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  1. filbertz says:

    I think “prophesy update” is an oxymoron.

    I appreciate your Buechner quote…have found that to be true; as well as your follow-up quip. He is one who convinced me that my evangelical experience of Christ was like boating on a canal…when in reality, life in Christ is more like sailing on the ocean.

    I believe gender confusion is a real thing in a very small percentage of people. There are, however, many who have jumped on this as the latest trend to gain attention/admiration. Those posers do more harm to genuinely gender-confused souls than those who deny it exists.

    Truman’s quote is worthy of consideration over a long tall one in a bar with my tattooed friends… 😉

  2. Michael says:

    “I think “prophesy update” is an oxymoron.”

    I think you’re right!

  3. Dan from Georgia says:

    Not sure why some people are attracted to Revelation/prophecy/end times stuff. A part of me thinks these folk are just bored with the simple Gospel as well.

    I think in general some people are just bored in life and need something exciting…like how some meteorologists chase storms, how some people just have to sky dive or bungee jump, or how some people have to drive 95 mph all the time on the freeways around Atlanta.

    Ha! “Prophecy Update”! = Oxymoron….right on!

  4. Michael says:


    It took less than fifteen minutes after the announcement of the bombing for the rapture articles to start…

  5. Kevin H says:

    I don’t know Michael, these pictures may make you re-think you’re #5. 🙂

  6. Michael says:


    One of my friends posted one of those on my Facebook…I stand corrected. 🙂

  7. Kevin H says:

    And I stand to correct my grammar – *your*, not you’re. 🙂

  8. John 20:29 says:

    I can prophesy with some accuracy that we are going to go broke if we keep firing off all those expensive missiles …
    I don’t know that things are worse than they’ve ever been, but i do think that the world’s powers have more ability to destroy this planet than they’ve ever had and, who knows, some evil genius with a computer might do it all by himself, sooo…. I guess i take comfort of a sort in Biblical prophesy…. I’d rather God did it .. ? if it has to happen

    Thinking on the things here… Thinking… Thinking….

  9. Nathan Priddis says:

    #5 My FB friends are polite. But, I still self censure, to avoid offense. Some are Muslim, others are very conservative Republican Evangelicals. The rest are a sort of eclectic mix.

  10. Dan from Georgia says:

    Michael (#4),

    No surprise there!

    Back when I used to peruse the local Christian bookstores, I remember EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. something happened in the Middle East, the prophecy/charismatic section of the store gave birth to myriad books about how this was THE sign of the end…

    Of course all, and I mean ALL, of those books ended up in the discount bin within 6 months…

  11. JoelG says:

    #8 – Thank God for Frederick Buechner. His writings have kept my faith afloat in doubting times (which are often).

  12. Captain Kevin says:

    I really like the Buechner quote, and I’m not even sure I understand all of it.

  13. Captain Kevin says:

    #2 and 3 – I picture a dozen or so prophecy wonks piling out of a clown car.

  14. Tom Stipe says:

    I agree that “unexpected tears” are sometimes indicative of a pain or sorrow that needs to be addressed at some deep personal level. Of course some would cry heresy if we were ever guilty of “meditating” on such things as David did throughout the Psalms. However, to most believers it is sufficient to maintain the Christian personna of false happiness.

  15. Linnea says:

    Tom Stipe…”maintaining the persona of Christian happiness”. Amen…How much I needed to go to church Sunday for prayer, but sadly, my lack of energy and desire to maintain that persona kept me home.

  16. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Here is my take on prophecy updates. 2,000 yrs ago Jesus Christ fulfilled all biblical prophecies. Except for the future return of Jesus all prophecies are not only fulfilled by him but in him. All things are yes and amen in Jesus.

  17. Dan from Georgia says:

    Captain Kevin (13)…that was great!

  18. filbertz says:

    #13–nite crew worthy. 🙂

    Stipe sighting!


  19. Captain Kevin says:

    Did somebody say, “Night Crew?!!!”
    Oh how I miss that.

    Tom Stipe, great to see you here!!

  20. filbertz says:

    Did you see the new pirate movie?

    It’s rated arrrrh.

  21. SMH says:

    I’m sure #10 will soon qualify you with some kind of disorder…

  22. descended says:

    I like my Updates. It makes me think we are watching the God fulfill his promises in real time.

    But I can do without people giving me copies of The Harbinger… :-/

  23. JoelG says:

    #7 – One of the things I appreciate about Buechner is his emphasis on recognizing God in the ordinary….. in our everyday lives:

    “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

  24. Dan from Georgia says:

    “I think I’ll send out a correction and apology about my failed prediction regarding the end times scenario I previously published…”

    …said no prophecy wonk ever.

  25. descended says:

    I don’t listen to the ones who predict things.

    Just the ones who’ve been saying Ooooh, looky here! for the last 30 years.

  26. Michael says:


    You do realize that every prophecy update to this point has been “fake news'”…

  27. Babylon's Dread says:

    I’m pretty sure that studying God according to attributes is a dated and flawed perspective. Isn’t it centered on Greek categories? The Greeks of course had gods for every category. The God of the Bible is revealed in historical action and progressive clarity. Thus we blur the vision if we are not Christo-centric in our description. Did he not come to reveal the Father?

    That being said I understand and largely agree with your critique of myopic vision and the caricatured outcome.

  28. Babylon's Dread says:

    I once had an undisclosed momentary puberty-based anxiety, other than that as per #10: MeToo.

    (un)Phobic Dread

  29. Michael says:


    Amen to #27…and 28… 🙂

  30. dusty says:

    Linnea, so sorry you are not feeling up to par….I’m praying for you. ((((Hugs)))))

  31. Linnea says:

    dusty…thank you for your prayers…((((Hugs)))) to you, too!

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