, and I hope so too.

    Please, say hi to Trey for me.

  4. Michael says:

    Will do, my friend…

  5. Steven says:

    Glad to see a fellow Rangers fan.

    Apparently Quick has been quite a behind-the-scenes mentor and inspiration.

  6. jtk says:

    Michael,
    sincere thanks for trying to answer my question.

    Another minister on Twitter/X mentioned how, anecdotally, women are making the decision to leave churches.

    Of course, American churches are ON AVERAGE 56% women to 44% men.

    I’ve asked a lot of questions over the years and got quite a few answers here.

    I appreciate it.

    Unrelated observation, there sure seems to be a lot of stercorous toro hitting the proverbial fan in believers’ lives all around me, in and outside of my local church….

    Every summer, as I begin to fundraise as a missionary to our local college campus, I start talking to (mostly older) believers. So many are absolutely convinced everything is worse and worse and Jesus could come back today.

    Meanwhile, I cultivate thanksgiving, look at history, look at facts—such as we are the wealthiest and least persecuted Christians that have ever lived!—and scratch my head at how so many of us get this way.

  7. Michael says:

    jtk,

    You have chosen the better way…

  8. Reuben says:

    “ So many are absolutely convinced everything is worse and worse and Jesus could come back today.”

    Yeah, I don’t understand that one either.

  9. Shawn says:

    “ So many are absolutely convinced everything is worse and worse and Jesus could come back today.”

    I think is relative to what my wife terms as the “three square feet of space” syndrome. Let’s suffice to say that is hyper eisegesis confined within the general context of the self. In other words it is often born within the context of one’s opinion, perception, and experience (this may just be the unholy trinity of the self, lol). Add to this that most of the “teaching” being fed most believers is manic eschatological doom. The last page of the “Good Book” paints a better picture, that is, in the consummation of all things Eden is restored. Now that speaks louder to me than the constant barrage of fear mongering and theoretical end time calisthenics.

    “1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.”

  10. The New Victor says:

    I tire of hearing, “this is the most important presidential election on our lifetimes!” Deal from both the left and the right. I’ve been hearing, “there’s no way I’ll bring a child into this world!” Since I was a kid. The Malthusian nonsense is just that though it might in part explain the crashing birth rates in modern nations. Didn’t Evangelicals wear this out in the 70s and 80s, Late Great Planet Earth and all that? Historical perspective is missing here.

  11. R'as al Ghul says:

    TNV,

    The end-times nuttiness never ends. Every time there is some change in the geo-political world, economies, etc. a new wave of End-Times books come out. Hal Lindsey’s The Late Great Planet Earth being exhibit A (which has more editions that he has ex-wives). The Calvary Chapel prophecy updates are another one. It becomes a game of Pin-The-Tail On the Anti-Christ.

    And what is worse, is that these so-called prophecy experts don’t bat an eye when they are called out on their failed prophecies in their previous books, articles, etc. Pity the OT sentence for false prophets can’t be carried out today. If it could, then all this nuttiness would stop right after the first wave of failed prophecies (i.e., no 2nd Edition of Late Great Planet Earth, etc.)

    All I can say is that I left Dispensationalism Behind (pun intended).

  12. Muff Potter says:

    R’as al Ghul @ 7:16 am,
    Fundagelical end times lunacy is big business.
    They make a lotta’ bucks tax-free.
    What a racket.

  13. R'as al Ghul says:

    Muff Potter @ 8:38 AM,

    That is so true. Of course, the hucksters pushing this excrement are counting on the fact the rubes will not remember the previous iterations/editions of the prophecies (much like those who lose track of the card in 3-card monty). Well, a fool and his money are soon parted…

  14. R'as al Ghul says:

    Muff,

    I think I would rather spend my money at the casino playing blackjack than buying the latest prophecy materials. Why? Because one has better odds playing blackjack than some end-time prophecy unfolding the way these hucksters predict.

  15. Reuben says:

    Seriously, they should be on the street selling pencils from a cup.

  16. R'as al Ghul says:

    Reuben @ your 11:10 am,

    How dare you say that? At least those selling pencils from a cup are trying to make an honest living and providing a good or service that is actually useful. Even those who spread manure in the field are more useful than these prophecy wonks and their product (likewise for the s**t they spread).

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